Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are asanas (postures designed to increase strength and flexibility) and pranayama (breathing). The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago .
Zen yoga refers to a variety of physical and energetic practices that can be found within the Zen Buddhist tradition. Lessons are based on a hatha style of yoga incorporating Zen practice. For those of your looking for a more dynamic practice Lexie also teaches Vinasasna flow, Ashtanga Yoga and the bad boy of Yoga, Rocket Yoga.
Zen Yoga was developed to increasing a person’s ability to sit in mediation for prolonged periods of time. Whilst this not a regular practice in the west Zen Yoga can help increase your awareness of the body and provide relief and movement to life styles of working behind a desk for prolonged periods.
Zen Yoga particular, emphasises three intertwined areas – physical alignment, the flow of energy in the body and awareness or mindfulness.
Physical alignment is highly emphasised in Zen, keeping the right posture at all times can energise you, and allow your mind to settle and allows you to take yoga off the mat and into everyday life.
Correct posture is so emphasised is because it powerfully influences both our mind-state and our energy. Underlying Zen is a conception of the human system as an energetic phenomenon. This energy or ki is seen as something that can be enhanced or depleted. This energy influences our health, wellbeing and emotional state.
The third aspect of Zen yoga is the application of mindfulness. The Buddha is recorded as saying, “There is one thing that leads to happiness in the present and liberation in the future; and what is this one thing? It is mindfulness of the body.”