Yoga for Special Conditions
Hatha Yoga, Meditation, and Aromatherapy
[Class is full. Please contact about possible options.]
[Class meets at Shirlington Kung Fu and Tai, Arlington, VA: http://www.shirlingtonkungfu.com.]
Monday, May 1, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation
Rates: One-hour class ($15); forty-five-minute class ($12); private sessions ($50/hour); workshops ($25/person).
Pre-registration is required for all classes and workshops.
Please contact email@example.com; 571-214-8482.
Anna Tecson, Director of First Thought Yoga Inc. in the D.C. metro region, has had the privilege of studying with many diverse and knowledgeable teachers. She received her primary teacher certification in the Sivananda tradition and her 500-hour certification based on the principles of Therapeutic and Tantric Yoga. Having experienced the inspiration and fulfillment of a regular and devoted practice, she is grateful for opportunity to bring yoga to the lives of others.
What is Yoga?
Best described as the “art of living”, a traditional yoga practice consists of these principles:
I. Proper Relaxation
The conscious release of long-held tension results in improved coordination, circulation, and physiological function. Both the body and the mind feel refreshed, and this tranquil ease benefits all aspects of life.
II. Proper Exercise
Yoga asanas (postures) build strength, flexibility, and endurance. The symmetrical and systematic manner in which the asanas are sequenced improve physiological imbalances, fostering postural alignment and ease of movement.
III. Proper Breathing
Skillful breathing, which is deep, slow, and rhythmic, maximizes the intake of oxygen and the release of toxins, cultivating a state of relaxed alertness and the consistent regulation of energy (prana). Various breathing techniques (pranayama) modify the length, duration, and retention of breath for maximum physiological benefit and mental focus.
III. Proper Diet
A yogic diet consists of wholesome natural foods, as well as discernment of how our food choices, the moderation of our diet, and the related conditions (including psychological) under which we consume affect us both physically and mentally.
IV. Positive Thinking, Meditation
Mental outlook affects not only the life of the individual but countless other beings directly or indirectly related. Meditation leads to a conscious awareness of the content and the patterns of our thought processes for greater self-mastery and -realization.
What are the benefits?
Yoga encompasses a range of practices, including physical postures (asanas) that tone and strengthen the body, alleviate tension, boost stamina, and improve physiological function; breathing techniques (pranayama) that increase circulation and regulate energy; conscious relaxation (yoga nidra) to restore and rejuvenate; and meditation (dhyana) for concentration and tranquility.
If I have a special condition or an injury, how can I practice?
Please be sure to check with your physician before beginning yoga or any other new exercise program, especially if you have any chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, arthritis, back or neck problems, or heart disease. In any case, yoga is highly adaptable to all conditions. If you are breathing, you can practice yoga.
What kind of gear do I need?
A practitioner would enjoy the most comfort and stability with the using a sticky mat and comfortable clothing. However, because yoga is highly adaptable, we also use props (bolsters, blocks, straps), chairs, tabletops, walls, and even footware as needed.
Feeling out of shape or inflexible? Recovering from illness or injury?
Begin by paying full attention to your physical and mental state, recognizing and addressing any pain, discomfort, or feelings of instability. Notice the quality of the breath, whether it remains steady and rhythmic or erratic and strained. Notice whether feelings such as fear or uncertainty or an excess of striving affect the balance of movement, breath, and mental focus. All of these experiences lead to greater self-awareness.
How can I prepare for class?
Try to practice 2–3 hours after your last full meal, for your comfort and to maximize the metabolic benefits of your practice. However, you needn’t be hungry; a light snack, easy to digest, is fine. Please, put your devices and worries aside. Set an intention for your practice and invite transformation.