All life is dependent on movement.
Even as we sleep, the heart continues its rhythmical beat and lungs continue to inhale and exhale. Whilst awake, we have a great capacity for movement and great energy, but unfortunately due to our current lifestyles, this energy does not always get used. This can lead to unhealthy bodies, weight gain, dis-functioning of our normal physiological body processes as well as mental agitation.
Therefore, this group is about getting together to practice various sporting activities with the aim of keeping fit and healthy, in body mind and soul. Despite being based in Paris, the aim is to provide a diverse range of activities including running, yoga, qi gong, kung fu, climbing, biking, sailing and surfing.
That being said, if anyone has a particular expertise is an area of sport and would like to host a session please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
I am a Hatha Yoga teacher and student of Traditional Chinese Medicine and interested in all things ‘health and well-being’ and ‘outdoors in the wild’. I’m British and have been living in France for over 3 years now, so my level of French is good so if you’d like to contact me in French that’s no problem at all. Look forward to meeting with you all :)
A brief intro on Yoga
Yoga is not just a physical of exercise but a metaphysical life science –providing practices & principles that help you live your life in good health with emotional balance and well-being.
Yogic practices may include: Asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, cleansing practices, chanting.
Why practice Yoga?
It is being increasingly recognized by the scientific field that the practice of yoga can be a type of preventative medicine.
A series of asanas brings increased flexibility, strength, stamina and steadiness to the body as well as better neuro-muscular co-ordination.
Our own body weight is used for balancing and load bearing exercises which does not exert too much stress on the body but strengthens the bones, muscles and joints.
Emotional health and stress is one of the biggest contributors of disease. Yoga helps us achieve a state of mental balance and relieve mental tensions and stress.
How does Yoga bring mental well-being and help calm stress and emotions?
The practice of asanas directly affects the state of mind. By putting our body into various positions and holding them we are increasing the neuro-muscular co-ordination and therefore the connection between body and mind.
Balancing asanas are also very beneficial to our nervous-system, and since our nervous system is inherently linked to our brain, such poses can help to balance and calm the mind.
But most importantly, asana practice requires continued awareness of breath and continued concentration in terms of assuming and holding the posture. This focus of attention gives our mind a well-deserved break from our thoughts and worries. This disengagement from our thought allows our mind to relax and refresh itself, which we rarely give ourselves a chance to do.
Giving ourselves a break from our thoughts, brings a state of peace and tranquility to our mind. We then reemerge from this with more clarity of thought, better concentration and improved ability to make decisions. It is essentially a form of meditation. Practiced in the correct way, it can be even more refreshing than sleep, as even in sleep we are tied up in dreams and subconscious worries.