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What is yoga and how does it work?
Yoga is an ancient and complex practice, rooted in Indian philosophy. It began as a spiritual practice but has become popular as a way of promoting physical and mental well-being.
Although classical yoga also includes other elements, yoga as practiced in the United States typically emphasizes physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dyana). Popular yoga styles such as iyengar and hatha yoga focus on these elements.
Where Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. ... Put all this together and Vinyasa, is a breath initiated practice, that connects every action of our life with the intention of moving towards what is sacred, or most important to us.
Research suggests that yoga may:
Help improve general wellness by relieving stress, supporting good health habits, and improving mental/emotional health, sleep, and balance
Relieve low-back pain and neck pain
Relieve menopause symptoms
Help people manage anxiety or depressive symptoms associated with difficult life situations or post traumatic stress disoder[PTSD])
Overall, yoga may help to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Your instructor will guide you through a one hour session. In a traditional Yoga, there are three levels: Basics Flow, Intermediate, or Power Flow. Also there are different styles of yoga offered. For descriptions and selecting your style class , click here. If you are unsure of which level to choose, we will be more than happy to assist in your decision, please send us an email.
A healing technique based on the principle that the practitioner can channel energy through the 7 chakras, known as the "wheel" of energy points in your body. Doing so by approaching the client by means of touch or untouched raised above the body a few inches, to activate the natural healing process of the patients body and restore physical and emotional well-being. The setting is calming, relaxed meditative state. Use of rocks and crystals too commonly applied in a session.
Group Sound Healing and Channeled Meditation
Resonant vibration, rhythms and tones balance brain hemispheres, stress levels, and even tension in body tissues and cells that have fallen into dis-ease or dis-harmony. The use of tuned, deep-vibration instruments such as crystal bowls during healing and meditation can balance these dissonant frequencies and bring them back into harmony. Music and chanting have been used for thousands of years to heal and energize the mind, body and emotions.
Yoga & Painting with Flow
Words of Wisdom
The founding owner of Zen~Yum Lifestyle, Shelly Ritenour, believes group interaction in setting your intentions to be healing as well as rewarding. Using this mindset she practices this activity using rocks, whether in guiding her yoga classes or simply around the dinner table with family during the holidays.
Selecting a rock to then focus on its word and the ways in which it can benefit your life in wellness or perhaps sheds light on needing some attention to yourself or another.
Most often, Shelly finds when one is given a word to focus on, either hand-chosen or selecting randomly from a box, that person finds themselves experiencing an unexpected awakening. For instance... a rock saying LAUGH. This rock, when chosen, poses the most difficulty in searching for a deeper meaning. Silence fills the room when it is their turn to share. The leader steps in to guide with a few open questions:
How does it feel to laugh?
When you laugh, does it change your mood, perhaps another's nearby?
Can you just burst out laughing without a purpose?
Did you know laughter exercises are used as therapy? In yoga too as a diaphragm exercise?
It releases feel good Endorphin hormones too.
Group exercises such as these are invaluable and often overlooked by many when it comes to the holistic and healing benefits they have to offer. This is just one practice of many that Shelly likes to incorporate into her daily guided Vinyasa Yoga classes!