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Book: Chair Yoga

Secret Journal Of A Yogi: Chair Yoga
CARING FOR YOUR BACK
by Adam Quang

Series of simple exercises to help you release stress in your body without exerting your body. These exercises are great for people who tend sit for long periods of time, office workers, construction workers, people with neck stiffness, and people with reduced mobility.

Yoga At Work

Corporate Yoga – All level

Yogis of all levels and skill are welcome, including beginners.

“I’ve been going to Adam’s classes for a month now and I’m always impressed by his ability to easily guide a multi-level class, while encouraging everyone to find their own ‘edge’. Can’t wait for next week!” Janine Martins
                                                                       Click here for more students comments…

Photo by Max B. Telzerow
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Classes are designed to build team spirit to promote productivity,
relax the body and mind, strengthen and tone core muscles, and improved morale of employees.

Click here for Yoga studies: How Yoga Changes Your Body

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Benefit: 

  • Participants collaborate and connect with partner yoga. Perfect for team building.
  • Relieves neck & back tension.
  • Happier moods; boost blood levels of serotonin, dopamine and endorphins – three natural feel-good brain chemicals.
  • Help fight depression and anxiety disorders by increase amino acid GABA.
  • Open up creative possibilities and ways to balance work and life.

“University of Illinois Researchers found that following yoga practice the participants were better able to significantly improves working as it improves memory, speed, focus their mental resources, process information quickly and more accurately and also learn, hold and update pieces of information more effectively than after performing an aerobic exercise bout.” telegraph.co.uk

  • The yoga can be done on the floor or even on chairs if there isn’t a lot of available room.
  • The group can be as small as 5 people, where each participant can receive a lot of personal attention in adjustments and posture modifications.
  • Email us (info at aqubalance3 dot com) for more info and we will sent you a poster which will help to make it easier for you to talk to your colleagues and HR department.

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“what an AWESOME way to start the week! Thanks so much Adam. This was my first class, and I definitely would recommend this class to anyone- even those who are little shy to try! ” Amandine

“Excellent. Adam makes you feel very good about yourself, no matter what skill level you are at.” Laura McGrath
“Exactly what I had hoped it would be. Nice mix of challenging poses and quiet meditation.” Anna Walsh

Reference letters / comments from students

Teacher: Adam Quang E-RYT 500
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Yoga & Drug

Yoga & DrugPromote love and acceptant, a live video class connecting those affected by substance abuse with free access to yoga and meditation in the privacy of their own home. In collaboration with You Are Beautiful project at World Karma Project and Free To Be Fit.

 

Starting April.22.2015
Join Adam Quang every Wednesdays (7-8pm) via Skype (YogiSecret) or Google Plus.
– See below or click here or more info:  Free To Be Fit / FB page.

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Vietnam Adventure

Yoga, private yacht and personal chef &
adventure at a Seven Wonders of Nature, Vietnam!

Upcoming Adventure
Teacher: Adam Quang
14 days: Nov 9 to 22, 2014
7 days: Nov 16 to 22, 2014

Click to pay and RSVP your spot here.

  • Participants can register with the Yoga Alliance and receive 35 continuing education training hours from the retreat.

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"Whatever you give to life, it gives you back. Do not hate anybody. The hatred which comes out from you will someday come back to you. Love others & Love will comeback to you"
“Whatever you give to life, it gives you back. Do not hate anybody. The hatred which comes out from you will someday come back to you. Love others & Love will comeback to you”

Vacation highlights:

  • 2-3 yoga / taichi classes per day
  • City tour on cyclo or tram
  • Water Puppet tickets and sightseeing points
  • Private boat visiting Ha Long Bay
  • Camp-fire in Sapa
  • Exploring ancient cave at the 7 Wonders of Nature
  • Visiting floating village
  • Kayaking in the 7 Wonders of Nature
  • 13 nights luxury accommodation
  • All meals as per itinerary
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Yogalate PAL

“my mother, she used to suffer from arthritis and was doing Aqua Fitness classes five days a week to no avail. Once she began taking  your class on a regular basis she was able to lose weight and no longer suffers from arthritis” Maritza S.

