A yogini might sound like a new brand of probiotic drinks but it’s actually term for a woman who practices yoga, and has lots more health benefits besides.
Yoga is an ancient practice of postures, breathing, visualisation and meditation which helps promote good health and inner peace. The main purpose of Yoga is to still the mind but it will also teach you gentle control and use of the breath.
There are other benefits to yoga. It helps to increase flexibility, maintain suppleness and improve muscle tone. It gives a general sense of calmness and well-being as well as strengthening your body’s own self-healing powers with breathing, meditation and visualisation. Yoga can help you relax and reduce blood pressure. You should find your body and mind are energised while your stress levels are reduced and concentration is improved. You may even find it will help build your confidence.
The golden rule of yoga is that it is not a competition. You are there for you not to match or beat someone else. It is a process of gradual improvement so you should not force your body to do something it is not ready to do. As with any form of exercise you should check with your Doctor about taking a yoga class if you have any doubt because of a medical condition you have.
Yoga is terrific because even if you only practice for one to one and half hours a week at a class, you will feel the benefits of the practice. It is a progression. Every time you practise yoga you will feel different – some times are better than others – you have to go with how you feel at that time.
Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come just as you are. You will find yoga will help you become more flexible over time.
There are a variety of yoga styles. You may have to try a number of classes to find the style and teacher that suits you but you’ve nothing to loose and everything to gain if you just try.
For evening classes at Belfast Metropolitan College at the Fleming Fulton campus contact Maeve Kelly on firstname.lastname@example.org,.
Or contact the YFNI for information on teachers and their classes throughout Northern Ireland.