I am training to do a form of yoga called, "Yin Yoga". This style of yoga is slower and more gentle than many yoga styles. Each pose is held from three to five minutes. This allows the body to relax, open, and for the mind to be still. The pace is ideal for nurturing the body towards health and alignment.Read More
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Next month, I will be training to teach a gentle form of yoga!
For years, I have been having this funny experience. I often suggest to my bodywork clients to try yoga. But as I make this suggestion I add...
"But I want to talk to the teacher first.
And...actually, I want to go take the class with you.
That way we can adjust poses specifically to your body."
Clearly, it would be easier for me to simply teach the class!
So, next month I will be training to teach a very gentle form of yoga called, "Yin Yoga". It is a style of yoga that is easily adaptable to any body regardless of body type, flexibility or previous yoga experience. (Which is great because, truthfully, I am not all that stretchy.)
I will be studying with Heidi Beachley. Heidi teaches in Boulder and runs workshops in India and Panama.
When I am done with this training I will be able to run small yoga classes for my clients or anyone else interested.
I will share my experience in blog posts when the training beings on February 19th.
I am completely excited!
I have been doing quite a lot of yoga recently. I drifted away from yoga for years but in the last few months rediscovered my love for spending time on the yoga mat. It has been a beautiful way to end 2014.
I found this amazing study regarding the benefits of yoga and relaxation practices. The Benson-Henry Institute is part of Massachusetts General Hospital. The founder, Dr. Herbert Benson established the scientific basis for the mind/body connection at Harvard Medical School in the 1960's. He realized that reducing stress results in a great number of healthy changes in the body.
Today the Benson-Henry Institute teaches clients relaxation techniques including yoga and meditation. The institute studied their clients who received this training in large retrospective, cohort study focusing on healthcare costs and visits.
The research found that those who practiced these techniques reduced health care use by 43%! There was a 50% decrease in the need for medical imaging. Plus a 21% decrease in the need for medical procedures. These are amazing numbers!
The wonderful thing about the work of Benson-Henry Institute is they do not advocate for any one technique to reduce stress. They believe...
"This can be done using any number of meditative techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing, repetitive prayer, qi gong, tai chi, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, jogging, even knitting."
They also offer training for therapists, nurses, counselors and social workers. (Of course, acupuncture and other kinds of bodywork are great techniques for reducing stress too!)
I love this kind of news! It should spread!
A recent study of twins indicates leg strength directly relates to better long-term cognition.
It has been widely assumed that exercise helps keep the brain healthy and fight off age-related declines in memory. This month the research journal, Gerontology, published a paper showing leg strength predicting cognitive function as far as ten years out. The study was done with female twins to help eliminate genetic differences.
"A striking protective relationship was found between muscle fitness (leg power) and both 10-year cognitive change"
It is unclear if the legs are somehow special in their predictive power. The legs, particularly the thighs, are considered good indicators of overall physical activity.
The legs are often referred to as the "second heart" due to their ability to help pump blood back up the leg. I cannot help but wonder if this increase in circulation contributes to the cognitive findings published.
Regardless of the cause it is good news. Go out there and walk, run, bike, yoga, ski, or climb. Either way both your legs... and brain will thank you!
[Further reading: New York Times]
For the last six months I have been using the service, ClassPass. I have really come to love it.
ClassPass is a monthly subscription to local yoga studios, pilates classes, gyms, and other fitness centers. As a client you pay a flat subscription rate ($85/month) for access to all of their participating studios. You pay month-to-month with no annual subscription fee. The only restriction is you may only attend the same studio three times a month.
The reasons I love it include:
Fits My Schedule: I have a strange schedule. Often it is difficult to match my schedule with the schedule of one particular studio. With ClassPass I have access to the schedules of many, many studios. This makes it much easier for me to find a class time which suits me.
Trying New Places: It is difficult to go to a new gym or yoga studio. (I do not think I am alone in this feeling.) Having access to so many studios has lowered the barrier for me. I am much more likely to try and new studio or class style than in the past.
Many Locations: I travel around Denver and Boulder every week teaching acupuncture classes. As I am traveling, it is much easier for me to find a class near to me with the wide selection offered from ClassPass.
If you do try ClassPass in Denver I recommend the following studios: