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intro to yoga


STRENGTH. FLEXIBILITY. LIFE-BALANCE.
YOU ARE ONLY AS YOUNG AS YOUR SPINE IS FLEXIBLE.

Develop a strong and flexible mind and body.
Enjoy feeling happy,empowered, focused, and confident.
You are infinite potential, enjoy the journey!

LET’S GET STARTED!

 

WHY YOU WANT IT.

YOGA has many benefits, listed below are just a few:
– Increases flexibility
– Increases physical & mental strength
– Detoxifies the body
– Reduces stress & anxiety
– Lowers risk of heart disease
– Relieves insomnia
– Improves respiration
– Increases energy & vitality
– Weight reduction

YOGA is an ancient, powerful practice that holds infinite potential. When we first start practicing yoga it may well be to reduce stress, become more flexible, or to strengthen a tweeky back after sitting at a computer all day, I know that’s why I first stepped onto a yoga mat. It is a powerful remedy for all those things and more, and can keep us returning to the mat time after time, simply because it works!

YOGA TEACHES US HOW TO CONNECT BODY, MIND & BREATH SO WE EXPERIENCE A SENSE OF PEACE, OF ‘WHOLENESS’.

The word ‘yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit root word ‘yug’ which means to unite or yoke. In the west it’s often taught that it’s connecting mind, body, breath and spirit, in the east it is taking a bolder declaration and that is uniting our individual consciousness/experience of reality with consciousness as it is without an overlay of ego and perceptions, referred to as Divine or Supreme consciousness.

Now if that sounds a bit woowoo for you, just know this: you will experience a deep calm and strength that rises from within you. It’s not because of anything outside of you, yoga essentially shows us how to connect with ourselves so we experience a sense of ‘wholeness’, this is achieved by cultivating present-moment awareness, coordinating the breath with movement of the body. Read on to find out more about the nuts and bolts of why yoga is so powerful…it can help you in very practical ways and it can expand your levels of inner strength and awareness to the level that it becomes deeply transformative over time.


THE SCIENCE.

Conscious movement of the body linked with the breath enhances our ability to concentrate and focus, not just on the mat, but off the mat too.

What is called ‘yoga’ in the west is just 1 of 8 limbs of traditional yoga which originated thousands of years ago in India,. It is the movement portion, the ‘poses’ that are traditionally called ‘asansa’ that we are practicing on the mat. In a yoga class you are guided to bring your awareness to your breath, body alignment, mind,  gaze-point and encouraged to be in your body, not just practicing see-and-do movement.

WE LEARN TO LISTEN TO AND UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGES OUR BODY IS SENDING US 24/7.

Over time as you learn safe alignment and become familiar with the poses your ability to listen deeply is enhanced, not only to deepen your physical practice, but by cultivating listening we learn to listen to our own body, which is always communicating with us, on and off the mat. Take it one step deeper and we become better listeners overall, enhancing our interpersonal skills in our personal and work lives.

In each class you will typically move the spine in 6 directions: forward, backward, lateral stretches both sides and twists to each side. The result is this FLEXIBILITY promotes symmetry and balance in the body. CIRCULATION is increased and nerves get the required supply of oxygen and nutrients. The spine is the information highway of the body so these movements are essential for maintaining overall health.

MAJOR MUSCLE GROUPS are strengthened and stretched reducing muscular tension, and when combined with deep breathing it’s a magic combo for reducing emotional stress too. Joints have a greater range of motion which means you are less likely to strain of injure parts of your body, especially your back. And, yoga is a low-impact way to strengthen and stretch your body.

THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN MAINTAINING A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Yoga, as with other forms of physical exercise, is key for keeping lymphatic fluids moving. Our lymphatic system is one of two major systems responsible for moving fluids around our body. The other is our cardiovascular system.

The LYMPHATIC SYSTEM plays a key role in maintaining a strong IMMUNE SYSTEM. Unlike blood which is circulated by our pumping heart, lymph moves by muscular contraction which includes the action of breathing. The lymphatic system has one-way valves that keeps the fluid moving in the right direction, towards the heart. So poses like downward dog or legs up the wall are super-effective ways to help move lymph with the help of gravity.

Last, but far from least is the power of the breath, which is an integral part of yoga. If we sit for long hours we may tend to slouch a bit and because our lungs are are essentially a soft structure this will reduce our maximum lung capacity and By practicing 3-part yogic breath aka DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING lung capacity increases, and the action of the diaphragm stimulates the VAGUS NERVE which informs the  nervous system it can shift to parasympathetic function, inducing a state of calm and relaxation. That’s mega-simplifying it, but you get the idea.

THE PRACTICE.

INTRO TO YOGA is designed to give you a strong foundational understanding and experience of the physical aspect of yoga known as ‘asana’ aka ‘poses’. Guided step-by-step you are is empowered with an understanding and practice of safe alignment principles, basic poses and breath-work, giving you the confidence to continue your journey in group classes or privates. For students that have been practicing for awhile, these classes and workshop are great to strengthen person awareness of alignment principles which are the cornerstone of maintaining a fun, injury-free practice.

TAKE ACTION!

Join us for the upcoming Intro to Yoga workshop, Sunday, April 28

I’M READY TO BE STRONG + FLEXIBLE