Yoga Power!

It’s not surprising to me that upon teaching a yoga class, many clients stop in the middle to use the restroom.   You could just say, it’s that morning cup of coffee going through, but I have a different view.  Yoga has been proven to reduce inflammation in the body.  Inflammation in the body is part of the immune/defense response;   the extra water/heat can remove damaged cells, harmful irritants, or toxic pathogens to begin the healing process.  The problem arises when the body has chronic inflammation, and the defense/pro-inflammatory molecules continue to be present in the body even when they are not needed.  With the inflammation switch “on”, the body operates as if it is always under attack, and can result in bodily damage over time. Once this system goes out of control, it can manifest into diseases such as blood vessels (atherosclerosis); pancreatic tissue (diabetes); bones and joints (arthritis); digestive system (lactose and gluten intolerance); limbs, muscles and nerves (fibromyalgia); fat tissue (obesity); throat (thyroid issues)—just for starters. The body goes haywire in its own defense, with the immune system failing to distinguish between what is foreign and what is our own self. As we age,  our bodies are less able to disarm the inflammatory process.  This is due to stress,  genetic predisposition and hypertension, to name a few. There’s also good news for those of us who have a regular yoga practice. Several studies now report that a regular yoga practice Brings down the levels of stress hormones that promote inflammation Lowers the levels of a number of pro-inflammatory molecules in the body and brings down inflammation that...

Mind Blowing

Did you know of some of the things that yoga can help with, or even reverse problems?  Things like these….. varicose veins high or low blood pressure heart disease blocked arteries angina colds, breathlessness sinusitis bronchitis asthma indigestion constipation/diarrhea irritable bowel syndrome duodenal ulcers, gastric ulcers incontinence obesity diabetes AIDS physical fatigue backache osteoarthritis in shoulders, hands, hips, elbows, knees rheumatoid arthritis and everything from headaches, memory impairment, skin disorders, sciatica, epilepsy, and insomnia. And yet, most Americans still go to their doctors, get a pill, which masks the symptoms, and doesn’t cure the problem to begin with.  I’m seeing in the future, a yoga practice  that your doctor prescribes for your condition.  Imagine how we could change……from the sickest country to the healthiest.  It would be normal for people to live beyond 100.  Health care costs would dramatically reduce.  It all starts with you.  You will not recognize the full power of yoga if you just come once every so often. Often, fathers or mothers will bring in their sons or daughters to yoga for a specific problem.  That’s great, but the fathers and mothers need the yoga just as much, if not more than the younger generation.  Do not wait until you have time.  Do not wait until you have money.  The sooner you start your yoga practice, the sooner you can begin to tackle some inherent problems that run in your family, and even reverse these diseases. Come, practice, and be healthy!...
Reaching your full potential

Reaching your full potential

I don’t know about you, but before embarking on a yoga practice, I limited myself in what I thought I was capable of doing.  I think we all do this to a certain degree.  You think to yourself, “I will never go hang gliding, or white water rafting, or reach for my dream job, or __________________ “,  (fill in the blank to your biggest fear). But, you are brave enough to start the practice of yoga.  Believe me, that is no simple act; people tell me all the time, “I can’t start yoga because I’m so tight”.   This is WHY you start yoga.  To become flexible.   And slowly the yoga postures began to work.  You notice better sleeping, more energy, less sick time and that pain you had is slowly disappearing.   Unbeknownst to you, the yoga is working on getting your mind flexible as well.  Let’s go up to that thought in the first paragraph.  Your Yoga practice is slowly tearing down the walls of your limitations.  Before yoga, you might think it’s just impossible to launch your dream business;  after practicing, you might decide to give it a try. This practice of yoga opens you up to your fullest potential.  The limits that are in your mind, are also in your body, someplace.  It’s in humanity’s best interest if you are living in your full potential.  You might just be smart and find a cure for cancer.  You might create a better way to obtain drinking water.  Or, you might just be the very best in your life; be a better worker, lover, husband, wife,...
Every Part

Every Part

Upon reflection, there is not one part of my life that yoga has not touched and made better.  Which I think is ironic, because you come to yoga with the intention of YOU.  You want to be better; less stressed, more flexible, stronger.  So you do your practice.  Let me tell you what has changed with this practice of asana. My body, in particular my strength.  I’m steadier, stronger both in my actions and emotions.  Then I began to notice my spiritual relationship with God was changing.  My teacher used to say that one could be an atheist and practice yoga, but you wouldn’t be one for long.  Another thing I began to notice with practice is my relationships with my family.  Even though they didn’t understand why I was doing this, over time, I noticed they gave me space for this practice.  After 25+ years being married, I can’t wait to spend time with my husband.  Things that used to irritate me that my kids did, I didn’t notice them as much. In fact, before yoga I was quite irritated with life in general.  I became impatient when somebody didn’t go fast enough in front of me.  I became irritated when I was asked to do something that I didn’t want to do, and felt like I had to do it.  I was sometimes rude with others; and that is probably the short list. As I did my yoga, and started to learn more about the philosophy, my thoughts began to change.  At first, you don’t notice much change, especially when you practice once a week or so. ...

Do yoga, stay well.

I constantly preach the benefits of yoga, but I would like to talk on how it works in the lymphatic system to keep us healthy and at full capacity.  I think it’s pretty remarkable that I have not gotten one cold, flu or virus since taking up a daily yoga practice. Yoga is one of the best ways to get your lymph moving.  Lymph is a transparent fluid containing white blood cells and proteins—it is all around the body draining interstitial fluid from between the cells. That extracellular space is where the cells dump their wastes and where other toxins and debris can accumulate.  The body draws this lymph upwards to the collar bone area, and dumps into the circulatory system to flush.  There are filtrating stations in the body where the lymph accumulates called lymph nodes.  There are high concentrations of lymph nodes in the throat, on the sides of the neck, under the arm, or in the groin.  The lymphatic system relies on the intrinsic muscle contractions of the lymph channel walls and, to a greater degree, on large muscle activity in the body.   Yoga does this perfectly, contracting and relaxing all the large muscle groups, but aerial hammock does this better. The hammock wraps around the body where high concentrations of lymph gather, such as the underarms, groins, and sides of neck.  Inversions help drain the lymph from the lower extremities to the collar bones, to flush out of the body.   Beneficial to the lymph are inversions, twists, as well as a more vigorous vinyasa flow.  So, lets get that lymph moving!  Check out our...

Thriving

As of August 1st, Anahata has been open 5 years.  Five years is a magic year for a business.  We are here, and not going anywhere anytime soon.  I had a vision for this space, that came to be what it is now.  I also had a vision for the clients.  I saw all of you in my mind, even before you came.  Anahata is just a space.  Without our special teachers, or our wonderful clients, it would be just that, a space. So THANKS! Thanks to all my existing clients who followed me from where ever……You were the foundation of Anahata, and you brought your family and friends. Thanks to all the teachers who have taught here, or will teach in the future.  Your passion and dedication to yoga shines from your heart, and draws clients to you.  Without you, this would not be possible. Thanks to all my teacher trainees who I’ve had in the past, and will teach in the future.  You put all of your faith in us to teach you yoga, and I hope we did not disappoint.  This has been such a blessing for me, to watch you become beautiful dedicated teachers who change lives. Thanks to our clients who continue to show up, and make room for a yoga practice in their lives.  You are the driving force behind this studio.  Without you, Anahata would not exist. From the depths of my heart, Thank you all.  This has been a huge blessing in my life, as I hope it has been for you as well. See you on the mat,...
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