Yoga

Yoga

Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than three thousand years ago.  Its purpose is to help each one of us achieve our highest potential and to experience enduring health and happiness.  With Yoga, we can extend our healthy, productive years far beyond the accepted norm and at the same time, improve the quality of our lives.

The branch of Yoga that forms the main focus of my teaching work with both adults and children is called Hatha Yoga and Vinyassa Yoga.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga begins by working with the body on a structural level, helping to align the vertebrae, increase flexibility, and strengthen muscles and connective tissue.  At the same time, internal organs are toned and rejuvenated; the epidermal, digestive, lymphatic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems are purified of toxins and waste matter; the nervous and endocrine systems are balanced and toned; and brain cells are nourished and stimulated.  The end result is increased mental clarity, emotional stability, and a greater sense of overall well-being.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes.  The word Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement”.  In other words, the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale.  This technique is sometimes also called Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.

Because Yoga works on so many different levels, it has great potential as an effective therapy for chronic diseases and conditions that do not respond well to conventional treatment methods.  For this reason, children with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities who practice Yoga often surprise their parents and teachers with their quick mastery of basic motor, communicative, and cognitive skills.  The same Yoga routine can help children with learning disabilities develop greater concentration, balance, and composure in their daily lives.  Everyone gains some level of benefit.  The only requirements is proper instruction and regular practice.

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