Houston Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Center
Promoting Your Health 

A Few Words about Yoga

Sharon Kapp doing Yoga

SHARON  KAPP  
CAS, PKS, RYT, LMT, CMA, Reiki Master, Vastu Shastra consultant.  Teaching Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda have been a life long passion for Sharon.  Growing up in India, she learned firsthand, the ancient sciences that she brings to her students and patients.   Sharon was brought to Yoga at an early age under the tutelage of her Guruji, BKS Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar  as part of her early elementary education in Pune, India. She has been passionately teaching Hatha yoga for over 35 years and her love of learning has led to her to complete numerous other Yoga and Teacher training courses in the USA including the Kripalu Center where she trained in  Cardiac Yoga to better serve those that need it. Sharon is associated with MD Anderson Hospital Houston's program as part of their effort to involve secondary treatment with outside practitioners and cancer patients using Yoga, Massage and Ayurveda. 

YOGA

 What is Yoga?

The word Yoga comes from yui, a 5,000 year-old Sanskrit word meaning to yoke, join, or unite. The Iyengar school of Yoga defines yui as the “joining or integrating of all aspects of the individual—body, mind, and soul—to achieve a happy, balanced, and useful life.” Reaching kaivalya, emancipation or ultimate freedom, is the aim of Yoga. The science of Yoga uses asanas (postures), focused concentration on specific body parts, and pranayama (breathing techniques) to unify the body with the mind and the mind with the soul. 

The Benefits of  Yoga 
Yoga benefits go well beyond stress management. Regular practice can increase flexibility and improve balance. The pranayama, or breathing techniques, can have positive effects on asthma, depression, lower back pain, and memory. Yoga, combined with diet, aerobic exercise, and meditation, can help with cardiovascular disease rates and blood pressure levels. Yoga helps people cope better with daily demands and to sleep more soundly.

The US Army uses yoga to treat veterans and stress management techniques

GreenMedTV offers an excellent overview on the eight health benefits of Yoga:
Circulation
Stress
Heart Disease
Depression
Back Pain
Anti Aging
Cancer
Menopause

Many Western Medical institutes have conducted studies on health benefits of Yoga. This article from Yoga Journal 38 Ways Yoga Keeps You Fit, by Timothy McCall, MD is a very good summary of multiple professional medical studies that confirm Yoga is very good way to improve problems with depression, cholesterol, back pains,  circulation, high blood pressure and much, much more.

National Geographic reported on a study by Ohio State University whereby Cancer patients who practiced yoga as part off their cancer treatment were significantly better off those who didnt. Inflammation was much better controlled. HYA is certified by MD Anderson for such yoga treatments.

Hatha, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga are the most popular Yoga styles taught
at the Healing Tree. Our classes focus not on athletics but on physical and mental strength, meditation and relaxation, detoxification and stress relief, in short improving your well being.

All classes are suitable for advanced yogis as well as beginners. You only have to go as far as you are comfortable with the pose.

Hatha  Yoga 

Hatha is gentle with subtle, smooth poses. The focus is on holding the pose while merging your breathing into your movements. Hatha is the foundation of most Yoga styles. During the practice, slow, controlled movements and an awareness of how your body is performing help achieve a calm and graceful state. Hatha is closely related to Iyengar. Hatha stretches you, works your muscles, gets you more tuned in to your body, and helps lower stress.


Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Kundalini  Yoga

Kundalini concentrates on awakening the energy at the base of the spine. Breathing, chanting, and meditation give this practice a spiritual component. Kundalini fully engages you physically and mentally, and can be practiced with a partner.  

Gentle / Restorative  Yoga

Gentle Restorative focuses on relaxing the body in restful postures. Note that 'rest' is different than sleep. Rest provides the body an opportunity to renew and heal. Countless studies have proven the physical and emotional benefits of this.

Beginner's Yoga

This course is designed for people who always wanted to try Yoga but needed to understand more what they are getting into. Detailed instruction will be provided in this one month, twice a week course that will allow everybody to understand not only how the poses are executed but also to understand the health benefits of each pose.

Houston Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Center LLC
13602 Kluge Rd Cypress, TX 77429 US
Phone: 281-256-8461 Website: http://www.houston-yoga-ayurveda.com/

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