Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Vinyasa yoga is a playful and physical form of yoga that will lift your spirits and energy levels while increasing flexibility, focus, strength and balance. The breath is the key element in the flowing sequence of postures, allowing you to connect with your body, mind and soul in a way that is nourishing, detoxifying and strengthening. Vinyasa Flow is a rhythm, like a dance, finding your edge between challenge and acceptance, while creating more focus and presence in our daily lives.
Yin yoga stands for “stillness, tranquility, introspection, surrendering ”. Yin yoga is a combination of yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Buddhism and Mindfulness, wherein the Chi or life force energy gets stimulated and balanced through long-held postures. A conscious breath and gravity are opening the major energy channels (meridians) in our body and releasing physical tensions and blockages (the precursors of all illness) while enhancing the flow of chi. But yin yoga is more then just a stretching of connective tissue, we are also softening and calming the mind. When we stay for a longer period of time in a simple pose and draw the mind inward, emotions often start to arise. Yin yoga uses the Buddhist principles of mindfulness and a non defensive attitude to welcome and embrace every experience, emotion or story as it comes and to stay focused on this present moment.
In our fast speed western world it’s easy to feel fatigued or emotionally drained. On these days a yin yoga practice can restore and replenish us, deeply relax and balance the body and mind.
We are living in a high speed, fast forward society who requires us daily to deal with varying demands, competition, time pressure and an overload on stimuli and information. We tend to be always busy, and it becomes more and more difficult to build in moments of rest, silence and non-doing. Becoming stressed has become normal, and many are even addicted to the taste of stress hormones. This always being on the run runs down our vital energy and many suffer from headaches, insomnia, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression,... When we chronically ignore this signals it might lead to burning out, mental and physical.
Restorative postures, which are often supported by blocks, blankets, bolsters, and other props, are designed to maximize comfort and allow practitioners to fully relax and let go, which is why they are typically held longer—about 5 to 20 minutes.
A restorative practice allows you to recover fully from all the stresses and strains of life; by relaxing muscles, lowering your heart rate, and allowing your nervous system to stop constantly reacting. When the body can totally relax and release, the body starts to heal itself, the mind quiets down and we experience more openness, calmness, and resilience to deal with daily challenges.
What is kids yoga? It’s fun, it’s active and it’s calming – while subtly infusing a sense of self-worth. Through the physical practice, yoga nurtures flexibility and freedom of movement and grows corresponding self-confidence. Yoga gives kids healthy bodies and minds and develops their radiant little selves.
Unfortunately, kids are not immune to stress – and they’re surrounded by it once they merge into society – whether going to school or playing sports. They are just like us adults, often over stimulated. In nurturing contrast, yoga provides a safe, secure, non-competitive environment; a joyful space to be; and a chance for much needed relaxation. Plus, it gives them valuable tools they can use now and in the future.
It’s fun as they try different poses, developing self-awareness and recognition of the their strengths and where they can improve – without self-judgment or comparison. Yoga is one of the best ways to build children’s confidence. Yoga’s positive reinforcement provides a framework for them to see positive shifts, without the pressure of needing to change.
In addition to feeling wonderful, relaxation renews balance in the body systems and mind. It teaches children the value of quietly breathing and to focus on what is going on with them versus what the world asks them to focus on. Believe it or not – kids, even super-active ones, love this!
Kids yoga is also very valuable for children with learning disabilities, ADHD or ASD.
Pranayama & Meditatie
Pranayama is often translated as ‘Breath control’. Although this interpretation may seem correct, it doesn’t convey the full meaning of the term. ‘Prana’ means vital energy or life force. Although closely related to the air we breath, it’s more subtle. ‘Ayama’ means extension, expansion, length, or restrain. So in pranayama we extend the breath, by which we influence the flow of vital energy into the more subtle channels (nadi’s) of the body and mind. Pranayama is part of the yoga philosophy as well as the Ayurvedic medicine. By expanding the breath, the respiratory, digestive, hormonal, circulatory, nervous, lymphatic, endocrine, reproductive systems… are getting cleansed, imbalances are restored and health gets improved. At the same time, the mind draws more inward and quiets, opening a connection with your true essence and higher consciousness.Meditation and pranayma are both parts of the 8 folded path of Yoga, but can also be practiced as stands alone practices. They are very recommanded in case of insomnia, stress, digestive problems, anxiety, hyperventilation, fatigue, burn-out, learning disorders, ...
5 reasons to introduce yoga in the office:
- less absenteeism
- prevention burn-out, depression and lower back pain
- more open communication and stronger relationships
- enhanced focus and productivity
- more stress resilience and overall wellbeing
Corporate Yoga is a very preventive, effective, low-cost and holistic stress management. There is conclusive evidence supporting the fact that offering even one Yoga session in a week brings about noted changes in employee behavior by helping them manage stress better, enhance clarity and creative thinking.
Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is a massage technique developed by Master Kusum Modak of Pune, India, who has tirelessly dedicated her life to create and spread this wonderful Ayurvedic Yoga Massage technique. Kusum combined her knowledge of Ayurveda and Traditional Ayurvedic Massage with Yoga, learned directly from BKS Iyengar, to create her own unique approach to Ayurvedic massage.
Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is a unique style of massage that combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breath work and yoga stretching. The session is performed on a mat for free movement and flow. The deep tissue massage helps to remove knots and adhesions in the muscles, releases tension and prepares the body of the receiver for assisted yoga stretching.