Aug 11 2013

Yogaaah Ball Video Campaign

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Jun 12 2013

Yoga in Berczy Park! Summer Tuesdays 12-1pm drop-in by donation

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Yoga In Berczy park Front St. & Scott St. just east of Yonge St.

 

Come and Stretch, Breathe and Relax.

Getting some much needed air and sunshine while working the stiffness out of the body make a great way to spend 1 lunch hour a week. Drop by anytime between 12-1pm  every Tuesday until Aug. 27.  Take the time to re-charge and re-connect with nature and your working community. *weather permitting

Just bring your yoga mat or towel, some water and if you like you may donate money toward Spartan’s Cheer Summer camp in Scarborough to help send a kid to camp.

Do Yoga, Feel Great!

 

Mar 4 2013

Preparing for Meditation

7 Easy Ways to Enhance Your Meditation Practice

By Lauren Zavlunov

 

If you are just starting out, or even if you have been practicing for several years, here are some easy tips on how to enhance your meditation practice:

1. Prepare the body. Hatha yoga was designed to ready the physical body and mind for meditation. Even if I can’t spend an hour on asana beforehand, I make sure to focus on a few gentle poses before sitting for meditation. If your body is restless and uneasy, it can be an unwelcome distraction. Sometimes the body is uncomfortable, and it can be a challenge to stay centered and motionless. Be easy on yourself. If you find that your body is uncomfortable during the session, try an alternative position such as half lotus or even lying down. Leave the session until a later time in the day if you need to!

2. Create a space. Make sure to set aside a space. Some people have elaborate altars (impossible with a 22-month old in my home!), and some have a special corner of a room set aside just for their practice. Even if you only have a small space in your home, clear it of clutter and decorate it with images that inspire you. These will be the last things you see before you close your eyes to focus. Make them meaningful! If you are like me and do not have a room set aside, find a rug or cushion and use it exclusively for meditation in the same location. If you have objects that are treated with reverence and are associated with a relaxed and peaceful state, they can trigger the mind and body for stillness. So, keep them near.

3. Set your intentions. Once you are seated, take a moment to visualize. Simply taking a few deep breaths and setting your goals for the session is a wonderful start. Concentrating your thoughts into cohesive intentions really assists in helping manifest your desired results. If you can see it, you can do it!

4. Consider using a mala. Many people enjoy using a mala, or a set of 108 strung beads, to count their mantra. The feel of something physical in your hands while chanting a mantra assists in focusing the mind and is something tangible that can keep you grounded. Eventually, you may like to let go of using the mala during your meditation. Personally, I find that I like to begin with a mala, and once I finish a complete mala, I just hold it in my hands and let my mantra flow on its own.

5. Let go. Let go of what you think meditation is. Each and every time, expect something new. Better yet, expect nothing. Do not try to replicate the feeling of what happened during your last session. Expectations can cause us to get stuck in the past and to miss the truth of the moment. Each day is a different day full of new challenges. Let your meditation take you where it needs to. Don’t chase anything. Just watch what unfolds, and you may find new interesting subtleties in your practice, and in your life.

6. Be kind to yourself. I can’t say this enough! Each of us is on our own path. Have compassion for yourself as well as others. One day you may feel an incredible energy and focus, and the next day the mind is dull and uninspired. You may feel like your practice is making little headway as your mind chatters and your legs tingle from sitting. On those days, make sure to remind yourself to take extra care, to laugh, to see this new challenge as more of a reminder that you are human than a gauge of the success of your practice. Each little step is a part of your personal journey. There is no one to compare to or to become. There is just the You that is.

7. Don’t leave it on your cushion. Don’t think of your meditation practice just as something to be done for an allotted time. Take your practice with you! When you feel like you are finished with your meditation session, try not to stand up immediately or move the body. Take a moment. Slowly open your eyes. See the world anew, and fully experience the benefits of what you have just done. Enjoy the moment, and be sure to carry the feeling with you into your next task of the day.

Wishing you all blissful meditations!

 

 

Feb 26 2013

Why Corporate Yoga?

 

Why Use Yoga in the Workplace?

Yoga is a holistic approach to physical and mental health, as well as an empowerment practice for a person’s well-being and personal growth. Yoga gives the skills to manage stress effectively. In this way, yoga benefits the workplace by increasing energy levels, which increases productivity, improves attention span ,  focus and stamina.

