New Teachers Training Class at the Seminole location on hold for now. Tampa class still ongoing. Thanks for checking and call Marty at 727-392-9642 if you have any questions.
Tias Little will be offering a workshop in November 2010 that can be applied to his 500 hour teacher certification
For information on Yoga Teachers Alliance visit http://www.yogaalliance.org/
Awaken Your Body with Sunrise Yoga and Heather Overton
|Bring the Kids!! Bring Grandma! Bring Grandpa! Everyone is invited to Yoga4All’s Family Yoga class! Strengthen family bonds and create togetherness with the yoga class that’s specially designed for the entire family to benefit from and enjoy. Yogis of all ages and abilities will share in the joy and peace that a complete yoga practice can provide. We will stretch and strengthen our minds and bodies through movement, songs, games and stories designed for the whole family to enjoy. It’s not the typical yoga class! Giggles, cuddles and spontaneous dancing are encouraged!
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Must pre-register! Limited space available.
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It’s on everyone’s mind
Will I have enough? Is there really an abundance to go around? Can I generate more? What is prosperity?
Learn what the ancient teachings of yoga have to say on the subject of prosperity. Learn specific yogic practices to generate more prosperity in your life.
Learn your life’s purpose through psychic readings with Lisa LaMendola
By Appointment Only
This class is being blended into the Thursday night Meditation Class at 7:30 with Sandi and Lisa. Please feel free to come join them for a healing journey.
Older participants not only gained better memory but their brains worked better
June 12, 2007 – Your memory getting faulty? Cognitive ability not what it used to be? New research with older people finds stopping other activity for a daily meditation session can improve your thinking and your memory. The leader of the study thinks these daily 12-minute Yoga sessions may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
"This exciting study confirms what we have been observing in clinical practice for many years, that meditation is one of the most effective tools to address memory loss," said Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., president and medical director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, the non-profit organization which sponsored the study.
"While we are planning additional research in this area, we can say today with confidence that daily meditation is recommended as part of an integrated brain longevity strategy to delay, even prevent, cognitive decline," he continued.
Andrew Newberg, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the study’s principal investigator, concurred.
"For the first time, we are seeing scientific evidence that meditation enables the brain to actually strengthen itself, and battle the processes working to weaken it," said Newberg.
"If this kind of meditation is helping patients with memory loss," he continued, "we are encouraged by the prospects that daily practice may even prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s."
Practiced by millions of individuals to reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration, and even lower blood pressure, meditation is among the most commonly used alternative therapies in the world.
Yesterday, at the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference on the Prevention of Dementia in Washington, D.C., results from a University of Pennsylvania study were unveiled confirming for the first time that daily practice of meditation can improve cognitive function among individuals with memory complaints.
Researchers began their investigation by conducting a series of neurological and memory tests on each subject, who ranged in age from 52-70, with either a history of memory complaints or a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment.
Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) scans, a brain imaging technique which measures cerebral blood flow, were also conducted on each subject.
Following the initial tests, subjects were taught the techniques of Kirtan Kriya, the most widely practiced meditation in the Kundalini Yoga tradition, and instructed to practice a 12-minute meditation each day for eight weeks. This form of Yog is a repeated chanting of sounds and finger movements designed to help the mind focus and become sharper. (Read more below)
While follow up testing confirmed statistically significant improvements in memory among all of the study’s subjects, the most significant outcome of the study was the stark contrast between the pre and post-training SPECT scans.
Follow up scans showed dramatic increases in blood flow to the posterior cingulate gyrus, the region of the brain associated with learning and memory. It is the first region of the brain to decline in individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which helps to explain why the blood flow-producing meditation has such a profound impact on cognitive functioning.
Article from: http://www.SeniorJournal.com/NEWS/Alzheimers/2007/7-06-12-DailyYoga.htm
For more about this study and the Kirtain Kriya practice used – http://www.alzheimersprevention.org/research.htm
For more information, please visit the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation – http://www.alzheimersprevention.org/.
Join Lisa Recchione, RYT for her monthly class — Yoga for the Brain
11-11-11 Celebration! Where are you celebrating 11-11-11? Come celebrate with us as we welcome the start of the Age of Aquarius. On this date a major energetic shift will officially take us into a new age of consciousness. Join Lisa Recchione, MA, RYT, KR1 and learn more about the coming age. You will practice yoga, do 11 meditations and celebrate with the gong and music. Light dinner, snacks and desert will be served. Wear loose comfortable clothes. We kindly ask you to pre-register and pay to ensure your space. Please call Lisa Recchione, eRYT, MA, KR1 727-595-6036 or email her at email@example.com, walk-ins welcome depending on availability.
