BOOST YOUR MENTAL POWER WITH YOGA

I completed the last assessment for the 3rd section of my course; Professional Writing and Editing on Open Colleges. This assessment required me to write the first draft, second draft then final copy of digital content for a yoga website called BettaYogaLife.com.au, making sure I met all the requirements of the brief I was given. My aim was to inform readers about yoga and encourage them to attend the classes.

Have you been feeling mentally drained either from stress at work or in everyday life? Maybe you’re waking up each morning and already feel exhausted? Perhaps you just need that little time to yourself, then Better Yoga Life is exactly where you should be.

“Yoga is journey of the self, through the self, to the self”. This well known quote by Bhagavad Gita helps define Yoga. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word 'yuj', which means 'to unify'. The initial purpose is for the individual to achieve complete relaxtion, clarity of mind and internal peacefulness through connecting their mind, body and soul with the use of breath, meditation and postures.

This ancient Hindu spiritual discipline teaches how to release from sequential lives on earth to find an enlightened relationship with a creator. No matter your beliefs, you can connect yoga either to your religion or to yourself. We pride ourselves on merging science with yoga founding ethics.

People generally get confused with the difference between Yoga and Pilates. This is a common mistake. In essence, yoga is an ancient mind-body system of wellbeing that ultimately aims to still the mind. Pilates is a series of exercises aimed at strengthening the core.

Recently, I attented one of our early morning yoga classes and interviewed a few people about why they started and what they have achieved since attending the classes. I was amazed by the response I received.
“I began yoga because my life was a big blur. I woke up, went to work, came home, had dinner and slept. That’s all my life became and I wanted to change. My girlfriend dragged me along and since coming to these classes, I have been more open and alive. I feel as though I have more time in my day and I enjoy the little things.” Natalie Crockburn, 25.

“I wanted to get more in touch with my spiritual side. I hadn’t felt connected for some time which made me upset so I began yoga. Through the breathing and meditiation techniques I feel very spiritual again.”- Pramisha Muri, 32.

Ultimately, there are some incredible benefits that Yoga can offer each person. Not only with emotional but also physical. The relaxtion techniques incorporated in yoga can lesson chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.

One of the most beneficial mental aspects of yoga is stress relief. Stress is one of the biggest silent impacts on our bodies as it can affect us emotionally and physically such as back and neck pain, depression, inability to concentrate or trouble sleeping. Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life. Yoga can also release a chemical called Gamma-aminobutyric acid in the thalamus, in your brain, which suppresses the neural activity that leads to anxiety.

Due to yoga being very diverse, it is simple for anyone to start. It doesn’t matter what size or fitness level you are because there are modifications for every yoga position and beginner classes in every style. Sign up with us for a 30 day yoga class, money back trial and receive a FREE yoga mat.

Below are websites that help explain more in depth about yoga:
https://yoga.com/article/ultimate-goal-yoga
http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2011/06/16/penetrating-postures-the-science-of-yoga/#708b53146722
http://www.swamij.com/yoga-meaning.htm
http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health+news/5+ways+yoga+helps+improve+mental+health,30259

Sami Cooke