Working in an office or at a computer for prolonged periods of time can put strain on the neck, shoulder and back muscles which in turn can lead to tension and stiffness and pain. This tension can cause headaches, as well as back, neck and shoulder pain that can change the mood and temperament of the individual.

With larger numbers of office workers putting in extra hours of work, some “forward thinking” companies have begun to respond with yoga programs for their employees. Even short sessions can release muscle tension and alleviate pains and aches, bringing up the mood and energy levels of those practicing regularly.

Corporate yoga is fast-growing in North America. Business leaders are recognizing the stress-reducing, energy-enhancing benefits that on-site yoga brings to their employees. Prevention is the key and yoga plays a major role. Many employers are benefiting from reduced health insurance rates by implementing wellness programs that include yoga.

Corporate yoga is so convenient and affordable that employees are more likely to begin yoga if it is subsidized or provided by their employer. Although many companies have offered the option for their employees to have a class at their own expense, the offer is often taken up because of the convenience.

 

 Benefits of Corporate Yoga

 Yoga helps to increase the over all well-being for optimal health, productivity and performance.

One class a week will develop concentration, focus and mental and physical strength and flexibility. It strengthens the immune system, improving energy levels thus reducing absenteeism from work. It also compliments your working community and team building efforts, and provides staff members a time for personal development. Everyone benefits.

 * Posture improvement for prevention of aches and pains

* Strengthening for greater resistance to stress

* Breathing techniques to energize or calm the mind/body

 

The fact is that each $ spent on yoga in a corporate, returns approximate $3 to the employer. This is apart of general happiness & well-being of employees which alone is sufficient enough to adopt yoga lifestyle in a corporate. Though it’s hard to calculate the true benefit of yoga in terms of money by following link may provide you some figures: Vancouver Sun, July 16 2005

 

*Reduces absenteeism

*Reduces back pain

*Faster response time

*Improves mental concentration and focus.

*Improves ability to stay calm

*Increases energy and vitality

*Enhances team building

 

Taking yoga classes together is a great way to get fit, calm the nerves, re-energize and helps concentration and clarity of mind.

 

How do we start?

Simply introduce the staff to a trial lunch yoga class and select an ideal day that would work well for most people and the company. Space is required such as a boardroom. Let everyone know they will need to have their own yoga mat.

 

 

 

 

Feb 26 2013

Consider Private Yoga classes

Do you have a specific health concern? Do you feel uncomfortable going to a large yoga class? Are you getting over an injury? Would you like personal attention? Or do you need help to ease you back into improved mobility? If you want further clarification on your alignment and technique in your yoga practice or take your yoga practice to the next level, Private Yoga classes might be just what you’re looking for!

Although there are many benefits to be gained from attending a group yoga class, an ideal way to learn yoga and develop a personal practice for their individual needs is with private yoga sessions. Traditionally, yoga was shared between one teacher and one student. Together, they would work towards the goal of increasing personal awareness and developing potential through self-study; the yoga teacher acting as a guide and mentor along this journey. Private yoga classes can take into consideration your personal fitness level, stress level, injuries and personal goals. Learning subtle alignment adjustments can help you create a strong foundation and understanding of yoga that will ultimately develop a stronger, safer yoga practice. Safely learn yoga with step-by-step guidance on yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation.

Each session is catered to your individual needs, allowing you to fully explore your capabilities under the guidance of a skilled teacher. During your private class,  special attention is paid to your alignment, your health needs, and goals. A private yoga instructor also offers gentle assists, and helps you realize all the benefits a yoga practice can offer.

Your needs are discussed and assessed and your class is in the comfort of your own home, workplace or at various studios, even outside in nature. An individual yoga practice of postures and breathing will be developed and taught; one that is appropriate for your particular needs. We will consider your general health, specific injuries or conditions, age, strength, flexibility, and life circumstances.

 

Some of the reasons to consider private yoga lessons:

* Convenience of lesson location, times and privacy

* Personal attention and focus

* Development of a personal practice for your individual needs

* Specific therapeutic benefits for injury, illness and emotional difficulties

* Also available via Skype so anyone can utilize this service

Yogaaah caters to the busy person that understands the importance of a healthy work-life balance, but has difficulty fitting a set class into a compact schedule.  Yogaaah offers personal yoga classes, yoga therapy and thai yoga massage sessions if you are need of healing, recovery and restoration, all in the privacy of your home or office.

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 21 2013

Why Meditate?

 

‘What you think, you become”

 

Ever wonder why your life is as it is? Is it possible that you created your life experience?

