Yoga

Healing Grace now offers a Gentle/Level 1 Hatha Yoga class. Hatha yoga is  wonderful for stretching the muscles but it also helps with balance, strength and learning to calm the mind when the body is struggling. Yoga may be challenging, but it is very therapeutic and healing on all levels.

 

Hatha yoga centers on physical poses (asanas or postures) which work mostly on the spine. "Ha" means sun and "tha" means moon, meaning that there are both "hot" and "cool" postures. Practicing just once a week for one hour will help you reap the benefits of the practice. If you can practice 2-3 days per week for an hour, you will benefit even more!

 

Are you ready to increase your flexibility, boost your immune system and bring more balance into your life? These are just some of the health benefits of a hatha yoga practice. 

 

Benefits of Hatha Yoga

  • Builds immunity.  When you contract and stretch muscles, move organs around, and come in and out of yoga postures, you increase the drainage of lymph.  This helps the lymphatic system fight infection, destroy cancerous cells, and dispose of the toxic waste products of cellular functioning.
  • Relaxes the mind and releases tension in the body. Yoga really encourages you to focus on your breath, which relaxes the mind. Whether you are trying to find ease in a difficult pose or you are practicing yin yoga, the breath will help you calm the mind and release tension in the body.
  • Tones the spine.  All of our nerves branch out from the spine, connecting the various organ systems to the brain.  It is said that the if the spine is rigid, nerve impulses cannot flow freely through the body and internal organs become weakened and subject to disease.  If you keep the spine supple, the nerves remain strong and your health is maintained.
  • Strengthens and tones the body.  Yoga poses are weight bearing, are held for varying lengths of time, and are repeated multiple times during a practice.  It is a great option for functional fitness since it allows your body to be both strengthened and stretched in positions that your body is naturally in on a day-to-day basis.
  • Increases flexibility. Yoga works on both increasing the elasticity of connective tissues (the cells that bind muscle fibers together, encapsulate them and network them with other organs) and it addresses the "stretch reflex" and other functions of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. That is why it is such an effective method for increasing flexibility.
  • Improves balance. Yoga asanas strive to work both sides of the body equally, providing the opportunity to strengthen each side accordingly. By becoming focused on the breath and keeping the mind focused, balance is achieved on both physical and emotional levels.
  • Good Health. The practice of yoga will help achieve good digestion, sound sleep, perfect functioning of the various organs of the body, proper pulsation, timely elimination of wastes, more focus, awareness and happiness of mind. All bringing the body, mind and spirit into homeostasis.

 

Healing Grace Yoga offers:

  • Gentle/level 1 Hatha Yoga (20 min. in a chair to stretch, the rest on the mat)
  • Drop in fee is $12/class
  • $50 punch card for 5 classes ($10 savings)
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to class to settle in
  • Class begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings!
  • Optional meditation available beginning at 10:15
  • First class with Healing Grace Yoga is FREE


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Yoga Class Schedule