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Side benefits include:
– stronger core muscles
– stronger back
-improve flexibility
– happier mood
energized & relaxed.
-lose weight
(click here for more)

When: Tuesday & Thurday
2 pm to 3 pm
Performing Arts Lodges
110 The Esplanade, Toronto ON.
(Ballet Room)

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Partner Yoga workshop

“Wow. I experienced my first couple yoga and I can say that I’m closer to my partner than ever. It was a new experience and it pushed me harder than doing yoga on my own. I highly recommend this to all couple.” Jen A.

Partner Yoga lotus pose- Adam Quang and Terry Tator -Photo by Max B. Telzerow

Partner Yoga

Partner yoga utilizes two people in a yoga pose, both partners mutually receive the benefits, in a safe and supported environment where the the experience fosters trust and strengthens communication, both verbal and non-verbal. Making this one of the best team-building exercises around.

Ideal for any two people and not just for couples.
Co-worker, friend or life partner, LGBTQIA welcome.
Info and benefit…

Time:  7:30pm – 8:30pm ♦ Tuesday
Place:  Downtown Toronto
Cost: $17 Drop-in ($150 / 10 class) / person
Click here to pay and RSVP your spot.

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Back Care & Restorative Yoga

“Adam, one of the things that you do very well is helping people – including me- to clear out all of the noise and simply be in the present.” Sara (more feed back ….)

Rejuvenate your body and mind, experience quiet in your busy lifestyle, reflect and reconnect with yourself. Feel renewed – like a day at the spa – after 1 hour of our Restorative Yoga.

Restorative Yoga Poster may-2013

Yogis of all levels and skill are welcome, including beginners. The class will be held in a YOGA BOUTIQUE casual environment.

Relieving back stiffness with Restorative Yoga, a very gentle practice where you lie in a yoga position and relax into the pose supported by blankets, bolsters, blocks and straps. More detail…

Time:  7:30pm-8:30pm

 ♦ Thursday 
Jan.16 to Feb.13 / Feb.20 to Mar.20

Place:  Downtown Toronto
Cost: $17 Drop-in ($70 / 5 class)
Pre-register and invited only (Drop-in are always welcome  for regular client with RSVP 2 hours before via phone or text)

YOGA BOUTIQUE: class size are limited to 2-5 people, student get more personal attention and posture correction. A “Back to Basic” style of yoga.

Hurry only 4 spots are available
RSVP NOW for your spot.

support an independent yoga teacher

 

Click to pay and RSVP your spot here.

Adam Quang: registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 Master level and has been teaching yoga since 1994. His teaching style is based on achieving stillness, by working through physical, emotional, psychological tension to build strength, self love and acceptance. (more…)

Yoga studies: How Yoga Changes Your Body
Harvard Yoga Scientists Find Proof of Meditation Benefit
How Yoga Heal & What Happens When Our Emotions Stay in Our Bodies

 

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student comment: 2013

Doctor told a client (annual check-up) he have grown 1/2″ taller. Our years of #Yoga Therapy work paid off! Nov.12.2013

“Your class was excellent–exactly what my back and neck needed! It’s so surprising how intense such small movements are.” Amanda / Back Care

Click here for more => feedback,  Reference letters

“I’ve been going to Adam’s classes for a month now and I’m always impressed by his ability to easily guide a multi-level class, while encouraging everyone to find their own ‘edge’. Can’t wait for next week!” Janine Martins

“what an AWESOME way to start the week! Thanks so much Adam. This was my first class, and I definitely would recommend this class to anyone- even those who are little shy to try! Adam encourages you to listen to your body, and teaches variations to the positions allowing you to maximize your experience. See you next Monday (after Easter!) and I’ll prob have a couple friends in tow too! Can’t wait!” Amandine

