Q & A with Candice Jones

2nd September 2015 | By More

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with Candice Jones
(Anahat Yoga & Wellness)

 

What constitutes Wellness?

At Anahat Yoga & Wellness we regard wellness as a personal process of awareness and action towards healthy and sustainable choices in all sectors of life. We firmly believe that a state of wellness comprises physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well-being and not just the absence of disease, illness or infirmity.

Some people tend to think Yoga is a religion or opposes religion. Others say that Yoga is a practice. What exactly is Yoga? Are there different kinds / types of Yoga?

Yoga is a traditional physical, mental and spiritual practice or discipline that originated in pre-Vedic India (6th or 5th centuries BCE). It is not a religion per se but is of course practiced by many committed religious people all over the world today. The word Yoga means union and therefore this means that whatever religious or spiritual aspect you personally combine Yoga with, is never separate or divided from it in the first place.

In the West, Yoga is mostly a physical practise (asana) that might include some breath work (pranayama) and some meditation during relaxation. There are also more traditional schools of Yoga that follow a lineage and a Guru. The different kinds or types normally define themselves by stating clearly their style and also school.

I personally inspire a deep awareness of one’s intimate relationship with the Divine within my yoga teaching. I believe that there is only so much you can explain about the mystical realm, it requires experience to “GET IT”, and it is a very personal journey.

Can anyone do yoga / learn to do yoga?

Yoga is a practise that works for most people from children to the elderly. It is also suitable for recovering from injury or even permanent disability.

How can Yoga benefit a person who is going through one of the most stressful events in life, such as the death of a loved one, moving house, job loss, a major illness or divorce?

The practise of yoga draws our focus from the world outside us (incl. the traumatic event), to a place of witnessing our mind, the physical body and our feelings. And although this might seem like we are ‘escaping reality’; by regulating the breath and relaxing the body, we learn to be present with our issues and our pain. The practise teaches us to witness and welcome all our feelings about the situation without getting caught up in reactions, or letting them define us. This is a life-long practise and not isolated to times of trauma.

It is quite important to choose the appropriate class such as Hatha Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Restorative Yoga or any form of Yin Yoga. You really need to be gentle with yourself during stressful times. Yoga can help you find inner calm and balance. You will be inspired to look at the situation from a different perspective, which might help to find a solution to feeling troubled. Yoga teaches you how to console yourself.

Apart from teaching Yoga, you also offer Reflexology, Therapeutic Massage and Soul Journey Healing. How does this combination impact a person’s spiritual wellbeing?

To put it in a nutshell; we are vibrational beings, having an experience in our bodies. We have a mind and we have emotions which are tools for effectively negotiating this world we are in. When these tools get suppressed or over-dominant, they scramble our ‘computer’; or in other words the cell functioning gets affected. All the work I do aims at balancing the function of the cells of the body. The body, when functioning at an optimal vibration quite naturally has a healthy relationship with the world around it and the link to the spiritual Source is alive.

As a Spiritual Mentor, how would you advise people to view life’s hardships (as mentioned in question 4), in order to deal with them most effectively?

I would like to stress the fact that you are never alone. Get on your knees and ask for help; and then listen. Know that things will never be the same again and open your heart to receiving all the love and guidance that is offered to you. Take action where you can and avoid toxins. Surround yourself with people, sounds and objects that soothe your senses and make you feel safe. There is professional help offered in many forms in these times we live in and I advise that you discuss your troubles with one trusty professional rather than stew over it in social situations. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn to love yourself, so make the most of it.

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Posted by Sinta Ebersohn (Creator of fairdivorce.co.za)


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