Here at YO1, we have a team of certified Yoga instructors who will guide you in a safe practice to help deepen your understanding of Yoga physically, mentally, and spiritually. We offer group classes as well as private sessions in various Yoga techniques such as (but not limited to) Hatha yoga, Meditation, Aqua Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Therapeutic and alignment-based yoga, Pranayama, Kriyas, and Yoga Nidra. In our scheduled group classes, we offer our guests Hatha Yoga.
Our compassionate experts use their experience, understanding, and wisdom to guide guests through a series of yoga postures and cleansing techniques that will help guests experience a newfound peace and confidence. Our yoga therapies seek to not only calm the mind and leave guests feeling revitalized but promote optimal health of the body and longevity.
Hatha is a very broad term that encompasses all the physical practices of yoga such as Asanas (physical postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises), Concentration, and Meditation. In the word Hatha, ha means “sun,” and tha means “moon.” Therefore, “Hatha yoga” is the practice that enables a practitioner to balance his or her solar and lunar energies.
We understand here at YO1 that everybody is unique, and people will be of various experience levels. We accommodate through offering private sessions, adjustments in class, and through use of modifications and props to help support you as best as possible. Hatha yoga helps to strengthen the body and the mind gain flexibility, strength, stamina, and balance.
Kriyas are cleansing techniques that we offer here at YO1 everyday between 6:30 to 7:00 AM. These purifying practices that we offer have wide-ranging health benefits, by bringing balance to the physical and pranic body. Jala Neti (Neti pot), Sutra Neti, Kapalabhati (skull shining breath), Vamana Dhouti and Trataka are some of the kriyas that are offered at YO1.
Nasal cleansing through lukewarm saline water
Cleanse your sinuses and breathe easier with this cleansing technique. Neutral saline water is passed through oral breathing from left nostril to the right nostril (and vice-versa) for about 5 to 7 minutes. It can effectively treat conditions like rhinitis, sinusitis, nose block, DNS (deviated nasal septum), and all allergic conditions.
Frontal cleansing breathing exercise
Open up your lungs and experience a heightened awareness of breath. This cleansing exercise involves continuously exhaling one breath per second without inhalation. Through this exercise, the lungs are emptied and inhalation is improved. This is an effective exercise for the lungs, chest cavity, and abdominal organs.
Gazing eye exercises
Cleanse and comfort your eyes with this revitalizing cleansing technique. In this therapy, guests are asked to focus on one point (such as a point on the wall, a candle light, or the tip of a thumb), until tears fall from their eyes. The eyes are then given a soft touch by the palms for a minute. This exercise can improve eyesight, concentration, and mental stability.
Nasal cleansing with a disposable rubber catheter
Enjoy the breath of fresh air you’ve been seeking with this yoga therapy. In this cleansing technique, a rubber catheter is slowly inserted through the nasal passage by entering the nostril and exiting the mouth. The slow and relaxed movement of the catheter in the nasal passage can help clear up congestion and making breathing easier. This technique is also effective for all allergy cases, sinusitis, rhinitis, DNS (deflated nasal septum), migraine, headaches, asthma, and bronchitis.
Stomach cleansing through lukewarm saline/herbal water
Cleanse your body of harmful toxins with this yoga therapy. In this cleansing technique, the guest will drink hot water treated with lemon and/or a pinch of salt to induce vomiting. This technique can be effective for guests suffering from acidity, indigestion, cold, cough, asthma, migraine, and headaches. If you suffer from conditions such as stomach ulcers or colitis, you should avoid this cleansing technique.
Asana or Yoga postures are performed to improve flexibility, strength, and balance. The use of breathing and focus during the practice can help relieve stress and anxiety. The yoga postures are not just simple physical exercises but rather used holistically as a mind-body practice to improve physical, mental, and spiritual health. Asanas – the yoga postures are part of the Hatha yoga practice, a branch of yoga combining physical movements and breathing techniques. A number of sitting, reclining, standing, inverted, twisting, and balancing postures are taught here at YO1 as per the need.
Sun Salutations, or Surya Namaskar, are traditionally performed in the morning to greet the new day. This sequence of postures or Asanas are connected by jumping or stretching movements and can be a complete practice in itself or can prepare you for a longer Yogasana routine. Each time you flow through this sequence of postures, one should synchronize the breath with the movements of the body. Sun Salutations provide a good cardiovascular workout, stretch every part of the body, and when used with breath, coordinate the body with the mind. This sequence of practice takes the spine through almost every possible range of motion. Surya Namaskar can be used as a warm-up routine.
