THE BENEFITS OF YOGA
The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.
Other physical benefits of yoga include:
- Increased flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism
- Weight reduction
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improved athletic performance
- Protection from injury
- Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. “Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate. Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.
- Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration.
Workout Fads come and go, but virtually no other exercise program is as enduring as yoga. It’s been around for more than 5,000 years.
Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It’s a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation.
The benefits of yoga provide both instant gratification and lasting transformation. In the fitness world, both are extremely important. Too much time with too few results can be incredibly discouraging, and monotonous routines week after week can lead to stagnation.
Yoga can change your physical and mental capacity quickly, while preparing the mind and body for long-term health.
Yoga’s deep breathing and meditation practices help foster an inner shift from to-do lists, kids and spouse’s needs, financial concerns, and relationship struggles to something a little bit bigger than the issues you face. Yoga helps relieve stress and declutters the mind, helping you to become more focused.
Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style.
The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.
“Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is about what you learn on the way down.” – Judith Hansen Lasater
Like many, Roberta started yoga for the physical benefits of the practice. Over time though it was the more subtle benefits that kept drawing her back to her mat: a sense of calm, contentment, being more present and focused, feeling less stressed and overall happier, getting more enjoyment from life.
Roberta has dedicated her teaching career to creating inclusive yoga classes by offering modifications and creative use of props to keep students safe and confident in their practice. Each class is an invitation to explore what is possible, to become aware of our habits and compensations and to learn to move and trust in our bodies in a whole new way. Students are encouraged to approach their practice with a light heart, a sense of exploration and an open mind.
Roberta is certified in Hatha Yoga (E-RYT 200), Yin Yoga, Yoga for Round Bodies, Yoga for Seniors and has taken additional training in: Restorative Yoga with Hot Stones, Thai Yoga Bliss, Yoga for Teens, Yoga Nidra, Core Immersion plus many others. A believer that a good teacher is always a student first, Roberta is on a constant quest for knowledge. Roberta has taught several thousand classes since becoming certified in 2011.
Coming from a competitive soccer player for almost 15 years, Kim Gibson knows what it means to push the edge. It took many injuries and years of trial and error for her to come to the calm, relaxed and healed state that she is in now. Transitioning through isometrics (exercises using body weight) she found Yoga as an intriguing alternative.
Yoga is quite simply an ancient technology carefully designed to lead you back to yourself. She brings a deep understanding of human movement, gained from over 12 years as a Certified Yoga Instructor with the Yoga Alliance of North America, intense personal study, and several yoga teacher trainings to create a full, well-rounded yoga class.
As a yoga teacher, Kim believes she can only teach what she knows. Therefore her teaching is grounded in her own yogic journey, informed by everything she knows about the science of yoga, the human body, and the relentless moment that is now. Kim is passionate about sharing this knowledge with anyone on the yogic path, but she especially finds herself drawn to (and perhaps most useful to) those struggling with injuries and pain – whether physical, emotional, or spiritual.