The style of yoga I teach, called Svaroopa(R), uses props such as blankets, blocks and chairs to support the body so that tight muscles can release. This is different from stretching the muscles and overcoming tension - it's about "letting go".
Yoga practices such as ujjayi (breathing) brings more life-giving prana into the body and also helps to circulate this life force through the body particularly the places where there are energy blockages.
Yoga helps us to "survive" - to cope with the physical, mental and emotional challenges of life. But yoga can also help us to "thrive" - to connect to the source of this state of perpetual bliss or joyfulness that is not dependent on external triggers.
Easing neck or back aches?
Lengthening out tight back or neck muscles can give temporary relief but Svaroopa(R) yoga targets the source of the tension by systematically releasing contraction from the base of the spine upwards to maintain the release.
Relief from stress?
Yoga teaches that we can experience inner peacefulness when the mind is quiet. The combination of ujjayi which calms the nervous system, and the release of physical tension within the body as well as the period of Shavasana (yoga's relaxation pose) gives an immediate experience of inner contentment that grows and spills over into your life.
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Svaroopa(R) Yoga is grounded in ancient yoga teachings of non-duality. We are all interconnected and everyone and everything is sacred. Svaroopa(R). Yoga helps us to experience that reality and to practice "yoga off the mat" in our lives.