Hatha is a general category that includes most yoga styles. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.
In Vinyasa Flow Yoga, each movement is synchronized to a breath. The breath is given primacy, acting as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next. A cat-cow stretch is an example of a very simple vinyasa. The spine is arched on an inhale and rounded on an exhale. A sun salutation sequence is a more complex vinyasa. Each movement in the series is cued by an inhalation or an exhalation of the breath.
A slower paced and therefore more meditative practice in which postures are held for longer periods of time, typically three to five minutes.
It has its roots in the yoga of B.K.S. Iyengar. He created poses which used props and posture modifications that allowed students to practice with little chance of injury. Iyengar also realized that these restorative practices could also help students recover from injuries and reduce stress. This was developed into a whole style of yoga which was considered ideal for those recovering from injuries or illnesses.
Restorative yoga became popular in the United States in the 1970's, mainly thanks to a yoga teacher, Judith Lasater, who was herself a student of Iyengar.
As well as being popular with students who are recovering from illness or injury, Restorative yoga is considered an ideal balance to hectic and stressful modern lifestyles. Restorative yoga is known for its relaxing, calming and healing effect.
A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only four or five poses. Props are used extensively to support your body so you can hold poses for longer periods of time. Postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining.
During the long holds of restorative yoga, however, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. It's a unique feeling because props, rather than your muscles, are used to support your body.
Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress. Have patience and enjoy the stillness of your body and mind. It takes some getting used to, but after awhile it becomes easier and you may be amazed at the benefits.
Restorative yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart rate, regulates the blood pressure and relaxes the body. As such, Restorative yoga is considered particularly beneficial for those suffering from anxiety, insomnia or headaches, as well as other stress-related conditions. At the end of the session, your body feels open and refreshed. You may even be a little sore the next day from the deep stretching.
Guided sleeping meditation that uses a series of body, breath, and awareness techniques to effortlessly drop you into a deep relaxed state. We are certified in the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra.
Our children live in a hurry-up world like we all do with school pressures, constant lessons, video games and competitive sports. We usually don't think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they are. The pace of our children's lives can have a profound effect on their inherent joy.
Yoga can aid to counter these pressures. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with physical activity that's noncompetitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition and provides many tools to assist with navigating life's challenges with a little more ease.
Kid's yoga classes are designed specifically for children. They love to engage all of their senses and explore freely with their mind and body. Classes are intended to be fun and may include age-appropriate games, animal sounds and creative names for poses, stories, music, imagination, and visualization. Classes integrate movement, sound and play as these elements have a profound impact on learning, creativity, stress management and improved health and well-being.
Yoga classes also teach kids the language associated with their bodies. They learn the names their body parts, muscle groups, and how to breathe fully. They get to challenge themselves by seeing how long they can lie still for in corpse pose, or balance like a strong and powerful tree.
Both hemispheres of the brain are continuously stimulated as children practice yoga poses, breathing exercises and balancing postures. Making their yoga experience a holistic one that nurtures their mind, body and spirit.
Polarity Thai Yoga Therapy integrates the art of traditional Thai massage with other techniques and practices of Yoga Therapy, with gentle Polarity Therapy balancing holds.
This style is designed for pregnant women, regardless of when they are due. It not only helps reduce stress, but can help improve sleep! It also has been shown to help with headaches, nausea, and pain in the lower back.
This class is specifically designed for First Responders, Veterans, and Trauma Victims. We will use a series of breathing techniques, meditation, and mindfulness to provide tools for healing, understanding, connection, and recovery. We do not just focus on postures, but rather the integration of them.
Hatha Gong is a class that infuses the practice of Hatha Yoga and the ancient medicine of a live Gong. The postures are paired with medical grade vibrations of the Gong. Students will be lead through a Hatha class and will experience what is known as, “Sealing of a Posture” with the Gong. This will provide healing on a cellular level as well as increase the meditative quality of the class.
Bhakti Yoga, the practice of devotion, is best known for the principles of devoting one’s self to the creator or universe. Throughout the practice we use a series of mantras or chants that are centered around love for The Source. The class incorporates mild movements and breathing techniques to allow the body’s energy to move freely. The main purpose of Bhakti Yoga is learning and practicing to concrete one’s emotions, mind, and sense’s on The Divine.
Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair.
A type of yoga where poses are done while in the water. Often times this is done in a warm pool, but it can also be done in natural water. This style can be very low impact and gentle, therefore being more accessible to those with physical limitations.
Sound healing is one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing. Everything in this world is energy and essentially vibration. It uses the power of sound to restore one’s mind, body and spirit back to a state of balance. The harmonic vibrations from the instruments have a deep penetrating effect on the receiver, promoting healing and well-being. The sound waves from the instruments create harmonic resonance that entrains the brain to move into the deeper brain wave frequencies. Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur). As human beings, we are comprised mainly of liquid and these vibrations deeply penetrate our bodies, moving through our tissues and organs. This is not just an auditory experience, it’s like receiving a full body sound massage! The sound resonates directly into our cellular memory releasing blockages and creating a profound sense of peace and relaxation. It’s a pathway to meditation, without knowing how to meditate. The sounds act as the focal point, reducing and eliminating mind chatter, leading to a release of deep rooted tensions and emotional blocks. Many people emerge from the experience feeling lighter, more in balance, refreshed, and rejuvenated.
Kirtan is a Sanskrit word meaning “praise” or “eulogy.” It's a form of call-and-response chanting involving mantras or hymns. The chanting is carried out alongside instruments, such as cymbals, harmonium or drums. Kirtan is part of an ancient form of Yoga known as Bhakti, or the Yoga of Devotion. It is the calling, the crying, the reaching across infinite space - digging into the heart’s deepest well to touch and be touched by the Divine Presence. Kirtan is for all people. There are no masters of kirtan, no experts, no teachers, no advanced students, no beginners. The practice itself is the teacher, guiding us to ourselves. There is no right or wrong way to sing kirtan. In a group, gathering with many who carry their stories, we come together, our voices finding each other until our focus becomes unified. We lose some of the separation, melt some of the hard boundaries, and call out together. All that matters is the spirit, the feeling. Don’t worry about what you sound like, feel whatever you feel, have no expectations, no inhibitions. And finally, kirtan is an offering, a gift to the great One who has given us everything, and to whom we can give nothing in return but our loving remembrance. To open fully to kirtan, to the singing of the divine Name, is to know this sweetest form of bliss.
A life coach is a highly-trained, certified wellness professional who counsels and encourages others on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges. Your life coach is your very own personal advocate, strategist, motivator, and accountability partner who can help you to clearly define and achieve the goals you’d most like to achieve. Most life coaching clients are healthy, successful people who might be a bit stuck or simply want to make a big change in their lives and want the support of their own personal coach to do so. For some clients, the positive changes and goals they’d most like to achieve are found in their personal lives - improving certain family relationships, achieving a better, healthier work-life balance, stress reduction, time management, or improving their overall health. Other clients may be more focused on achieving certain goals in their professional lives such as: improving their leadership skills, earning a certain promotion, or starting their own business. Whatever the personal or professional goals may be, having a life coach can help you to grow and succeed by helping you to examine what is going on in your life right now, discovering what the specific obstacles or challenges might be, and helping you to choose an effective course of action.
Reiki is an ancient healing art that facilitates deep relaxation. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese words Rei meaning “Universal life” and Ki meaning “life force energy”, “Prana”, or “chi”. The holistic approach of Reiki is Universal life force energy channeled into another person for purpose of healing. This energy is based on Universal love and goes where it is needed to stimulate the innate healing ability of the body. This technique is primarily applied to the main 7 energy centers or Chakras, either hands on or with hovering hands.
Polarity is an ancient practice that uses the body’s energy, prana, or chi to balance out the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional body’s. Practitioners will use a series of techniques such as breath work, stretches, and bodywork to optimize and rebalance the body’s energetic field. The practitioner accesses places where the body may be having pain, or discomfort and work then to release blockages that are being stored.
Holistic Nutrition focuses on making food choices for plentiful sustenance and biological growth. Taking food at its most nutritionally valuable and most natural state. In its purest form, food is organic, local, non-GMO, cruelty-free, and raised with loving intention. Food is medicine and fuel for the body, mind, and soul.
