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In a world that often moves at breakneck speed, slowing down can feel like a luxury. Amidst the chaos of modern life, finding moments of stillness becomes invaluable. This is where Yin yoga emerges as a haven—a practice that beckons us to linger, to soften, and to embrace the art of surrender.

What is Yin Yoga?

Yin yoga is a gentle, meditative practice that involves holding passive yoga poses for extended periods, typically ranging from one to five minutes or even longer. Unlike more dynamic forms of yoga, Yin focuses on relaxing the muscles to access deeper layers of connective tissue, primarily targeting the fascia, ligaments, and joints.

Benefits of Yin Yoga:

  1. Deep Tissue Release: By holding poses for extended periods, Yin yoga gently stretches and rehabilitates the connective tissues, enhancing flexibility and joint mobility.
  2. Mental Relaxation: The prolonged holds and meditative aspects of Yin cultivate mindfulness, calming the mind and reducing stress and anxiety.
  3. Balancing Energy Flow: According to traditional Chinese medicine, Yin yoga stimulates the flow of energy (Chi) through the body’s meridians, harmonizing and balancing the body’s energy systems.
  4. Enhanced Meditation Practice: Yin serves as a gateway to meditation, fostering a serene mental state and aiding in deepening one’s meditation practice.

The Three Principles of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark:

Bernie Clark, a renowned Yin yoga teacher, emphasizes three fundamental principles that define the essence of this practice:

  1. Find Your Edge: Instead of pushing to the limit, Yin yoga encourages practitioners to explore their “edge,” the point where they feel an appropriate amount of sensation without pushing into discomfort or pain. It’s about respecting your body’s limits and finding a balance between effort and ease.
  2. Stillness: Once in a pose, remain still. This allows the body to settle into the stretch and the mind to find calmness amidst the discomfort or challenge.
  3. Hold the Pose: Unlike more active yoga styles, Yin yoga focuses on holding poses for an extended duration. This prolonged holding encourages a deeper release within the connective tissues.

Why Practice Yin Yoga?

The practice of Yin yoga offers a multitude of benefits beyond physical flexibility. It serves as a gateway to self-awareness and inner peace, providing a sanctuary from the frenetic pace of modern life. Through gentle yet profound stretches and mindful meditation, Yin yoga invites practitioners to cultivate patience, resilience, and a deeper understanding of their bodies.

In essence, Yin yoga extends an invitation to embrace stillness, to listen to the whispers of the body, and to discover tranquility within. It’s a practice that not only nurtures physical well-being but also nurtures the soul, inviting a harmonious balance between effort and ease in our lives.

So, if you seek a gentle yet transformative practice that nourishes both body and mind, consider delving into the serene world of Yin yoga. Allow yourself the gift of stillness and exploration, and you might just discover a profound sense of peace and balance in the process.

 

November 28th, 2023

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Unveiling the Power of Pilates: A Perfect Complement to Your Yoga Practice

Are you curious about Pilates? Wondering how it can transform your fitness routine and enhance your yoga practice? Let’s dive into the world of Pilates, explore its effectiveness as a form of exercise, and discover how it seamlessly complements your yoga journey.

What is Pilates?

Pilates, developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, is a comprehensive mind-body exercise system designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, balance, and overall well-being. It’s not just a workout; it’s a holistic approach to wellness. Pilates exercises focus on core strength, breathing, and controlled movements, emphasizing precision and control.

Why is Pilates an Effective Form of Exercise?

  1. Full-Body Engagement: Pilates is renowned for engaging all muscle groups, making it a full-body workout. It targets not only the superficial muscles but also the deep stabilizing muscles, promoting overall strength and flexibility.
  2. Core Strength: Pilates places a significant emphasis on core strength and stability. A strong core is the foundation for better posture, balance, and injury prevention.
  3. Flexibility: Through a series of controlled movements and stretches, Pilates enhances flexibility, helping to improve your range of motion and reduce the risk of muscle tightness.
  4. Mind-Body Connection: Pilates promotes a deep mind-body connection. It encourages focus, concentration, and awareness of body alignment, fostering mental clarity and stress relief.
  5. Low Impact: Pilates is a low-impact exercise, making it accessible to people of all fitness levels, including those with joint issues or injuries.

How Can Pilates Complement Your Yoga Practice?

