Yoga For Wellness

yogaThe modern practice of yoga is based on ancient philosophies developed in India over 5000 years ago. The Sanskrit word yoga means “to yoke,” indicating a connection between body, mind and spirit. The foundational text of yoga, known as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, was compiled around 400 CE. This text outlines the basic principles of yoga including nonviolence, truth, generosity, gratitude, discipline, self-study, meditation and union with the Divine. The physical practice of yoga is comprised of asana (poses), pranayama (breathing), and dhyana (meditation).

Though yoga and Chinese Healing Arts emerged from different geographic areas, they share many common philosophies and techniques. Like Chinese Medicine, yoga addresses disharmonies in the body, fostering physical, mental and emotional well-being. By integrating and harmonizing all aspects of the Self, yoga can treat internal imbalances, including anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Yoga is particularly effective when coupled with the healing art of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and herbs.

Yoga For Wellness is grounded in traditional yoga philosophy. It fuses several styles of classical yoga into a cohesive practice. Course material includes elements of:

  • Ashtanga yoga, to promote strength and mobility
  • Anusara yoga, to foster proper alignment and healthful movement patterns
  • Hatha yoga, to build flexibility and balance
  • Pranayama (breathing), to improve endurance and prevent injury
  • Meditation, to cultivate focus and mental peace

Classical yoga postures are presented with modification options, making this class appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. This class is particularly useful for martial artists and other athletes, aiding injury prevention and improving overall physical performance.

When: Thursdays, 8-9pm (beginning January 2015)

Cost: $16 drop-in, $10 for students of Chinese Martial Arts and patients of the Wellness Center

About the Instructor: Dana Christy, a Chicago native, earned her yoga teaching certification at Yogaview. She studied Dance Therapy at Vassar College, focusing on how physical practices can promote integration and healing. She is a movement instructor at Near North Montessori School for children age 3-14, and teaches yoga at various local establishments including the Chicago Athletic Clubs and Namaskar Yoga. She studies Kung Fu and Qi Gong with Sifu Yamel Torres.

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