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De­vra King Port Dou­glas Yoga

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

I have been prac­tis­ing Hatha Yoga, tra­di­tional Yoga, for nearly 20 years, firstly as a stu­dent and then as a teacher for the last 6 years. My very first yoga class was with Shirley Lloyds in the old Com­mu­nity Hall on Macrossan Street be­fore Coles was built. It was a re­ally won­der­ful awak­en­ing for me and set me on my per­sonal Yoga jour­ney. I be­came part of Port Dou­glas Yoga when Shirley asked me if I would like to be­come a Yoga teacher. Her con­fi­dence in me in­spired me to re­alise that this was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to im­merse my­self more fully in some­thing I ab­so­lutely loved and found so per­son­ally re­ward­ing. The ben­e­fits of Yoga are im­mea­sur­able, and while all as­pects of yoga work to im­prove our health, im­proved flex­i­bil­ity, bal­ance and co-or­di­na­tion are some of the first and most ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits that you dis­cover. Then af­ter a while you be­gin to no­tice a grad­ual loos­en­ing and open­ing of joints, along with in­creased strength and stamina. A well-bal­anced prac­tice gets your blood flow­ing, im­proves pos­ture, helps keep your disks sup­ple, and has the po­ten­tial for low­er­ing high blood pres­sure, while weight­bear­ing ex­er­cises strengthen bones and can help ward off os­teo­poro­sis. The best things about Yoga for me are that it has cre­ated for me a place in a com­mu­nity that shares and supports, with peo­ple that laugh and are true to them­selves and it gives me the tools to de­velop and bal­ance all the dif­fer­ent as­pects of my life. The hard­est time for me was when I be­gan my teacher train­ing with IYTA, the In­ter­na­tional Yoga Teacher Train­ing which is an ex­tremely de­mand­ing, indepth course over 12 months. At the time I was also work­ing full-time and the work load of as­sign­ments and re­search was quite daunt­ing. How­ever this train­ing has been a fan­tas­tic ground­ing not only in the phys­i­cal prac­tice but many other varied prac­tices, and in par­tic­u­lar the Phi­los­o­phy of Yoga. Even in this beau­ti­ful part of the world, many of us live fast-paced, of­ten stress­ful lives. As our breath­ing is in­ti­mately con­nected to our state of well­be­ing, by learn­ing to be­come con­scious of the flow of our breath, Yoga en­cour­ages us to re­lax and fo­cus on the present and to cre­ate more bal­ance by calm­ing and qui­et­ing the mind. As well as all the phys­i­cal ben­e­fits, now widely ac­knowl­edged, a reg­u­lar yoga prac­tice also helps de­velop har­mony, com­pas­sion and greater equa­nim­ity. My favourite pose is Virab­hadrasana II (War­rior II) On the phys­i­cal level it strength­ens and stretches the legs and an­kles, chest, lungs and shoul­ders. It stim­u­lates ab­dom­i­nal or­gans, in­creases stamina and helps pre­vent os­teo­poro­sis, and sci­at­ica. On the men­tal and emo­tional lev­els we stand cen­tred, aware of our breath, quiet and con­fi­dent, strong and still, and fully in the present mo­ment, while stretch­ing back to the past and for­ward into the fu­ture. For me it en­com­passes ev­ery­thing I love about Yoga.

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