Adam, I had the very great pleasure of taking your yoga class at the Metro Central Y on several occasions, and I was deeply impressed by your knowledge and care as a teacher.
Peggy Baker/ artist-in-residence Canada’s National Ballet School
This video will inspire and show what yoga can do.
Benefits of Yoga:
- Improves sleep / helps with insomnia.
- Fibromyalgia relief; can reduce pain by 24%, fatigue by 30%.
- Can help with improving depression by 42%.
- Improves balance up to 34%.
- Provides hope and comfort during (breast) cancer treatment.
- Happier moods; boost blood levels of serotonin, dopamine and endorphins – three natural feel-good brain chemicals.
- help with depression (Read full article click here )
The objective of practicing yoga:
To achieve clarity, centering, calming the body and mind by using poses to open up the body and release all physical (muscles/ tension/ stiffness) and internal tension (internal organ/ blood circulation) and mastering your muscles. Preparing the practitioner for spiritual worship or just enjoying the calming of body and mind.
This student is comparing yoga to sex at the moment where time seems to stop. There is clarity, which is the objective of yoga. Stability and physical strength is the side effect and not the main objective. Flexibility will come from the strengthening of the muscles.
One of the misconceptions people have about yoga is that it is mere stretching. However there is no stretching or pulling on any muscles. Instead it involves using muscles to control body movement and hold poses in place, which strengthens the body.
Mastering your body involves control over every muscle and every movement, even in active relaxation. This is the art of yoga.
Yoga has many benefits both physical and emotional. It helps you find your inner peace and prepares you for spiritual work. Just like studying English or martial arts, the poses are your basic abc’s.
The interpretation and use of each yoga pose to balance your yin/yang, front/back and masculine/feminine are all based upon the teacher’s knowledge. Remember, we may all know English, but most of us can’t really teach it or are not able to explain how to read and write it to English students. Yoga is no different.
Clarity: like the first few moments when we wake up or just before we fall asleep, the world seems quiet and clear; your body and mind are totally relaxed. We see and listen to all that is around us without attachments or feeling the need to be part of it. We feel calm and at peace with ourselves and full of fresh renewing energy for mind and body.
Active relaxation: controlling and telling your muscles to relax on command
Passive relaxation: dropping your body on the couch or floor and letting everything go
“Yoga entails mastery over the body, mind, and emotional self, and transcendence of desire” wikipedia
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Comment from student :
“Leaving the class feeling good
This was a good class. I’ve taught yoga for 20 years. He was knowledgeable and relaxed”
“Leave class feeling relaxed, refreshed – Like new moves every class keeps it interesting-good demonstration”
“Leaving the class feeling enegetic, happy-I like the calm music and Adams always positive attitude, very good”
“Leaving the class feeling energized, Stretched, more balanced in posture and body – I like how you give corrections, encourage us to rest if we re tired”
“Leaving the class feeling fantastic”
“Leaving the class feeling refreshed-I like how the instructor goes around the class and does corrections gently. thanks, love the class”
Leaving the class feeling good – This was a good class. I’ve taught yoga for 20 years. He was knowledgable and relaxed[/caption]
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