"Yoga is a practice that builds strength both inside and out"
Yoga is a practice that builds strength both inside and out, promoting the acceptance of the present, and focusing the mind, allowing students to switch off from what’s going on around them while remaining clear-minded. Each strand of yoga is totally different, embodying its own unique set of benefits. Kundalini Yoga, for example, is both a physical and spiritual practice that incorporates movement, breathing techniques, meditation and mantra chanting. All of this combined stimulates the nervous system, releasing pressure and providing a potent sense of exuberance. Conversely, Yin Yoga, is at the other end of the scale. This slow and considered practice allows people to relax on their mats and subsequently into their bodies. Working with the meridian energy channels located throughout the body, settle people into their breath, and encourage a state of meditation that leads to acceptance.
The chakras are the seven points of spiritual and physical energy that course through our bodies. Each energy centre is responsible for specific functions, and when they’re working in alignment, the body is able to function at an optimum level. When they are unbalanced, however, it can be a catalyst for any number of issues that affect each individual differently. Chakra bowls can be placed and played on the body to bring them back into alignment. The Japanese art of Reiki works in a similar way, but is administered by the hands. Meanwhile, the practice of gong therapy, in which the sounds and vibrations of the instrument are used to rebalance energy in the body, is an inspired ritual that promotes total relaxation – the sounds of the gong are believed to relieve stress, in turn calming the mind.