all the high intensity training and the overall speed of life,
sometimes it's nice to simply slow down. In this class, we will move
through poses that will help transform both your body and mind
ultimately helping you find an inner calmness/peace, strengthen the
core, tone muscles, and enhance balance and stability while leaving you
feeling stronger and more centered.
Beginners are WELCOME! Whether you’re a couch potato or a
professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because
there are modifications for every yoga pose. The idea is to explore your limits. YOGA is a complement to all exercise programs and
healthy lifestyle and a great way to get in
tune with your body and your inner self.
Requirements: Yoga mat, towel, and water. Consult your medical doctor if you have spinal or neck injuries.
GENTLE YOGA. Gentle yoga maybe perfect for
people with movement limitations, stiffness due to lack of exercise or
only strength exercise; relief from disabilities, e.g., arthritis, back
recovery from surgery or injury; for seniors, new
practitioners, pregnant women and those seeking stress-reduction
or weight management. A gentle yoga approach is an important compliment
in programs to reverse heart disease or provide
relief from the challenging conditions of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, or mood disorders.
BENEFITS OF YOGA. Yoga is a great tool for
staying healthy and focuses on your body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing.
“The purpose of yoga is to create strength,
awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. While there are more than 100 different
types of yoga, most sessions typically
include breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures
(sometimes called asana or poses) that stretch and flex various muscle
PHYSICAL BENEFITS. “The relaxation techniques incorporated in
yoga can lessen soon chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis and headaches. “Yoga can
also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”
Other physical benefits of yoga include: Increased flexibility Increased muscle strength and tone Improved respiration, energy and vitality Maintaining a balanced metabolism Weight reduction Cardio and circulatory health Improved athletic performance Protection from injury
MENTAL BENEFITS. Aside from the physical benefits, one of the
best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is
known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. Stress can
reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping
problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate. Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and
reaching a more positive outlook on life.
Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and
breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. Regular yoga
practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness;
relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention;
and sharpens concentration. Body- and self-awareness
are particularly beneficial because they can help with early
detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.
~Doctor Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and
certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California.