Wednesday mornings I teach a Therapeutic Yoga class. It is one of the highlights of my week because in each of the sessions the most peaceful and regenerative atmosphere is created. But most people do not really know what this class is about so this post explains what you can expect and if this class is the yoga space most appropriate for you.
Here is a quote that I love: “Yoga Therapy is the use of Yoga techniques in order to create, stimulate and maintain an optimal state of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health”. Dr. Judith Lasater
How does the class flow? The group of participants is limited to ten people. We open with a few centering minutes and I present the philosophical/physical theme that will be the guide of the practice. This theme is always positive and enhancing. As all my classes, we start chanting Om, understood as the underlying universal vibration. Next comes the practice of the poses. Most are done laying down on the floor so the body wears less weight; we use the support of the wall and all necessary props (blankets, belts, blocks, chairs). The rhythm is gentle and meditative. The amount of asanas practiced is less that in a regular class and they are held longer. I work deeply, with detailed attention given to alignment so the body-mind-heart has the opportunity to feel and improve any illness or injury that might be diminishing your freedom. The final relaxation lasts 10 to 15 minutes and I always dedicate a time for various breathing techniques and easy meditations. After a complete and integrative practice, class is over.
Is it right for you? The public coming to these classes are people with some kind of pain or injury: problems in the joints, in the back, injuries caused by accidents… It is the right class for people dealing with stress, anxiety or sleep disorders. Because of its paused rhythm it is also beneficial for those dealing with respiratory concerns or recovering from an illness. But you can also find yogis that simply prefer this modality of yoga.
Adjustments or not? One of the characteristics of these class is that you receive a highly personalized attention. As teacher, I need to make sure that the alignment is right in all students and that the props are being used properly. I also give many manual adjustments that support each student´s individual process. However, if you prefer not to receive hands-on adjustments it is important that you let me know. You and your needs are most important to me.
Yoga Therapy awakens you own power to heal. If you live in Mallorca and if you know of anyone that can benefit from this offering, take advantage of my Therapeutic Yoga classes on WEDNESDAYS 12:30pm at Zunray.
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