About Yoga in Mauritius

Yoga

Yoga has several beneficial impacts


On the physical and physiological plans:

- Yoga improves suppleness, strengthens muscles while elongating them and tones all tissues including those of the organs. This is why it is said that Yoga rejuvenates; a younger body being suppler and stronger.

- Yoga improves general health. A well-spread slogan says: “An hour of Yoga a day keeps the doctor away”. There are hundreds of studies that have proven the different benefits of Yoga to health and the explanations are numerous. Among them, the toning and stimulation of the organs and glands: the improvement of the digestive and respiratory systems, also of blood circulation, a better oxygenation of the blood, therefore of the whole body.

Benefits on the mental and feel-good plans are caused by the meditative part of Yoga. Here again, studies have proven that Yoga and meditation improve:

- Sleep quality and helps the dreaming process; making them more intuitive,

- The immune system

- Concentration abilities

- Stress and anxiety management

Some of these benefits can be felt fairly quickly, others will require a few years of regular practice. Practising Yoga in the natural environment of Mauritius allows a faster switch to holiday mode and amplifies the benefits of taking holidays.


Yoga

The root of the word Yoga is from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means “unite” or “join” as Yoga is indeed about bringing one's attention to the merged functions of brain and body. All terms used in Yoga teaching are from Sanskrit language, namely to describe the different “asanas” (postures); such as the “Savasana” (The corpse posture), “Sarvangasana” (the candle posture) or “Dhanurasana”, (the arc posture) among many more.

The first mentions of Yoga appear in the secret books of Hinduism, known as “Vedas”, later the “Upanishads, approximately 3,000 B.C. Closely linked to the evolution of Hinduism and Buddhism, it is today a spiritual path to some; to others it is a lifestyle ritual, a meditation or simply a physical exercise.

If Yoga could be described in a short sentence it would be: “Meditation in action”. It is a practice free of any notion of performance, of success and failure. It is about finding a mental comfort zone within uncomfortable postures, about relaxing in a physical effort and about meditating in concentration.

There are several types of Yoga; among which the three classical Yoga types (“Margas”).

Jnana Yoga

– The way to knowledge and wisdom

Karma Yoga

– The Yoga of selfless action

Raja Yoga

– Known as the kings' Yoga, it is one of the most “elevated” form of Yoga with emphasis on mental discipline, meditation and enlightenment.

And the other classical types, excluding the modern adaptations:

Bhakti Yoga

– The way to devotion.

Tantra Yoga

– Channelling the merger of macro-cosmic energy with human microcosm

Kundalini Yoga

– Traditionally, this type of Yoga emphasises on meditation and breathing, it is today the name given to a type that synthesises and merges different types of Yoga. It aims at releasing the “Kundalini” or the “Shakti” which are are form of potential energy described as a snake coiled at the base of the spine, awaiting to be awakened.

Hatha Yoga

– Known as the Yoga of physical effort, it is the most spread and practised type of Yoga all around the globe.
It rests on three pillars:

- The “Asanas” (physical postures)

- The “Pranayama” the control one's breathing through precise techniques,

- The “Pratyabara” or meditation, itself split into three stages: the “Dharana” (concentration), the “Dhyana” (contemplation) and the “samadhi” (ecstatic).

In the middle of the 20th century, Mr. Pattabhi Jois founded the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, a more physical approach with emphasis on breathing.