The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic system, which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic, which is identified with what’s been called the relaxation response. When you do yoga — the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body — you initiate a process that turns the fight-or-flight system off and the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms. ~Richard Faulds
The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, the language of ancient India. It means union, integration, or wholeness. It is an approach to health that promotes the harmonious collaboration of the human being's three components: body, mind, and spirit. ~Stella Weller
Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. ~B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind. ~Patañjali
Concentrating on poses clears the mind, while focusing on the breath helps the body shift out of fight-or-flight mode. ~Melanie Haiken
Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down. ~Jigar Gor
The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind. ~Rodney Yee
Silence is not silent. Silence speaks. It speaks most eloquently. Silence is not still. Silence leads. It leads most perfectly. ~Sri Chinmoy
Freeing the mind of clutter
This is the principle on which the adult classes are based. By freeing the mind of clutter through various physical poses (āsanas) and controlled breathing techniques (prāṇāyāmas), we are able to relax our body and mind, reduce our stress, and be present in the moment.
Will we still gain the physical benefits of yoga?
Absolutely. Yoga postures focus on building strength, balance, and flexibility. Practicing yoga encourages long, lean, strong bodies. Nearly every yoga pose builds core strength in the deep abdominal muscles. Many poses, such as downward dog and plank, build upper body strength. Standing poses build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abs while upward dog and chair pose strengthen the lower back. Practicing yoga regularly encourages weight loss and fat reduction. It helps to maintain a balanced metabolism while increasing muscle mass.
What are the health benefits of yoga?
Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure or heart disease, and people who have had a stroke. Yoga has also been linked to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, lower blood sugar, and increase immune system function. Yoga increases blood flow and circulation, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, supports your connective tissue, and offers you better bone health. Yoga also encourages deeper sleep, which affects your overall well being.
Why early morning yoga?
Early morning yoga:
* regulates your sleep rhythm and balances your hormones
* helps build a healthy, consistent routine
* creates a more peaceful, calm, and grounded day
* increases your metabolism (allowing you to eat more throughout the day)
* is a great alternative to caffeine
AND.... no matter what the day brings, you get to say, "I already did yoga today - I'm awesome!"
Through vinyāsa (flow) styled instruction you will be carried through a gentle warm up, strength building and balance āsanas, an introduction to more challenging poses, deep stretching, restorative poses, and a final relaxation that will mentally prepare you for the day ahead. Non competitive, and focus is placed on individual progression. Sunrise Yoga is ongoing and always accepting new members.
Small class size, 4 - 8 people.
Standard flow class with gentle transitions, slow movements, progressive strength building, balance practice, and restorative poses to end your practice. Suitable for all abilities.
Gentle Flow Beginner Program (Wednesdays) is a program designed for beginners but open to all abilities. Throughout the classes we will introduce yoga poses slowly, offering personal alignment tips to lower the risk of injury and allow you to fully enjoy the benefits of yoga.
Maximum class size: 18
*Balance Board Yoga
Challenge yourself by lifting your practice off the mat! Balance Board yoga (SUP Yoga) is a fun way to take poses to the next level. Requiring more focus, it strengthens the mind/body connection while challenging the body. Suitable for all abilities, but knowledge of foundation poses is an asset.
Maximum class size: 9
A balance board in action!
And a peek into my personal practice...
At the end of this video I tip the board to show the range of motion.
*Abs & Arms
This class is currently full.
Flow class with focus on the core muscles and arms. Increase your stability, reduce back pain, and build strength. Includes an introduction to optional arm balances.
Small class size: 4 - 8
* Yoga for the senses
Smaller class size, maximum of 8 students. Each class is 90 minutes and includes aromatherapy using the highest quality essential oils. Through vinyāsa (flow) styled instruction you will be carried through a gentle warm up, strength building and balance āsanas, extra time in deep stretching āsanas, and a final relaxation that includes an optional neck massage to relieve any residual tension that has built throughout the day. *Not a regular weekly class, dates and prices will be announced.