Yoga means “union” of body, mind, and spirit.
The most common type of yoga is Hatha yoga, which represents the sun- “ha” and the moon-“that”.
Joining two opposites to create a whole is the essence of “Eastern” philosophy- balancing the energies of both.
This is also represented by the integration of “yin” and “yang”…
It is similar to the right and left side of the brain; when they work together, one is whole.
These ideas of balance can be related to the body, mind, and spirit.
The most important thing is to create balance and cultivate energy so that a person is open to all possibilities.
These ideas are similar to Tai Ji
The practices of yoga are thousands of years old, although the poses or “asanas” that we commonly associate with yoga are much more recent.
The” asanas” were originally developed to condition the body and allow one to sit for hours in meditation.
These practices were used by monks or holy men who hoped to reach enlightenment.
At some point, they began to be taught to the common man, and their health benefits became recognized.
If you are interested in the history of yoga, there are many books readily available covering this subject. In our western society, today, yoga is primarily known as an avenue for the development of fitness, strength, flexibility, stress management, focus, and body awareness.
However, there are many Westerners who live by the spiritual practices of yoga. In my teaching, yoga is primarily a method to teach mindfulness of body and breath and attention to form in the “asanas” to gain physical benefit without harm to the body.
It takes practice to listen to what our bodies are telling us, and this is a good way to develop that skill.
I am NOT currently teaching yoga at Eagle Canyon Fitness in Spanish Springs.
I begin a new class for seniors at Bonaventure in Sparks on June 10th at 9:30 on Fridays. Please check back for updates.
I am designing a Healthy Back yoga class
In a nutshell, it will focus on poses to strengthen the deep back muscles and deep and superficial abdominal muscles, which make-up “the core,” some restorative poses for relaxation of the back and creating space between the vertebrae and stretching poses for the quads, I.T. band, hamstrings, and psoas. Who’s interested?