“This class was fantastic; I would recommend it to all yogis. Adam’s mindfullness approach is helpful in getting the most out of a yoga class. Thank you Adam!” Brynn

“Thanks for tailoring the session to my sore parts! The way you explain and demonstrate is so clear and detailed and I felt so much better after the class.”  Julie

“It was my first class last Monday, and it was awesome! Simultaneously relaxing and energizing. Thanks Adam “ Monica

“Adam leads a challenging and rejuvenating class, but one for all levels. At the beginning he asks if anyone has anything s/he would like to focus on. He wants to know if one has any particular injuries. During the class he gives individual attention, gently and quietly adjusting postures and encouraging everyone to push themselves, but only as far as they are able. Today was a beautiful day in Riverdale Park and lying under the old trees on the lush green grass took me back to my childhood. Thank you for this experience, Adam!” — Jessica on Jul 4, 2013.

 

Comment from a yoga teacher I’ve train

Hi Adam
I have taken so many yoga classes! I continue to be grateful for my training with you! I learned some really important lessons that are helping me now! I see lots of (young) yoga teachers and often they seem oblivious of these lessons. Here are a few:

  • park your ego at the door.
  • use a friendly voice that is well modulated
  • begin by finding a quiet moment of your own before you begin to teach
  • use music if it is helpful – otherwise stay quiet
  • demonstrate the simplest easiest version of a shape first- advanced students will find their own way to a harder version
  • teach the students in front of you – be ready to change things up harder or easier depending on the class of students
  • dont try to teach too much in one lesson – less can be more
  • tell students why they are doing a posture
  • tell students how to get INTO AND OUT of the posture – dont just say, “come into triangle” and expect they know how!
  • Remember that not everyone will like what or how you teach but be true to yourself

should I keep going???
I just wanted to say how grateful I am!

“It was excellent – I miss Adam’s Yoga classes. Highly recommended!” Rodney Ronquillo

“Thanks for another awesome class Adam!” suzanne

“Thank you Adam, great class!”  Norberto

“I felt great after the yoga. I have been having trouble sleeping and your session plus meditation helped! Great job!” Flavian DeLima

“Thank you for a great and supportive class!” Anna V

 I attended Adam’s Meditation & Neck and Shoulder Care class a couple of weeks ago and must say that it was a delightful experience. Adam takes the time to address each student’s concerns and creates a wonderful & soothing atmosphere. The small class sizes make for an intimate experience that one may not get in a large studio. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone interested in meditation, especially those just starting to incorporate it into their lives.

Thanks again Adam 🙂
Brandy

“Wow. I experienced my first couple yoga and I can say that I’m closer to my partner than ever. Lol ok it takes more sessions to rip the benefits but nonetheless it was a new experience and it pushed me harder than doing yoga on my own. I highly recommend this to all couple. Would any couples want to try this together? We have convinced our yoga instructor (by far he’s the best yoga instructor we have had and queer friendly) to offer 10 sessions to 2-3 couples. It will be intimate and it is not very expensive per person ” Jen A.


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Gentle Chair Yoga

You want me to do what? You know I m 95 yr old!
(Few sec later…) Ohh that feel good… ~ Kim Morgan

Partner Yoga lotus Twist pose- Adam Quang and Terry Tator

This class is intended for people with limited mobility. Yoga will be done sitting on a chair with some standing exercises for strength and flexibility.
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When: Tuesday & Thursday
Time: 4pm -5pm
Where: 10 Delisle Ave (Deer Park Room)
Cost: $148 10 class (Drop-in class 20$)

Chair  Yoga classes since 2010 (Drop-ins are always welcome)

When: Tuesday & Thursday
2pm to 3pm – Performing Arts Lodges
110 The Esplanade, Toronto ON.(Ballet Room)

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Studies: How Yoga Changes Your Body

click on pictures for link to studies from huffingtonpost.com / How Yoga Changes Your Body, Starting The Day You Begin (INFOGRAPHIC)
click on pictures for link to studies from huffingtonpost.com / How Yoga Changes Your Body, Starting The Day You Begin (INFOGRAPHIC)

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After Class.

