Benefits of Yoga – CHILDREN

Our kids and our families are offered plenty of busyness and distraction. It is easy for our kids to find opportunity to preoccupy their minds and immobilize their bodies. Yoga is a great way to help our kids and families become strong, flexible, aware, and creative without all the distraction.

  • Families get to do something together that engages the child and parent in a noncompetitive environment.
  • Younger Kids gain opportunity for creative expression while challenging themselves to new fun poses.
  • Older Kids can learn better body alignment, balance, and endurance while working together in small groups or partner poses.

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Benefits of Yoga – MIND

Yoga can help you relax and handle stressful situations more easily. It teaches you how to quiet the mind so you can focus your energy where you want it to go. You will become more self aware and through this self awareness you will manage your focus, mood, outlook and stress better.

Reducing Stress

Specific Yoga poses target areas where the body stores stress and releases that tension. Through meditation and breathing exercises, Yoga may teach you to clear your mind of worry, fear, and anxiety. If you carry those yoga skills outside the yoga session, you recognize stress and can reverse a chronic stress pattern helping you remain calm. Yoga has been shown to actually lower levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.

Improved Mental Performance

Breathing techniques and stress reduction naturally leads less mental distraction, better rest, and therefore, better concentration. When you train your mind to become aware of your body, focus on breath and let stress release during yoga practice, you will also train your mind to focus on things outside the Yoga classroom. Concentration will be sharpened and you will feel more at ease as you concentrate better.

Mood and Energy

Mood and energy are difficult to measure, but almost everyone who practices yoga over a period of time reports a positive effect on positive outlook and greater energy levels. Yogic stretching and breathing exercises have been seen to result in an invigorating effect on both mental and physical energy and improved mood. Practicing yoga can even provide chronic pain sufferers with tools to cope with pain and help counter feelings of helplessness and depression.

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Benefits of Yoga – BODY

The practice of physical yoga works far more than just lengthening and strengthening your muscles, because of Yoga’s mindful attention to the breath and inner stress it works your body from the inside out.

Increased Flexibility & Balance

You can increase your stretch in a variety of poses, improving elasticity and range of motion. You feel in control of your body. This does not mean you can do the splits in two weeks, but what it can mean is you can sit on the floor, tie your shoes without a grunt or bend over to pick something up and feel graceful. When you watch Yoga folks do things outside of class, they walk and move with grace and ease. Their spines and hips are open and relaxed. They want to sit on the floor because it feels comfortable to them. These are settle things, but they change your day and how you feel about yourself.

Increased Strength

In Yoga, you get stronger by working against gravity; yoga strengthens bones as well as muscle tone. The beauty of yoga is that it works every single muscle in the body. You are using a wide range of movements and holding positions for tight, lean muscles all over your body. Early benefits are a tighter leaner butt, thighs, arms, and core muscles. It won’t “pump you up” for bodybuilding competition, but it can give you strength and tone for a swimsuit body. Again, there is a reason yoga instructors can get away with tank tops and yoga pants. There arms, legs, and butt cheeks are strong…they look good in clothes that show off their bodies.

Weight Loss

You burn calories when you practice Yoga. Obviously, you burn more calories in a Yoga Class that includes more rapid movements than in a class that focuses more on mental focus, flexibility and holding poses for longer periods of times. However, the practice of Yoga can also make you aware of how your body feels when you eat too much or in an unhealthy way. You will notice how your body feels and want to stop poor eating habits because of your mind shift. It isn’t self discipline, it is just a new desire to feel good and know what feeling good feels like.

Improved Endurance and Lung Capacity

The amount of endurance you gain will depend on the type of yoga you practice, but regardless of the yoga you practice, part of yoga is learning to breath. Even if you are not practicing rapid movements in a flow yoga style, you are learning to breath deeply and more efficiently even in resting poses.

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Benefits of Yoga – RELIGION

Yoga is not a religion per se, but can be an aid to practice of basic spiritual truths in all religions. The core of Yoga’s philosophy is that all that you need is supplied from within you, the individual person or spiritual self and that you live a life that explores and maximizes all that you are blessed with. However, the source of what is within you can be supplied by your God, the Universe, or any Greater Source. Although Yoga is frequently first identified commonly within Hinduism, it appears the practices of Yoga far predates the Hindu traditions to ancient times and cannot be connected to any one religious belief system. Nevertheless, the techniques of Yoga have been adopted or accepted by most world religions. Yoga is a system of techniques that can be used for a number of goals, and can coexist with any common Religious faith. As long as your religious beliefs don’t oppose integrating your mind, body, and spirit in a way that improves the universe, then Yoga all you want and practice your faith. Namaste!

