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
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 eligibal.
GreenMedTV offers an excellent,quick overview on eight health benefits of Yoga:
Stress Blood Sugar
Anti Aging Circulation
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 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 go as far as you are comfortable with the pose.
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 deidcated 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 (19152009).
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 on one instruction for yoga at our center or at your home where you are comfortable. please inquire for our small group rates too.
A NEW HAPPY and HEALTHY YOU