New To Yoga?
Yoga is NOT just for flexible people!
Some of you, I've heard your resistant little voice say "I'm too stiff to do yoga." Or "I need to lose weight before I can do yoga." The truth is, yoga benefits us all because we work in a wholistic way to create a balance by cultivating whatever it is we need. Whether it be more: flexibility, more strength, more steadiness. Or Less: anxiety, tension, stress, weight. We are all here for the same reason: to find balance which ultimately leads to peace and happiness.
Come as you are. Let Yoga meet you there.
Read more about Yoga below or get ready to dive in!
1) Injuries, chronic pain or other extremem challenges: If you have a current injury that you are rehabilitating which may require special attention, we recommend you start with a Gentle Flow or Yin Yoga class OR you book at least one private session with one of our instructors which will give you the tools to work safely and mindfully in yoga. Please be sure you have seen a doctor first and have a diagnosis of your condition.
What IS Yoga?
Happiness can only come when we are comfortable and at ease in our bodies. Calm and reived of stress in our minds. Joyful and free in our spirits. Yoga will lead you there if you are willing to be present, try something new and be a beginner. DON'T WAIT until you are "ready" because the truth is you are ready now! Wherever you are in your body, in your life, yoga will lead you to health and happiness.
You are ready for yoga now! :)
The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “yuj,” meaning “to yoke” or "union,” in the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.
What is commonly referred to as "yoga" can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses.
What More Is Yoga?
Yoga is a system or a framework for living that directs us how to find our optimal way of living. Who doesn't want that? I do! Do you want physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health? Yes! Come and discover why millions of people have rediscovered this ancient art and science of living! (And.... it's fun!)
We will often say it's your yoga "practice," which means you don't have to do it "right." There is no right or wrong. The practice IS the yoga. And over time your practice will change, evolve and develop. You will learn as you go.
This is YOUR practice. Strength and flexibility will come. And you will amazed at how good you FEEL. Let that be the prize that let's you know you are doing it right. Let go of your ego, need to be right or perfect. We are not here to judge you. We are here to guide you to your most healthy, happy and vibrant self, to help you set that Self free! :)
The Yoga Sutras
Patanjali in his set of 196 aphorisms called "The Yoga Sutras," written some 2200 years ago, contain the concise wisdom that outlines the philosophy of this framework for living we call Yoga. The Sutras outline the 8 Limbs of Yoga:
1. Yamas - Ethics: Non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, sexual restraint and non-acquisitiveness.
2. Niyamas - Self conduct: purity, contentment, right effort/energy, self study, spirituality
3. Asana - practice of the postures
4. Pranayama - Breath practices
5. Pratyahara - turning the senses inward
6. Dharana - concentration
7. Dhyana - meditation
8. Samadhi - connection
Patanjali shows how through the practice of Yoga, we can transform ourselves, gain mastery over the mind and emotions, overcome obstacles to our spiritual evolution and attain the goal of yoga: vitality, freedom, fullfillment, happiness!
Benefits Of Yoga:
What Yoga Can Do For You Today
In just 1 class, you will feel benefits from your yoga practice. Unlike typical exercise routines, yoga is beneficial on many levels, creating a sense of wholeness, balance and equanimity in your life. Yoga is empowering because YOU are the one who does the work in such a mindful way, that when you enjoy all the benefits, you are empowered to take healthy, empowering actions in all areas of your life. Imagine what’s now possible!
- A toned, flexible, and strong body
- Healthy posture and muscle tone.
- Core strength.
- Improved respiration
- Increased energy and vitality
- Enable the body to realize its full potential of good health.
- A balanced metabolism, healthy weight management.
- Cardio. and circulatory health.
- Improved cardiovascular endurance
- Relief from pain.
- Look and feel younger than your age.
- Improved athletic performance.
- Decreased stress.
- Increased relaxation.
- Restful, sound sleep.
- Boosted functioning of the immune system and digestive system.
- Reduced muscle tension.
- Reduced cortisol levels.
- Improvement of many medical conditions.
- Allergy and asthma symptom relief.
- Lower blood pressure.
- Reduced anxiety levels.
- Rehabilitation of old and new injuries.
- Healthy, glowing skin.
- Cleanses and improves overall organ functioning.
- Release of excess such as: toxins, stress, excess weight, anger and fears.
- A state of overall good health and clarity.
