Questions and answers

  • What is yoga?
  • What is the difference between yoga and other sports activities?
  • Can I practice yoga even though I am not a vegetarian?
  • How does bending or twisting my body help me (eg. if I want to get rid of bad habits)?
  • Why do you recommend yoga as a therapy?
  • Can I hurt myself practicing yoga?
  • What are the benefits of practicing yoga?
  • What does yoga programme consist of?
 Yoga is a system of techniques and exercises used for establishing balance and connecting physical body, mind and spirit.
 When we exercise or do activities requiring fast movements or more power, we stimulate sympathetic nervous system. As a result, the following occurs: rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, sweating, higher blood pressure, blood becomes more acidic, lactic acid level gets higher, the body exhausts itself. Therefore, exercise has positive and negative effects. However, in order to gain positive effects, it is necessary to perform body movements and positions in a slow and conscious manner by respecting the limits of the human body and without overstraining, not to stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, but the parasympathetic one. As a result, all bodily functions remain normal. Yoga exercises do not exhaust the body. On the opposite, they fill the body with energy and make it strong and fresh.
 Yes. Everyone can practice yoga regardless of age, sex, marital state, health state, physical fitness, religion, education, profession, dietary habits or life style. There are no limitations in yoga. Yoga is tolerance and accepting oneself and others with all unique characteristics.
 Regular, systematic and proper yoga exercises help you eliminate toxins from your body because inner organs responsible for their elimination get massaged. After toxins get eliminated, the body (brain) does not crave for them anymore and this is how you get rid of a bad habit, addiction etc.
 A man is an “assembly” consisting of many layers (physical body, mind, intellect, life energy and soul) which functions in a complete and accurate manner only if all parts are present. This means that when a man gets sick, the disease does not only affect the physical body, but also other layers. In order to treat the disease, we need to treat all the layers and not only the part where the disease is located. This is called holistic therapy and yoga is one of them. Therefore, techniques and exercises included in this programme affect the whole “assembly”. This way, other changes in psycho-physical state occur. Yoga does not exclude methods and therapies of the official medicine or other therapy techniques.
 Not if you perform yoga exercises accurately and in accordance to your psycho-physical state. Therefore, it is important to practice yoga regularly under the guidance of experienced instructors who are familiar with benefits and limitations of individual exercises. Yoga instructors will choose exercises based on your health status and show you how to perform them accurately.

  • Muscle relaxation
  • Mental relaxation
  • Peripheral system massage
  • Stimulation of internal organs which consequently enhances substance exchange in the organism as well as lymph system activities, the skin becomes cleaner and refreshed
  • Balancing the endocrine system
  • Balancing the central nervous system
  • Stimulation of life energy
  • Boosting immune system
  • Increasing spine flexibility, joint mobility
  • Normalisation of all bodily functions
  • Maintaining health and/or help in the healing process
  • Developing awareness, tolerance, positive thinking and active participation in accordance to what was mentioned before

There is a variety of programmes available at the Centre Namaste based on age, psycho-physical status and specific needs of yoga practitioners. The basis of each programme except the yoga programme for children is:

  1. Relaxation/warm-up exercises
  2. Yoga poses – asanas
  3. Breathing techniques – pranayama
  4. Deep relaxation techniques – yoga nidra
  5. Theory with practice

Programmes are upgraded depending on the interests and needs of yoga practitioners. Additionally, yoga instructors teach exercises/techniques for yoga practitioners to have much greater benefits in dealing with a disease/state and which later he/she can practice on its own at home.

Regardless of your reasons for choosing yoga (maintain health, help in healing, achieving inner peace, improving mental or physical capabilities, meditation, spiritual realisation…), you should start with the basics which include body exercises and breathing techniques (part of our programme) and active participation in the family and society.