Perhaps it’s unconsciously created or absent-mindedly created. But later you realize you obviously needed the lessons that came out of those creations.

Well I’m here to tell you about how you can consciously create your life by learning to control your thoughts.

The mind is your tool, and your bag of tricks. It will try to make you it’s slave and have you serve by getting it this to be happy and doing that to be satisfied. But its only a weak mind that fall prey to the ego struggle, which we are all struggling with. We are all trying to make sense of the different directions our mind gives us in a day. How can we be flitting about, at the beck and call of a restless, unsatisfied ego and expect peace of mind?

In order to take the power back we need to strengthen the mind, develop healthy thought habits, like for instance being able to find something good about someone who just ticked you off, or being able to keep your mind focused on the salad instead of the pie. But when we get into decision making we want to trust our higher minds to take care of us the best way possible rather than fall to the addictions and desires of our lower mind. It’s a process of observing old patterns and beliefs and gently peeling them away to expose a more authentic self bring you closer to peace. What we find is that we breathe deeper and feel more open and relaxed when the mind isn’t so busy attending to the superficial needs of the ego. Accepting that which is and letting go of unwanted thoughts allows us to feel and live in our own inherent inner peace.

 

A noted 2005 study by Sara Lazar, Ph.D., an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, aimed to find out which parts of the brain become active when a person practices mindfulness and meditation. Her team studied 20 people who meditate regularly and 20 who don’t.

The results were astounding: Brain regions associated with attention, sensory awareness and emotional processing — the cortex — were thicker in meditators. The findings suggest that meditation can change the brain’s structure, creating new pathways and developing healthier, more productive and peaceful thoughts.

Meditating helps people become healthier, sharpen mental focus and gain more power over their emotions. The benefits of regular meditation include:

 

Stress Reduction

Meditation reduces stress and have a very direct effect on your entire nervous system by reducing your body’s production of stress related chemicals like cortisol, and increasing the production of mood enhancing chemicals like serotonin.

 

Improved Health

Meditation strengthens your immune system, reducing your blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels. Even if you have just come down with a case of the flu, meditation will enhance the function of your immune system and help to you to rest more deeply, leading to a speedier recovery. Meditation also happens to be a wonderful way to alleviate headaches and to prevent them from recurring.

 

Improved Sleep

Sleep is a totally natural human function, and it’s something we need every day. But if you have a busy mind or if you are stressed then you may find that your sleep is not as restorative as it should be. Meditation dramatically improves the quality of your sleep, and it is one of the most powerful natural treatments for insomnia, a great reason to meditate.

 

Slowed Aging

Studies into the effects of meditation have shown that the regular practice of meditation can slow the aging process. It is believed that the physiological cause of this is due to the fact that meditation helps to reduce the body’s production of free radicals. Free radicals are organic molecules that are responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases.

 

Emotional Stability and Positive Thinking

Meditation is a very powerful natural prescription for people who suffer from anxiety and/or depression, and it is also taught to people who have difficulty controlling their anger. However, every-day people who meditate often generally enjoy a lot more…

 

Happiness!

People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, they sleep better, and they have a more positive outlook on life. Simply put, meditation makes you a happier person!

 

 

 

Nora Benian

Yoga Therapist

Lifestyle Counsellor

Feb 9 2013

Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is a holistic healing discipline that offers a broad range of tools and practices for supporting good health, healing and personal transformation. Yoga has long been practiced with therapeutic intentions as way of healing and awakening both the body and the mind.

Although associated mostly with postures and exercises, it is just one of the many tools that yoga has to offer. The most profound tools that yoga offers include: conscious breath regulation, meditative practices, visualizations, lifestyle modifications and dietary recommendations among many others. This makes the healing process very comprehensive and extremely specific to each individual.

Through breath, body movements and internal awareness one can heal physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. With a prescribed series of yoga postures, stretches and breathing techniques the body re-aligns. During such a session, there is a release of tension and stress while working through pain and the limitations in the body, and ultimately, in the mind.

The goal of Yoga Therapy is to re-establish natural alignment and to stimulate the free flow of life force energy which supports the healing process. The therapist selects specific poses, gently adjusts with stretching, pressure and instructs the breathing to help release tension and work through pain. After even just one session, the participant feels lighter, clearer, more balanced and more flexible than before and definitely more relaxed. This is an excellent way to increase body-mind awareness, heal pains and injuries and is especially helpful in moving you past plateaus in personal development.