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By Ellen Serber
When it comes to preventing or curing a headache, there is no substitute for a thorough, daily yoga program. The following sequence offers poses that are helpful for opening the chest and stretching and relaxing the upper back and neck. Include them in your regular practice if you are prone to headaches and see if they help bring some relief and new awareness. Breathe deeply and slowly during all the postures and remember to relax the forehead, eyes, jaw, and tongue. The first part of the program is prevention, practiced when you do not have a headache. The second part, beginning with Supta Baddha Konasana, may be helpful in relieving a headache when it first begins. You will have better results if you start stretching and releasing at the first sign of a headache, before the muscles go into spasm.
Tadasana (Mountain Pose): Discovering alignment and finding the center Standing upright with awareness is one basic way to discover your own unique posture. It is difficult to correct something until you have found out what is really there. Use the wall to identify your alignment, and then practice standing in the center of the room.
Stand with your back to the wall, with your feet together. If that is uncomfortable, separate the feet three or four inches. Plant the feet firmly, feeling the ground with the soles of the feet. Check the distribution of weight between the right foot and the left. Move front, back, and side-to-side on your feet to find the most balanced stance. Make sure that the arch of each foot is lifted, the toes spread apart. The placement of your feet becomes the foundation of your awareness of your whole body. Give yourself enough time to explore and discover how you are actually standing.
When you are ready to move on, firm and straighten the legs. Bring the tailbone and pubic bone towards each other, but do not suck in the abdominals: Lift them. There should be space between the wall and your lower back; do not flatten the lumbar curve. With your "mind’s eye," go into the area below the navel, inside the belly, in front of the sacrum. Locate this "center" point. Extend the side torso up, lift the sternum without sticking out the ribs, and drop the shoulders. Take the tips of the shoulder blades and move them into the torso, opening the chest. Let the back of the head reach up. If the chin is raised, let it drop slightly, without tightening your throat; focus your eyes on the horizon. Make sure that the shoulders and back of the head both touch the wall. Relax any tension in the face and neck. Remember that your "center" resides in the area below the navel and in the belly, not in the neck and head. This exercise may feel very constricted if your head is normally forward of your shoulders. Use the wall to inform you, so that you know the relationship of your head to your shoulders, but try not to create more stress as you adjust your alignment.
On an exhalation, raise the arms up to the ceiling, bringing the elbows back by the ears. Let the arms grow from the shoulder blades. Stretch the little finger side of the hand and connect that stretch all the way down to the little toe and into the ground. Remember to keep the feet grounded, the legs strong, and the center of your pose in the area below the navel. Observe whether the movement of the arms has caused tension in the neck area. As you stretch up with the hands, bring the tips of the shoulder blades more deeply into the torso. Hold for a few breaths and then release on an exhalation.
Parsvottanasana arms: Opening the chest Move a little away from the wall and roll the shoulders back. Clasp your elbows with your hands behind your back. If you have more flexibility you may join your palms behind your back, with the fingers pointing upward. On the exhalation, roll the upper arms back toward the wall, opening the chest between the sternum and shoulder. As you open, keep the ribs relaxed; make sure they don’t jut forward. Remember to stay grounded in your feet and center the movement below the navel. Relax the eyes, jaw, and tongue. Release on the exhalation. Change the arm on top, if you are clasping your elbows, and repeat.
Garudasana arms: Opening between the shoulder blades This pose is helpful for relieving pain between the shoulder blades. It reminds us to keep that area open in the process of stretching the upper back. Wrap your arms around your torso, right arm under the left arm, hugging yourself. Exhale and bring the hands up, the left elbow resting in the right elbow, with the hands rotated palms towards each other. Breathe and feel the stretch; after a few breaths, raise the elbows up higher, to the level of the shoulder. Remain grounded in the feet, centered in the area below the navel. Relax the eyes, jaw, and tongue. Feel the expansion of the inhalation between the shoulder blades and the release on the exhalation. Lower the arms on the exhalation and repeat with the left arm under the right.
There are 7 energy centers called "Chakras" that parallel the spine. Each chakra has certain qualities and associations. There are yoga postures that help us get this energy in balance. Each energy center is also connected with one of your senses, specific organs and glands. There are affirmations for each color that will help you better understand the power of color used in yoga therapy.
Colors are thought to impact our body’s energies. They can help to clear negative emotions and energy and restore balance. Each color is associated with a different energy center, or chakra, in the body.
This session will take you through the postures that help balance the chakras, strengthen the body and calm the mind.
This workshop is recommended for all levels.