Yoga Classes and Programs.
"My strength, flexibiity and concentration have been enhanced as a result of taking Pat's Yoga and Pilates classes." --Ora Jordan, Ft. Washington, MD
This is a gentle yoga class for those who prefer a gentle approach to yoga,
and one that is especially helpful for those recovering from illness or experiencing
restricted movement. The class has no limit on age or sex. The yoga is always
done slowly, so even quite elderly people can do it without strain or exhaustion,
as well as those recovering from illness or experiencing restricted movement
Gentle Yoga is performed on an individual basis - based on the body’s
readiness. At no time will the participants feel too stressed. The postures
are done just enough to begin to feel the stretch in the body. Working slowly
from this position you will improve upon this stretch over time. Always listen
to your body – it will tell you if you are pushing too hard.
This class will provide 1) physical postures (asanas); 2) deep relaxation techniques; 3) breathing exercises (pranayama); and 4) meditation techniques. The majority of the time (45-50 minutes) will be spent on the physical postures, allowing for 10-15 minutes for the relaxation, breathing, and meditation techniques.
IT REALLY DOES WORK. ALL GAIN AND NO PAIN. You do not have to go through extreme exertion (as in other types of exercises) to get results! In fact, severe exertion, which limits the oxygen supply, causes fatigue, which is why yoga emphasizes slow-motion exercises with appropriate breathing
Hatha Yoga is the form of yoga that gives first attention to the physical body. The term hatha combines symbols ha and tha which means sun and moon, solar and lunar energy which flows through right and left nostrils down to the base of the spine. The term yoga derived from Sanskrit root “yuj” meaning to bind, join, attach and yoke. It also means union or communion. It is a system of exercise involving what might be called “exercising” both the body and mind to bring them into harmony with each other.
In addition, yoga postures are important to the endocrine glands, which affect the emotions of the mind, and vice versa. These glands, also known as ductless glands, which pass their secretions directly into the blood or lymph, are the pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid, suprarenal, pituitary, and the gonads. Full growth, differentiation, and function of the various parts of the body are possible only when there is a balanced activity of the internal secretion glands. Their secretions are called hormones, which must be oxidized or excreted after they have exerted their specific effects. If these secretions suffer, pathologic conditions in different parts of the body are rapidly established. Yoga postures restore the internal secretions of these glands to their normality. Yoga also controls our mental emotions such as fear, sorrow, anger, jealousy, hatred, love and envy, which affect our bodies, especially the endocrine system and nervous system, according to their degree of intensity.
Edmund Jacobson’s method of “Progressive Relaxation” and Schultz’ “Autogenic Training” will be utilized in this class. Progressive relaxation is a technique that achieves deep relaxation through concentration of the various muscles in the body as it progressively relaxes. Autogenic training, as implied, involves self-taught measures for even deeper relaxation. The physical, mental and emotional benefits of deep relaxation, along with the deep breathing results in a very relaxed body, reduced stress, improved concentration, increased emotional control, and a mind at rest.
Pranayama is rhythmic control of breath. Prana is the life force/universal energy/vital breath. Pranayama drives away the impurities of the body and the mind. In practicing pranayama, the blood receives a larger supply of oxygen than in normal breathing, which builds up and replenishes all parts of the body and helps to avoid high blood pressure, heart diseases, asthma, tuberculosis, etc. In addition to physical benefits, through pranayama, one’s will power, self-control, and concentration is increased so one feels refreshed and the nerves are calmed and purified. The mind becomes still, lucid, fit for concentration and meditation.
The meditation techniques will include concentration on building positive thoughts and feelings, while in the deep relaxed state. This class will include sound meditation, breath meditation, and quiet meditation. Sound has been found to have a tremendous impact on our mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, such as decreased stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure and improved creativity.
*Consult your doctor before starting Yoga, especially if you suffer from heart conditions, hypertension, or other serious illnesses. If you have back pain or other serious injuries, get a diagnosis from your doctor and get their okay before embarking on your Yoga journey.