Yoga: A Practice for Everyone
“Yoga” is a Sanskrit word that’s interpreted to mean “union.” Union, in turn, means different things to different practitioners.
For some, it means a union of movement and breathing. For others, it might mean a union of the mind and the body, or even a union between the inner and outer self. This is the first key element: yoga is what you make of it. There are no strict rules; it is always “your yoga.”
Because there are so many different kinds of yoga practices, you can start right where you are. Body size/shape, age, flexibility or fitness level don’t matter ~ because there are modifications for every yoga pose.
The goal is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. Yoga provides a means to connect with your body and your inner self, right where you are, today.
The beauty and wisdom of yoga is in knowing that every pose and movement is meant for your benefit. You make them work for you, where you are at that moment. By using props such as blocks, straps, a cushion, a blanket, or a chair – or simply changing the position in a particular way – every yoga move is adaptable to you. All without judgement. There is no “right” or “wrong.” This is also why it’s called a practice.
More than just stretching
Yoga has been shown to provide a myriad of physical benefits, such as:
- Lessening chronic pain, such as low back pain, arthritis, and headaches
- Increased flexibility and mobility
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism
- Weight reduction
- Injury prevention
Yoga practice also positively affects the brain and emotions. One of yoga’s most powerful benefits is helping to manage stress. Stress can have devastating effects on the body and mind, including chronic pain without a physical cause, addiction, depression, and inability to focus or concentrate. Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.
No matter where you are in your yoga journey – brand new, tried it once or twice, or are an experienced practitioner – there’s a program that’s right for you. Reach out to me here and let’s talk about what fits you best.
Private Virtual Yoga Instruction
I’ll guide you through a highly personalized practice that’s perfect for where you are now, live over Zoom. It’s a wonderful way to tune in to yourself, filtering out the distractions of the day. Afterwards, you’ll feel refreshed, relaxed and energized too.
Choose from a package of private yoga-only sessions with flexible frequency and timing to accommodate your schedule, or add yoga sessions to a fitness or nutrition coaching package (live virtual or online) at a reduced rate. Contact me and we’ll work out a plan that fits your needs. As with all my coaching offerings, your first session is always free so you’ll be confident it’s right for you.
|~Hatha: focusing on standing and seated poses, developing awareness and proper alignment, using props as needed||~Gentle yoga: a combination of hatha and vinyasa at a slower pace, with less intense positions|
|~Vinyasa: a flowing series of poses tied to the breath||~Restorative yoga: a practice of deep relaxation through passive stretching|
|~Yin: a quiet, meditative practice targeting the joints and connective tissues. All postures are done seated or reclining.||~Chair yoga: a gentle form of yoga practiced while sitting in a chair or standing while using the chair for support|
Group Virtual Yoga Classes – COMING SOON!
Join a small group of participants for live yoga on Zoom. Classes will be offered in a variety of formats Take as many classes as you like for one monthly price.