Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
At Jung Shim our philosophy is to help everyone harness the power of their own ‘human’ energy. This blog is timed to coincide with International Day of Yoga on 21st June and we explain how the principles of Yoga can support you in your ability to start to regenerate your own 'human’ energy, and similarly how we use slow and deep movements in the Jung Shim energy classes.
Remember to breathe, and breathe deeply!
Our breath and emotions are connected in a feedback loop. Yoga brings awareness and control to our breath patterns, allowing us to notice when our emotions are affecting our breath, and using the breath to calm our emotions. Observing your body, breath and emotions through the yoga practice teaches you to focus your mind on one thing at a time. Your breath will naturally slow as you focus on it and, as the breath slows down the mind will follow. This process will recharge the mind and can support a sense of inner calm.
In addition to being relaxing, deep breathing has been proven to physiologically impact the heart, brain, digestion and immune system. Deep breathing also alkalinizes the body, keeping the body balanced in its natural state which is slightly alkalinized. This supports the reduction of stress and inflammation in the body.
Physical activity increases the motility and mobility of the organs and muscles, allowing them to perform their natural detoxification process. Deep yogic breathing enhances the function of the lungs. More active yoga poses create sweat which is also a natural detoxifier.
Stress relief and sleep improvement
By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormones such as cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system. When we are less stressed we sleep better, and when we sleep better we are less stressed. Physical activity and mental relaxation fuel this virtuous cycle.
Staying in the here and now
We can all be guilty of spending a lot of our time thinking about the past or the future. Many of the benefits of yoga stem from the ability to unplug and focus on what’s going on in your body and in your life right now.
You will cultivate an attitude of gratitude
By bringing awareness to your body and what it can do and clearing your head, you can see how much you have to be grateful for in your life. Many yogis begin and end their practices by dedicating their time on the mat to someone or something important to them.
How Jung Shim can help
Jung Shim means ‘beautiful mind’. Our chanting, meditation and movement classes, as well as our energy treatments, help us to release physical and emotional pain.
A one hour Jung Shim Qi class begins with chanting vibrational sounds. Although unfamiliar at first, the sound works to open the major energy centres and tune the body to receive Qi (energy), leaving participants feeling clear, calm and focused.
They then follow a series of energy movements to create a smooth circulation of Qi throughout the energy meridians. The movements change and develop as the participant progresses through the programme. Energy movements detoxify the body and open different energy channels until the entire system is connected. Movements can be adapted depending on an individual’s health condition and flexibility.
Finally, a Qi class ends with meditation designed for self-reflection and clearing the mind. By receiving energy first through the chanting and movements the process of meditation is deeper and more effective. Meditation helps to absorb and digest energy received during the class.
After the class participants generally feel calm, clear, detoxified and energised. As a spiritual practise the connection to energy and personal development grows with each class.