Benefits of Yoga – SENIORS & DISABLED

Individuals with disabilities, weight challenges, inflexibility, or just getting old may find Yoga is a great opportunity to make a life change. Yoga practice for elderly people can help slow down many of the symptoms of aging and provide a wide range of positive benefits for anyone even if practiced on a moderate basis. If you can’t or don’t want to get up down from the floor, CHAIR YOGA is a great way for you to practice yoga with so much movement.

Flexibility & Strength

Many very simple yoga poses can increase your range of motion and allow you to do more of the things you need and want to do. Flexibility may help keep your body and joints limbered up, which could help prevent injuries and falling.

Spiritual/Mental Health

Perspectives on life and ourselves tend to change as time passes we may feel lonely or more helpless. The spiritual side of the world receives more importance all of us as we gain the wisdom that comes from losing some physical ability. The mental concentration and spiritual perspectives of yoga can reverse many of these unhealthy tendencies.

Improved Circulation

Another benefit of yoga that most folks can experience is improved circulation. This helps to better utilize the oxygen in your blood vessels resulting in improved memory and concentration.

Improved Respiration

One of the most critical foundations of Yoga is learning to breathe. One of the most important and often overlooked keys to staying healthy is proper breathing. Oxygen feeds our bodies just as much as food and water. Slow, deep breathing helps to cleanse the body on so many different levels.

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Benefits of Yoga – ADULTS

It is important for us at Yoga Patch to see the practice of yoga as not a form of exercise or mental relaxation but as a way of living. If you successfully incorporate this practice into your life, we believe you will perceive and enjoy the world we are blessed to live in with new energy, perspective, and bliss. No matter where you are in your faith or relationship with the world, the yoga practice can make a difference for you mentally & spiritually. Oh yeah, extra side affect might be a HOT little body too!

Feel Your Mind Change About You: There is an important emphasis in Yoga is to gain inner peace and become more present and aware.
Feel You Body Change: It takes time, but your body will gain flexibility and balance. You could feel less stiffness when you rise everyday and learn to walk lighter when you move.
See Your Body Change: Strengthen muscles, tone arms & legs, define abs, and sculpt your back. Gain flexibility in daily movement and improve your posture
Feel You Mind Change about Your Relationships: You can gain patience, empathy, and reduced stress as you see the world differently through a “yoga frame of mind”. You can learn to breathe better and think calmer.
Spiritual Growth: When your mind, body, and relationships improve, you gain opportunity to grow in new ways in your connection with everything else.
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What is Yoga?

The word Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience. The Practice of Yoga is a convergence of spiritual practices aimed at integrating mind, body and spirit to try to attain a state of enlightenment and oneness with the universe. Yoga attains the union of mind-body-spirit though a practice of yoga postures, breathing techniques, gestures and internal cleansing. The different types of yoga emphasize different approaches and techniques, but ultimately lead to the same goal of unification and enlightenment.

Yoga’s history has many places of uncertainty due to its oral translation of writings and the sometime secretive nature of its teachings. However, researchers think that yoga is probably well over 5,000 years old. Its beginnings can be traced to India and one of the most well known of the Yogic scriptures is the Bhagavad-Gita. As Yoga developed, the practice embraced the physical body along with the mind and spirit as a means to achieve enlightenment. Clearly, people of been practicing Yoga for a long time, presumably for a good reason.

What really happens during a Yoga class? When you first come to class you relax, you will learn to first still your mind and pay attention to your breathing for a few moments before doing anything else. Next, you will be asked to move your body into different positions throughout the class while still paying attention to your state of mind and your breathing. Some positions are very easy for your body and gradually become more challenging as you improve. You will usually be given options on how you like to hold your position so it fits your needs. As the session ends, you will again move to a relaxed position and be asked to pay attention to quieting your mind and focusing on breathing. If you are good at your practice, your mind will transcend this world during this process and you will feel a renewed sense of peace and energy. Hopefully, you don’t let that end as you walk out of the class, but keep that state of mind and awareness with you as you walk out the doors to the rest of your day or week. You will walk taller and smile more.

