I teach yoga because I believe in the power of movement, breath, and intention to heal. I have personally witnessed the capacity of yoga to transform pain into empowerment. Yoga is a gateway into the depth of one’s own body wisdom, a channel into the hearts truth, and a guide into the minds peaceful true nature. This unifying modality has the capacity to awaken untapped potential. I am continually compelled, from the depth of my spirit, to share this beautiful gift with others.
What is Yoga?
The word “yoga” is a Sanskrit term that has a multitude of meanings. The word itself is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning to yoke, to join or to unite.
Yoga is a process of unification of body, mind and spirit.
The history of yoga can be traced back to India, with roots in the Vedic period, approximately 5000 B.C.E.
To arranging something in a special way.
In a vinyasa class, students are guided to flow from one pose to the next by connecting with breath. This harmonizing of breath and movement can increase body awareness, allowing for the release of stagnated energy and a greater feeling of connection and embodiment.
In the body, the tendons, ligaments, blood and deep layer of fascia are yin in nature, while the more mobile and pliable muscles are yang in nature.
A yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses targeting the release of the yin tissues in the body. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer. Mindful attention is placed on the breath and sensations as they arise and fall away. Often poetry and philosophical teaching are woven into classes.
According to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) definition is: “Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga.” Yoga is comprised of a wide range of mind/body practices, from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga therapy tailors these practices to the health needs of each individual. It helps to promote overall health, with supporting a person with particular medical conditions. Yoga therapy can be used as a complement to medical treatment of chronic and acute physical and/or mental conditions.
Yoga Therapists are yoga teachers who have additional training in the therapeutic applications of yoga. They may specialize in teaching specific groups such as seniors, people dealing with mental health issues, or people with cancer. They can work one on one with private clients incorporating other areas of knowledge such as massage, energy healing, counselling and Ayurveda.
For the past eight years massage and yoga have been my devotions. I combine my understanding of Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki, Swedish Relaxation, Lomi Lomi, Tui Na, Cranio Sacral Therapy and Acupressure. In a massage session, I work to create an individualized and therapeutic treatment.
I see massage as an opportunity to become still and centered within your body so restoration, release and healing can occur. In this receptive place one can experience relief from blocked energy and adhered body tissues.
Swedish massage is what comes to mind for most when massage is mentioned. It is generally known as relaxation massage. Flowing strokes, deep kneading, surface friction and joint movement are all used to create a deeply relaxing and healing effect on the body.
Swedish massage is generally done at a moderate to slow speed and soothing rhythm. A deeper or lighter pressure is used depending on a person’s preference. Many people drift off into a relaxing state of consciousness somewhere between sleep and awake during this style of massage. In all Swedish massage, the therapist uses massage oil. Swedish massage does not only benefit your physical body. One’s emotional well-being is greatly affected by way of calming the mind, connecting one’s breath and centering awareness within.
The massage strokes and movements used warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions as well as decrease pain in your body, and increase blood circulation, lymph and metabolic wastes from your muscle tissues.
Is an ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic healing method that involves applying specific pressure to certain points on the meridians on the body to relieve pain and stagnation in the body and/or specific organ systems.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture, qi gong, tai chi, moxibustion, gua sha, and acupressure to treat or prevent health problems.
Is the word used today to mean”massage therapist” or “hawaiian massage”. In the Hawaiian language, the word used traditionally, called lomi, means “to knead, to rub, or soothe; to work in and out, as the paws of a contented cat.” Massage is one of the leading prescriptions for healing passed on to us from our ancestors. Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage was created by Polynesian ancestors, more particularly known as the superior healers of Hawaii. In ancient times, the way to relax and release toxins from the body was to receive a massage.
According to the Hawaiian philosophy Huna, Lomi Lomi massage emphasizes living in harmony and love. Lomi Lomi massage is known as loving hands massage as it works gently yet deeply into the muscles enabling the body to take a rest.
All portions of the human body are connected using breath and long sweeping connecting strokes to unify the whole being and restore a natural way within. The word “aloha” is very meaningful for the Hawaiians and lomi lomi massage practitioners, for it means “the joyful sharing of life energy in the present.” Lomi Lomi is denoted as a unique form of massage which is defined as a massage with the “touch of love” or “loving touch”, as Hawaiians look essentially for harmony and flow in their surroundings.
“Thai massage” or “Thai yoga massage” is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Ayurvedic principles, gentle rocking movements and assisted yoga postures.
(Pronounced ‘twee-nah’) Is a therapeutic form of massage and has been used in CHina for more than 2,000 years. Tui Na is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage. ‘Tui’ meaning to push and ‘Na’ to grasp. This healing modality is a very important component of Chinese Medicine alongside Acupuncture and Herbal prescription. This therapy makes use of rhythmic compression techniques along different energy channels of the body to establish harmonious flow of Qi throughout the body and bringing it back to balance. It works deeply with the positive energy of the body. Known to be both relaxing and energizing the person. Tui Na focuses on a specific problem, whether it is an acute or chronic pain associated with the joints, muscles or a skeleton system. This technique is very beneficial in reducing the pain of neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, thighs, legs and ankle disorders. It is a very effective therapy for arthritis, pain, sciatica and muscle spasms. Other benefits of this massage therapy include alleviation of the stress related disorders like insomnia, constipation, headaches and other disorders related to digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems.
Is a form of alternative medicine developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands on healing by which “universal energy” is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to a patient in order to encourage healing.
A system of alternative medicine intended to relieve pain and tension by gentle manipulations of the skull to harmonize the natural rhythm in the central nervous system. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system, comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
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