Leading this element of OYOS, Jo believes yoga is about ownership and responsibility; mindfulness, acceptance and kindness. It’s about moving in a way that is helpful; being able to tune into your own body and mind and doing what is right for you at that particular moment. It’s about giving yourself space, building strength, core stability and functional range of movement and also excepting the body’s limits and working with kindness so that progression is steady and safe and useful.
Yoga works with the body’s nervous system responses, helping to find a path back to relaxation. It encourages you to be present which decreases anxiety and stress.
All of these things help us to function better. They can translate into the real world so that we can remain calm, think clearly, improve decision making, be more efficient, sit & move comfortably, build positive relationships and frankly be more content.
Jo needs to understand why things work and what is going on in the mind and body. For many people this type of insight, not only helps to create a sense of ownership but also perseverance. We have to be patient and allow the body to take the time it needs to develop strength, flexibility, neurological pathways and ultimately, new habits.
Yoga and meditation work because they help all the systems in the body function optimally.
Ultimately, the aim is to create an easy, flowing, rhythmic series of movements which stretch, heal, cleanse and give us space – in the body and in the mind. The breath plays a key role in this…..
Breath work can be an extremely powerful tool. It has long been acknowledged that we can control our nervous system responses using the breath. As all our systems are connected, having an understanding about how to use the breath can have a profound impact upon both mental and physical health.