This month’s Fabulous Fitness Feature comes from Bryan Castle, Director of Yoga Vida here on the Sunshine Coast. Fresh from Florida, Bryan has trained with some of the very best masters in the art of yoga.
One of the reasons for Bryan’s dedication to yoga arose from niggling sports injuries, and the seemingly miraculous way that yoga corrected them.
Bryan’s five years of yoga experience culminated in his recent Yoga teacher training, conducted by Jimmy Barkan, founder of “The Barkan Method” of yoga in South Florida, USA. After practising under the watchful eye of Jimmy and his team of experienced yoga teachers for three years, Bryan made the decision to return home to share his knowledge and experience with his family, friends, and now through his lessons, all welcomed participants.
I greatly believe that, to a large degree, we CHOOSE our health. By working on our flexibility, strength and “peace” of mind throughout our lives, we are more likely to enjoy an independent and QUALITY life for longer.
Yoga is a brilliant way to extend longevity and improve quality of life.
Over to Bryan:
B.K.S. Iyengar said, “The practise of yoga fills up the reservoirs of hope and optimism within you. It helps you overcome all obstacles on the path to perfect health and spiritual contentment. It is a rebirth.”
Around the world, more and more people are turning to yoga as a means of healing. Whether it is a back injury, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, asthma, insomnia or anxiety from a busy life, they are being led to this ancient wisdom by doctors and others in the health profession. Studies have now shown how the asanas, pranayama, and meditation can positively affect respiratory rates, circulation, stress hormones and even help reverse heart disease. And, there is a greater understanding that Yoga is more than just a physical form of exercise. Although certain styles can surely tone the muscles, strengthen the bones, improve flexibility, increase energy and aid weight loss, the essence of the practise goes much deeper into the cells and into your soul. After all, it starts with spiritus, or breath.
The beauty of yoga is that it is truly for every body – no matter what the shape or size. With consistency of practice, you can overcome physical limitations and move toward self-awareness which is the anchor of all healing. The practice is also irrespective of age. So if you are between 5 and 85 yoga could be suitable for you. If you would like to try a class, check www.yogavida.com.au for more information.
I strongly encourage everyone to consider Yoga and give it a go.
True fitness and independence at all stages of life requires that we attend to all the different areas of fitness- cardio, strength training, stretching and flexibility. I know only too well how lack of stretching/flexibility can lead to frustrating injuries! Only with a well balanced routine can we be assured to keep active and healthy.
If you care about your health, give yoga a go…..Not only magical for joints, muscles and tone, it is INCREDIBLE for the mind, spirit and soul 🙂
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