ANCIENT WISDOM MODERN LIVING
PRIVATE OR WORKPLACE YOGA
At Healthibella, we love to fold the tenets of yoga's ancient mind-body-spirit science into our coaching programs for contemporary life!
Let us know if you are looking for private or workplace yoga lessons. Healthibella Founder, Juli, has been a practitioner of yoga for 20 years, a little something she started after a car accident left her with chronic back pain. Juli is also a certified yoga teacher with over 1,000 hours of teaching experience—including workplace yoga for several years. She is also a certified yoga therapist in the Yoga of the Heart for Heart Disease and Cancer—a restorative yoga method created by yoga therapist pioneer Nischala Joy Devi and renowned cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish. She is also certified in the Bo Forbes method of Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, and the Body.
So, you could say, we quite LOVE yoga at Healthibella! The beauty is, yoga loves us—body, mind, and soul! Here's what it is and how it works . . .
WHAT IS HATHA YOGA?
Hatha Yoga deals primarily with the physical body with a program of exercises for the body, the breath, and the mind as a means to tune into the inner true Self, but it also includes other practices such as meditation and ethical behavior. While yoga is in origin a philosophical and spiritual system that has existed for over 5,000 years, Hatha can be practiced purely for its numerous physiological and psychological benefits. One of humankind’s oldest health and self-improvement systems, yoga offers a holistic approach for building a strong and flexible body, improving the body’s chemistry, exercising mental focus, and balancing emotions. Simultaneously a great work-out and a deep work-in, the ancient yet ever-fresh science of yoga is touted today as one of the most comprehensive programs for achieving optimal mind and body health.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The techniques of Hatha Yoga have been designed to bring a rich supply of blood, nutrients, and oxygen to the brain, to the spinal column, and to all the cells of the body—many of which have lost their natural blood supply by our mid-20s. Stretching, bending, and twisting promotes the health of all of the body’s vital systems and increases Agni (“digestive fire” or metabolism), while balancing trains physical and mental control. The Sun Salutation is performed as a dynamic sequence of poses and provides cardio and strength training using the body’s own weight, whilst increasing the body’s core temperature to warm the muscles for the deeper stretching that follows. Unlike most traditional Western regimes that tend to compartmentalize the body, the yogic exercises condition and coordinate the body’s complex array of large and small muscles together in a careful balance, whilst stretching helps them repair from strength training more efficiently. Juli’s own personal teaching emphasis is to help each student achieve mindful breathing and equilibrium of strength and flexibility.
Hatha Yoga also prescribes various breath control techniques (pranayama) that, with the postures, help open up energy channels allowing prana (vital energy) to flow freely, thus also aiding in the balance of emotions and cerebral equilibrium. The word ‘Hatha’ can also be considered as the linking of two major energies in our bodies—prana, an upward spreading flowing breath related to the sun (Ha) that controls inhaling, and apana, a downward contracting rooting breath related to the moon (Tha) that controls exhaling. As well, it is also referred to mean the right and left sides (feminine and masculine). When the two meet at the solar plexus—the body’s ‘battery’ for prana—it is akin to positive and negative currents meeting to create electricity. Hatha Yoga is a branch of Raja Yoga, one of four yogic paths towards spiritual enlightenment, that refers to the union of opposite currents in the human system.
Finally and most importantly, the exercises give health and lightness to the body and help quiet the mind for meditation, and ultimately, the search for inner peace and enlightenment.
YOGA AND YOUR PHYSIOLOGY
- slow down the aging process by lubricating and fortifying joints and spinal disks
- build a strong, supple body and encourage muscles and bones back into optimal alignment
- encourage lymphatic flow to help detoxify the body and nourish the inner organs
- trim excess fat, sculpt long and lean muscles, and tone the inner body
- improve posture, balance, coordination, and endurance
- cope with stress through specific exercises, breath-work, and meditation
- transform lethargy by oxygenating the brain and improving blood circulation
- elicit the “relaxation response” by triggering the body’s parasympathetic nervous system
- exercise mental focus and concentration and enhance cerebral and emotional equilibrium
- expand your vital lung capacity and enhance your sport performance
- leave the crazy world behind and rejuvenate through the beauty of yoga!
IS YOGA FOR YOU?
Not everyone has to, needs to, or should stand on his head, but persons of any size, age, physical ability, religious or non-religious belief can practice yoga—simply anyone who can breathe. Miranda Kerr, Sting, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Andy Murray are just some of the many well-known names who publicly praise the benefits of yoga!