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How does Yoga work?

Here is a brief outline of the different aspects of a typical Sampoorna Hatha Yoga class:

It traditionally starts with some invocation to remind the practitioner that Hatha Yoga does not just address the physical body. It is a spiritual discipline. This creates an athmosphere of powerful calmness in body and mind.

Breathing exercises are done at the beginning to wake up the energy and make it flow smoothly. They remove tiredness and energetical blockages, establish a healthy breathing pattern, energize and clean the breathing organs and the entire system and balance the activating and the calming component of the nerval system. The mind becomes calm, steady and awake.

Alternate Nostril Breathing
Shoulderstand

Sun Salutations 1Sun Salutations 2Sun Salutations 3

Effective warming up exercises including Surya Namasakar, the sun salutations, strengthen, stretch and warm up the body to prepare it for Asanas, the Yoga postures. The practice of Asanas is based on different perfectly balanced series. However it is not limited to those series, as variations are infinite. This encourages the practitioner to explore the whole scope of the practice of asanas.

Thus it gives a complete workout of the body, done with total respect for the physical limitations, without being obsessed by them. The focus is more on what can be done rather than on one's limits. The practice then becomes a joyful, playful challenge that keeps the mind in a positive state.

A guided final relaxation completes the class. In this part of the Yoga session the student integrates all the work and all the experiences he or she made during the class and is able to let go of the body and relax completely. You dive into deeper and deeper layers of your consciousness and come more and more in contact with your radiant, true nature.

Savasana

Through this practice, all systems of the physical body become strong and healthy. The astral body, made of the energy sheath, the mental sheath and the intellectual sheath, regain balance and harmony. When health, balance and harmony are restored, we come in contact with the causal body, which is made of bliss.

This is how Sampoorna Hatha Yoga, when properly practiced, can bring so much energy, joy and happiness!