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What Is Yoga?

Yoga isn’t just a trend; it’s been around for approximately 5,000 years with over 11 million Americans enjoying its many benefits. The practice of yoga is about creating balance in the body, developing both strength and flexibility. This is accomplished by performing a series of postures or “poses” which are designed for specific benefits for each part of body.

There are many different styles of yoga being practiced today. While almost all of these styles are based on a series of postures, each style has a particular emphasis. Consult with a certified teacher to design a yoga practice for your level of physical fitness and overall health goals.

If you are new to yoga, finding an appropriate class can be a daunting experience.  A private yoga session is a non-intimidating way to work one-on-one with a teacher, to ask detailed questions and to find your own comfort level in a private and supportive environment. In order review your personal needs and goals, and assess posture and breath patterns a one-to-one private yoga session is an extremely useful and effective way to meet your own unique needs, desires and challenges. Private sessions can be a first step in developing your basic practice or a perfect compliment your existing practice.

You’ve probably heard that yoga is good for you. Maybe you have even tried it and discovered that it makes you feel better. A regular practice can offer all kinds of mental and physical health benefits. Some, like improved flexibility, are clearly evident. Others, including mental clarity and stress reduction, may be more subtle but are just as powerful. When put together, all the factors contribute to an increased feeling of well-being, which helps explain why so many people find yoga so inspiring and motivating at any age. Restore 1 Energy offers both Private and Semi-Private sessions for up to three students.

Private Yoga

Practice one-on-one with a certified Yoga instructor for personal attention and therapeutics to assist with alignment or a recovering injury.A private session includes (Approximately 1 hour):

  • An initial discussion about your individual needs, desires and challenges.
  • A review of your current health and practice.
  • An exploration of suitable practices (physical, emotional, meditative) to best serve and assist you to learn basic breathing techniques and postures that form the foundation of a yoga practice.

Future sessions can serve to develop a home practice, help with a particular injury or health issue, and, if desired, help you transition into group classes.

Semi-Private Yoga

Share a private class with a friend and receive in depth personal attention for your yoga practice.

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga increases mental clarity

Yoga is a physical practice yet with concentration intently focused on the practice, it has the effect of bringing a calmness to the mind through breath and movement sequences. Yoga also introduces meditation techniques, such as watching the breath and disengaging from thoughts. These skills can prove to be very valuable in intense situations off the mat.

Yoga improves flexibility

Yoga poses work by safely stretching muscles and all other soft tissues in the body. It is important to keep the muscles flexible to maintain muscle and joint range of motion. Shortened muscles and tendons put undue strain on the joints and over time may cause improper joint wear and pain. Within a short period of time and consistent practice many benefits can be recognized.

Yoga improves strength

Some styles of yoga are more vigorous than others. But no matter what type, the strength improvement over- all is a result of working with body weight. The wonderful thing about yoga is that all poses can be modified to accommodate any age and physical level.

Yoga improves posture

As we age, flexibility naturally decreases, which leads to discomfort and immobility. Poses that increase flexibility and strength help improve posture through better body awareness and alignment.

Yoga improves breathing and lung capacity

Focused breath through inhalation and exhalation in sequence with yoga poses emphasize long and deep breathing. This can help expand your lung capacity and improve endurance.

Yoga is said to aid in detoxification of the body

As many of the poses stimulate blood flow to the different organs, flushing out toxins, it also emphasizes breathing techniques which increase oxygenation of the body. Most twisting poses stimulate the digestive tract, improving digestion. Practicing yoga is a proactive strategy to live longer and stay well.