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YOGA & FITNESS

Discover our multifaceted yoga services

YOGA & FITNESS

Discover our multifaceted yoga services

Yoga Explained

A beginners guide to start yoga at any age

The multifaceted practice of yoga includes physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. The act of consciously breathing while mindfully engaging in alignment-based yogic postures is valuable in balancing the systems of the body and mind, most specifically the spine and nervous system, to reverse and restore the ill-effects of chronic pain, stress and fatigue. Relaxation of the body and mind helps to create a state of ease and stability for meditation, in which the mind can become still and free of judgment.

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Yoga offers a multitude of physical and mental health benefits. These benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved posture and body awareness
  • Improved health of spine
  • Improved respiration, energy, and vitality
  • Cardiovascular and circulatory health
  • Stress reduction / Reduced anxiety
  • Improved sleep / Pain relief
Hatha yoga (pronounced HOT-uh) is the most popular form of yoga, referring to the physical postures, known as “asanas”, and breathing exercises, known as “pranayama.”

There are many different styles of Hatha Yoga, including well-known classes such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Power. Ultimately, these different styles vary in terms of sequencing, pace, and level of emphasis on alignment and strengthening. However, the physical focus and benefits of these classes are similar, and all dynamically work in engaging and creating heat in the body through more vigorous breath-coordinated movements.

Restorative, or yin, yoga is a slower paced practice that focuses on improving joint flexibility and deep relaxation of the body through mindful breathing while resting in supported poses for longer periods of time. Unlike the more active physical Hatha practices, it helps to cool the body and induces a state of deep meditative body & mind relaxation.

A licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Yoga Teacher can help you to determine which class type is most appropriate for you based on your personal needs and goals. Please keep in mind there is no single style that is solely right for you, however choosing a suitable starting point can make a huge difference in helping you to feel comfortable and confident in your practice.

So what is the primary difference difference between yoga and exercise? Exercise is more body-centric with a greater emphasis on strengthening and shaping the body and extremities through specifically localized, structured, repetitive movements. Whereas in yoga, there is a greater emphasis on strengthening and restoring a mind-body connection through the practice of whole body movements with conscious engagement of the breath.

In combination, exercise and yoga are ideal in addressing the physical and mental health of your physical and mental being!

Yes, of course! Do not let the stereotypical photos of the very young and flexible people in fancy yoga poses intimidate you! That is not what yoga is about. Everyone’s bodies are different, and yoga does not discriminate! For the record – it should be stated and understood that some people naturally have joints and muscles that are more flexible than others, giving them a structural advantage that allows them to beautifully move into the very eloquent poses often seen in pictures.

This does not make them any “better” at yoga, nor does it make yoga any “better” for them.

Yoga is a practice of mindful movement and IS accessible to ALL. Regardless of your age, physical limitations, or mental states, you are the perfect candidate to practice! Variations, modifications, and props are available and their use is encouraged to allow for everyone’s bodies to safely reap the benefits of the various poses and practices.

Yoga is NOT a religion. Rather, it is an experiential set of practices based on the principles of self-study, physical postures, breathing techniques, and mindfulness exercises that are helpful in achieving physical and mental health and wellness.
Sylvie teaches from a level of understanding that each and everyone’s bodies are different, and is passionate in making the practice accessible to all. Based on her knowledge and understanding of the body, her classes are designed to safely incorporate functional, creative and expressive movements while ensuring safety with the poses through placing an emphasis on alignment, breath control, and mindful sequencing that is tailored to the needs of the individual. Sylvie honors the importance of holding a warm and welcoming open space for healing and transformation where one feels safe, accepted and encouraged.
Yoga is based on the principles of respect and acceptance of the self and others. As one begins to find balance in their own life, it becomes natural to make decisions and behave in a way that best serves themselves. For instance, making healthy food choices, getting adequate amounts of sleep, taking time to reduce stress, etc. become natural habits and routines. In essence, the lessons learned on the mat can run parallel to situations that arise off the mat, and a consistent practice can help an individual become more adept at navigating their own life in a healthy, mindful way.
All that is necessary to begin is a willingness to try. If you have a medical condition and/or injury, it is advised to consult with your doctor, Physical Therapist, or Yoga Therapist to first determine the safest guidelines for you to begin your practice.
Yoga is a practice that treats the person, not the condition! Nevertheless, yoga can help to manage a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional conditions, providing numerous benefits and an abundance of positive side effects. Please refer to conditions treated for a more detailed listing.

Alignment Yoga

Class is a blend of traditional Hatha Yoga and Physical Therapy exercises to facilitate good postural awareness and stability in the body. Use of props, different variations of movements, and deliberate sequences safely align the spine, legs, and arms to create physical, emotional, and energetic balance. Suitable for those who have or are currently rehabilitating from a medical condition or injury, seeking balance and relaxation, and/or are new to yoga.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Vinyasa flow yoga is an energetic breath-coordinated practice in which students steadily move and rhythmically transition between poses to increase flexibility, strength, and stability. Suitable for those who are looking for an opportunity to sweat with an athletic-based practice.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga focuses on centering the breath and relaxing into supportive postures for extended periods of time, of anywhere between 3-5 minutes. This gentle and meditative practice style provides an opportunity to mindfully observe and bring awareness to the sensations in the body at a deeper level, and is a wonderful complement to the more vigorous yoga classes and customary exercise routines. Suitable for those who are looking to relax, stretch, and rest the body and mind.

Chair Yoga

A class designed for all levels with a focus on building strength, balance and body awareness by practicing postures using chairs and various props for support. Frequently helpful for those recovering from injuries. Suitable for all levels and those new to yoga.

Medical Therapeutic Yoga

Classes focus on different topics relevant to your general health and well-being, and how yoga can help. Topics range from healthy breathing, digestion, sleeping, stress management, diet and lifestyle choices, focus, and relaxation. Education is provided, and classes include practice and take-home techniques that you can get started with right away! Suitable for all.

Meditation

Learn the what, why, how, when, where and why of meditation and it’s many benefits. Classes include gentle stretches, breathing exercises, and a guided meditation in a safe and supportive space. Suitable for all.

Yoga Is A Way Of Life

Find out how you can embrace the lifestyle and take the next steps toward becoming your best self. For questions on where to begin, how to implement a practice, or deal with any personal obstacles or barriers you may be currently experiencing, please contact Sylvie directly!

Find out how you can embrace the lifestyle and take the next steps toward becoming your best self. For questions on where to begin, how to implement a practice, or deal with any personal obstacles or barriers you may be currently experiencing, please contact Sylvie directly!

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