What is Yoga?
Yoga is a practice that often starts as exercise. It feels good to move the body and stretch the muscles. Doing the physical work – the poses, or asanas – is how we purify, relax and strengthen the body.
Benefits of Yoga
The benefits of yoga are numerous and can help to:
- Create greater range of motion and flexibility
- Create balance in body and mind
- Release tension
- Strengthen muscles
- Breathe more deeply
- Calm the nervous system
- Create space between our thoughts
- Improve stress management
- Affect our bio-chemistry and can create a sense of lightness and optimism, alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety that lead to eating and sleep disorders
- Relieve long term physical and emotional effects of stress
- Align the spine
- Prevent and reverse many symptoms of degenerative conditions including osteoporosis and diabetes
- Regulate blood pressure
- Help balance the endocrine system
- Enhance fertility
- Contribute to the innate capacity of the body to fight illness and infection, reducing headaches, pulmonary disorders, abdominal distress and painful joints
Outcomes of Practicing Yoga
We leave our yoga mats feeling more still, quiet and clear. The physical blends with the emotional and soul qualities of the practice. In this way, yoga becomes a tool that, when integrated into our self-care routine, can help us to stay grounded and steady even when things around us, or even within us, become turbulent.
How Lotus Point Wellness works with other practitioners:
We collaborate with medical advisers, health professionals and rehabilitation specialists to offer comprehensive teachings that are targeted and effective. As a result, we integrate our modalities and work together to help people cope with injuries, illness, pain, emotional adjustments, challenges of aging, limiting conditions and life-style changes.
We believe that if you can feel it, you can heal it.
Styles of Yoga
Vinyasa Flow Yoga – breath linked to movement to heat up the body in order to burn up any unnecessary elements that could be blocking us or holding us back.
Yin or yin-style Yoga – more quiet and slow where poses are held for longer periods of time to let the muscles uncurl – for grounding and deep release.
Traditional Hatha yoga – works more with alignment, use of props to make the poses fit the bodies of those practicing, and a longer hold in the pose as our bodies adjust to the shape of the pose.
Therapeutic Yoga – a complement to the classical approach to teaching yoga, much like an additional doorway. It has been added to the basic offerings because it is a separate and distinct opportunity to focus inward, to create a practice for people with challenging lives, living under difficult conditions, perhaps experiencing physical restrictions or adapting to degenerative disease. The door is always open to this work, this practice, this way of life.
Yoga Classes at Lotus Point Wellness
Lotus Point Wellness provides a comfortable and easygoing environment for yogis of all ages and ability levels. Lotus Point Wellness has mats, blocks and straps and any other props that may be needed for a class. All classes include age-appropriate versions of traditional breath and meditations practices – even for the youngest yogis.