Helena Hatha Yoga
Fall in love with looking after YOURSELF!
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“Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are.”
"The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in."
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.”
“Yoga is a dance between control and surrender — between pushing and letting go — and when to push and to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your well-being.”
“Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down.”
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”
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" YOGA is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self " -
The Bhagavad Gita
" When we give greater meaning to why we do something we feel more motivated to take action" Anthony Robbins
Benifits of Yoga - Why it makes you feel GREAT!
Science confirms that the practice of yoga has tangible mental benefits that include improved memory, concentration and will power . Creating greater capacity to deal with and recover from stress, increasing brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Some of the physical benefits include weight loss, improved daily energy, immunity, bone density, flexibility, strengh and helps balance hormones.
200 Million people around the world practice yoga and the number is growing as its the perfect remedy to modern day life.
What Does Hatha Mean?
Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely.
Hatha is also translated as ha meaning "sun" and tha meaning "moon." This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.
Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the buzzy of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.
I'm Not Flexible—Can I Do Yoga?
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that's a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.
This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
Why Are You Supposed to Refrain From Eating
Two Hours Before Class?
In yoga practice we twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, you will not feel comfortable.
OVERCOMING FIRST CLASS FEARS
Your first yoga class can be scary. Any new experience brings in some level of anxiety, but have no fear!! I am here to help. To ease you into the start of this amazing journey-here is a list of 3 common fears and how to overcome them.
Fear-“I’m not flexible!”
We hear this ALL THE TIME! If your goal is to gain flexibility, then this shouldn’t be a concern for you. What we know is that flexibility takes time and practice. But yoga isn’t all about flexibility, and you sure don’t need it to come to the practice! Classes are filled with people of all levels of physical capabilities. Over time, you will gain many things in your practice and one of them will be flexibility. So, don’t let this stop you! We all start somewhere.
Fear-“I’m not really a yoga person”
Yoga person, ah yes. If you can breathe then you are a yoga person, friend! There is no A-Typical yogi. All are welcome! We see a large variety of people in our classes, and we hope that you will be one of them.
Fear- “What if I look stupid, because I don’t know what I am doing”
Have you ever seen happy baby pose, (google it), now tell me who wouldn’t look funny doing happy baby? I often giggle at myself when I fall out of a balancing pose, or mix up my left and right. It’s okay to have fun with it! Yoga should be fun!
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What is Pranayama?
Pranayama are breathing exercises which clear the physical and emotional obstacles in our body to free the breath and so the flow of prana - life energy. Through regular and sustained practise of pranayama you can supercharge your whole body!
The way that we move, think, act and especially breathe contributes to the flow and vitality of prana - the universal energy that runs through us and everything around us.
Why is the breath so important?
It’s the first thing and last thing we do in our lives. The one constant thing we all have. Without breath there is no life!
Daily stressors, tensions and physical habits can create physical and energetic obstacles in our bodies. Without even noticing it our breathing can become gradually more shallow or stilted, we develop unconscious breathing patterns restricting the flow of breath and prana energy.
When we work on the freeing the breath through pranayama (breathing exercises) we are also working on letting the life energy flow through the body. It has the effect of energizing, relaxing and healing the body, letting everything fall into place. Literally it is an increase and balance of life energy in your system.
The Benefits of Pranayama
Again through a regular and sustained practise of pranayama you can supercharge your whole body!
On a physical level by using pranayama techniques we can utilise and strengthen the whole range of our respiratory organs. We explore the lower, middle and upper parts of the breath and regulate the inhalation, retention and exhalation of the breath.
A regular pranayama practice can stimulate the parasympathetic system, which helps us to deeply relax, countering the overstimulation our bodies go through so often in modern day life. Moving us out of the Fight or Flight stress response in to calmer more centred resourceful state, better able to cope with how we relate to ourselves, others and situations.
Giving us the tools to deal with the challenges and changes we all experince.
Our breathing patterns are also very closely linked to our emotional states. We will breathe in a different way when we are angry, when we are excited, tired or when we are nervous. However, it works the other way too. We can calm or energize ourselves by changing our breathing patterns. Even by just taking time out to consciously to become more aware of our breath we can help to start to alter our emotional states.
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"When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace". ~Author Unknown
"When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath".
~Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
"Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts."
~Thích Nhất Hạnh