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Basic Benefits of Yoga
by Dana Layon, ERYT
Vancouver Business Journal; Vancouver Family Magazine

 

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What is Yoga?

Yoga can be many things. It is first, an ancient philosophy originating 5,000 years ago in India. The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “union”.
Hatha Yoga means “yoga for health”, and is the physical aspect of the practice. It renews, invigorates and heals the body. Simply, yoga is a physical and psychological discipline seeking balance. In yoga we seek to balance the mind, body and spirit.



Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is in no way connected to religion. However, those who practice yoga have said to have found a stronger connection with their personal religion through their practice.



Benefits:



Reduces Stress
Through slow, rhythmic breathing we can lower our heart rate and blood pressure; thereby reducing stress.


Increased Immunity
Through deep breathing and conscious movement, the amount of oxygen in our blood increases, the amount of carbon dioxide decreases, assisting the blood to flow more efficiently. This in turn increases our immunity functions


Improves Flexibility, Strength, Balance and Posture
Although yoga does improve flexibility, postures are also great for strength, balance, mental focus, awareness and concentration.


Pain, Anger and Depressions Decreases
Yoga can help to minimize chronic pain through specialized yoga postures. After continual practice, we notice an increase in vitality and an overall sense of well-being.


Weight Normalizes
Yoga is a wonderful complement to any other exercise regime. It can help keep weight off and balance your workout routine.


Do I need to be a pretzel to practice?
Absolutely not! Anyone who commits to a yoga practice can experience the health benefits. Classes can be modified to fit individual needs.



Supportive guidance from a certified yoga instructor can help anyone follow the path to a more well-balanced life. It is important to remember that yoga does not always mean movement. It may be quiet and focused thought, slow and methodical breath, awareness and focus. When we quiet the mind, we hear the most.

 

Copyright © 2009, Dana Layon. All rights reserved. No part of this program, manual or book may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means electronically, mechanically or other means without express, written permission from the publisher.

 

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About the Author

 

Dana Layon, E-RYT, began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1997 and then Prenatal Yoga during her first pregnancy in 2002. In 2003, she was introduced to Vinyasa “Flow” Yoga, a westernized style of yoga guiding movement with breath. She has never gone back to traditional exercise because of the overall benefits she realizes with a dedicated yoga practice.

 

Currently her main program is her Zen Flow Yoga School nationally accredited with the Yoga Alliance. The school offers a 10 month program that educates aspiring teachers how to help others realize all the benefits of yoga. The course includes teaching methodology and technique, postural alignment, yogic philosophy, anatomy and the business of teaching yoga.

 

Dana is also available to speak on a myriad of wellness topics including Finding Your Passion In Life; Benefits of Meditation; Living Your Optimal Life; Making Time for Your Health; Live Long and Light: do YOGA. She currently holds monthly, life transforming, educational workshops in Vancouver, Washington and is available for speaking engagements nationwide. See the Workshops page of her site for more information.

 

She leads Spiritual Warrior Retreats twice a year – geared toward women empowerment and unity.

 

She teaches Zen Flow 5 times per week; prenatal classes once a week and kids yoga twice a week, offering yoga and life virtues to children ages 3-10.

 

Her books, Surviving the Human Experience with Spiritual Intention and Om (AUM) will both be published by November 2010.


 

 

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