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Yoga in the Heart of St. Johns
“Yoga is the mind like a flame in a lamp with no wind.”
When you think about yoga, what comes to mind? Does it require the flexibility of a contortionist? Is it an exercise class(link to class schedule)? Is it spiritual or religious?
“Yogas chitta vritti nirodha ”
— Sútra 1:2
This sutra translate to “Yoga is when the movement of consciousness cease to fluctuate.”
Since the natural tendency of the Mind is to wander and waver, yoga is a tool to rest the mind so we can experience mental clarity and peace. Think of the mind as a flickering flame. Yoga is the mind like a flame in a lamp with no wind.
The teachings of yoga are several thousands of years old yet they are relevant today more than ever. Did you know the average attention span of a person is only 6-8 seconds! Constant movement of thought and stimuli can overwhelm our body-mind system and that can be expressed as mild to severe feelings like anxiety, depression, insomnia, helplessness, anger, and other mind imbalances. We can calm these feelings and support a healthy mind by creating a personal yoga practice.
Practicing the physical aspect of yoga helps to create strength and flexibility in the body, practicing meditation or calming and quieting our thoughts, create strength and clarity in the mind. Yoga is the sister science of Ayurveda and can be practiced according to a person’s unique body constitution. With Ayurvedic principles, your yoga practice can also be modified based on the season of the year, the time of day or the stages of life.