The Power of Slowing Down Part 1

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Restorative and Yin Yoga by Dianne Cecchett

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

There is real wisdom in stillness.  It lets us look at ourselves through fresh eyes.   It helps us to remember who we are.   The inner stillness of the quieter practices of Restorative and Yin Yoga give you time to really examine how you are doing.   It’s not a weakness to slow down our lives.  It’s actually a strength because in the West we have taken away many of the natural pauses in our daily lives.  We pay a high price for it.  There are many new diseases that are known and confirmed to be stress related.

Many of us have forgotten how to unwind.  Or worse yet, were never taught how.   We are now more human “doings” than human “beings”.    The most important thing we need to learn or relearn is the pause.

All the organ systems of the body benefit from deep relaxation.  A reduction in blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels occur.  The practice releases tension on a physical, mental, and emotional level.   We begin to develop and refine awareness.  With this newfound awareness, we can begin to more carefully choose how we live our lives.  We begin to find delight in pausing.   We begin to understand that relaxation is an art.   An art that promotes inner peace, soothes the nervous system, improves our memory and increases mental clarity.

So what can you expect from a Restorative Yin class?  Restorative poses are not active poses but shapes the body is held in by the use of blocks, blankets and bolsters from anywhere to 5 to 20 minutes.    There is almost a floating sensation as these shapes emulate some of the more active poses found in flow classes.    Yin poses target the deeper connective tissues of the body such as the joints, tendons, ligaments, and fascia.  These poses are also held for about 3 to 5 minutes but there may be some sensation accompanying them.  Variations and modifications are offered for both Restorative and Yin to meet every student’s needs.  Because of the slower nature of the practice, it takes on a very meditative quality.   Pranayama or breath awareness practices are also included.    The class concludes with Savasana which seals it all in.  The pose that helps us learn to let go or die to things holding you on an emotional or physical level.

As a teacher I often hear people say “I’m just too stiff to do yoga.”   You, my friend, are the ones who need it the most.

To learn more about Dianne Cecchett or Yoga Classes click here.

 

 

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Yoga comes to Peavine! May 2016

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Have you been wanting to try yoga but felt intimidated by large classes of fit, young, experienced yogis? YOUR TIME HAS COME.

No matter what your age, fitness level or experience, we have your back for beginning a new journey with yoga.

The benefits of yoga are recognized by the American Osteopathic Association. Below is an excerpt from the Association’s website.

“As an osteopathic physician, I focus a lot of my efforts on preventive medicine and practices, and in the body’s ability to heal itself,” says Dr. Nevins. “Yoga is a great tool for staying healthy because it is based on similar principles.”

Physical Benefits
 “The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome,” explains Dr. Nevins. “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

 Mental Benefits

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,” says Dr. Nevins. “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,” says Dr. Nevins. Body- and self-awareness are particularly beneficial, she adds, “because they can help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.”

TAKE ACTION NOW!

When: Tuesday May 17th, 6:30pm or Thursday May 19th, 3:00pm.

Where: Nature’s Way Massage, 3996 Peavine Road, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.

Contact: (931) 335-2866 or terryowens714@gmail.com

 

 

Welcome Sandra Harrison, Yoga Instructor Extraordinaire!

Sandy Harrison newPlease Welcome Sandra Harrison, Yoga Instructor to Yoga Village.

Sandra was the yoga instructor at the Fairfield Glade Wellness Center for eleven years and We are thrilled she chosen Yoga Village as her current location.

Sandra’s first class is on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30pm and the cost is only $15. Sandra has a following so preregistration is highly recommended.

Preregister by Emailing terryowens714@gmail.com, or by calling (931) 456-5055.

Yoga Village is located inside Nature’s Way Massage at 3996 Peavine Road, Suites 3 & 4.