Yoga

Yoga Styles taught by Danielle

Ashtanga Yoga Ashtanga is a dynamic, flowing style of yoga which involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—over time it is a process that produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. Source Ashtanga Yoga .com

Chakra Yoga Chakra Yoga includes postures and breathing exercises that work to balance physical parts within the body while meditatively and physically renewing organs, cells and chakras (known as energy vortexes within the body). Chakra Yoga reduces stress levels and the increase in energy though postures that balance the four bodies- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Yin Yoga Yin Yoga is a balancing practice for your yang (active) style of yoga. It directs the stimulation created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the muscular tissues (which we are calling the yang tissues). Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. Source Yin Yoga .com

Yin Yang Flow Yin Yang Flow is a fun class combining a dynamic yang (active) series of postures that build heat and strengthen muscles followed by calming yin (passive) postures that work on a deeper level opening hips and working the connective tissues and ligaments. A great balancing class, bringing all levels of the body into harmony.

Meditation Meditation meaning awareness is a practice designed to cultivate inner awareness. Simply listening to the breath is meditation. By cultivating inner awareness it allows us to connect to our selves on a deeper level and with regular practice of a balanced series of techniques, the energy of the body and mind can be liberated and the quality of consciousness can be expanded. Source Health and Yoga .com

Pranayama Pranayama or Breath Work involves the practice of breathing techniques. Almost every cell in the body benefits from the regular practice of pranayama. All of the body’s organs are properly supplied with oxygen allowing them to function properly.

“A balanced breath leads to a balance mind.” Source Yoga Pranayama .net

Reminder: Yoga is a moving Meditation…. not a step class!

In today’s fast pace world everyone is looking for a quick fix. Why not put in a bit of time to learn a practice that will over time give great benefit. Yoga claims to have many benefits and from each school of yoga there are many great things that come from a regular practice, such as mental and physical steadiness, strength, flexibility and it can detoxify the muscles and organs. The underlying message is that Yoga brings balance into your system, eliminating restlessness in the body so you can find a comfortable place within you!

Yoga is a moving meditation; pushing or forcing yourself in to a pose will be of no benefit. Holding yourself in tension is not the meaning of yoga either, but using the practice to learn skills to help you in all personal avenues off the mat will benefit you greatly!

Use the breath to guide you: Inhale – gain space, Exhale – allows you to relax, or go deeper. Steady in hale and exhale through the nose. Listen to the sound and rhythm of the breath. Try to stay in tune with your breathing – vinyasa is the linking of movement and breath. Cultivate an inner awareness, know your limits, listen to your body, and work on your breath not your ego!

Over time, with a regular practice, your body will open up. Be patient; enjoy all stages of the practice. There should be no ego in yoga, this competitive attitude will cause injury and prevent the real benefit coming to you. Everyone has a different body type so trying to be like your neighbour is preventing you from seeing the beauty of your own body and posture.

A moving meditation allows you to check in with the physical body, the emotions, the mind and the spiritual body. Becoming aware of the breath on the mat allows you to take these skills off the mat. Regulating the breath will become easier and, at difficult or stressful times it will bring a sense of calmness. The first time you find yourself using the skills from your yoga class in an everyday situation you will then understand the reason and benefit of yoga.

Namaste

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