What is Yoga, How Does it Benefit Me, & What Should I Expect from My Session?
What is Yoga?
Yoga originated in ancient India over 5,000 years ago as a comprehensive system for well-being including practices for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development. Over the past several years, there has been vast research done into the benefits of yoga and how it helps to improve your health. There are several different styles of yoga such as Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Iyengar. The intensity of a yoga practice depends on the style. Asana, or posture, is the physical aspect of yoga. Asana helps to align your muscles and bones with the goal of achieving your body’s optimal posture. Asana movement is accompanied by the flow of the breath. The breath helps to maintain the rhythm of the practice, heat the body, and soothe the nerves. In my practice, I will be combining my learned knowledge of various styles and applications to help approach each session to best address the issues presented.
How will Yoga Benefit Me?
Yoga has been known to strengthen and better align your bones, help with weight management, improve metabolism, lower the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, improve lung capacity, improve circulation, lower unhealthy blood sugar levels, improve brain function, lower stress, relieve anxiety, alter gene expression, rebuild grey matter, increase flexibility, reduce chronic pain, improve one's sense of balance, and prevent injury. This is just a short list of the potential benefits of yoga, and the list continues to grow with research. If you are currently experiencing any ongoing or severe medical issue, it may be requested that you obtain a medical release from your doctor prior to a yoga lesson.
How Should I Prepare for My Session?
The first step to take to prepare for your session is to make sure that you call in advance to book your appointment. Calling ahead will help ensure that your session can be booked at a time desired. When you call in, it is also a great time to ask any questions you may have about the session to help put your mind at ease before you arrive. It is best that you wear comfortable clothing in which you can move freely, such as sweatpants and a tee-shirt. During your yoga session you will be moving around, stretching, and possibly doing inversions. Feel free to bring your mat, blocks, bolsters or belts. However, these will be available for your use at the studio. This session will be planned specifically as per your requests. If you have long hair, please pull your hair up. Do not consume alcohol prior to the appointment. Intend to arrive at your appointment 15 minutes early to complete your intake process. You will be barefoot during the session.
How Should I Expect My Yoga Session to go?
On the day of your appointment, please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to complete your intake process. You will be provided forms to complete with your personal contact information, and medical history, as well as to request any focus areas for the day’s treatment. Once the intake forms are complete, we will discuss them along with a quick observation reviewing your areas of concern.
For your first yoga lesson, we will focus on establishing where you are in your practice. Based on our initial discussion and observation of your movement during the practice, we will explore what you would like to achieve from the session. Your yoga lesson can range from Intro to Ashtanga, a Vinyasa Flow, or even a Restorative Practice geared to assist specific zones of your body. During the lesson, we may schedule time specifically for pranayama, mindfulness, and meditation practice.
This class is for you and will be designed based on your goals, so at any time, please feel free to mention any discomfort or ask any questions, so that you may get the most out of the experience. I will also check in with you during the session. Once each session is completed, we will then have a quick discussion about the session and make sure we are aligned with a plan for moving forward.
What Should I do After My Yoga Session?
After your session, please take your time leaving the practice, especially if you are driving yourself. Feel free to sit in the lobby or take a few minutes to sit in the car before putting it into gear. After being in such a relaxed state, it may take a couple of minutes to get your bearings back. Drink some water, and avoid anything with caffeine or alcohol for the rest of the day, as they promote dehydration. If you plan on eating, have something light. I may provide some specific post-treatment recommendations, such as taking a warm bath with epsom salts or icing a specific area, that should help extend the benefits of the session and hopefully reduce any expected soreness. It is normal to experience some soreness after a yoga lesson, even during the following day. If you have any question or concerns after the yoga session, please feel free to call.
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