The spiritual benefits of yoga. How to revitalize your mind and body
The spiritual benefits of yoga

The spiritual benefits of yoga. How to revitalize your mind and body

The practice of yoga is well known, and yet often poorly understood. Popular images include developing the ability to twist the body into unimaginable postures or to balance on one leg without falling over. Delve a little deeper and you’ll discover that yoga is suitable for the young or the old. And that it’s not necessary to be strong, fit or flexible to benefit from this ancient system of exercise.

Already the benefits become clear but if you stop there, you’re missing a whole side of what yoga has to offer. The truth is that yoga and spirituality are intertwined and that the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga are just as important as the physical positive effects.

Physical Benefits of Yoga

Making yoga part of your daily life will:

  • Increase physical strength and flexibility – Yoga is a great way to ward off the joint stiffness that can come with age
  • Increase stamina – And also increase bone density and joint strength
  • Improve blood circulation and promote healthy blood pressure – Regular yoga exercises have been shown to normalize high blood pressure
  • Improve the efficiency of the immune system – Yoga has positive effects on all four major components of the immune system. That’s the circulatory, digestive, nervous, and endocrine systems.

Mental Benefits of Yoga

The breathing and relaxation exercises incorporated into the physical poses are responsible for yoga mental benefits. These include:
Lower stress levels – Yoga promotes the release of feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin and lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

  • Increased concentration – Since the mind and body are linked it’s no surprise that improved physical health will also improve mental performance.
  • Increased awareness – Learning to do one thing, with full conscious control will, over time, translate to an increased awareness of all actions.

Spiritual Benefits of Yoga

Some schools of yoga place a strong emphasis on the physical poses, others concentrate more on the mental and emotional aspects of the practice. Ask twenty different yoga practitioners, what is the purpose of yoga for you, and you’re likely to get twenty different answers. But almost all will agree that yoga is a form of exercise that can have positive spiritual health benefits. The most accurate translation of the word itself is ‘union’ and fundamentally, yoga is about integrating the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self.

Those who recognize the spiritual side of yoga to be as important as the physical sometimes refer to the seven spiritual laws of yoga. These are:

  • Pure potential – In recognizing that you are part of the universal field of consciousness you realize that your potential creativity is infinite.
  • Giving and receiving – If you want to keep love, and all else that is positive in this world circulating, you need to both offer yourself to others and accept the gifts that come your way.
  • Karma – The energy you put out into the world will eventually be returned in kind. So kindness is what you should aim for in all your actions.
  • Least effort – Fight the universe and life will be a struggle. Accepting the unfolding of life and travelling in the direction it takes you will lead you most surely to your true purpose.
  • Intention and desire – When you clearly define your pure intentions and hand them on to the infinite potential of the universe you maximize the ease with which your heart’s true desires can be fulfilled.
  • Detachment – Learning not to be disturbed by the trivial and sometimes mystifying unfolding of life. In the end, all will be as it should.
  • Dharma – Everything in life has a true purpose or Dharma. Yogis believe that the greatest joy and fulfilment is found by uncovering and offering up their unique talents for the purpose of making this world a better and more loving place.

When It’s Time for the Next Step

Setting aside a regular time in your day for your exercises and concentrating on completing them mindfully in an unhurried and reverent manner will get you a long way. Yoga retreats can be a good way to regain your focus if you’re feeling bogged down or stuck in your daily concerns.

Sometimes the issue is bigger than just feeling bogged down. Maybe you’re seeking to take the next step in your spiritual development, or perhaps you’re beginning to recognize that your personal or professional life no longer suits your spiritual goals and you need to make a radical transformation. Ayahuasca retreats with yoga are something to consider at this point.
Ayahuasca is becoming increasingly recognized as a way for those seeking to integrate their daily life with their spiritual development and combining it with the grounding and calming practice of yoga is a great way to support yourself through the times when your spiritual path is rocky or the way ahead is unclear.

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Spirit Vine COVID-19 Update

Last Updated: 5th May 2021

In light of the global situation, we are establishing new guidelines to ensure that we provide the maximum amount of safety to all participants who attend the retreats.

We will be following the guidelines provided by the Brazilian government which you can find below, and adding any necessary precautions suitable for the retreats.

In the Itacare area, where we are located, there are very low number of COVID cases.

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Brazilian Government Recommendations for COVID-19

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water;
  • if water and soap are not available or when hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used;
  • Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others;
  • Wear a mask, that covers your nose, mouth and chin;
  • Practice respiratory hygiene;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Be aware of the situation of your destination and follow the guidelines of local public health authorities;
  • Avoid spaces that are closed, crowded or involve close contact;
  • Monitor your health for COVID-19 symptoms and, if you feel unwell:
    – seek medical attention;
    – stay self-isolated as recommended by local health authorities.

Anyone who wants to enter in Brazil must present a negative Covid RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours of boarding the flight. 

Travelers must also fill out an affidavit 24 hours before departure acknowledging the health measures that must be complied with during the period that they will remain in the country. You can find the affidavit here.

Prior to leaving Brazil, depending on the requirements of your destination country, you may be required to present an RT-PCR or Antigen test. If you need a PCR test we recommend you to budget the required time of 6 hours to take the test and get the results at Sao Paulo Guarulhos airport. Antigen test can be taken in the town of Itacare near our center before you go to the airport.

Please note that Itacare and Ilheus do not have RT-PCR testing centers.

Spirit Vine Guidelines for COVID-19

We are requiring all participants and staff to provide a valid Covid-19 test prior to entering the center. The Antigen test is only valid for 24 hours and PCR test is only valid for 72 hours. A valid negative test result must be sent by email prior to entering the center.