What is yoga?
Yoga is a paradigm through which to view the world that exercises the mind through the vessel of the body to inspire a spirited existence. Although its emergence dates back thousands of years, yoga has truly evolved with the modern world, giving us a model to use energy from all our sides—the physical, mental, and spiritual.
What are the mental benefits of yoga?
The poses provide the opportunity to examine the patterns of thought that cause anxiety and stress. Sometimes, energy in the body that hasn't been accessed in some time is stirred up. The breathing component reminds the nervous system to stay calm and focus on the present moment. Human thought patterns move like the elements in the universe, and yoga is a tool that moves us forward in balance--letting us discern from thoughts that do not serve and hold us back from our most extraordinary life.
how does yoga enhance my health and well being?
There are quite a bit of scientific studies being performed now on the tangible benefits of the practice. Almost any regular practitioner develops the tools to create balance between work and life by minimizing attachments to the stressors associated with busy, modern humans. Observed physical benefits are seemingly endless and include but are not limited to improved cardiovascular health, stress reduction, reduced blood pressure, body awareness, flexibility, strength, heightened attention span, and deep sense of universal purpose.
I am not flexible. Can I still do yoga?
We can’t think of a better reason to begin! We teach many formats that benefit any body of any background from novice to advanced practices. Formats vary based upon desired benefits and experience. Hatha Spine Series is a shoulder-friendly practice that focuses on alignment in the vertabra. Gentle Stretch is a meditative practice geared towards well-being for persons experiencing low back pain, job-related stress, and anxiety. Power'Nyasa promotes flexibility, strength and endurance, and reduces the overall likelihood of injury in the aging process--making it very beneficial for athletes. There is a class for everyone!
What are the seven elements?
Earth's energy is experienced by its living inhabitants through their senses, and six behaviors truly describe the physical nature of the universe: 1. Earth 2. Water 3. Fire 4. Air/Ether 5. Sound 6. Light. Individually, these elements guide all the unique energies within the human body which functions optimally when in balance. Yoga helps us tune in to these different types of energies and teaches us when to use what kind to restore the body to homeostasis (balance).
But what is the seventh element?
Humans (and certainly many other mammals) experience a seventh abstract element of free thought that stems from the prefrontal cortex of the mammalian brain. It is because of this seventh element that humans can experience limiting beliefs and fear-based thinking. Yoga reminds us that we are all living the same journey on the same chaotic planet, and once we discover our energy's positive potential then we are truly able to vanquish suffering and live in balance and well being.
What is Hatha yoga?
While many mistake yoga for a religion, it is actually just a philosophy. Hatha yoga is a modern branch that incorporates a physical practice into a structured sequence of postures (asanas) to capture the practitioner's full attention. In the Information Age, our attention span is shortening and this archetype offers an activity that connects intentional breathing to physical movement. Prevalent examples of hatha yoga include vinyasa/flow, Bikram/hot, yin/restorative, and Iyengar/Ashtanga.