Pilates and yoga share some fundamental principles, which is why they make such a dynamic duo:

  1. Core Strength: Both disciplines prioritize core strength. A strong core is essential for stability in yoga poses and Pilates exercises.
  2. Breath Awareness: Pilates and yoga both emphasize mindful breathing. The controlled breathing in Pilates complements the pranayama techniques in yoga, enhancing respiratory capacity and oxygen circulation.
  3. Flexibility: Yoga focuses on flexibility, while Pilates improves it through controlled stretching and dynamic movements. Together, they can help you achieve a harmonious balance of strength and suppleness.
  4. Mind-Body Connection: Both practices cultivate a deep mind-body connection, promoting a sense of calm, focus, and relaxation.
  5. Injury Prevention: Pilates can help strengthen the muscles around vulnerable areas, reducing the risk of injuries, which can be particularly beneficial if you engage in challenging yoga poses.

By incorporating Pilates into your fitness routine, you’ll find a perfect companion for your yoga practice. The balance between the two can lead to a stronger, more flexible, and harmonious you, both physically and mentally. Whether you’re an experienced yogi or just starting your wellness journey, Pilates offers a path to total well-being that’s worth exploring.

 

October 31st, 2023

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Mysore Yoga Practice

Tips on How To Establish a Regular, Dedicated Mysore Ashtanga Practice

by Svitlana Nalywayko, Breathe Co-Owner and Mysore Teacher

If you’re like so many Ashtanga/Mysore practitioners who understand the massive rewards that a daily practice brings, yet sometimes face mental roadblocks to getting onto our mat every day, join the club.

Let’s be honest.

The practice asks a lot from us. It demands that we drag ourselves out of bed at ungodly hours, show up to class, and then contort our bodies in all sorts of directions that may not always feel cooperative. It insists we keep our focus on our breath and drishti, not allowing our minds to wander. And then, it requests that we do it all over again the next day, and the next, and the next.

If you find it challenging to make it to class as often as you’d like, I’d like to share 10 tips that have not only worked for me on my own daily practice journey, but have also helped many of my students over the years:

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10 Tips to Maintain a Regular Yoga Practice

  1. Set Realistic Goals: Instead of aiming for daily practice right away, start with a more manageable schedule, come to class  2-3 times a week. Gradually increase the frequency when you feel ready.
  2. Join a Mysore Community – practising with a teacher and a community of students is not only motivating and inspiring but fun.  A Mysore community is welcoming and non-judgemental and you can expect to make lasting friendships as you bond together during early Monring practice when the rest of the world is still sleeping.
  3. Prioritise Your Practice: Treat your yoga class as a non-negotiable appointment. Block off the time in your calendar and let others know about your commitment.
  4. Book Your Spot in all of your Classes at the start of the week! Make it a habit to sign yourself in to all your classes for the week by Sunday. Psychologically this makes a huge difference as you mentally commit to class.
  5. Struggling to Get out of Bed? Use the ‘Get Just One Foot on the Floor’ trick. Once the alarm clock goes off, tell yourself that all you have to do is get one foot on the floor. The rest is easy.
  6. Flexibility: If you can’t make it to a class, consider practicing at home or even doing a shorter session. Something is always better than nothing. AND REMEMBER – getting on your mat even for 5 sun salutations counts as a practice! And chances are very,very good once you commit to 5 Sun Sals, you’ll be on your way.
  7. Find an Accountability Partner: Partnering with a friend or fellow yogi can help keep you motivated and accountable. For years I told myself I wasn’t a morning person and that Mysore couldn’t possibly be an option for me. My back was cranky in the morning and an afternoon or evening vinyasa practice was what my body demanded. Then a fellow yoga teacher challenged me to a month of Mysore. I not only took the challenge on but was the designated driver in the middle of winter and had to pick her up 5:30am. Not leaving her stranded on a cold, dark Toronto street corner at 5:30 was what initially got my butt out of bed.
  8. Mindful Reflection: Take a moment every single day to reflect on how you feel after practice. Remember the sense of accomplishment, the greater mental alertness, how you’re standing taller and stronger and the overall sense of well-being it brings.
  9. Be Kind to Yourself: Yoga is not about perfection. If you miss a class, do your very best to avoid self-criticism. Every day is a new opportunity to practice.
  10. Jump higher and land stronger. The right Yoga Mat Matters. If you’re practising on a mat that you hate, or that is not entirely your own, please consider investing in a good mat. That’s your very own. That you don’t share. It’s your sweat and sometimes, tears that land on it so your yoga mat becomes your personal companion. Rolling it out on the floor at the beginning of pratice and cleaning it at the end of practice is part of the practice ritual. You’ll notice that a popular mat amongst regular practitioners is the Manduka Pro. Why ? Because its solid, slip resistant (over time with use) and it’s indestructible (comes with a lifetime warranty) Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Definitively – so much so that it is the most recommended mat by yoga teachers worldwide (and its available in our new yoga boutique.)

