Yoga

On a more subtle level asanas promote internal balance by stimulating your endocrine and energetic systems.  Also while focusing on the breath and correct alignment in the postures your mind becomes more focused and you develop a better ability to concentrate.  Learning to quite your mind and to relax in each posture, your asana practice eventually becomes a moving meditation practice.  By entering into a deep state of relaxation you stimulate your relaxation response, which is the opposite of the body's fight or flight response and counters many of the negative heath risks associated with chronic stress. ​

As your focus and concentration improves, you create a deeper awareness of the way your body moves and feels.  This awareness eventually translates into other aspects of your life.  You become more aware of your thoughts and emotions.  More aware of who you are and how you express yourself.  This increased awareness lends itself to introspection.  Introspection is the ability to examine your life objectively; analyzing your own patterns of thought and behavior, which is an important skill for personal growth.


Yoga is not political nor based on a specific religion.  Yoga is a tool to develop better physical, mental and emotional health.

There are other ways to develop greater awareness and a more peaceful mental state, so if you're not into Yoga don't despair. Yoga is not the only tool to become physically fit, relaxed or more aware.  As your Holistic Health Coach, I will help you discover the tools that will work best for you.

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Turn your exercise into play!  The National Institute for Play cites studies that indicate play enhances vitality, health and relationships.  Your never too old to play.  Have at least one activity/hobby that you do for fun. 
Ayurveda and Yoga are sister sciences that both come from ancient Indian teachings.  Yoga is used in Ayurveda as a healing therapy, and both practices benefit body, mind and spirit.  However, Ayurveda focuses more on the health of the body while Yoga focuses more on creating harmony within the mind.   In order to utilize Yoga as a powerful therapeutic practice, how you approach your Yoga practice along with the style of Yoga you choose should be based upon your unique individual nature along with your current state of health.​​

Most people are familiar with Yoga's physical component, the asanas (Yoga postures).  Practicing asanas will bring about many great physical benefits such as muscular balance, strength and flexibility.  If you practice Yoga just for the physical benefits than great!  You will not be disappointed.   Practicing Yoga is a fun, low impact form of exercise.  A consistent Yoga practice will transform your body.  You'll discover a freedom of movement you never thought possible, but as you continue your practice you will also start experiencing the more subtle benefits of Yoga.

Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.  When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.
B.K.S. Iyengar