What’s the definition of yoga?
Yoga is a UNION between your mind and your body. It’s about living consciously in the present moment and training your spiritual intelligence so that you can create meaning and order out of the chaos of life. It is a discipline that can be practiced by anyone at any stage of life. And in a busy, hustle and bustle social-media sitting-culture it can be often seen as self-improvement.
What happens in your brain when you practice yoga regularly and how does it affect your being?
When you practice yoga you RELAX as your mind becomes less active. That means you don’t worry about the past and you are not anxious about future. Yoga activates the alpha brain wave and makes your thoughts take a rhythm of about 8 to 12 cycles / second. It results in you becoming more aware of what’s happening in the PRESENT moment and conscious of your senses as you take the signals from the outside world more accurately.
In addition to that, studies show that regular yoga practice increases the grey matter density in the brain which results in better cognitive abilities, longer lasting memory, improved reasoning as well as stronger sense of perception, and more conscious body movements.
In 2004 scientist Richard Davidson and colleagues reported on EEG studies of monks (Lutz et al. 2004). They found that electrical activity was heightened during meditation in the left prefrontal cortex, just behind the forehead. Increased activity in this area is associated with positive emotions.
In 2007 Davidson and colleagues reported on studies showing that long-term meditators have more electrical signals in the brain associated with concentration and emotional control (Brefczynski-Lewis et al. 2007). This shows that a practice of meditation leads to having more positive emotions, and the ability to concentrate and regulate emotions. (from Yoga for Anxiety by M. NurrieStearns, LCSW, RYT, Rick NurrieStearns).
What does the Logo represent?
The three main elements of my logo are: the OM, my name-Martyna, and the little pig inside the O…
“OM” was first mentioned in the Upanishads (700 BCE) and has an enormous amount of meanings (historical, spiritual, religious, symbolical etc.). Each of them is powerful and rich in history and tradition. The reason why I chose it for the name of my classes is the fact that when we chant it (pronounce “AUM”), we tune-in with particular vibrations in our body which have the same frequency as the universe (432Hz). This means that for a brief moment you are connected to nature, all living beings and the universe.
“When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do.” – Rachel Naomi Remen
THE LITTLE PIG – Pigs are cute and walk only on two toes (even though they have four toes on each foot). Another interesting fact is that they have 15.000 taste buds (to put things into perspective: humans have 9.000 of them)! Isn’t that crazy? But this is not the reasons why I choose a little pig to be in my yoga logo though, haha!
I am an animal rights activist and a vegan. The little pig is a symbol of my dedication to practicing the vegan principles and values in my work. That doesn’t mean you have to be vegan to cooperate with me. It’s just something you should know.
“Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.” -W. Churchill
MARTYNA – The person behind all these projects 🙂