OUR PASSION & OUR PATH
These days, most people struggle with some sort of ongoing health issue, even those who appear to be healthy and engage in sports or fitness activities. Stress and lifestyle related conditions like fatigue, sleep problems, anxiety, depression, chronic pain or frequent injuries are alarmingly common - which has earned them a spot amongst the biggest issues in public health.
Yoga, if practised appropriately, can not only help to ease the symptoms but also create the awareness and mindset needed to identify and eliminate the root of the problem.
We are determined to equip everyone with the knowledge and tools to utilise their body's innate healing capacities through conscious breathing, mindful movement and listening to the body's feedback.
BREATHE consciously. MOVE mindfully. BE listening.
Yoga has become a common activity for recreation and fitness. However, modern mainstream classes can be intimidating for less sporty people and are not always suitable for those with existing health problems - who would benefit the most from a regular yoga practice.
Inner Smile Yoga & Health aims to bridge this gap by offering accessible classes that are safe for every body. We explicitly focus on injury prevention and physical and mental wellbeing by utilising yoga in a more therapeutic sense.
Therefore, all our classes are based on slow to moderately paced, mindful movement with an emphasis on conscious breathing and postural awareness. Why is this so beneficial?
Most of us are permanently under pressure - we need to get things done within a narrow time frame, expectations are high and down-times low. Everything has to be fast and intense, even exercise and yoga classes are designed "to fit into the tightest schedule".
As a result, our body gets stuck in the "fight or flight" response and subsequently shuts down mechanisms that are not essential for immediate survival. If we don't allow ourselves enough time to switch back into "recovery" mode we are likely to develop serious health problems, which creates even more stress and anxiety.
Slowing down is the only way to break this famine cycle and help our body heal itself!
"Our breath is our number one priority, for without it we are unable to utter one single word or perform even the smallest of actions."
- Richard Brennan, The Alexander Technique Workbook
Isn't it surprising that although breathing is the most essential action of all we hardly ever spend a thought on how we breathe?
Apart from keeping us alive, the breath plays an important role in many ways. Technically, breathing is the exchange of oxygen and waste gases in our lungs. Up to 70% of the body's detoxification happens here!
As the breath is linked to the nervous system it changes frequently, depending on our activity, mood and health status. Thus, it is an excellent indicator for our well-being. Moreover, since we can also change our breath at will, we are able to influence our physical, mental and emotional health through conscious breathing!
Nature has equipped us with a tool that is more powerful than any pill, we only have to (re-)learn how to use it.