Join Breathe Yoga’s Mysore Community – a welcoming and fun community of avid practitioners. If you’re new to Mysore, sign up for our 5 class Beginner package and you’ll be on your way. Sign up here. We look forward to meeting you!

 

October 11th, 2023

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Discover the Power of Mindfulness Meditation

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of daily life? Mindfulness meditation might be the key to finding your inner calm and managing stress and anxiety. Let’s explore the benefits of this practice, and don’t miss our 4-week Intro to Mindfulness Meditation Workshop with Trish Sullivan

Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation:

  1. Stress Reduction:
    • Mindfulness meditation helps you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, allowing you to manage stress effectively.
    • Sam Harris once said, “The practice of mindfulness is simply the direct and systematic investigation of the nature of consciousness.”
  2. Anxiety Management:
    • By focusing on the present moment, mindfulness meditation can reduce anxiety and prevent overthinking about future events.
  3. Improved Focus:
    • Regular practice enhances your ability to concentrate, which can boost productivity in daily tasks.
  4. Emotional Regulation:
    • Mindfulness helps you gain control over your reactions to emotions, promoting emotional balance and resilience.
  5. Better Sleep:
    • Calming the mind through mindfulness can lead to improved sleep quality and reduced insomnia.

Our 4-Week Intro to Mindfulness Meditation Workshop:

  • Join Trish Sullivan, an experienced meditation instructor, for a transformative journey into mindfulness.
  • Learn practical techniques to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine.
  • Gain insight into managing stress and anxiety effectively.
  • Sessions are designed to be beginner-friendly and accessible to all.

Don’t let stress and anxiety control your life. Take the first step towards a calmer, more focused you by enrolling in our 4-week workshop. Click Here to Reserve Your Spot today and discover the power of mindfulness meditation.

September 29th, 2023

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What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic and physically demanding style of yoga that was developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It is often referred to as “Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.” This style follows a specific sequence of postures (asanas) that are linked together in a flowing manner, synchronized with the breath. The practice is designed to build strength, flexibility, endurance, and mental focus.

The primary series of Ashtanga Yoga consists of a set sequence of poses that become progressively more challenging. Practitioners are expected to memorize and master each posture before moving on to the next. Ashtanga Yoga places a strong emphasis on the use of specific breathing techniques (ujjayi breath) and internal energy locks (bandhas) to enhance the practice and create a moving meditation.

Mental Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga:

  1. Improved Concentration and Mindfulness: The synchronization of breath and movement encourages a focused, present-moment awareness, promoting mindfulness and mental clarity.
  2. Stress Reduction: The practice can help reduce stress and anxiety through controlled breathing and the meditative nature of the practice.
  3. Enhanced Self-Discipline: Ashtanga Yoga requires commitment and consistency to master the sequence, cultivating self-discipline and perseverance.

Physical Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga:

  1. Increased Strength and Flexibility: The practice involves a wide range of poses that target different muscle groups, leading to improved strength, flexibility, and balance.
  2. Cardiovascular Health: The flowing nature of the practice can elevate the heart rate, contributing to cardiovascular fitness.
  3. Detoxification: Sweating during the practice helps in the elimination of toxins from the body.
  4. Improved Posture: The practice encourages proper alignment and body awareness, which can lead to better posture.
  5. Joint Health: Regular practice can help improve joint mobility and reduce the risk of injury.

How Often to Practice?

The frequency of practice varies depending on individual goals, fitness level, and schedule. Ashtanga Yoga is physically demanding, and beginners may need to start with a more manageable practice schedule. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Beginners: Starting with 2-3 times per week can help you build strength, flexibility, and familiarity with the sequence.
  2. Intermediate Practitioners: Aim for 4-5 times per week to see more significant improvements in both physical and mental aspects.
  3. Advanced Practitioners: As you become more experienced, a daily practice (6 days a week, with one day of rest) is traditionally recommended to fully experience the benefits of Ashtanga Yoga and progress through the series.