Yoga is the process of unraveling the tension that builds up in our bodies and minds. By using poses, breath, mantra, meditation and learning to listen within and come to know our needs. We cleanse and purify, open and strengthen, and prepare for the increased flow of life force that invigorates and strengthens us. Eventually we incorporate this process into our day to day lives.

Yoga Therapy is only just now emerging as a discipline in itself.   More health care practitioners are starting to include yogic techniques in their approach to healing — and more yoga teachers give a therapeutic intention to their teaching. People who have never tried yoga before are starting to consider including Yoga in their treatment plan.  Yoga is beneficial for the health in ways that modern science is just beginning to understand.  Even though it has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousand of years. Research is helping science and the medical establishment to understand and accept the benefits of Yoga Therapy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 9 2013

Why use Yoga in the workplace?

Yoga is a holistic approach to physical and mental health, as well as an empowerment practice for a person’s well-being and personal growth. Yoga gives the skills to manage stress effectively. In this way, yoga benefits the workplace by increasing energy levels, which increases productivity, improves attention span , focus and stamina.

Working in an office or at a computer for prolonged periods of time can put strain on the neck, shoulder and back muscles which in turn can lead to tension and stiffness and pain. This tension can cause headaches, as well as back, neck and shoulder pain that can change the mood and temperament of the individual.

With larger numbers of office workers putting in extra hours of work, some “forward thinking” companies have begun to respond with yoga programs for their employees. Even short sessions can release muscle tension and alleviate pains and aches, bringing up the mood and energy levels of those practicing regularly.

Corporate yoga is fast-growing in North America. Business leaders are recognizing the stress-reducing, energy-enhancing benefits that on-site yoga brings to their employees. Prevention is the key and yoga plays a major role. Many employers are benefiting from reduced health insurance rates by implementing wellness programs that include yoga.

It is so convenient and affordable that employees are more likely to begin yoga if it is subsidized or provided by their employer. Although many companies have offered the option for their employees to have a class at their own expense, the offer is often taken up because of the convenience.

Benefits of Corporate Yoga

The intention is to provide weekly yoga classes and periodic workshops designed to increase well-being for optimal health, productivity and performance. Making yoga accessible to people at all levels benefits everyone.

One class a week will develop concentration, focus and mental strength and flexibility. It strengthens the immune system, improving energy levels thus reducing absenteeism from work. It also compliments your working community and team building efforts, and provides staff members a time for personal development.

Benefits include:

* Posture improvement for prevention of aches and pains

*Strengthening for greater resistance to stress

* Breathing techniques to energize or calm the mind/body

*Reduces absenteeism

*Reduces back pain

*Improves mental concentration and focus

*Increases energy and vitality

*Enhances team building

 

Taking yoga classes together is a great way to get fit, calm the nerves, re-energize and helps to build better communication and trust between members of a team and of course to have fun.

The fact is that each $ spent on yoga in a corporate, returns approximate $3 to the employer. This is apart of general happiness & well-being of employees which alone is sufficient enough to adopt yoga lifestyle in a corporate. Though it’s hard to calculate the true benefit of yoga in terms of money by following link may provide you some figures: Vancouver Sun, July 16 2005

How do we start?

Simply introduce the staff to a trial lunch yoga class and select an ideal day that would work well for most people and book a space such as a boardroom. Let everyone know they will need to have their own yoga mat.

www.Yogaaah.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 24 2012

Restorative Yoga and Healing Therapies at Sivanada Bahamas

Restorative Yoga and Healing Therapies at Sivananda Bahamas

December 2 – 6, 2012

Learn how to restore yourself regularly to take on another day with less pain, a more positive outlook, strength, and vigor. Explore restorative prop use, self-healing techniques, releasing acupressure points, breathing exercises, meditation, and visualization.

This program is perfect for those wishing to learn how to relieve stress and tension as well as those working through injuries, chronic pain, and restlessness.

Check out www.Sivanandabahamas.org for details.

Oct 24 2012

Yoga Therapy and Self Thai Massage at Sivananda Bahamas

December 10 – 16, 2012

In this healing and restoring workshop, you will be moving slowly through specially selected yogic postures, incorporating breathing exercises and following aryuvedic and Thai Yoga Massage principles.

Learn how to relieve tension, stress and stagnant energy in your acupressure points and massage main Energy Lines (meridians, sen lines or prana nadis) to free the flow of of the precious life force. Perfect for those wishing to learn how to relieve their own stress and tension as well as those working through injuries, chronic pain and restlessness.

Check out www.Sivanandabahamas.org for details