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. Combine this with our discount for Veterans!
Mens Fitness Journal states the benefits for men are improved stress levels, better golf game ( spinal twists ), cardio excercises ( longer poses) & better muscle building !
The Insurance Company CIGNA recognizes the benefits of Hatha Yoga. In some instances Insurance companies such as Cigna and employers may cover alternative health treatments. Please consult with them if your plan is eligible.
GreenMedTV offers an excellent,quick overview on eight health benefits of Yoga:
Stress Blood Sugar
Anti Aging Circulation
Psychology Today reports that "Yoga has the opposite effect to pain on your brain than chronic pain". Yoga Therapy helps relieves chronic pain, nervous system tension, migraines and headaches, disc problems, chronic fatigue, neck pain, carpal tunnel and more. Try therapeutic Yoga by itself or in combination of our other treatment options at Houston Yoga and Ayurveda such as Acupuncture, Marma, Reiki and a certified Ayurvedic analysis for more complex situations.
Many Western Medical institutes have conducted studies on health benefits of Yoga. The 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 excellent 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 Universitywhereby Cancer patients who practiced yoga as part of their cancer treatment were significantly better off those who didn't. Inflammation was much better controlled. We are certified by MD Anderson for such yoga treatments.
Meditation is proven to provide in western medical studies benefits in cancer relief and improving survivibility after heart attacks. At Houston Yoga and Ayurveda we provide at the end of yoga classes a 10 minute meditation period, we also offer dedicated meditation classes with and without instruction. There is something for everybody.
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 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 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.
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.
The practitioner guides the client through a series of yoga postures, while palming and thumbing along the body’s energy (‘Sen’) lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.
We provide one on one instruction for yoga at our center or at your home where you are comfortable. please inquire for our small group rates too.
I just visited this sanctuary and the energy is incredible! If you need a place to go to where you can shed all your stress and tension, completely let go, relax and surrender - this is the place to be. You can feel the peace and tranquility, nestled in the midst of nature. Shanti J.
This place has to be by far the best Yoga Center. You feel very peaceful when you walk in. I love Sharon. I rate this place 5 stars. Amazing! G.G.
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Beautiful Yin practice with Sahar! We enjoyed and much appreciated every minute of it! Miriam S.
I went here for yoga class and it is a beautiful and peaceful space. They offer a variety of yoga classes from gentle to more active vinyasa style. There is beautiful outdoor area where they sometimes have class depending on weather. What I like about this place is after class there is tea and people sit around and chat. Its a good atmosphere and friendly. Kris V
Amazing place.. Amazing Sharon! The facility is beautiful and we always have hot tea after class..a very nice touch! Lisha M.
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Whether you are seeking healing, peace, knowledge, true yoga, holistic medicine that works, or just a spiritual retreat...Look no further my friend. I was in search of a yoga teacher training program and was first welcomed by Sharon's sweet voice over the phone so I came in to check out the place! I felt good about it as soon as I drove onto the property. Sharon's sweet husband Chris gave me the tour (I was in awe of the garden, the crystals, the yoga room, the deck, and the entire everything the whole time haha) and immediately I knew I did not want to spend my money, time, or energy anywhere else... and I couldn't have been more right!!!
I am so so grateful for such a wonderful experience. Sharon and her husband are incredibly kind, warm, and genuine people. I have learned so much from Sharon, both as a student and a patient here. It has truly changed my life for the better on so many levels. Meli M.
Why Yoga At Houston Yoga & Ayurveda ?
We practice an Authentic Style of Yoga straight from India that truly heals Mind and Body and includes Meditation and/or Pranayama Breathing
Our Yoga Teacher Therapists are trained in Ayurveda to find the asanas and poses that maximize your inner balance and wellness.
You are entering the most unique Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Center in Houston in a serene, stress free environment.
Our Yoga is suitable for everybody from beginners to the expert yogis. You already get the health benefits by trying..so go ahead, come and see us !
I have been to dozens of yoga studios and teachers but Sharon Kapp is by far my favorite. Her classes are not just yoga, they are a mindfulness practice, a spiritual journey, a gift you give yourself. She is a true Teacher, a beautiful generous old soul. Other teachers at this studio are each wonderful in their own way and i enjoy their classes tremendously. The Ayurvedic consulting services Sharon provides are simply priceless and helped me get back to my center and understand the way my body, mind and soul coexist and what is needed to keep them in healthy balance. Houston Yoga and Ayurveda is my home away from home. It is a warm and welcoming place with great people that are always there for you. Please go and take advantage of this incredible oasis of peace, serenity and knowledge. Elaina L.