Self Awareness

April 28, 2018

5 Ways Yoga Can Make Your Recovery Easier

Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice that originated in India thousands of years ago, and is encouraged for everyone to practice today as a way to connect the mind, body and spirit through breath, movement and postures. The word ‘yoga’ is Sanskrit for ‘unite’, ‘join’, or ‘attach’. Although it’s a physical practice, yoga is much more than exercise, and increasing your flexibility and strength. It’s a way of life that encourages you to feel connectedness and compassion to yourself and others by focusing your attention inward, silencing the mind, and controlling your breath. This is why yoga is an invaluable tool for recovery and maintaining sobriety: it can help silence the inner voice that may keep you stuck in negative thought patterns— which can trigger addictive behaviours— and increase your mental strength and awareness. Let’s look closer at how yoga as a tool can make your recovery easier. Why Yoga is an Essential Tool for Addiction Recovery and Your Overall Well-Being 1. Yoga Increases Your Self Awareness (Which Leads to Lasting Change) Addiction is a form of escapism from pain and emotional trauma you’ve experienced in the past, which causes a disconnect between the body and mind, and takes you […]
October 5, 2018

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

Sutra means thread, formula or a principle expressed in a few words. Yoga would mean add or to connect or put together. In order to guide the humanity to spiritual discipline via meditation, sage Patanjali wrote “Yoga Sutra” some 1500 years ago, in around 500 AD. The book of yoga consists of four chapters. Chapter 1, the Yoga and its aims, has 51 sutras. The remaining 3 chapters are: chapter2: Yoga and its practices (55sutras), chapter 3: Yoga and its powers (56 sutras) and chapter 4: Liberation or Samadhi (33 sutras). We shall now describe, in short, the essence, meaning and the purpose detailed in each chapter. In chapter 1, the first sutra, is a style of starting a book, as is common in any old Sanskrit work. “Ath Yoganusashanam”, meaning, here begins the instruction of Yoga. Remember the word ath meaning “here we begin”. The second sutra is the key to the whole book. It defines what yoga is and possibly what it is not. “Yogah chitta vritti nirodhah”. Yoga is the control of the wavering mind. Yoga is not a hard physical exercise. A yogi is not a muscular person. His/her body would be smooth, without muscles, as […]