YOGA + MEDITATION SESSIONS

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YOGA + MEDITATION SESSIONS

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You have a choice of 4 sessions (once a week) or 8 sessions (twice a week). These 60 minute sessions are customized to fit your needs and goals.

Why a private practice?
You are looking to create a unique home practice, Have an injury that needs tailoring to, You are looking to deepen your practice with meditation and pranayama (Breathing techniques), You are a beginner that needs more 1-on-1 attention, and more…

Please contact me to discuss your goals.

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24 hour cancelation policy - If you do not cancel within 24 hours you will lose your session. You will receive a confirmation of your appt 24 hours prior - Thank you for your time + understanding. 

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What is Yoga really about?

Here are the 8 Limbs of Yoga. These principles are discovered by each person individually, in one’s practice and life.

(1) Yamas - Physical discipline and ethical standards and integrity
• Nonviolence (ahimsa). Not causing harm to other beings or to ourselves through our body, words, and thoughts. Related virtues: compassion, kindness, modesty, love.
• Truthfulness (satya). Not speaking falsehood. Also involves being truthful to yourself and sincere in your relationships. Related virtues: honesty, integrity, sincerity, reliability.
• Non-stealing (asteya). Not taking what is not given. Related virtues: fairness, respect.
• Non-excess (brahmacharya). For monks and ascetics (who invented Yoga), this means celibacy. For “city yogis”, it means not obsessing over sex, and also being responsible in ones sexual relationships. Related virtues:      self-control, moderation, contentment.
• Non-possessiveness (aparigraha). Not being attached to things, and living a simple life. It also means cultivating a mind free from greed and cravings. Related virtues: non attachment, contentment, simplicity.

(2) Niyamas - Self-discipline and spiritual observances
• Purity (saucha). Keeping the body clean, and the mind free of negative emotions and thought patterns.
• Contentment (santosha). Cultivating an attitude of acceptance. Being cheerful and satisfied, here and now, regardless of external circumstances.
• Self-Discipline (tapas). Intensive practice that stretches your limits and creates inner transformation. “Tapas” literally means heat.
• Self-Study (swadhyaya). Introspection and self-reflection. It is the study of oneself, of one’s behavior patterns and intentions. It also means study of yogic texts.
• Self-Surrender (ishvara-pranidhana). Surrender to a supreme Reality. For some this means faith in God; for others it is surrender into the source of being, the Self or Awareness.

(3) Asanas - Postures
(4) Pranayama - Breathing control
(5) Pratyahara - Withdrawal of the senses / withdrawal or sensory transcendence
(6) Dharana - Concentration
(7) Dhyana - Meditation or contemplation
(8) Samadhi - Enlightnement

Asana
The asanas (postures/poses) with the addition of the subtle body practice of the bandhas (muscle locks) help us keep our physical body healthy, strong, flexible, and full of vitality. The physical practice of the asanas help prepare your body and calm the mind before sitting in stillness for meditation. The asanas are indeed a form of dynamic meditation, keep your mind focused on your body awarness, breath and finding a balance of effort and ease within each moment. This practice if done consistently will help you live your life with that same balance. This aspect is what is most commonly known of Yoga, but it’s far from being the whole of it.

Here are some common benefits of a steady asana practice:

• Lowers blood pressure
• Lowers blood sugar levels
• Lowers production of cortisol (stress hormone)
• Increases flexibility, core strength, and balance
• Increases vitality and energy
• Boosts your metabolism
• Calms down the amygdala (the center of fear and anxiety in your brain)
• Improves sleep quality
• Improves posture
• Improves immune system
• Reduces chronic pain

Pranayama (Breath Work)
Pranayama or breath control is an ancient yogi technique to maximize the benefits of prana (life force energy). While doing asanas (poses) the breath or prana helps to maximize the benefits of the practice, and focus the mind. The breath and mind are very tightly connected so by working on the breath you can help achieve a calm mental state. The breath is often overlooked and so obvious we often take it for granted, not realizing the significant power it has on the body, mind and spirit. With every inhale we bring oxygen into the body, cleansing, rejuvenating and transforming the elements of the body into energy and nutrients. Each exhale purges the body of carbon dioxide, and releases toxic energy and waste. Breathing also affects our mind and can make us excited or calm, tense or relaxed, confused or clear. It is used in preparation for meditation. It is the primary source of prana or life force, a psycho-physio-spiritual force that permeates the universe and energizes our being. As we breathe we not only oxygenate the blood but we also regulate our moods, calm or stimulate the nervous system and strengthen the rational brain (prefrontal cortex). 

There are many different pranayama techniques, for different purposes. A general practice of belly breathing or (Diaphragmatic breathing) where you use the abdominal breath rather than the chest breath is a very powerful breathing exercise to help calm the mind and body. It creates a deep smooth even breath where we induce relaxation. 

Here are some examples of breathing techniques I use in my personal practice as well as in my classes. All of these breathing techniques are done by breathing in and out through the nostrils (our source of filtration)

Nadi Shodhana or Alternate Nostril Breathing
Belly Breathing or Diaphragmatic Breathing
Bastrika Breath or Breath of Fire
Kapalabhati Breathing
Lions Breath (Cleansing - Breath in from the nose and out through the mouth as you stick the tongue out)

Here are some common benefits of a steady pranayama practice:

• Pacify the mind, making it calm, focused and introverted (pratyahara);
• Increase your lifespan and health;
• Bring more focus and clarity
• Enhance brain function
• Stress relief
• Increased energy
• Better sleep patterns
• Improved mood
• Mindfulness - Self Awareness
  and more...


Meditation
Meditation or dhyana, is a state achieved from intense concentration on one object releasing all distractions and thoughts until you reach an intense awareness of the object. 

Through the practice of meditation and quieting the mind we become more in-tune with our body and mind, bringing more clarity to our lives. We develop more efficient ways of life and it gives us the ability to make conscious choices in stressful or challenging situations, promoting peace and harmony.

The major focus of Yoga is actually meditationAll yoga practices exist to prepare the body and mind to meditate effectively. When we achieve steadiness or stillness and ease in the body through use of asanas, and evenness and steadiness in the breath (pranayama), then the mind is in a much better position to meditate. 

There are many different ways you can create a meditation practice. Here are a few examples. 

Mindfulness through Body Scanning
Breathing meditation. 
Using the breath as a focus. Gentle breath in and out allowing you to tune inward more and release the external senses. 
Chakra meditation. This means focusing the mind on one of the seven main energy centers in the body, called chakras. This focus is usually accompanied with specific visualizations.
Mantra meditation. Also called japa, in this meditation the yogi keeps repeating a sacred word during the whole session, while at the same time focusing on a particular feeling related to that word. Examples of mantras are OMSo-HamRam, and Om Namah Shivaya, Sat Nam etc
Positive Affirmations. Similar to the mantra meditation but the individual keeps repeating a phrase. On the inhale "I am" on the exhale "strong", "patient", "love" etc. 

Here are some common benefits of a steady meditation practice:

• Improve quality of life
• Purify the mind from negative thoughts and emotions
• Bring more focus and clarity
• Enhance brain function
• Stress relief
• Increased energy
• Better sleep patterns
• Improved mood
• Mindfulness - Self Awareness
• Release limiting beliefs and identifications
• Achieve the superconscious state of Samadhi (enlightenment/realization/liberation)

Interested in learning how to develop a practice of yoga? contact me.