Hatha yoga focuses on assuming different postures (known as asanas) which strengthen the body physically, and breathing techniques which encourage meditation and complete relaxation.
Yoga is therefore an essential part of what we aim to achieve here at Source Health – holistic health for mind, body and spirit.
We offer regular hour-long hatha yoga classes in a warm, welcoming atmosphere at our Aurora Borealis Highland Retreat, led by an experienced practitioner whose yoga sessions have proved so popular that we have had to insist on advance bookings.
In a hatha yoga class there are always some physical challenges, but also plenty to exercise the mind too. Class begins with a warm up stretch session, followed by some strengthening asanas (poses) for different parts of the body. You’ll simultaneously be taught breathing control exercises, called pranayama. Classes end with quiet, meditative deep relaxation known as savasana.
Most people, no matter what their fitness level, thoroughly enjoy yoga sessions, which is why we often incorporate them into our wellness Retreats.
Stress will become more manageable because you have learned to control your breathing, so anxiety and panic attacks will become easier to overcome.
Yoga students generally find that they start sleeping better. This is because doing yoga reduces levels of cortisol, a hormone connected to your sleep cycle. It also improves sleep because with its focus on mindful breathing yoga relaxes the mind.
There’s evidence too that yoga eases depression symptoms because it increases the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin in your brain, calming the nervous system and regulating your emotions.
Yoga has been shown to decrease neck and back pain, relieve the symptoms of menopause and arthritis …. and so much more.
The best way to find out what yoga can do for your mind, body and soul is to give it a go! We look forward to having you join our yoga classes.