Vibrant Health, Yoga

Mental Well-Being Through Yoga

Together, in this ongoing, weekly one-hour group, we will explore topics each week from Yoga of Recovery and from The Yoga Sutras on ways to keep ourselves healthy and well-balanced, especially in mental/emotional realms.

The group will meet at my office:
Integrated Healing Solutions
250 W. Brambleton Ave., Suite 101
Norfolk, VA  23510
When:  Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30PM (Sept. 17th – Oct. 22nd)
Cost:  donation based

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Student Feedback

I just received this message a few days ago from a former Old Dominion University student. Reminds me how blessed I am to be changing people’s lives through the teachings and practices of Yoga. Sometimes the seeds of the teachings sprout immediately, and sometimes it takes a while. But that’s okay! It’s never too late as long as we’re alive!

“Hi Lisa, It’s been a while and I wanted to share some great news. I FINALLY started yoga teacher training after all these years. I wanted to thank you, because taking your class back in 2013 at ODU is when I feel I truly discovered yoga and adopted it as a lifestyle, not just the asanas. I also wanted to thank you for all the readings and philosophy you taught me. My practice and the eight limbs of yoga have gotten me through some tough times and taught me how to let go. It’s truly amazing how therapeutic yoga is and although I am trying to remove any expectations from this experience, I do hope to continue sharing my practice with others. If I can change someone’s life the way you and your class changed mine, that will be more than enough fulfillment. Namaste”

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Traditional Paths of Yoga

The word “yoga” encompasses much more than physical exercises. In The Yoga Sutras, Patanjali tells us that yoga means “stopping the fluctuations of the mind-stuff” (YS 1:2). All the practices and paths of yoga help bring us to this place where we experience yoga (“union”) of our lower self with our Higher Self.

A main reason I chose to complete my advanced yoga teacher training with Integral Yoga is the fact that they teach and incorporate the six major paths (or branches) of yoga as recognized in India. When we consciously work to bring all of these paths into our daily lives in some way – to balance them in a way that works for us as individuals – we become healthier in mind, body, and spirit.

The six paths are:

Raja Yoga
Balance and control of the mind through ethical practices, concentration and meditation. Also sometimes known as the “eight-limbed path” or ashtanga (not to be confused with a style of hatha yoga known as ashtanga).

Hatha Yoga
Focus on the physical aspects of yoga through asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), mudras, kriyas, yogic diet, and deep relaxation.  Hatha is one of the eight limbs mentioned above under Raja.

Karma Yoga
The path of action and selfless service. Serving without attachment to the fruits (or results) of the action.  All of our work and daily activities become part of our yoga practice.

Jnana Yoga
The intellectual approach. Through the knowledge of what really exists, that is, what is not changeable, one who engages in the “Path of Wisdom” realizes Oneness with the entire Universe.

Bhakti Yoga
The path of devotion by constant love, thought, and service of the Divine. This can be practiced by everyone regardless of religious or spiritual affiliation. All that is needed is faith and constant remembrance of God or Higher Consciousness.

Japa Yoga
Japa means repetition of a mantra – a sound structure of one or more syllables which represents a particular aspect of the Divine Vibration. (An example is OM Shanti [“OM peace”] or “peace be with us.”) A mala (a string of prayer beads) can be used to count the repetitions of the mantra.

I encourage you to learn more about these paths of yoga, to explore them and their usefulness in your own life.  More info can be found here.  Please contact me if you would like personalized guidance on how to practice in your own life.

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Why Private Yoga Sessions?

Traditionally in India, yoga is taught in personalized one-on-one sessions. Here in the West, we seem to attempt a one-size-fits-all approach in group yoga classes. Sure, we try to offer different styles of classes so there are options that range from very gentle to very strenuous, and good yoga teachers also know how to offer various modifications within each class to appeal to the needs of individuals.

However, there’s only so much personalization that can occur in a group class. We all have unique physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues which can indeed be addressed through yoga – but the teacher needs to be informed of these ahead of time. In private sessions, the student is able to work more deeply with the teacher on unique needs and issues affecting not only the physical yoga practice, but also daily living. The student can even request more specialized teaching and practice with breathing techniques, concentration/meditation, or other subjects of personal interest.

I invite you to try out some personalized yoga sessions. How many do you need? That’s completely up to you depending on your needs and goals. For example, you may only need 2-4 sessions to help create practices you wish to do at home or would like to incorporate as modifications whenever you attend group classes. Or you may find that you genuinely enjoy having a private yoga session once or twice a week on a more long-term basis.

Your vibrant health is in your hands – and you always have choices. Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Namaste….