I began practicing
yoga in 2001 and immediately fell in love with the notion of staying
healthy through strengthening and balancing both the mind and body.
I was captivated! I began thoughtfully studying yoga and was motivated
to share what I was learning and how my body and mind were in fact improving.
In 2006 I became certified by a nationally recognized leader in the
mind body fitness industry (YogaFit®). I have since expanded both
my training within YogaFit® as well as studying many different styles
of yoga, including; Bikram's (hot yoga), Ashtanga, and Iyengar. My primary
form of teaching is inspired by the Hatha Yoga tradition and Vinyasa
style of class.
watching people grow healthier, stronger, and more aware of their bodies
and minds. It is amazing to watch a person go from having to hold a
wall to balance on one foot, to being able to stand for several minutes
without a prop. Seeing people stand on their shoulders or heads for
the first time in 20 years is inspiring on many levels. My journey as
a Yogini has helped to add grace in my life. I am genuinely surprised
by the changes I have discovered over the past 10 years. I appreciate
the opportunity to share yoga with anyone (ask all my family and friends!).
Being lucky enough to instruct yoga students is an indescribable twist
little more about what you might find at Twisted
"Hatha" means "forceful", implying that powerful
work must be done to purify the body. Yoga means to yoke, or to join
two things together, hence hatha yoga is meant to join together sun
(masculine, active) energy with the moon (feminine, receptive) energy,
thus producing balance and greater power in an individual.
"Vinyasa" is the linking of body movement with breath.
Classes described as vinyasa flow synchronize the breath with a flowing
sequence of postures.
"Asana" - a body position, typically associated with
the practice of yoga intended primarily to restore and maintain a practitioner's
well-being, improve the body's flexibility and vitality, and promote
the ability to remain in seated meditation for extended periods. Asanas
are widely known as Yoga postures or Yoga positions.
Benefits of Hatha yoga~
Yoga has both preventive and therapeutic benefits. It has proved to
offer both physical and mental benefits to the body and the mind.
The Physical benefits are:
it improves flexibility and muscle joint mobility; strengthens, tones,
and builds muscles; corrects posture; strengthens the spine; eases back
pain; improves muscular-skeletal conditions such as bad knees, tight
shoulders and neck, swayback and scoliosis; increases stamina; creates
balance and grace; stimulates the glands of the endocrine system; improves
digestion and elimination; increases circulation; improves heart conditions;
improves breathing disorders; boosts immune response; decreases cholesterol
and blood sugar levels; and encourages weight loss.
The Mental benefits include:
it increases body awareness; refreshes the body by relieving muscle
strain; relaxes the mind and body; centers attention; sharpens concentration;
relieves chronic stress patterns in the body; and frees the spirit.
Western doctors and scientists are discovering additional health benefits
of hatha yoga. Studies have shown that it can relieve the symptoms of
several common and potentially life-threatening illnesses; such as arthritis,
arteriosclerosis, chronic fatigue, diabetes, AIDS, asthma and obesity.
Many believe it even fends off the negative effects of growing old.
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