Yoga unites the mind, body, and breath, in a way that eases tension, reduces stress, and promotes health and well being. Regular practice will help you improve your poses, correct poor posture, and can brighten your outlook on life.
Yoga is a great way to improve your endurance in other physical activities. After a run, or heavy workout, yoga will help your body relax while stretching, strengthening, and lengthening the muscles you were just working on.
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Yoga not only helps improve your body, but also helps with mindfulness and is often referred to as meditation in motion. It is important to take a break from daily life in order to focus on yourself and get clarity. The focus you apply to your breath during practice is key to staying in tune with your mind and body.
Yoga for EveryBody (Y4EB) classes are a wonderful opportunity to explore your mind/body/breath connection. Asanas (yoga postures/poses) are done with a level of awareness to help take you to the place of alignment specific to what your body needs. With a strong foundation and proper alignment as a result of your yoga practice, you will discover renewed calmness, strength, balance, focus and flexibility!
Ken teaches what he likes to call ATD Yoga (Attention To Detail). This is a hatha yoga practice incorporating his studies from various styles of yoga, including: Iyengar, Viniyoga, and Vinyasa. Alignment for each pose is offered in a manner that ensures you harvest the greatest benefits from your yoga practice. Most poses are held for 3-6 soft centering breaths. At other times a slow flow moves you through the poses. You are always deepening your practice from the inside out with a fluid breath, exploring the fine line between effort and surrender. That fine line is where you challenge yourself with enough effort to achieve results, but surrender prior to any chance of injury.
If you've ever read Goldilocks and the Three Bears, then you know Goldilocks kept looking until she found something that was just right for her. That's exactly what Ken wants to be sure you find when you do your yoga practice with Y4EB. There are so many yoga options out there that it can be very confusing to choose what's right for you. Y4EB classes consist of students at "all levels" of their yoga practice, and for that reason yoga poses are taught in stages. Each stage takes students further into their practice. You decide which stage is best suited for your ability. You are always encouraged to explore the next stage, but if you feel like your pose is "falling apart", it is recommended you return to the stage that offers you the optimum benefit. When you find that place in your yoga practice, like Goldilocks, you might just say to yourself, "This feels just right". :-)
Ken often uses yoga props during his instruction. Suggested equipment includes, mat, 2 blocks and a strap. You probably already have a mat. The best online prices for blocks and a strap Ken has been able to find, is at: Sunshine Yoga
Our yoga room is kept at a nice 70-72 degrees. Ambient light fills the room and the only sounds are your instructor's voice and your internal breath.
Yoga can be a very private thing for you, even in a room full of people, or it may become a new community of friends with a common interest! You choose. Many students arrive 15-20 minutes before class to visit and interact, often spending another 10-15 minutes chatting in the parking lot after class. You may just find yourself with a few new extended family members.