I get asked questions all the time about which kinds of yoga is the best one to take. I am happy to answer those questions in this blog and others because I want YOU to understand the true benefits of yoga and why you should consider enrolling in yoga classes for your health!
First of all, there are eight different practices of yoga. I know that’s an amazing variety of yoga practices, and it can be kind of bewildering which one to take. I recommend Hatha Yoga, which I feel to be the best form of yoga because it touches on all four bases — the physical, the mental, body, and spirit.
You will find that with a daily practice of Hatha yoga, that you will feel much more renewed afterwards, your stress levels are reduced, and your are in touch with yourself. The benefits of yoga isn’t crazy talk, and has actually been backed up by new studies that show yoga has scientific benefits. For instance, a study from the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, shows that just twenty minutes of yoga can improve brain function.
And that’s not all that can be gained with yoga. You can get these physical benefits from yoga:
- Increased flexibility
- Better strength
- Improved balance
- Stronger stamina
There are also mental benefits associated with yoga:
- Reduces stress
- Makes you mindful of your body
- Improves self-confidence
- Helps you relax
You also get spiritual benefits from practicing yoga such as these:
- Deeps your relationship with the world
Isn’t that fantastic? The benefits are amazing, and there is also another component to yoga, which is spirituality. For instance, not many know that the word “yoga” means “merging with God” in Sanskrit. The very act of practicing yoga helps you with your spirituality, and brings you into a sense of interconnectedness with your environment. For many, it is an amazing feeling to have in feeling that interconnectedness! One of the tools I use to help with this is called pranayama, a breathing exercise. Pranayama helps you meditate, and leads to spiritual awakening and self-realization.
I enjoy leading students through pranayama exercises as a part of Hatha Yoga, and we all find it to be calm, relaxing, and it eases our spirits. Practicing yoga every day is such an important part of my life, and I hope it can be yours. If you would like to learn more about pranayamas and our Hatha Yoga classes at Deaf Roots and Wings, please feel free to send me an e-mail here.
I will be going to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch in the month of July for the ATTC (Advanced Teaching Training Course). It is in the Catskills, NY. Many people who live in NYC come to the Catskills for their vacation. It is about one hour north from NYC. It is a very pretty, serene and soothing sacred place to be. It is essential that yogis have their own professional development to maintain their knowledge and experience teaching yoga to students, so I go to the ashram at least once a year.
While at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, I will deepen my spiritual practice and my study of Hatha Yoga, Vedanta philosophy, Raja Yoga, anatomy and Sanskrit, so I can come back to serve you with the latest information on yoga practices, and meditation training. If you are interested in knowing what the courses are offered at the ashram, the link is http://www.sivanandayogaranch.org.
I would like to share the schedule at the ashram that will deepen my spiritual practice:
4:30am Wake up & self-guided Kriyas
5:00am Pranayama Practice
6:00am Satsang or Silent Walk
8:00am Hatha Yoga and Pranayama Class (all levels)
9:00am Anatomy and Physiology Class
11:00am Karma Yoga (selfless service)
12:00pm Raja Yoga or Sanskrit Lectures
2:00pm Main Lecture (Vedanta, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga)
4:00pm Advanced Asana and Pranayama Class
10:00pm Lights out
The red building is the dorm that I will be staying at. The retreat attendees have an option to camp out, or reside in a double room or a single room. The other picture is the ashram has a pond. It has a sauna which is across the pond. It is much better to take the long way around the pond than to swim across!
I will come home with a deepened knowledge and experience in yoga to draw upon that I will share with students at Deaf Roots and Wings. I am excited about our new upcoming fall classes, and please watch out for them so you can reserve your spots early!
If you have any questions, please let me know before the trip since I will be leaving on July 6th.
As a trained yoga instructor with years of experience in teaching different asanas (poses), I am excited to introduce you to the benefits of Hatha Yoga in our Deaf community! I have been teaching since 1996, and received two certificates, one from Pervati Devi under her upline of Sivananda, and one from the Sivananda Teacher Training course. You may not be yet familiar with what Hatha Yoga is, but you soon will be by the time you are finished with our Deaf Hatha Yoga program at Deaf Roots and Wings!
Hatha yoga helps you get fit, and encourages a strong connection between your mind and body through our breathing exercises, meditation, and asanas. The practice dates back to the 15th century, and traditionally has helped those get more attuned to their bodies through the process of controlled breathing, meditation, and yoga poses.
The most important part of Hatha Yoga is breathing, in which we practice pranayama, which are breathing techniques. We do alternative breathing (anoloma vilma), kalapabhati, and abdomen breathing in the beginning of our Hatha yoga classes.
The most immediate benefits you’ll experience from Hatha Yoga is the newfound energy you will feel, a sense of a recharged sense of self, and a more positive outlook on your life. You come together with other Deaf students, and share common interests in reducing stress, increasing flexibility, and your strength. One more beautiful aspect of Hatha Yoga is the sense of community with other Deaf students to support each other in our goals of a more well-balanced life. ASL and Deaf culture is our commonality in which we reach full access to yoga and wellness.
One of my favorite poets, Amit Ray, wrote this beautiful quote about yoga that I feel best sums up what hatha yoga is: “Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.” How wonderful is that? I hope you agree, and I’d like to hear your thoughts on Deaf Hatha Yoga.