Using basic yoga postures, breathing and deep relaxation techniques reduces compulsive behavior, lowers stress and increases mental and physical vitality. Buddhism and yoga share the intention of training the body, mind and heart in awareness, wisdom and compassion. The practice of yoga postures (asanas) is a beneficial preparation for seated meditation. Yoga helpsb focus and calm the mind, enhances breath and boverall body awareness, and develops the
physical flexibility and strength which help us to sit in meditation with greater ease.
As a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings, yoga asana practice should be grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskritb word asana as explained by various scholars of Pantajali’s Yoga Sutra. The posture (asana) for yoga meditation should be stable and consistentn as well as comfortable (sthira sukham asanam). That one’s relationship to all should be mutually beneficial and come from consistent (sthira) the place of joy and happiness (sukham).
So the practice of asana becomes more than just physical exercise to keep one’s body fit or ton increase strength or flexibility; it becomes a way to improve one’s relationship to all and thus lead to the dissolution of the sense of separateness, the realization of the oneness of being, the discovery of lasting happiness.
The UBC will be offering yoga classes for groups and individuals from the end of February, 2016. The classes will be suitable for all levels. Furthermore, you do not need to be flexible to do yoga or have a particular body type. You only need to be as you are. Yoga is about listening to your body, and compassionately and wisely respecting your capabilities.
At the Uganda Buddhist Centre, Yoga classes are offered Saturdays and Sundays. Come Join us!
May all beings be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and deeds of my own life contribute in some way to this freedom and happiness.