It’s important to listen to your body, avoid pushing yourself too hard, and allow for proper rest and recovery. Practicing under the guidance of a qualified instructor is highly recommended, especially for beginners, to ensure proper alignment and reduce the risk of injury.

Where to Start?

The best place to start an Ashtanga practice is either in our Half Primary Ashtanga Class where the group class is led by a teacher or in beginner Mysore classes where students receive one on on one guidance from the instructor.  Either can be booked on our schedule page.  We look forward to helping you start on your Ashtanga journey!

August 19th, 2023

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Introduction

Yoga, an ancient practice that originated in India, has gained immense popularity worldwide for its transformative effects on physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Among the various yoga styles, Mysore Style Yoga stands out as a traditional and self-paced approach that allows practitioners to develop a personalized and sustainable practice. This essay explores the origins, key characteristics, and benefits of Mysore Style Yoga, shedding light on its unique contributions to the yoga world.

Origins and Key Characteristics: Mysore Style Yoga derives its name from its place of origin, Mysore, a city in southern India renowned for its rich yogic heritage. This style was developed by the revered yogi Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, who integrated ancient yoga teachings with his own experiences and teachings from his guru, Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Pattabhi Jois devoted his life to spreading the benefits of Ashtanga Yoga, the foundation of Mysore Style.

Unlike conventional yoga classes led by instructors, Mysore Style Yoga empowers practitioners to explore and progress through the Ashtanga Yoga series at their own pace. The class setting resembles a self-practice environment, where students engage in a structured sequence of asanas (poses) at their own rhythm, while the teacher provides individualized guidance, adjustments, and modifications.

Benefits of Mysore Style Yoga:

  1. Personalized Approach: Mysore Style Yoga allows practitioners to tailor their practice to their unique needs, abilities, and limitations. By working at their own pace, students can focus on areas that require attention, gradually deepening their understanding and mastery of each asana.
  2. Mind-Body Connection: With the absence of constant verbal instructions, students practicing Mysore Style Yoga develop a deeper connection with their breath, body, and mind. This style encourages practitioners to cultivate mindfulness and self-awareness, facilitating a meditative state throughout the practice.
  3. Building Discipline and Consistency: Mysore Style Yoga encourages regular practice and self-discipline. Practitioners commit to a daily routine, gradually advancing through the Ashtanga series. This consistency fosters discipline, determination, and patience, essential qualities for personal growth both on and off the mat.
  4. Cultivating Inner Strength: Through the sustained and progressive practice of Mysore Style Yoga, practitioners gradually build physical strength, flexibility, and stamina. The repetitive nature of the practice allows for a gradual exploration of boundaries, fostering resilience and an enduring sense of empowerment.
  5. Healing and Therapeutic Effects: Mysore Style Yoga is known for its therapeutic benefits, aiding in the prevention and management of various physical ailments and mental health issues. The personalized attention from the teacher enables modifications and adjustments to accommodate individual needs, making it suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
  6. Community and Support: Mysore Style Yoga creates a supportive and non-competitive environment, promoting a sense of community among practitioners. As students practice alongside one another, a collective energy and shared commitment to self-improvement foster a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.

Mysore Style Yoga offers a unique and enriching approach to yoga practice, empowering individuals to embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and holistic well-being. By providing a personalized, self-paced experience, this traditional style facilitates a deep connection between the mind, body, and spirit. Through regular practice, practitioners can reap the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of Mysore Style Yoga, unlocking their full potential on and off the mat. As the popularity of this style continues to grow, may more individuals embrace this time-honored tradition and experience the profound positive changes it can bring to their lives.

 

Interested in starting Mysore classes?

If you’re new to Mysore style of yoga, then please join our beginner class series where you will be taught the sequence one on one (this is akin to having your own private class!) . Please sign up here on our schedule page or go straight to our online store 

 

June 26th, 2023

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WHAT IS ASHTANGA YOGA?

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Ashtanga yoga is a traditional form of yoga that has gained immense popularity in recent years. Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga that emphasizes a flowing, dynamic practice of poses that are performed in a specific sequence. The practice is physically challenging, yet deeply transformative, and practitioners often cite numerous benefits that keep them coming back to the mat day after day.

WHAT  DRAWS PEOPLE TO ASHTANGA YOGA?