The most fluid approach to leading a holistically nutritious lifestyle is to eat intuitively. Learn to listen to your body; to the intelligence of the gut. Feel how your body and mind respond to different options and experiment with how you can use food to create a healthy and happy quality of life. Grow awareness and consciously make choices to support your spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.
Some great examples of Holistic Nutritional eating styles range from Raw Vegan to Mediterranean cuisine, with free-range meat options. Growing your own fruits and vegetables will assist in making the process more rewarding for you and the planet at large. Much like a flower, when we sustain our temple, we flourish.
Hypnotherapists use the practice of hypnosis to help individuals break free from addictions or things such as pain management and coping with stress. The practitioner is able to change behaviors and habits while the client is under a trance like state. This is a therapeutic technique that is highly successful connecting to the subconscious and conscious mind.
Our feet have been with us every step of the way. The feet are connected to the entirety of the rest of the body. As such, our toes are the last thing to receive our energy, thus making them like little memory sticks. Each toe records something a little different and takes on forms - like a claw toe, or hammer toe, or a straight toe - depending on the type of energy that is being given to the toe.
The toes have a story to tell, your story. Toe readers interpret the story the toes - we will ask pointed questions about events that may have happened in your life. Though we cannot know the specifics of the story, the toes will tell us information like if it has to do with Spirit, Communication, Trust, or if there is masculine energy or feminine energy involved, among many other things. Ultimately, this is a tool to know better why you are standing in the position you are standing, knowing your point A so that you can better choose where you want to go, your point B.
Change is hard. Often, we need to rewire our systems from the ground up. The patterns we need to change may be ones we’ve lived with for years. Even when we recognize that change is necessary for our growth, peace and joy, it is still challenging. Fortunately, transformational yoga coaching offers practical solutions.
A transformational yoga coach works with you one-on-one. No prior yoga experience is needed.
We all have habits, some physical, and some psychological. The idea is to bring these habits into your awareness. Once you identify patterns or places where we’re getting in our own way, it helps to get clear about what we’d like to create instead. You need a vision of what it is you’re trying to develop, so that your actions can then be aligned with your intentions.
Intentions are necessary, but they won't get us far unless discipline and determination are developed and practiced. We all have our issues, our history, our absurd ideas or choices sometimes, decisions we’d love to do over or differently, and things we’re trying to work out. The more you can open to reality as it is, and work with it, the less you suffer.
Essentially, your mat can be a place where you figure out what patterns or ways of thinking are holding you back, so you can start to figure out how to do things a different way.
Whatever you feed will grow and strengthen, so the idea is to begin to feed tendencies that serve you, and erode the ones that don’t.
You will undergo an immersive experience demanding radical healing and truth telling, pushing you to reach your highest human potential. Your yoga coach and the practice act as catalysts for real, long-term change.
This one-on-one yoga coaching will help you achieve your goals by reducing stress, awakening intuition, and creating the conditions for inevitable success while providing all of the heart, support, and accountability you need to achieve your desired outcome.
Everyone has the potential to be healthy, happy and prosperous. This guidance is truly transformational and one that can revolutionize your body, mind, and life!
Thai Yoga is based on traditional Thai Massage (Nuad Boran), Thai Yoga integrates Yoga, Ayurveda, and Buddhism. Thai Yoga combines rhythmic massage, assisted Yoga poses, acupressure along energy meridians know as the “Sen,” healing energy work, and meditation.
This unique healing system result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscle tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the energetic body. Thai Yoga is done on the comfortable mat on the floor and both the practitioner and client dress in comfortable clothes for ease of movement.
Thai massage works off the belief that tightened muscles lead to the diminished flow of energy in your body. When energy can't flow freely, you become inflexible, suffer pain and feel stiff. Overtime, this leads to shortened muscles and connective tissue that affects your posture, immunity and organ function -- all of which speed up aging and disability.
Thai yoga also use acupressure and reflexology techniques to help facilitate the flow of vital energy through the body. Each are said to improve blood flow, promote relaxation, relieve tension, and calm the mind to foster balance in the receiver’s body.
