The journey home to your self.
What is Yoga?
Yoga means "union" , coming home to your Self, oneness with Source, the Universe, Creator, God, All That Is, Spirit, Divine Intelligence, Energy, whatever name you are most comfortable with. It can be likened to a tree with many different "limbs" or branches representing the many paths or styles suited to different individuals based on their inherent Nature. Regardless of how many branches and leaves a mighty Oak has, the seed remains One and the same. The cause for the tree is still carried within the seed that becomes a mighty Oak. And so it is with Yoga. There may be many rivers, but they are all leading to the same ocean. The journey back to that ocean can be described as Yoga. Yoga is NOT a religion. It is a practice, a "practical science" & therefore can be practiced by anyone of any religion or tradition/culture/faith.
Yogic practices are much more than a series of exercises as many of us in the west have come to consider them; they are ancient practices which assist in aligning our body, mind & Spirit. They help us calm and quiet our mind, focus our breath, relax, strengthen and tune our body, and ultimately experience the bliss and peace of Spirit. Amma Prema offers several different styles of yoga; allowing the practitioner (beginner and experienced alike) to discover through their own self awareness, which practices/path are most fitting for them and deepening their experience through them. We specialize in Yoga for the Childbearing years. Yoga is beneficial throughout our entire lifetime.
Many of our yoga sessions and classes include relaxation and breathing techniques, and Meditation. The fruits of Meditation practice are Peace, Bliss, Contemplation & deep inner silence.
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga incorporates many of the above types of Yoga and is designed specifically for the Childbearing Years, sometimes weaving in elements of Childbirth Education.
Physical Health Benefits
The practice of yoga has amazing health benefits for those in good health and physical condition as well as individuals who have health problems. The following list, although not inclusive, lists many health benefits that yoga can have on someone:
•Reduced Blood Pressure •Reduced Pulse Rate
•Improved Circulation •Slowing of Aging
•Increased Respiratory Capacity •Improved Posture
•Sustained Cardiovascular Activity •Improved Strength
•Stimulation to Organs •Greater Energy
•Gastrointestinal Calming •Reduction of Weight
•Enhanced Immune System •Calmer Sleep
•Reduction of Pain •Improved Balance
•Improved Metabolism •Greater Body Awareness
•Greater Core Strength
Emotional Health Benefits
Due to the strong mind-body connection of yoga, there are many emotional benefits to be gained from a consistent yoga practice as follows:
•Mood Improvement •Stress Reduction •Reduction in Anxiety
•Lessening in Depression •Self-acceptance •Self-control
•Mind-body Connection •Better Memory •Better Attention
•Positive outlook on life •Social Skills •Calmness
•Reduction in Hostility •Improved Concentration
Exercise Health Benefits
As a form of exercise, yoga offers benefits that are sometimes not easily found among other exercise regimens.
•Reduced Oxygen Consumption •Dexterity
•Better Breath Control •Reaction time
•Balanced Workout of Opposing Muscle Groups •Endurance
•Non-Competitive Exercise •Depth Perception
•Better Range of Motion •Muscle Tone
•Better Eye-Hand Coordination •Low Risk of Injury
Studies indicate that yoga can help prevent the following diseases.
•Heart Disease •Alzheimer's disease
•Osteoporosis •Type II Diabetes
Symptom Reduction or Alleviation
Medical professionals have learned that the following diseases or disorders can all be helped by maintaining a yoga practice.
•Carpal Tunnel Syndrome •Asthma •Arthritis
•Multiple Sclerosis •Cancer •Muscular Dystrophy
•Migraines •Scoliosis •Chronic Bronchitis
•Epilepsy •Sciatica •Constipation
•Constipation •Allergies •Menopause
*Sciatica * Back Pain