THE   PHYSICAL + THE DISCIPLINE
One of the primary reasons why people practice Ashtanga yoga is for its physical benefits. Ashtanga yoga is a vigorous and demanding practice that challenges the body in a variety of ways. The practice is designed to build strength, flexibility, and endurance, and it can also help to improve balance, coordination, and overall fitness. The practice involves a lot of movement and breath control, which helps to improve circulation, boost the immune system, and increase energy levels. Another reason why people practice Ashtanga yoga is for the challenge and discipline that it requires. Ashtanga yoga is a demanding practice that requires a lot of dedication and commitment. Practitioners must be willing to show up to the mat every day, even when they don’t feel like it, and they must be willing to push themselves beyond their perceived limits. This can be challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding, as practitioners often discover new levels of strength, resilience, and perseverance.

THE  SPIRITUAL  + THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER

But Ashtanga yoga is not just a physical practice. It is also a spiritual practice that helps to cultivate mindfulness, inner peace, and self-awareness. The practice is designed to help practitioners connect with their inner selves, and it can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Ashtanga yoga is often practiced in a group setting, which can provide a supportive and encouraging environment that can help practitioners to deepen their practice and connect with like-minded individuals.

Finally, people practice Ashtanga yoga because it is a deeply transformative practice that can help to bring about profound changes in their lives. Ashtanga yoga is not just about the physical postures; it is about cultivating a deeper connection with oneself and with the world around us. As practitioners deepen their practice, they often find that they become more compassionate, more mindful, and more self-aware. They may discover new insights into themselves and their lives, and they may begin to live more authentically and with greater purpose.

In conclusion, people practice Ashtanga yoga for a variety of reasons. Whether it is for the physical benefits, the spiritual practice, the challenge and discipline, or the transformative potential, Ashtanga yoga is a practice that can enrich and enhance one’s life in countless ways. If you are looking for a way to improve your physical health, cultivate mindfulness and inner peace, and deepen your connection with yourself and others, then Ashtanga yoga may be just the practice you are looking for.

For Ashtanga classes at Breathe Yoga Studio look for Mysore classes, Ashtanga Half Primary and Ashtanga Full Primary on our schedule page

 

 

June 22nd, 2023

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Yoga for Seniors Teacher Training at Breathe Yoga Toronto

Teaching Yoga to Seniors: Tips, Props, Modifications, and Finding the Right Opportunity to Help Bring Yoga to an Ageing Population

Yoga is an ancient practice that offers numerous benefits, such as improving flexibility, strength, balance, and mental well-being. These benefits make yoga an excellent exercise for seniors, who may be experiencing limitations in their physical abilities due to age or other factors. As a yoga teacher, it’s essential to provide modifications and use props to ensure that seniors can practice safely and enjoy the benefits of yoga. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some tips for teaching yoga to seniors, the use of props and modifications, and opportunities for yoga teachers who want to specialize in teaching seniors.

 

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TIPS for Teaching Yoga to Seniors

When teaching yoga to seniors, it’s essential to create a safe and welcoming environment that caters to their unique needs. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. Start Slowly: Seniors may not have the same range of motion or flexibility as younger students. Encourage seniors to move slowly and gently, taking the time to listen to their bodies and make modifications as needed.
  2. Use Modifications: Seniors may need modifications for certain poses, such as using a chair for support or using blocks to help with balance. Make sure to demonstrate modifications and offer assistance when needed.
  3. Focus on Breathwork: Encourage seniors to focus on their breath during practice, which can help to calm the mind and reduce stress. Consider incorporating breathing exercises into your class.
  4. Keep Classes Shorter: Seniors may not have the same stamina as younger students. Consider offering shorter classes, or breaking longer classes into shorter segments to accommodate their needs.
  5. Create a Welcoming Environment: Seniors may feel intimidated or uncomfortable in a traditional yoga studio. Consider teaching in a location that is more accessible, such as a community center or senior center.

Using Props and Modifications

Props and modifications can be incredibly helpful when teaching yoga to seniors. Here are some examples of how to use props and modifications:

  1. Chair Yoga: Chair yoga can be a great way to introduce seniors to yoga. Using a chair for support can help seniors with balance, flexibility, and strength.
  2. Blocks: Blocks can be used to help seniors reach the floor in certain poses, or to provide support for balance poses.
  3. Straps: Straps can be used to help seniors reach their feet in seated forward folds or to provide support in standing poses.
  4. Blankets: Blankets can be used to provide extra cushioning for seniors with sensitive knees or hips.

