"You cannot solve a problem from
the same consciousness that created it."
We enter this world with an inhale and we leave it with an exhale. Breathing means life.
The more efficient our breathing system works the better is our metabolism. Yoga strengthens the muscles that are involved in breathing and in the long run it increases the lung volume. In addition the practice of yoga leads to more mindfulness and that for itself leads to a better breathing. In my teachings I focus on the alignment of breath and movement. The movement follows the breathing rhythm.
The poses which are called asana in Yoga stretch and strengthen the muscles. With a regular practice you become more flexible and stronger, especially in the area of the spine. Through rotations, forward and backward bends the discs will be nurtured better, their elasticity conserved and improved, the nerve tracts stay free.
All other joints will be nurtured through movement as well, which can prevent diseases like arthritis. The muscles are strengthened, the blood flow and therefore the circulation are stimulated. Especially the twists put pressure on the inner organs, which animates the drainage of the body’s excess lymphatic fluid. This activates the glands and the lymph, wastes are released and your well-being improved.
The practice of the Ashtanga Vinyasa method is a sweaty affair. Especially through the connection of breath and movement inner heat is produced. Sweating helps the body to detoxify and relieves tensions and blockages.
Easing and relaxing the body and mind are a prerequisite in order to "load our batteries". Our autonomous nervous system regulates all the important body functions like heart rate, temperature, breathing, blood pressure.
Sympathicus and Parasympaticus are the two parts of the autonomous nervous system that act as counterparts. When we get excited or anxious, the sympaticus nerve prepares us for the „fight or flight“ reaction. Adrenalin is released, the blood pressure rises, the body gets ready to "attack". When the stressful situation is over the parasympathicus takes over and helps to get rid of the stress hormones and relaxes the body; the blood pressure lowers, the heart rate goes down again, the muscles relax and the breathing beomes deeper and slower again.
In our fast-paced time where everyone faces a lot of hectic and stress this balance can easily be disturbed. Being constantly stressed leads to the problem that the parasymoathicus cannot take over to relax the body. Stress hormones build constantly up and will not be released.
Yoga can help you activate your parasympathicus again. You learn to relax and in the long run will have more energy.
Everyone has experienced it – the more strenuous the activity the better the relaxation afterwards. After a dynamic Ashtanga-Vinyasa-Class and a long and deep relaxation you go out feeling energized and well-balanced.