Yoga at Seed & Bean Market
Seed & Bean Market prioritizes wellness through CBD, a health-conscious diet, community and now yoga. Yoga offers the opportunity to learn many lessons like unity, clarity, and discipline through asanas (posture), pranayama (breathe) and dhyana (meditation).
Pranayama (Prana: life force, Ayama: extension or expansion)
Breathing is generally done unconsciously. As your brain receives signals on the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide currently in your blood, your brain then signals the muscles to breathe at a rate dependent on current activity.
In yoga, cues are used to deliberately control when and how you breathe using specific postures, movements and practices. The practice of breathe is commonly referred to as Pranayama, one of the eight limbs of yoga. There are many different techniques to practice breathe and even more benefits. From relief and relaxation to improved mental and physical health, practicing breathing can put you on the path of overall wellness.
The practice of physical postures through sequential movements or stillness and deliberate breathing techniques offers a unique practice to unite the body, mind and breathe. This practice is another limb of the eight limbs of yoga commonly called asanas. The Sanskrit definition of asanas is translated to seated position, posture or pose. With many different types of asanas practice, the preference is advised to be chosen individually and practiced consistently. Asanas is also used to increase strength, flexibility, and improve balance but the benefits of a frequent practice can only truly be understood individually.
Dhyana (dhi: the mind, yana: moving or going)
How long can you hold your mind still? A second? 1 minute? Meditation is modernly defined as a state of daydreaming. However, meditation is defined by Swami Rama as a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of total consciousness.
In meditation, the mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or on the events taking place around you. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent. When the mind is silent and no longer distracts you, meditation deepens.