Why Choose Yoga?

Why choose yoga over other forms of fitness training? There is a plethora of options and more arriving on the scene every couple of months to keep us in good shape. We give a tip of the hat to any form of exercise that limbers up the body and keeps a person healthy and strong. So why yoga?

A recent real life example of ‘why’ took place last Tuesday afternoon when Jonah and I called a roofing contractor to take a look at the roof at the studio. Barry the contractor, a man in his early thirties, came off the roof stiff and ridged. It occurred to me after watching him move around that he was somewhat unsafe because of his lack of flexibility. While observing him on the roof and then witnessing his stressed movements coming down the ladder, it appeared to me that he was actually putting himself in danger. His risk of falling because he was not more limber must be increased by big margins. I started a conversation with him.

In Barry’s case it added up to job safety. There are dozens of positions that require good body strength and movability. If you are sedentary or past the 25-year mark most of us need an additional program to stay limber.
The same principle applies if you are sitting in a chair all day working at the computer. Ever get up feeling stiff and need a stretch? Or maybe brain burn – you need to personally re-boot?   how-to-stay-active-at-the-office  Easy to do with a couple simple asanas that cover a multitude of muscle groups and gets your blood pumping without changing into sneakers and Activewear. Two minutes of yoga can equal another hour of productive work time.

Who doesn’t want to play hard? One of my students came back from a two-week beach vacation looking rested and fit. She admitted to partying the entire two weeks in the water, beach and clubbing at night. She said, “Kerry, I never missed a beat and felt terrific the whole trip. I’m sure it was because I kept my yoga routine the same the entire time.” I would have to agree. If you are someone who loves to relax by being active, yoga is an easy support system.

Yoga lends itself to just about any environment. It’s versatile and travels well. If you must have a mat, it’s easy to pack, but a beach towel, or for that matter just a sandy beach is as good. (smile).

With traditional (Hatha) yoga, one uses every part of the muscular, skeletal and visceral facets of the body. The result of feeling “better” doesn’t happen overnight. Naturally, the body needs a period to adhere and adjust – but because the practice of yoga is a natural unfoldment, the body takes to it like a deer to the woods. With a small amount of dedication, a student will reap its rewards in short time.

So what are the other benefits besides flexibility and stamina? Centeredness and peace flood the devotee with each session. To what extent is determined by the individual, but the potentiality is inherent within the practice itself. Striving for spiritual, as well as physical balance is endemic to Hatha yoga. No matter which yoga system you choose to participate in, the benefits are inherent. We sincerely recommend finding a practice that fits your lifestyle and goals.

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6 Classical Margas

We know that Yoga stretches the body, mind and Spirit to allow the life force to flow through us unencumbered. The word yoga translates from the early Sanskrit as “union” or “yoke”, describing the purpose of the practice to refine our connection with our Divine essence.

Many styles have evolved out of this centuries old Eastern philosophy. Plumbing deeper into the history of this sacred practice, we discover that there are just six root forms of yoga. There are many branches that are offshoots of the original six, and all designed to serve anyone who wants to individualize their practice. Here are the six classical margas.

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Yoga For Golf

At Aptos Yoga we investigate many forms of Yoga with the pleasure of sharing these pathways of peace with our clientele. Last Spring, a student of ours, Reid came to us asking if we would teach a summer class targeted for golfers. Yoga for golfers intrigued us, so we looked into it and it made so much sense. After all, when you’re involved with any athletic activity, you need flexibility.

Reid who works with a crane company all day long finds himself sitting in the box of a tower crane most of his eight-hour shift. It’s physically taxing because of the restricted confinement. He simply can’t move around a lot. Also he told us that he experiences a constant level of underlying stress, since running a crane is dangerous work. He’s always on high alert when on the job. He ends his day a little stiff and mentally drained. Nonetheless, every Tuesday and Thursday he schedules nine holes of golf in the evening with a couple of buddies.

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Using Yoga to Heal from Personal Injuries

Yoga has been a discipline that honors the body, mind and Spirit for millenniums. Long before the trendy yoga studios of the West, the Eastern traditions had embraced the practice as a part of life in the exceptional – as well as the ordinary person.

Although a variety of other forms of yoga are beginning to just get their due recognition, Hatha Yoga is likely the most familiar form of yoga in the West. All practices of yoga have the same end goal. Even so, with the advancement of different expressions, yoga it simply not a product of a 3D scanning service. Not all yoga practices are created the same. However, while the external expressions may be different, the basis for the ancient persuasion is to gain peace and access to the Divine.

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