For more than a decade The Nurse and Midwifery Organisation of Ljubljana has been conducting yoga workshops that take place every year from October to May. The groups are formed in the autumn when we begin the classes. We aim to form the groups according to the level of the participants’ abilities. We have four groups in Ljubljana (Monday to Thursday) and two on Wednesdays in Idrija in Trbovlje.
Yoga represents a deep, intimate relationship between the body, breathing, and consciousness. It primarily has a preventative function for the body and the mind, and in some cases it is also curative. It helps a person develop the ability to take responsibility for themselves in terms of their health and wellbeing. Various exercises help to develop physical and internal strength, flexibility, vitality, and a sense of calmness and the ability to connect with oneself.
We perform hatha yoga, meaning that we perform physical exercises, breathing exercises, relaxation exercises, and meditation. The difficulty is gradually increasing, from simple exercises for everyone to more demanding positions and asanas. The emphasis is on gradual and non-violent progression, meaning that we perform the exercises progressively and carefully.
We begin with a smaller range of movements, which are then intensified. While breathing we are careful that the exercises are not carried out aggressively or too quickly. Exercises are carried out to the limit of our abilities or we stop before they are painful.
Nurses move either too little or too much and improperly, and at the same time the mind is excessively active. Yoga helps us harmonize both.