Teaching Opportunities for Yoga Teachers

There are many opportunities for yoga teachers who want to specialize in teaching seniors. Here are some examples:

  1. Community Centers and Senior Centers: Many community centers and senior centers offer yoga classes for seniors.
  2. Retirement Communities: Retirement communities often have yoga programs for their residents.
  3. Private Sessions: Offering private sessions for seniors can be a great way to tailor the practice to their unique needs and limitations.
  4. Online Classes: With the rise of online yoga classes, there are now many opportunities to teach yoga to seniors from anywhere in the world.

In conclusion, teaching yoga to seniors requires a different approach than teaching to younger students. Using props and modifications, focusing on breathwork, and creating a welcoming environment are all essential elements of teaching yoga to seniors. If you’re interested in specializing in teaching seniors, there are many opportunities available, including teaching at community centers, retirement communities, offering private sessions, or teaching online. By following these tips, you can help seniors enjoy the benefits of yoga and improve their overall well-being.

Interested in Learning How to Teach Yoga to Seniors?

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June 8th, 2023

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Yoga’s Benefits are Massive.

But you have to do the work.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay on track and grow physically, mentally and spiritually.

CONSISTENCY is the key to progress:

  • THE PHYSICAL: 💪🏼 Yoga is remarkable in that it works towards full body mobility: the ability to move up, down, sideways, forwards and backwards with ease at any age. To achieve this we need to develop strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Consistent practice helps us to gradually build these attributes, leading to massive improvements in physical fitness and posture.
  • THE MENTAL: 🧠 Yoga also involves developing a range of mental and meditative practices, such meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises). Consistent practice helps cultivate a calmer mind, reduced stress and anxiety, and improves mental focus and clarity.
  • THE SPIRITUAL: 🕉 The ultimate goal of yoga is spiritual growth and self-discovery. Consistent practice can help to deepen your understanding of yourself, increase your sense of connection to others and the world around you, and cultivate a more peaceful and compassionate mindset.
  • THE BETTER GOLF GAME:) 🏌🏼‍♂️ Consistent practice helps develop greater mobility of joints and avoiding injury on and off the mat.  No wonder so many professional athletes practice yoga!
  • THE HAPPY MUSCLE 😊 Build a consistent yoga practice and combine it with cultivating a regular gratitude practice on your mat and you WILL be a happier person.  At Breathe we call it building the Happy Muscle and we absolutely guarantee that the formula works.

 

TIPS  for maintaining a consistent yoga practice:

  1. BOOK your classes in advance using our Momence app 
  2. START WITH A REALISTIC GOAL: Set a goal for how often you want to practice yoga, and start with a frequency that feels manageable for you, such as once a week or every other day. As you get comfortable with your routine, you can gradually increase your frequency.
  3. SCHEDULE YOUR PRACTICE: Make yoga a priority by scheduling it into your daily or weekly routine. Set aside a specific time and place for your practice, and treat it like any other appointment.
  4. FIND A STYLE YOU LIKE: There are many styles of yoga, each with its own focus and intensity level. Explore different styles and find one that resonates with you and that you enjoy practicing. Email us if you need help finding the right fit.
  5. GET ACCOUNTABLE: Grab a friend or relative and commit to dates to practising together and show up for yourself and them
  6. BE PATIENT: Consistency is key in yoga, but progress takes time. Be patient with yourself and your practice, and trust that the benefits will come with time and consistent effort.

 

Start practicing today! Purchase our 2 Week Introductory Pass here. 

April 18th, 2023

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Resting Heart Rate …. an unexpected benefit of my yoga practice.

How can you tell if your physical practice – running, hitting the gym or anything else – is making you not only feel better, but feel healthier, too?

Of course, we can do testing with our medical team to prove benefits from our physical practice.

One of the unexpected benefits of my yoga practice has been a gradual slowing down of my resting heart rate. My resting rate has always been on the high side, so I think the ability to improve it has always been present. It needed a catalyst and Yoga was mine.

My resting rate has gone from the mid-70s to the high 60s in the past couple of years. I’m not sure how much better it can get, but I’m keen to see.

That’s all yoga, as I haven’t added anything else to my physical fitness program. And, yes, it’s purely based on my own empirical observations from my Apple Watch … there’s no science behind it that I’m aware of at this point in time.

But, as a person with heart disease and type II diabetes, I can tell you that it feels good. And, there’s value in that, too.

Will I live longer, and have a healthier life until the end as a result? I don’t know, but I’m hopeful. And, I can tell you that it also provides peace of mind.

And, that’s worth the daily effort of my practice.

Back to the mat …

July 20th, 2022

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