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Healing Yoga for Low Back

Back pain is one of the most frequent causes of activity limitation in people. However, 95% of all back problems are organic, meaning that they are the result of sprains due to common postural and movement habits that can easily be addressed through yoga.

The Essential Low Back Program has recreated the study protocol and designed the program to lead through a pathway to a “Better Back”. By bringing attention to muscular dysfunction, imbalance, postural asymmetries, and alignment, this program effectively addresses the problem of chronic low back pain.

This six-week program series is designed to alleviate low back pain and enhance overall health. Each 90-minute class includes-

  • Techniques for developing awareness and accessing inner core muscles

  • How to use pranayama technique to calm nervous system and unwind out of pain

  • Five 60 minutes asana practice. Each practice builds up on the previous one

  • Various asanas to be practiced in chair

  • Sequencing principles to develop your own home practice!

Mixed-Level Yoga

This class is for those who are novice as well as for those who want to take their yoga practice to a higher level. However, this class can be enjoyed by students at all levels: beginners to seasoned practitioners. A lot of variations and additions are offered so the beginners and seasoned practitioners can choose to practice at their level of comfort. The participants are encouraged to listen to their body, and options are given to those who wish to further challenge their strength, flexibility & endurance. Advanced level pranayama techniques and meditation are introduced in this class.



Breath Awareness for Emotional and Inner Balance

Do you frequently experience feelings of high stress, anxiety, hyperactivity, agitation or other difficult emotions? Do you feel yourself breathing too fast or shallow, sighing or taking big breaths? Do you feel you are not relaxed?

 

Science has shown that there is a relationship between our breathing patterns & state of our mind. Emotions have an almost immediate effect on breathing. Depending on the emotion, we may breathe faster, louder, gasp, sigh, or even stop breathing, which in turn affects our emotions. It is very interesting that this works both ways!

 

By bringing awareness to the breath and by voluntarily bringing the changes in the way we breathe, we can influence our emotional reactions!  Relaxed breathing can calm highly agitated and difficult emotions during periods of distress, and has been proven effective in the treatment of panic attacks, anxiety, depression, cardio vascular disease, migraine headaches, hypertension and chronic pain just to name a few.

 

This program is designed to help regain control of your breath, and in turn, your emotions, and bringing a calming effect to the mind and body.

 

In this program you will learn

  • The systematic way of relaxed breathing which is the foundation of all pranayama techniques

  • Various types of breathing techniques to meet the mood

  • How the various postures of the body change the way we breathe

  • Breath focused mindfulness asana practice to bring your focus inward which helps to bring inner balance

  • Use of sound and hand gestures (mudras) to shift energy to meet the mood

  • Systematic relaxation leading into Dharana, a path to meditation

Yoga For Everyone - Strength, Flexibility And Balance

This practice of yoga is accessible to everyone from beginners to seasoned practitioners, including hard core athletes who need to stretch their muscles out and allow their bodies to recover as well as those who may have any tightness or tension in their “back”, which may originate anywhere from neck to heels.

 

In this practice, as we bring awareness towards breath and alignment, we move into asanas to stretch and strengthen deep muscles of our body, bringing further stability and flexibility. We smoothly move from one asana to another and modify to adapt to the practitioner’s own level of comfort and bring ease as well as challenge in their practice. As we refine the basic postures, our practice remains safe, interesting, and unique to each person.

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