When you start melting your yoga practice into your life, magic happens.
After 14 years of practising Iyengar Yoga for myself, I’ve recently decided to share the tremendous benefits of traditional yoga. Benefits that are physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
You may be familiar with yoga for developing flexibility, increasing muscle tone and strength. And this is definitely achieved in yoga, with particular mental focus and concentration developed with regular practice.
In the traditional yoga that I’m teaching, you become more aware and mindful of both your physical and your mental state:
- You learn to let go and relax while being alert without tension. Most of my students realize how they quickly better manage their stress and improve their sleep quality.
- You improve other physical performances, such as running or golfing. The stretch & strength you develop protect you against injury and assist you with the recovery of intense, repetitive exercise.
- You improve your health and develop a deep sense of wellbeing. Traditional yoga practice contributes to the harmonious functioning of all your body systems, your digestive, immune, hormonal, respiratory and nervous system. And we experience a lot about that during the Stretch and Strong Tailored yoga sessions.
- You learn to create space in your body and in your mind. With regular practice, you improve your balance, you increase your energy, you gain confidence, you can also get a more positive self-image, and a general sense of well-being.
All these benefits are increasingly acknowledged by scientific research. So if you need the evidence, it’s out there for you to read.
The Stretch & Strong Tailored yoga is a methodological approach based on a sequential progression of movement. This step-by-step process is based on a progressive activation of the outer body to the inner body, and of the body to the mind.
Usually, a period of eight months to one year of regular practice is required to really consolidate the initial teaching and to improve performance. However, just in six weeks, you start to really feel that your posture is changing, your energy is lifted, and you start to experience new habits and a new mindset.
The structure that is offered six weeks by six weeks brings inspiration, as well as a sense of destination. Because without a system, we tend to give up a little bit too quickly. This structure aims at safely introducing yoga practise to anybody to provide strong foundations for further exploration. It keeps you motivated as you start to integrate your practice into your life.
The first step when you attend the Stretch and Strong Tailored yoga program is to live your expectations behind. You won’t learn the depth of yoga in your first class or in your first six weeks. But you will definitely start to feel what yoga can bring into your life!
During the first sessions, as your body enters unfamiliar movement, your head will be racing. So we start to pay attention to the body, to be grounded. We let go of what the head is thinking about the pose. We learn to balance, to lift the spine efficiently. Some students notice their lower back discomfort starts to ease as a result of standing more upright.
The other significant learning is the experience of feeling your chest more open. Some emotional insights may arise from this practice. That’s when “the transformational power of yoga becomes self-reinforcing and pave the way for regular and consistent practice”. You feel empowered and start to connect to your body and your mind deeply.
The Stretch and Strong Tailored Yoga practice is based on a traditional form of yoga that is used to create tailored and coherent sequences with specific physical and mental benefits.