In any team, if one member is not “feeling themselves” everyone can feel the effect.
Learning to take care of yourself with a regular yoga routine will not only help you become a better “team player”.
And when you notice that you’re starting to be a little “crankypants” , you will have all the tools your need to either calm down or even look at your situation in a different light.
I know you have emailed me wanting to learn about yoga so here you go … I got in contact with an instructor in town, his name is Patrice Webb, and works out of “Open Door Yoga Studio” he also teaches “chair yoga” to seniors at a near by senior centre.
1. Who can benefit from doing yoga?
I think everyone can benefit from doing yoga because it empowers people to fully experience their thoughts, emotions and physical sensations while staying rooted in the awareness of the experiences rather than thinking of themselves as the experiences.
2. How difficult is yoga?
The hardest part is getting out the door. Once you’re there it’s pretty easy. It can also be a challenge to let go of the “no pain, no gain” mentality many of us have been brought up with.
3. What can I expect from my first few classes of yoga?
Expect to learn how to experience your body, your heart and your mind more fully than ever before but also to find a way to fully embody that experience without being overwhelmed by it. You’ll lear how to sit comfortably without a chair and you’ll learn to move through an 1, 1.25 or 1.5 hour sequence of poses while maintaining that awareness based sense of self (honouring your edge when you reach it but challenging yourself to experience your innate potential).
4. As a beginner or someone who has not been for a while should I be trying to do all the yoga poses?
You should be trying to do whatever you can without doing any range of motion that a health care professional has told you not to do or that causes you pain or numbness. You should ask the teacher before class to let you know of any modifications that pertain to any range of motion limits you have and if they’re not cuing those modifications for you you should make those modifications yourself. In general if it hurts or causes you numbness, don’t do it!
5. Is there anybody who should ‘NOT’ do yoga , but more importantly ‘why not’?
No. There are many different kinds of yoga and intensities of practice available. Anyone can do it if they want.
6. If a caretaker were to start yoga and they do not have a lot of time can going to yoga be beneficial going only once or twice a week?
Yes. Twice a week is better than once a week but one of the principles of yoga is to replace bad habits with good habits so even if someone can’t do full hour long practices twice a week, I would encourage them to practice as often as they can for however long they can.
7. Are there any stretches or poses they could keep doing from home to become more efficient at yoga?
Yes. Mostly just paying attention to their breath and letting the ebb and flow of their breath inspire the way they are doing whatever they are doing. Perhaps most importantly, remind themselves that no matter what they are thinking or feeling at the moment it will pass so stay aware rather than associated.
8. Can a person with a pre-existing health problem join or not, and if they do join should they tell the instructor before signing up.
Let the instructor know about their condition. It would be best to find out a little bit about what the overall scope of the class will be before joining so that they can decide whether it would be the right one for them. They definitely can find a way to practice.
9. And Last , what three words in your opinion describe how you feel after you have finished a yoga class?
Present, Aware, Alive.
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