Yoga

Yoga is an ancient system of movement (asana), breath control  (pranayam), and meditation.  In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali recommends yoga to “still the fluctuations of the mind.”

Yoga focuses and quiets your mind as you stretch and strengthen your body, offering you direct access to your sacred self.  With practice, this connection comes with greater ease (sukha) and you are able to bring this alignment into your everyday.

 

 

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A yoga practice might be right for you if:

  • You already have a fitness program that includes high-energy activities such as running, biking, or weight lifting.

Yoga is a perfect balance to a high voltage fitness routine.  It provides the perfect YIN to the energetic YANG that you’re offering your body by giving your body space to integrate your workout and calm your mind.

Your practice can help you build strength, and increase flexibility.  As you practice yoga, you’ll find tight muscles lengthening as brittle fascia loosens.  Yoga also offers strength building — the ideal practice combines sthira and sukha – strength and ease.

  • You have an ideal body weight that you’re working towards.

A consistent yoga practice will help you lose weight, but not in the way that you think!   Regularly coming to your mat will increase your body awareness, making it easier to tune in and listen to your needs.  You will find that your desire for eating unhealthy foods or over-eating naturally diminishes.  Eventually, you will intuitively crave healthier fuel for your body.

  • You are recovering from an illness or injury.

Yoga is ideal for helping us rise above limitations.  BKS Iyengar, one of the fathers of modern day yoga, began his practice unable to leave his bed.  He is known as a pinnacle of a healthy yogi, as seen in the book Light on Yoga.

No matter how you feel physically, yoga can meet you where you are by adapting postures for your unique body.

  • You are preparing for or recovering from birth.

Pregnancy is a unique and special time in a woman’s life.  Often, doctor’s tell us to cut back on more extreme exercises during this time of expectancy.  Yoga will help gently prepare your body for birth, or assist you in recovery and offer special bonding with your new baby.

  • You want to calm stress and strong emotions.

As you practice combining movement of your body with your breath,  your mind will begin to calm down as your heart rate slows and the stress hormone cortisol eases in your body.

Yoga encourages activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is your body’s natural stress relief.  The effects of yoga radiate in your life up to 48 hours after you complete your physical practice.

As you practice combining movement of your body with your breath,  your mind will begin to calm down as your heart rate slows and the stress hormone cortisol eases in your body.

  • You want to increase focus

It is so easy in life to get sucked into the constant chatter of your thoughts.  Yogis call this the Monkey Mind.

By training your body and mind to slow down and focus on the present moment, you are giving yourself tools to use when you step off your mat and into your world.  Practicing yoga, breath control, and meditation reminds us of the wise, sacred self we each have within.

  • Support a Life Transition 

Transitions are difficult!  When our lives are moving from one pattern to another, we may feel unmoored and disconnected.  When we commit to a regular yoga practice, either through movement, breath control, meditation, or a combination of all three, we can find a sense of ease and comfort that allows us to feel more grounded.

  • Recover from a Trauma

A yoga practice can help you ground and connect after experiencing trauma.  I can help you by creating a custom practice that will allow you re-connect with your whole and sacred self through steady movement, breath-work, meditation, and reiki.

Call 813-435-9328 or Email EssentialYouYoga@gmail.com to begin collaborating on a custom yoga experience.