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Yoga For Healing

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Yoga For Healing  

Yoga is an ancient form of healing which more people are turning to instead of taking medication. It is a  physical, emotional, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. To know more about what yoga is all about, my guest, Or Shahar will explain how this method can affect our health positively.   

Trip To India  

Or Shahar was exposed to yoga as early as 18 years old. She has three older sisters, and one of them convinced her to go to India during her teenage years.  The trip indeed impacted her a lot and proved to be helpful in later years when she battled depression at around 21 years old.   

“I had mental health issues, and yoga helped a lot towards the end of my recovery.  Yoga taught me to be stable, but I still questioned life,” recalls Or Shahar. “I questioned how to be happy. I questioned what happiness is.”  

Or Shahar’s turning point came four years ago in Berlin when she decided to become a teacher after years of practicing traditional yoga and embracing Buddhism. After a period of getting in touch with her spirituality and understanding the purpose of her existence, Or Shahar eventually built Freedom Yoga with a motto that happiness comes from within.   

Hatha Yoga  

There are many kinds of yoga and Or Shahar practices Hatha yoga in particular. Or Shahar explains that by definition, Hatha is a physical yoga practice, which is pretty much all yoga you’ll find in this hemisphere.   

According to Or Shahar, Hatha is one of the six original branches of yoga, and it encompasses nearly all types of modern yoga. Today, classes described as Hatha on studio schedules are typically a primary and classical approach to yogic breathing exercises and postures.  

“All of the styles of yoga are all Hatha yoga. They come from the same source,” said Or Shahar.   

Importance of Yoga  

People who practice yoga have attested to the fact that the practice allows them to connect to who they are at a deeper level. While most of us seek conventional ways to alleviate suffering, practicing yoga provides another avenue for us to resolve our inner conflicts.   

“Yoga has many benefits. It makes us strong and flexible. Based on personal experience, I improved my mental mindset by focusing on the present moment,” said Or Shahar. “Yoga teaches us how to use the body and breath as an anchor. Because if you are breathing right, it affects your body and your body’s sensation.”  

Or Shahar adds, “Once you correctly practice yoga, you will eventually develop awareness to the body.  Strengthening that part of you will support you in your everyday life.”  

Success Stories  

Or Shahar had witnessed and helped a lot of people to heal over the years through yoga. She has helped relieve clients from physical, emotional, spiritual and mental pain, as well as taught them how to continue to stay on track.  

She admits that some health conditions are challenging. And although it might not completely eradicate the suffering, yoga eases the pain to a certain point.  Or Shahar helps clients achieve that by incorporating Buddist approaches in her yoga sessions.   

“Students undergo a deep process. Eventually, they can use yoga in everyday life. Most students end up feeling empowered,” Or Shahar said. “However, in some cases, yoga is not a cure for health conditions like depression. The best way sometimes is to get a good support system while you are on a recovery path.”  

Dealing With Emotional Attachments  

Or Shahar explains that as far are emotions are concerned, suppressing it can cause us mental and emotional slavery. Now this, I can relate.  

I remember when I first moved to the United States, my father was in the process of moving his factory. Part of that move was my dad storing possessions belonging to me, my mom and my grandparents.   

However, it was not long before my dad suddenly passed away and those stored possessions were stolen shortly after. Feeling helpless in the U.S., my utmost concern was to recover at least our photo albums.   

Fortunately, my best friend who was living in Canada was able to retrieve the photo albums for me. All the other possessions were lost, but that experience taught me to learn to let go and move on.   

Making Realistic Expectations  

Have you ever heard the saying, ‘Expectations lead to disappointments?’ Well, it’s true. According to Or Shahar,  if you make an effort and commitment, you will see some change. It is not magic, but it works!  

Some choose to do yoga for weight loss, but realistically, yoga merely serves as a support to lose weight. That is why it is essential to connect with your body to be able to listen to what it needs.   

“When it comes to expectations, we hold to disappointments. We let ourselves defined by it. The more you hold on to it, the more dangerous it can become, because the holding on is what creates the suffering,” said Or Shahar.  

Or Shahar suggests that to start connecting to your body, you must first learn the techniques on how to breathe correctly. Doing breathing exercises at a quiet place is recommended.   

Once you are settled in a comfortable position, be aware of your breathing and lengthen your breath as you inhale and exhale through your lungs and diaphragm. The right way to pace your breathing is to do four counts of inhaling and exhale.  

“People do yoga for varied reasons. In the end, the real reason to do yoga is to gain this inner freedom and this inner peace. If that is your goal, then dig deep why are you doing yoga,” Or Shahar said.  

How To Jumpstart A Yoga Practice  

Ready to try yoga? Great! You’re on the right track because yoga helps relax your body inside out and clears your mind.    

“Yoga has a long-lasting effect. It is not for the lazy. You need to do the work,” advises Or Shahar. “It doesn’t matter how much you do. Just start doing it. There are very clear guidelines in yoga on what you can do and what you should practice.”  

Or Shahar took her first yoga course during her first trip to India, at only 18 years old. Since then she has made some wrong turns and a few long breaks, but yoga has always stayed an essential and guiding part of her life.  

At 23, recovering from depression and feeling uninspired by art school, Or Shahar took a plane to India again, this time, with the full intention to do some real learning. 

There she discovered her deep connection to Buddhism, took her first yoga teacher training and started to practice seriously.    

Or Shahar kept practicing and traveling and serving for three more years, until she decided to grow roots in Berlin, Germany. There, she took her second yoga teacher training at Shakti Yogaloft (a 3-year long course consisting of over 500 hours of training) plus an advanced training “Yoga for People with Special Needs” (with Antje Kuwert) and started to teach.  

Today Or Shahar keeps deepening her practice every day, raise her beloved dog and teach around Berlin. She helps yoga practitioners who feel like their weekly class is not enough anymore, to deepen their practice without spending tons of time and money on yoga teacher training.  

Through online training and one-on-one coaching, Or Shahar’s students get the support they need to integrate yoga into their everyday routine easily. When their practice becomes more regular and more meaningful, the result is inner peace, that benefits every aspect of their life.  

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