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Is Yoga Right for Me?

    DID YOU KNOW? taking a private session can get you started

    The practice of yoga is over 5,000 years old, offering a sense of relaxation through breathing techniques, meditation, and slow controlled movements. Yoga is one of the oldest physical disciplines in the world. It is most commonly known for its ability to lengthen muscles and decompress joints, gaining a greater range of motion in your physical body. Some participants attend classes for their ability to burn calories and tone muscles. Although, fitness was never the intent of practicing yoga. 

    After a client’s first session, it has been reported that they feel straighter, even taller, and have improved sleep. Yoga has helped people calm their anxiety, overcome fears, conquer unwanted habits, and develop better concentration. All of which will help you perform your daily tasks. 

    Common Misconception

    It’s important to understand you do not need to be flexible to practice yoga. Unfortunately, this misconception keeps many people from trying. Jobs today keep us sitting for long periods of time, compressing the spine and back and creating irregularities in the body. Yoga helps alleviate pain or tenderness while decompressing the spine, elongating your muscles and relieving any pressure or tension that has built up. 

    Health Benefits

    Many health conditions have been improved through regular yoga practice. Some doctors now prescribe yoga as a form of physical therapy. Remember yoga heals and strengthens the body and its systems and is especially beneficial to the immune system.

    Some specific health conditions that can be successfully treated with yoga include:

    • Anxiety and depression
    • Arthritis
    • High blood pressure
    • Type II Diabetes
    • Heart disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Shoulder, knee and back injuries
    • Insomnia

    Where to Start

    Booking a private session with Emma, a certified yoga instructor can alleviate any doubts, insecurities or nervousness about being watched by others or doing the wrong thing. There are many different styles of yoga and numerous asanas or poses they all share. Emma is trained in a variety of styles and works with her clients to help tailor their sessions to suit individual needs. 

    How to Prepare for a Session

    • Bring a water bottle.
    • Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move and stretch easily. Stay away from anything too loose fitting, as you will probably find yourself upside down at some point. 
    • Although shoes and socks are not worn in sessions or classes, it may be best to have socks and a sweater available for the final resting posture (Savasana).
    • It is recommended to come on an empty stomach, so try to refrain from eating two hours before the session.
    • Drink plenty of water before and after class.

    Common words you will hear

    • Asana: Posture or pose – a static physical position
    • Practitioner: Someone who practices yoga (yogi if male, yogini if female)
    • Pranayama: Breathing techniques or practices
    • Balasana: Child’s pose – body faces the floor, with your shins down, chest and stomach resting on your thighs, and your arms stretching forward
    • Savasana: Corpse pose – lay down on your back, legs and arms extended, palms up and slightly away from the body, feet apart, and lie still

     Health Concerns

    If you choose a yoga class versus a private session, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before attending any yoga class if you have any health concerns, injuries, or are pregnant. As well please inform the instructor prior to class.

    “The therapeutic effects can benefit anyone, regardless of age, beliefs, disposition, and physical capabilities, with results ranging from the positive to the truly remarkable.”

    BKS IyengarYoga the Path to Holistic Health.

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