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Learning more about Yoga

What is Yoga?

  • coordination of the mind, body and soul
  • science of union
  • uniting the body, mind, spirit into balance and harmony
  • a way to get to know your true self
  • combination of poses, breathing and relaxation to increase your awareness in order to obtain inner balance
  • stillness of the mind
  • cessation of mental vibration
  • awareness
  • helps to connect to self
  • mindfulness

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What is Classical Hatha Yoga?

Hatha Yoga is a type of yoga that includes asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyhara (inner reflection), dharana (concentration), and dhyana (meditation) in a mindful way to help bring peace, balance and connection to the body, mind and soul.

Hatha yoga in Sanskrit “Ha” means sun and “tha” means moon, the yoga of balance.

Classical Hatha Yoga has been taught from teachers direct from India where Yoga first began over 5,000 years ago.

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When can yoga be helpful?

Yoga can be helpful anytime, for a number of different reasons including all of the reasons below in the benefits sections.

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What happens during a class?

The classes offered through Journey 2 Balance typically start with a centering practice by sitting or laying bringing the body into the present, followed by focusing on controlling the breathing (pranayama), postures (asanas), relaxation, concentration and meditation.

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How long is a class?

A yoga class can range anywhere from 30-120 minutes depending on the class.

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Benefits of Yoga

  • improves sleep
  • increases energy
  • increases muscle tone
  • increases strength
  • improves respiration
  • balances metabolism
  • improves cardio and circulatory health
  • protection from injury
  • increase bone health
  • increase blood flow
  • drains lymphs and boosts immunity
  • regulates adrenal glands
  • reduces blood sugar
  • increases focus
  • maintains nervous system
  • releases tension
  • prevents IBS and other digestive problems
  • peace of mind
  • increase self esteem
  • eases pain
  • increases inner strength
  • helps keep you drug free
  • awareness of transformation
  • reduces allergies
  • serve others
  • sense of connection
  • increase self discipline
  • decreases stiffness
  • increases flexibility
  • increases circulation
  • decreases stress
  • increase relaxation
  • boosts immune system
  • weight loss
  • decrease energy blocks
  • increase joint mobility
  • increases muscle strength
  • ability to release
  • encourages balance on both sides of the brant
  • increases mental clarity
  • improves posture
  • increases balance
  • improves digestion
  • stimulates endorcrine
  • increases concentration
  • increases awareness

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Who can benefit from yoga?

Everyone can benefit from yoga at any age with any limitations.  Yoga is great for everyone.

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What do I wear?

Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in, when coming out to a yoga class.  I also teach people wearing office attire in their workplace, so yoga can really be done in any type of clothing.

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What do I bring?

Yoga mat, blanket, hard pillow to sit on, and an empty stomach.

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Why do people practice yoga?

  • flexibility
  • exercise
  • lose weight
  • feel better
  • feel more balanced
  • stress relief
  • sense of fulfilling my potential
  • self reflection
  • kindness and self compassion
  • self awareness
  • removing judgement
  • present
  • self love
  • I could go on and on here

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Benefits of early morning yoga?

  • gives a great start to the day
  • oxygen levels are higher in the morning so tied in with your breath control is good for the body
  • helps to stretch out the stiffness of the muscles

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Where is yoga done?

Yoga can be done anywhere, indoors, outdoors, ultimately in a clean, clear environment.

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What is Office Yoga?

Yoga at the office that allows time away from your desk to refresh your body from sitting or standing for long periods and maintain your well being while at the office.

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Benefits to employees

  • reduce stress and tension
  • increases energy
  • improves physical fitness
  • gives more time for family when exercise is done at work
  • increase focus and concentration
  • improve posture
  • something to talk to colleagues about
  • saves travel time to your exercise class
  • reduces physical illness
  • provides some balance in the day
  • more fun at work

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Benefits to employers

    • increase employee satisfaction
    • boost productivity
    • improves morale
    • improves ability to concentrate and focus
    • save on health care costs
    • decreases employee fatigue
    • reduces stress and anxiety
    • reduces staff turnover
    • lower employee absenteeism
    • strengthens immune system and reduces employee sick days
    • can be implemented at little or no cost to the employer

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