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Spiritual Awakening, Oneness Movement

Oneness is a spiritual movement that seeks to alleviate human suffering at its roots by awakening humanity into oneness, wherein every individual feels connected to all that is. The central teaching of Oneness is that inner transformation and awakening into higher states of consciousness is not an outcome of a mere intellectual understanding but a neurobiological process in the brain, whereby one’s experience of life is redefined at its core. Oneness is not a religion. You should continue on whatever religious, spiritual, agnostic or atheistic path you choose as you wish. Hopefully, the oneness movement can compliment the spiritual path you are on.

The purpose of the Oneness blessings given by others involved in the movement is to help people become involved in a community that desires to move into a higher state of consciousness. The ultimate goal being that the individual and hopefully greater humanity can experience oneness with god/universe all of the time. It can create opportunity for personal growth in knowing that someone else in your community cares about you enough to bless you and pass on whatever positive energy they can to you. Hopefully, you feel that energy and gain a desire to pass it on as well. And so goes the movement…

Ultimately, as more people begin to feel connected, the oneness goal is to help raise the level of consciousness of our local communities. This will create a new-found compassion flowing in the hearts of one person at a time–which will in turn affect humanity as a whole. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This movement is another effort to begin that change in our own world. Like so many other movements, one must be sincere and open minded to notice change. Regardless, you will know that others are willing to share with you what they can through this movement and desire that change for you if you are willing. Certainly, there are many other options for spiritual awakening and a connection to community. You should find what fits you best.

Acupuncture, Acupressure & Reflexology

Acupuncture is a collection of procedures which involves the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques, such as penetrating the skin with tiny needles that are then manipulated to stimulate healing. It is one of the key elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine is among the oldest healing practices in the world.

Acupressure is a technique developed in ancient times before the development of Acupuncture. In acupressure, physical pressure is applied to trigger points on your body.

Reflexology, or zone therapy, is an alternative medicine approach also evolving from Acupressure concepts involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques.

Reflexology is similar to acupuncture and acupressure in that it works with the body’s vital energy through the stimulation of points on the body. Reflexology and acupressure are both therapies in that they work with points on one part of the body to affect other parts of the body. While reflexology uses reflexes that are in an orderly arrangement resembling a shape of the human body on the feet, hands, and outer ears, acupressure uses over 800 reflex points that are found along long thin energy lines called meridians that run the length of the entire body.

Some people confuse reflexology with massage. Massage is the systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to relax the muscles. Reflexology and Acupressure focus on reflex maps of points and areas of the body to create a response throughout the body.

In short, massage therapists work “from the outside in,” manipulating muscle to release tension. Reflexology practitioners see themselves as working “from the inside out” — stimulating the nervous system to release tension.

These alternative approaches are very simple and non-evasive methods for improving life. They can help release tension, increase blood circulation, reduce pain, and enhance your immune systems. Acupressure methods can be very effective in back pains, chronic headaches, and even allergies. All of these methods may prove to release stress and helps flow of life energy which improves your overall inner and outer beauty.

These alternative medicinal practices have long traditions of being used by people over many generations. As always you should consider medical treatments first and use alternative methods as a compliment to medical treatments. However, if there is a simple and natural ancient traditional approach that can make your life better, please use it. The science behind these methods is not very clear, so you will have to just try it for yourself and see if the practice that has survived generation after generation may work for you!

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Meditation Benefits Mind & Body

Meditation encompasses a variety of practices that are somewhat different. Various types of meditation that are recognized include Zen meditation, Taoist meditation, Buddhist meditation, transcendental meditation, and simply prayer. Some methods of meditation may require the body being absolutely still while other types allow for free movement. While the methods are different, the end goal of meditation help develop a mind that is quieted and free from stress through the regular use of quiet contemplation and reflection.

Lots of evidence seems to indicate that meditation is associated with improvement in a variety of mental areas, including stress, anxiety, depression, and concentration, among others. Some research also suggests that meditation can reduce blood pressure, pain response, stress hormone levels and overall cell health. But some of the most interesting studies seem to suggest that those who meditate tend to generate new brain function and genetic changes that are far greater than most people would ever expect.

Finally, even less stress and better health are not enough to make you consider meditation. There seems to be a lot of evidence that those who are meditate are more productive, happy, and “successful”. Many corporate experts and professional athletes and the like have incorporated meditation so they can be more creative, focused, and effective. It is hard in our fast paced and distracted society to take time and meditate and pray. But it seems that whether you a monk seeking enlightenment in seclusion or a pitcher who wants a better slider, meditation has a place for us and we all should probably make the time to meditate!

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