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.
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Dianne Cecchett, Certified Yoga Instructor Now at Nature’s Way Massage.
Saturdays, 10:00 am,Cost $12
The perfect opportunity to try a safe, gentle yoga in a very small class.
About Dianne Cecchett
For Dianne Cecchett yoga was a natural transition from her dance studies. Dianne began studying classical ballet when she was 15 years old and was fortunate to take classes with Nicholas Petrov, founder of the Pittsburgh Ballet Company as well as Jean Gideon, present Artistic Director for Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. In 1984 Dianne realized that her dancing was becoming too grueling for her body, and she sought a more healing modality which led her to yoga. She completed her 200 hour teacher’s yoga certification in 2010 through Kula Shala Yoga Center, Jupiter, Florida where she was taught components of both Hatha and Yin Yoga. She began teaching Silent Yin in 2014, which is a specialty yin class she learned from Norman Blair, a Yin and Ashtanga teacher in the United Kingdom. Dianne continues her studies with James Brown of American Yoga School. She sees all yoga as a refuge and vehicle for self-study. Her past teachers are Jaye Bryan, Scott Feinberg, Tasha Patterson Shirley, Gary Hirschman, and Sarah Powers. She graduated from California University, California, Pennsylvania with a BA in Social Work and continued her studies for an additional year at Heartland Community College, Normal, Illinois, with an emphasis on anatomy. Dianne’s classes are warm and inviting, fostering a calming and centering environment.
Open Class, All Levels; Saturdays 10 am Cost $12
Duets: By reservation; Cost $100
Private Yoga: By reservation,1 person: $70 for one hour.
Save $50 on five hours for $300 and save $200 on ten hours for $500 for Private Yoga.
Patty Albin will show you how she transformed Her body with customized fitness training and a change in diet. See before/after of Patty’s transformation here.
Classes begin Monday June 6th, Wed June 8th and Friday June 10th and will continue weekly. The hours are from 8:00 to 9:00am. The Location is Nature’s Way Massage at 3996 Peavine Road, Fairfield Glade, TN.
Class Size is limited. Call (931) 335-2866 to Register.
For program information, call Patty Albin at (931) 287-3654.
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.”
“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 muscle strength and tone
Improved respiration, energy and vitality
Maintaining a balanced metabolism
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,” 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.”
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
One of my favorite singers is Van Morrison. This time of year I keep hearing the lyric, “I can get through February”
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.
Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the “winter blues” or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.
I confess I struggle every February with SAD. Over the years I have developed a little formula that ensures that “I can get through February”.
If I can’t get to Florida I Get in front of as many fireplaces I can find. A tanning bed is good but age and quality of the equipment is important and remember “less is more”
This is a perfect time to start yoga or that fitness program that you have been planning for another day. There are seven days in and someday isn’t one of them. We have teamed up with Well by Nature to stare a Yoga and Fitness program.
Book a vacation, write down all your Blessings, start a journal, buy a very large book and don’t stop until you’ve read it, take music or art lessons. Book a Massage!
This year was a little worse than most so I went to my Doctor and she did a blood test that revealed that I was vitamin deficient so she prescribed some special vitamins. Maybe you should check with your Doctor just in case. – Terry Owens