The pressing techniques used in Thai massage are designed to increase blood circulation to facilitate the better flow of oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. It also helps your body naturally get rid of waste, such as metabolic byproducts and carbon dioxide, more efficiently.
Adding stretching to the massage process helps relax the muscles further, so they naturally regain natural flexibility and tone. You'll relieve chronic stiffness and experience improved mobility.
When someone else stretches us, we can go further than we would on our own (without causing pain, strain, or soreness, of course) and focus more on the breath. Stretching with a therapist can help us stretch better later at home or in a yoga class because it creates muscle memory.
When we are chronically stressed, we get into the pattern of sympathetic nervous system overdrive; more often than not, parasympathetic activity gets suppressed and we suffer imbalance in autonomic nervous system activity. By reducing the physiological stress response through mind-body therapies like Thai yoga, we bring the body into better overall hormonal and nervous system balance.
Yoga therapy combines aspects of hatha yoga with Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines, Thai massage, and polarity principles and bio-energetics. Yoga therapy can help balance, energize, and relax the body and mind by stimulating the flow of vital energy.
The Amrit Method of Yoga Therapy is designed to not only treat visible physical symptoms, but is aimed at addressing the invisible mental and emotional blocks that contribute to them.
Over time habitual defenses developed by the mind can become chronic and held withing the muscular patterns in their body.
The mind uses these defenses to handle the pain and stress of life, and these defenses are also anchored in the body.
They appear in the body as unique muscular patterns that inhibit self-expression. These patterns can be identified and understood by the yoga therapist.
The therapist studies muscular patterns and introduces the client to physical expressions or exercises to help them experience in present time these patterns of constriction in the body.
Yoga therapy is co-facilitated. The therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches and also applies deep muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure.
Yoga therapy utilizes energy work to treat the subtle energetic field within the body. It corrects blockages, deficiencies, and imbalances in the flow of this energy, which then improves the client's health.
The Amrit Method of Yoga Therapy incorporates a series of facilitation techniques to bring the client into a relaxed state throughout the session, consciously focuing on breathing brings a meditative element to the practice, and maintains a focus on body awareness to help transmute blockages so that energy can flow more freely.
The client may begin to release these patterns held within the body and may uncover some feelings or memories that have repressed during childhood and continue to repress in their adult life.
As clients progress in therapy, old ineffective patterns that block connection, pleasure, spontaneity, and joy slowly dissolve. Through the physical and emotional release in the body, the client can begin to experience safe, healthy, supportive connections with him/herself and others in new, more satisfying ways.
Yoga therapy helps harmonize the branches of the autonomic nervous system and establish hormonal balance; both states are crucial for health and wellness.
Yoga therapy can be done with a one-on-one therapeutic session performed on a mat on the floor, or in a group yoga therapy class.
Each aims at stimulating the flow of healing energies within the body, opening the areas which are blocked and bringing the body, mind and spirit back into balance and harmony. Whether you have a yoga practice or not, this healing therapy will leave you feeling refreshed, rested, and alive.
Learn to correct poor movement patterns that create pain. Retrain the body to move the way it was intended. Strengthen key muscle groups to support the back (alleviating back pain), and stabilize and balance the body and mind. Great for those who spend most of their time behind a desk, who have poor posture, and who want to feel better doing what they enjoy doing physically in life. This program was created for the less mobile or those looking for relaxation.
Ai Chi is a water exercise and relaxation program that has been created to help aquatic practitioners and students enjoy the water in a flowing yet powerful progression. Aquatic exercise instructors, personal trainers, and aquatic therapy and rehabilitation practitioners will find the Ai Chi workshop beneficial for them and their clients. It is an efficient exercise program that increases oxygen and caloric consumption simply with correct form and positioning in the water, it is a perfect relaxation technique for highly stressed, over-challenged clients, and it is ideal for creating improved range of motion and mobility. Ai Chi, created by combining Tai-Chi concepts with Qigong and Watsu techniques, is performed standing in shoulder depth water using a combination of deep breathing and slow, broad movements of the arms, legs, and torso.
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