- Reduced anxiety and muscle tension.
- Stress relief.
- Calm nervous system.
- Improved concentration, determination and mental focus.
- Enhanced mental clarity.
- Mental clarity promotes clear decision making and awareness
- Develops confidence and a positive self-image.
- Freedom from your depression, sadness, anxiety, and anger.
- Increased productivity and effectiveness.
- Enhanced ability to handle stressful situations with ease.
- Enhanced self-awareness and self control.
- Peace of mind and a more positive outlook to life.
- A sense of balance and internal harmony.
- Positive thoughts and self-acceptance.
- Improved memory.
- Discover your own optimum potential.
- Learn to use your mind as a tool, instead of being controlled by it.
- Emotional stability.
- Transform old habits into inspiring ways of being.
- Positive shifts in energy.
- An awareness of the connection between mind, body, and spirit.
- Understand and live the concept of connectedness.
- Uplifting and life affirming
- Greater self-awareness and well-being.
- Inspired creativity and imagination.
- Find true purpose.
- A deeper appreciation for life and relationships.
- Patience and compassion.
- Peace and lasting happiness
- Connection to spirit and others.
The Health Benefits of Yoga:
An Article From "O" the Oprah Magazine
Using Yoga to Relieve Stress
To combat stress, many people turn to meditation or other mental stress reduction tools. But stress also creates physical response in the body and, as such, can be managed with exercise -- in particular, with yoga.
"Stress sends the entire physical system into overdrive," says Garrett Sarley, president and CEO of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, Mass. "The muscles tense, the heart beats faster, breathing patterns change, and if the cause of stress isn't discontinued, the body secretes more hormones that increase blood sugar levels, raising blood pressure. Yoga is one of the few stress-relief tools that has a positive effect on all the body systems involved."
Recognizing the detrimental effects of stress, especially in the area of heart disease, the preventive and rehabilitative cardiac center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles began offering yoga to their patients more than 10 years ago.
"Over the years, yoga has become one of our primary therapies for stress management," says C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., director of the preventive and rehabilitative cardiac center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Some research suggests yoga can reduce depression symptoms.
Low brain levels of the neurotransmitter GABA are often found in people with depression; SSRIs, electroconvulsive therapy, and now yoga, it seems, can boost GABA. Preliminary research out of the Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard's McLean Hospital found that healthy subjects who practiced yoga for one hour had a 27 percent increase in levels of GABA compared with a control group that simply sat and read for an hour. This supports a growing body of research that's proving yoga can significantly improve mood and reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Yoga could help lower some heart disease risk factors.
Several trials have found that yoga can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and resting heart rates, and help slow the progression of atherosclerosis—all risk factors for heart disease, says Erin Olivo, PhD, director of Columbia University's Integrative Medicine Program.
While almost any exercise is good for the heart, experts speculate yoga's meditative component may give it an extra boost by helping to stabilize the endothelium, the lining of the blood vessels that, when irritated, contributes to cardiovascular disease. Since the lining is reactive to stress, and meditation can lower stress hormones, yoga may be causing a cascade of events that could reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Women who do yoga during treatment experience less stress.
Research is becoming clear on this: Women who do yoga during and after treatment experience less physical discomfort and stress. Earlier this year Duke University scientists reported results of a pilot study in which women with metastatic breast cancer attended eight weekly yoga sessions. The doctors found that the women had much less pain and felt more energetic and relaxed.
Studies find that yoga can help menopausal women.
A preliminary study at the University of California, San Francisco, found that menopausal women who took two months of a weekly restorative yoga class, which uses props to support the postures, reported a 30 percent decrease in hot flashes. A four-month study at the University of Illinois found that many women who took a 90-minute Iyengar class twice a week boosted both their energy and mood; plus they reported less physical and sexual discomfort, and reduced stress and anxiety.
Studies find that yoga can help menopausal women.
Chronic Back Pain
When doctors at the HMO Group Health Cooperative in Seattle pitted 12 weekly sessions of yoga against therapeutic exercises and a handbook on self-care, they discovered the yoga group not only showed greater improvement but experienced benefits lasting 14 weeks longer. A note of caution: "While many poses are helpful, seated postures or extreme movement in one direction can make back pain worse," says Gary Kraftsow, author of Yoga for Wellness, who designed the program for the study.
From Stay Flexible, Stay Well in the October 2007 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.
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