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BeYou Yoga Delft

Reboot, Refocus, Relax, both your body & mind

Although you may have come to yoga to increase your flexibility, don’t be surprised to find that you are also sleeping more deeply then you have since high school, or able to concentrate more easily at work.  Once you begin to practice yoga regularly you are likely to notice many of the following common changes.

Yoga is more than a physical practice; it is also a mindful practice. Yoga allows you to stay present and internally balanced, to enjoy good health and a lean body through the principles of breath, alignment and movement. Specific benefits of yoga include: reduced stress, lower cortisol levels, sound sleep, lower blood pressure, diminished anxiety, reduced muscle tension and an overall sense of well-being.

According to a new study in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, people who engaged in just twenty minutes of Yoga were better able to focus, as well as process, retain and use new information, compared to people who ran on the treadmill for the same amount of time.

Yoga’s mental repercussions may help you get ahead: The researchers suspect that the calming, meditative effects might carry over outside of the studio, improving your focus for your daily to-dos.

You can enjoy these benefits in classes ranging from Restorative or Gentle Yoga or Yoga Flow. Click here to try out a free class.


 

Yoga to turn back the Clock

yogaWhat if the Fountain of Youth isn’t a miracle face cream or a new-wave plastic surgery procedure, but a five-step yoga routine developed 2,500 years ago?

The Five Tibetan Rites—a series of simple exercises immortalized by Peter Kelder in 1939—promise “vigor and virility” by energizing and aligning our seven “psychic vortexes.”

What on earth does that mean? Essentially, when a bunch of Tibetan monks developed their ideal yoga routine a few centuries ago, they realized that one particular five-exercise sequence made them feel most fit and youthful, according to Kelder’s book, The Eye of Revelation, which also claims that the rites transformed a gray-haired, cane-carrying friend into a straight-backed lad with nary a silver strand.

While your average rite-performer can’t expect such Benjamin Button-style results, however the thoughtful asana can indeed have an anti-aging effect. With the back bends you’ll exercise stretching the spine. And yoga philosophy (Among other therapeutical therapy’s such as chiropractic and modern physiotherapy) say that “when the spine is supple and flexible, the whole body is more youthful.” But that doesn’t mean that a few well-intentioned stretching sessions will take years off your life.

The Tibetan monks did them three times a day for years and years. “Only with consistency, practice and time will you see benefits: healing, rejuvenation and increased energy.”

For free try out classses at Zenenzo Delft click here, no prior experience needed, just let us know you are new and we assign an assistant teacher to guide you through everything.


 

Herewith, we walk you through the five rites.

Exercise 1 – Spinning:

yoga-1The exercise: Stand with arms outstretched, horizontal with the shoulders. Spin, turning from left to right, until you become slighty dizzy or reach 17 spins. (All the rites are ideally performed 17 times.)

The benefit: “This is to stimulate spine and open the core. You’re getting movement through the spine, from the top down and the bottom up.”

Exercise 2 – Leg raises:

yoga-2The exercise: Lie flat with your hands flat on the ground by your hips. Raise your legs to 90 degrees or further, keeping the legs straight. Hold this position for a moment, then lower the feet to the floor. Relax and repeat.

The benefit: “This one aligns the chakras, getting strength into your spine and core—and stimulating the legs.”

Exercise 3 – Camel Pose:

yoga-3The exercise: Kneel with arms slightly bent, and palms flat against the side of your legs. Bend at the waist and lean forward as far as possible with your chin on your chest. Then arch your spine as far back as possible, letting your head drop. Keep your hands by your sides. Revert to the erect kneeling position, relax and repeat.

The benefit: “Here, you’re beginning to open the chakras and therefore awaken the body. The baby forward bend stretches the back, and the reversal opens the front: chest, stomach, quads.”

Exercise 4 – Tabletop:

yoga-4The exercise: Sit with perfectly straight legs stretched out in front of you. Place the hands on the ground, and the chin on the chest, and raise the body while bending the knees so that calves are vertical to the ground. Make the chest and legs horizontal, tensing every muscle in the body, and let the head hang back as far as possible. Lower, relax and repeat.

The benefit: “Tabletop opens the front side of the body—the legs, hips, chest, shoulders and arms—and energetically opens all the chakras.”

Exercise 5 – Downward and Upward Dogs:

yoga-5The exercise: From standing, place the palms on the floor a few feet in front of you. Push the body—particularly the hips—up and back as far as possible, rising on the toes and hands. Bring your chin to your chest. Then lower the chest to the floor and arch the back, drawing the head back toward the ceiling and letting it hang as far back as possible.

The benefit: “Again, you’re opening the front and back. In Tibetan Buddhism, there’s a focus on ‘reversing the wind,’ or performing both an action and its inverse.”


 

Yoga Myths

myth-1The Myth – I have always been as stiff as cement, so I can’t do yoga.

The Truth – Unless you are ballet dancer or gymnast, it’s very normal if you feel tight, so don’t worry if touching your toes seems impossible. The good news is that with regular practice, yoga is extremely effective at improving flexibility.

 

myth-2The Myth – I already work out at the gym, I don’t need to do yoga too.

The Truth – Although many forms of exercise provide a wonderful physical workout, only yoga can also claim to be a therapeutic system that helps heal injuries, improve chronic illness, and balance mental stress.

 

myth-3The Myth – Yoga is just for girls.

The Truth – While it’s true that certain things (like pink lip gloss) are just for girls, yoga is not one of them.  Historically, some of the greatest yoga teachers for over 2000 years have been men.

 

myth-4The Myth – I tried a yoga class once, but it’s too slow and boring.

The Truth – Some styles of yoga, such as Gentle are indeed slow paced, but Flow or Power Yoga classes offer a faster, dynamic pace and endless exciting challenges.

 

myth-5The Myth – I’m afraid that taking yoga will force me to adopt a religion.

The Truth – Yoga is not a religion, it’s a technique of physical movements leading to improved health.  If yoga has a belief system, it’s simply to become more connected to your body.

 

myth-6The Myth – I can’t do yoga – I like to go out with my friends for a couple of glasses of wine.

The Truth – Relax, you can still enjoy a glass or 2 (or even 3) of wine and be a yogi. Over time you may find yourself naturally leaning towards a healthier lifestyle, but there is no requirement to change.
Yoga at Zenenzo Delft.