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What is Yoga?
The best way to discover what Yoga truly is, the depths of the teachings, and experience the treasures revealed with dedication is to practice.
Some times, yoga refers to the physical practice. The poses (asana) build strength and improve flexibility. That might be what Yoga is for you. It is important to maintain physical health and feel good in the body you live in! Physiologically, Yoga soothes the sympathetic nervous system, improving cognitive abilities such as focus, balance and coordination. Neuro-muscular communication and pathways improve and are heightened by the repeated and mindful movements of yoga which increases body awareness, agility and physical performance.
And there is so much more!
The practice of Yoga unifies and harmonizes the fragmented pieces of ourselves from the most obvious level of body and breath to the more subtle harmonization of intent and action. On an even deeper, more subtle level, the union of individual consciousness (divinity, soul, etc) with the universal consciousness (God, Nature, etc). You might discover with a dedicated practice that you feel empowered to move forward in the direction of your goals as internal conflict and separation decreases.
You might discover with consistent practice you feel more at home with yourself. You might observe less reactivity and more thoughtful responses in your interactions and choices. It's even possible you feel more free - free from habit and the dictatorship of external circumstances. You might find your inner "happy place" no matter what is happening around you.
These are just possibilities. The beauty of Yoga is there is something for everyone. You get to decide what you put in and what you get out of it.
"Yoga is a simple process of reversing the ordinary outward flow of energy and consciousness so that the mind becomes a dynamic center of direct perception no longer dependent upon the fallible senses but capable of actually experiencing Truth." - The folks over at The Self-Realization Fellowship of Yogananda
"We are not hear to seek, we are here to awaken. To seek suggests that what we're looking for exists outside of ourselves. When we awaken, it's just allowing the radiance of whom we already are to come forward." - The lovely and inspiring Seane Corn
What style of yoga will you experience with Sarah?
It is constantly evolving - like everything. What remains consistent is an emphasis on safety, alignment, intelligent sequencing, the teachings of the Yoga Sutras, and finding balance in the internal environment of the spirit and mind. Classes are structured using the science of Vinyasa Krama sequencing which means your body will be properly prepared for more intense challenges at the apex of the class and lovingly compensated before savasana. There is a blend of movement, stillness, breath work, engagement, softening, meditation, focus, balance, grounding... every class is different, just as every moment is different. With a background in biology and a personal training certification, Sarah enjoys being specific about alignment and engagement. You will always be instructed in a safe, supported and integrated way.