Pranayama or Yogic breathing is defined as the “control of life force – Prana,” and is aimed at increasing vital energy in the body and mind. In our group classes, as well as individual private classes, classical breathing techniques are taught that help regulate the entire body and mind. Yogic breathing techniques reduce anxiety and depression and positively impact mood. The various Pranayamas that are taught at YO1 are:
Alternate Nostril Breathing Exercises
In this breathing technique, guests inhale slow and deep breaths through one nostril and exhale from the other nostril. This pattern is repeated 5-10 times and inhalation and exhalation alters between nostrils. This alternative breathing pattern brings balance to the left nostril (Chandra naadi) and the right nostril (Surya naadi).
Cooling Breath Exercise
Sheetali Pranayama is practiced by sticking your tongue out and rolling the lateral edges upward so that the tongue forms a tube. Guests will then inhale through the curled tongue. It is also known as Cooling Breath Exercise as it is very effective in cooling the body, the mind, and the emotions. This practice balances Pitta and clears excess heat.
Humming Bee Breathing Exercises
For this exercise, the guest is seated in a comfortable position to practice inhalation and exhalation through a humming sound. This gives the effect of sound vibration all over the body and can release the mind of agitation, frustration, and anxiety. It is also known as ‘Humming Bee Pranayama’. It strengthens and improves the voice, supports the healing of bodily tissues, induces sound sleep and soothes the nerves.
Right Nostril Breathing
This right nostril breathing activates Pingala nadi, which represents masculine sun energy. The practice of Surya Bhedana Pranayama is done by inhaling completely through the right nostril, holding the breath and then exhaling through the left nostril. It increases the digestive fire.
Hissing Breath Exercise
Sheetkari Pranayama is recommended for yogis who have difficulty practicing Sheetali Pranayama and is used to regulate the body temperature and still the mind. It also controls hunger and thirst, reduces stress, helps lower blood pressure and benefits those fighting insomnia.
Bellows Breathing Exercises
It is done by exhaling and contracting the abdominal muscles quickly and forcefully, followed by a quick diaphragmatic inhalation and letting the abdominal muscles relax completely. The practice of bhastrika energizes every atom of the body and purifies it. It helps increase Prana, clarify the mind and strengthen immunity.
Psychic Breathing Exercises
For this technique, the guest sits in a comfortable posture with their eyes closed. The guest then inhales through the nose by congesting the throat, creating a hoarse gushing sound. This is repeated in the exhalation process too and should be carried out for 5 to 10 rounds.
Meditation is about training ourselves in awareness. One is learning to observe thoughts or feelings, without judgment and eventually start to understand them. It helps to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state by easing the mind and reducing stress. Types of meditations we offer here are Mantra meditation, breath awareness, Vipassana, and guided/ visual meditations. Meditation helps fight addictions, improves sleep, helps control pain, reduces stress and anxiety, promotes clearer thinking and brain power, increase attention span and memory, enhances self-awareness, promotes emotional health and may lower blood pressure.
Yoga Nidra or Psychic Sleep is a guided relaxation where one achieves a state between wakefulness and sleep. The awareness is internalized in Yoga Nidra which is sleep with full awareness. In the practice of Yoga Nidra, the body sleeps but the mind remains awake listening to the instructions. The instructor verbally guides one through a journey of body, mind, spirit, and breath exploration as well as using images and verbal cues to help one feel deeply relaxed, moving in and out of this hypnogogic state. Yoga Nidra heals trauma, reduces PMS symptoms, improves sleep, lower stress levels, and reduces chronic pain.
Vinyasa Yoga is a steady and continuous flow of postures that incorporates breath with movement. Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutations are a key part of a Vinyasa yoga class. Sun salutations help align the chakras and brings the body the energy of the sun thus increasing vitality. Vinyasa Yoga also builds internal heat and can help to detoxify the body. This yoga style’s fast-paced and athletic, strength-building approach also helps to improve cardiovascular and respiratory health and increase bone density.
Therapeutic Yoga / Aqua Yoga
These classes are great for Seniors and for those who have experienced physical injuries and trauma. Aqua Yoga is done in the water which helps the body build strength in a gentler way. The feeling of weightlessness in the water takes the stress out of challenged joints and stabilizes them to free muscular tightness or discomfort. Those experiencing pain and Arthritis will appreciate the easefulness of Yoga done in the water because it is gentler on the joints. Therapeutic yoga is mainly done in the water but can be done on the mat through an individual need basis. A Yoga instructor will teach you various stretches and exercises that may be helpful for your body if you are in need of a more therapeutic nurturing practice.
Restorative Yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching with the use of props to support the body in a way that gravity aids in the performance. Postures are held for a longer duration so that one will have more time to settle into the pose and truly relax. Restorative Yoga helps reduce cortisol levels in the body which may help you lose subcutaneous body fat, boosts the immune system, optimizes energy flow to the organs, reduces the fight or flight stress response, speeds up the healing process, and soothes the emotions.
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