Improved Brain Function. 
Just 20 minutes of Hatha yoga — an ancient form of the practice that emphasizes physical postures rather than flow or sequences — can improve cognitive function, boosting focus and working memory. In a University of Illinois study, participants performed significantly better on tests of brain functioning after yoga, as compared to their performance after 20 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise.

Lower Stress Levels. 
Yoga’s stress-busting powers may come from its ability to lessen the activity of proteins that are known to play a role in inflammation, according to a study published last year from University of California, Los Angeles researchers.

Alter Gene Expression. 
A small Norwegian study suggested that yoga’s many healthy benefits might come from its ability to alter gene expression in immune cells.

Increased Flexibility. 
A recent Colorado State University study found that Bikram yoga — a form of yoga in which a series of 26 postures are performed for 90 minutes in a heated room — is linked with increased shoulder, lower back and hamstring flexibility, as well as greater deadlift strength and decreased body fat, compared with a control group.

After A Few Months.

Lower Blood Pressure. 
People with mild to moderate hypertension might benefit from a yoga practice, as a study from University of Pennsylvania researchers found that it could help to lower their blood pressure levels. Researchers found that people who practiced yoga had greater drops in blood pressure compared with those who participated in a walking/nutrition/weight counseling program.

Improved Lung Capacity. 
A small 2000 Ball State University study found that practicing Hatha yoga for 15 weeks could significantly increase vital lung capacity, which is the maximum amount of air exhaled after taking a deep breath. Vital lung capacity is one of the components of lung capacity.

Improved Sexual Function. 
2009 Harvard study published in the The Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that yoga could boost arousal, desire, orgasm and general sexual satisfaction for women. Yoga can also improve women’s sex lives by helping them to become more familiar with their own bodies, according to a review of studies published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, as reported by CNN.

Reduced Chronic Neck Pain.
German study published in The Journal of Pain showed that four weeks of practicing Iyengar yoga (a type of Hatha yoga that stresses proper alignment and the use of props) is effective in reducing pain intensity in adults suffering from chronic neck pain.

Anxiety Relief. 
2010 Boston University study showed that 12 weeks of yoga could help to reduce anxiety and increase gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels in the brain (low levels of GABA have been linked with depression and anxiety disorders).

Relief from Chronic Back Pain. 
Researchers at West Virginia University found Iyengar Yoga to be more effective in reducing pain and improving mood than standard medical treatment among those with chronic lower back problems.

Steady Blood Sugar Levels in People with Diabetes.
Adding yoga to a typical diabetes care regimen could result in steady blood sugar levels, according to a 2011 Diabetes Care study. Reuters reported that just three months of yoga in addition to diabetes care resulted in a decrease in body mass index, as well as no increases in blood sugar levels.

Improved Sense of Balance. 
Practicing an Iyengar yoga program designed for older adults was found to improve balance and help prevent falls in women over 65, according to a 2008 Temple University study.

After Years.

Stronger Bones.
2009 pilot study by Dr. Loren Fishman showed that practicing yoga could improve bone density among older adults.

“We did a bone mineral density (DEXA) scan, then we taught half of them the yoga, waited two years, and did another scan,”Fishman previously told The Huffington Post. “And not only did these people not lose bone, they gained bone. The ones who didn’t do the yoga lost a little bone, as you would expect.”

Healthy Weight.
Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found an association between a regular yoga practice and decreased weight — or at least a maintained weight — among more than 15,000 healthy, middle-aged adults.

“Those practicing yoga who were overweight to start with lost about five pounds during the same time period those not practicing yoga gained 14 pounds,” study researcher Alan Kristal, DPH, MPH, told WebMD.

Lower Risk Of Heart Disease. 
As part of a healthy lifestyle, yoga may lower cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar,according to Harvard Health Publications.

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