Moving the body through a series of stretches and postures to bridge the gap between the mind and spirit, opening the door for healing, growth and enlightenment.
Yoga is translated from Sanskrit that means "to attach" or "join." Yoga creates a union and connection between the mind, body and spirit. It is most thought of as practiced on a mat but yoga traditionally is experienced well beyond the postures. It's a lifestyle to promote awareness, wellness, and wholeness.
There are numerous benefits of practicing yoga including easing stress, anxiety, fear and depression. It can create physical and mental balance, enhance self-awareness and increase physical strength and flexibility. Yoga can also improve the functionality of the heart, lungs, blood vessels and digestion.
Yoga can be practiced by any-body, whether considered "flexible" or not. Yoga can be practiced with hand stands, back bends and binds or simply sitting in a chair doing gentle twists and arm extensions. Yoga postures, or asanas, can be modified for the practitioner to create an experience that is serving to them at the time of their practice. My loving response to those who say they cannot do yoga is, "can you sit in a chair? Can you breathe? Then you can Yoga!"
OP Yoga classes have the beginner in mind but can provide the same benefit to all levels of practitioners. The gentle flows keep breath and mindfulness at the forefront while still generating vitality and endurance.
Class is traditionally taught on a mat but chair yoga is available by request. We begin in mindfulness and breath-awareness to prepare for practice. Most classes are in the form of Vinyasa which connects the breath to each posture and to the transitions of postures. You will be encouraged to move at the pace of your breath and to create a practice that is unique to you with optional posture modifications.
Yes, you can ask questions before, after and even during class. Yes, you can giggle! And yes, we can create an community experience together as we grow in our own practice on and off the mat.
10 Minute Shoulder Opener.
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