Integral Holistic Hatha Yoga
Programs and Classes
Yoga comprises a wide range of mind/body practices, from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga therapy tailors these to the health needs of the individual. It helps to promote all-round positive health, as well as assisting particular medical conditions. The therapy is particularly appropriate for many chronic conditions that persist despite conventional medical treatment.The applications of Yoga Therapy range anywhere from maintaining health, to recovering from illness. The first stage of healing involves the movement of vital forces in the system. Practitioners of many Eastern forms of medicine believe that every illness involves a certain level of energy blockage. By promoting the flow of prana, or vital force, yoga combats those blockages, restoring the basic condition for health. Yoga therapy consists of the application of yogic principles, methods, and techniques to specific human ailments. In its ideal application, Yoga therapy is preventive in nature, as is Yoga itself, but it is also restorative in many instances, palliative in others, and curative in many others. If you are new to Yoga, please click here and visit my blog to learn more about it.
Medical yoga uses modified forms of yoga such as chair yoga, gentle modified floor yoga and wall supported yoga. Chair yoga is the term generally used to describe a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, or standing using a chair for support. It is not recognized formally as a type of yoga distinct from other types, such as Iyengar Yoga yoga. However the poses, or Asana, are often adaptations of Hatha Yoga poses.Frequently the chair yoga student is unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disabilities. A good chair yoga teacher will ask about, and be aware of any limitations the student might have. Chair yoga has helped people with the symptoms of many health issues including: hypertension (high blood pressure), anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, vertigo (medical), multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, clinical depression, and chronic pain. Chair yoga and gentle modified floor yoga is the best practice available for individuals suffering from coronary heart disease, specially when recovering from a myocardial infarction. Chair yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Complicated maneuvers and complex movements are not present in a chair yoga class. Within this type of yoga class, you can cover standing, seated, and prone postures. Students can learn many kinds of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and ways of relaxation, with the aid of a chair. For more information or to request our medical yoga brochure please contact us directly.
One of the most common misconceptions about yoga is that it's simply a series of isometric exercises. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yoga is the union or "yoking" of mind to body. Focusing the mind and moving with the breath are crucial to yoga. There are many other important aspects to yoga, such as pranayama (breathwork), yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), and dyana (meditation). Asana, or posture, is only a small part of the overall system. Neurotransmitter imbalances have now been linked with headaches. Western studies have not yet proven that yoga cures headaches, yet it has been proven that the activities basic to yoga, such as relaxation, meditation, and watching the breath, can alter the body's response to stress. This can help to relieve headaches, and is also useful as a part of a therapy program for heart disease, chronic pain, PMS, insomnia, infertility, cancer and depression. Studies have shown that chronic or severe stress can damage the brain. Neurons in the hippocampus can begin to atrophy, causing loss of memory. It can also prevent the formation of new hippocampal neurons. Yoga, by fighting stress, can help people to foster the healthy functioning of their brain. Stress Reduction Management improves overall health and helps develop focus and concentration. Yoga builds confidence and motivation, enhances creativity and decision-making.
Samatvam Yoga offers a comprehensive twelve week curriculum for teenagers designed not only to keep the body strong but also to incorporate mental discipline, develop self-esteem and counteract the anxiety that the physical, emotional and mental challenges bring with adolescence. Specific stressors that pertain to self-concept, body image, emotions, friendship, peer pressures, parental expectations for grades and fears about the future are present in the life of a teenager and they can cause anger, depression, fatigue, headaches, stomach aches, eating disorders and/or the beginning of abusing substances such as alcohol or drugs. Extensive research also indicates that yoga relaxation techniques are very effective in enhancing memory and concentration therefore improving learning skills and counteracting test taking anxiety.By practicing Yoga as a tool to reduce stress, the transition from childhood to adulthood can be made smoother. We have taught Yoga courses emphasizing stress and anger management at the PACE center for girls at risk, in Fort Lauderdale with a very high success rate.
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