- Calms the mind, reducing worries and anxieties
- Improves focus and attention, removing brain fog
- Increases energy, bringing enthusiasm and positivity
- Boosts the immune system
- Rejuvenates the body and mind
Start by sitting in a comfortable cross legged sitting position, if you’re not able to sit on the ground you can sit on a chair with your feet touching flat on the ground and your spine and head upright. Hold out your right hand, fold the index and middle finger down. The thumb will be placed on the right nostril and the ring finger will be used for the left nostril. These two digits will be controlling the flow of breath alternately by pressing on one nostril, blocking the flow of breath, and then the other.
As you practice these breathing exercises always make sure you are not straining. With practice you may want to gradually increase (usually by one count) the length of the breath, or increase the number of repetitions. The breath should be deep but comfortable. The breathing exercises can bring you immediate effect to calm and refresh the mind, but it is also highly recommended that you practice these daily to see further improvement in overall well-being.
Melissa Kuwahata Daswani
Melissa started to indulge in yoga with a keen interest in her 20’s after researching the benefits of practising yoga.
In order to expand her knowledge and practice, she initially enrolled on official training in India during 2009. Her initial stint in yoga teaching began in 2012 in Togo, followed by expanding in the Gambia from 2016. Melissa’s style of teaching incorporates the fundamental and crucial steps of yoga called Hatha yoga, which encompasses the basis of all other styles of yoga. Melissa believes that every individual has something to gain from Yoga which is not limited to mental, physical or spiritual.
Yoga is not a religion but more a spiritual exercise as well as a practice that can universally be incorporated into your daily routine. Melissa offers regular weekly classes in Fajara, the Gambia, which is open to all levels.
She also runs a weekly beach yoga class which is very refreshing and energizing.
It’s her love and dedication towards teaching which allows her the opportunity to share the essence of yoga and its benefits to people from all walks of life.
Whether you reside in the Gambia or a visitor in The Gambia, Yoga Bliss Gambia would love to welcome you to their next class.