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Yoga' means yoke or union, with the practice of yoga being a uniting or gathering together all of the parts of the self to bring the entire person into balance. Yoga most often begins with the physical practice (poses & breathing) designed to stretch and strengthen the body, lengthen the breath, and teach balance. The physical practice of yoga increases circulation, removes wastes from the body and reduces tension. Yoga also works the mind, teaching it to stay quiet, kind & focused and steadies the emotions. As the body& mind release impurities and negativity yoga may naturally evolve to include a spiritual component - a uniting of the self with 'brahman' - the infinite & higher positive consciousness that is available to us all, no matter what religion we may or may not practice.
There are many different types of yoga currently being practiced in the United States and world today. Each offers a slightly different focus and has it's own unique benefits. The most common yoga classes today are 'hatha' yoga classes. 'Ha' meaning 'sun' and 'tha' meaning moon in the Sanscrit language. This form of yoga balances active, energizing poses with passive, cooling, restorative poses. Hatha yoga classes offer the practice of both yoga poses (asana) and breath work (pranayama). There are many different levels of yoga, and modifications can be given for everyone to begin somewhere whatever age, fitness level or health challenges they face.
Debra Bennett is a certified hatha yoga instructor for Level I & II. This is an Ashtanga & fitness based yoga style, meaning poses fluidly move between each other creating rythmn and flow. This type of yoga builds 'tapas' or heat in the body which increases energy, burns calories and eliminates toxins from muscles & organs. Her practice and instruction are heavily influenced by 14 years of study of the Iyengar Method with Patricia Walden of Cambridge, MA and Tias Little of Santa Fe, NM. Iyengar yoga is form of yoga known for the theraputic benefits derived from precise and detailed attention to alignment and holding poses for longer periods of time. Iyengar yoga uses props (blocks, belts, blankets, chairs) to assist in achieving proper form and to make poses safe for most people. She also integrates study of Meridian Yoga/Stretching. In this method practice of different poses will bring health, vitality and balance to the corresponding organ.
Beginner & Intermediate Small Group Training classes are available in Newton, MA or Privately at your Home or Office. Corporate On-Site Yoga Classes are available at your company through core corporate™.
Integrated Programs that include a coaching component can be beneficial for Yoga clients. Beginning a daily practice on your own could include a weekly class as well as building in tools & resources to maintain consistencywith life's demands from work, travel and family time.
Yoga is growing as a choice for many as part of a disease treatment plan or to manage the stress of living with a life threatening illness and the side effects of many traditional therapies including cancer treatment. Confidential collaboration with your medical team to ensure that your yoga practice complements any other treatments you are under.