A few years back, yoga was not very well known in the United States. Now yoga is appearing on many popular movies and shows. Yoga studios are popping up in most towns and often two or three in the same area. And most of the population nowadays knows what downward facing dog looks like. But do we really know what yoga is?
For some, yoga is the latest exercise trend. Like aerobics in the 1980’s and the recent emergence of Zumba, many of us see yoga as a way to define muscle tone, improve flexibility, and affect the overall health of our bodies. My first encounter with yoga was when I saw an amazing feat of strength by a dainty 100 lbs. friend of mine, all thanks to her recent yoga classes. But physical strength and health are not all there is to yoga. My understanding of yoga is that it is more of a philosophy. It is a way of living, thinking, and being. It is not a religion but a discipline. It is a way to maximize our minds, bodies and lives. Our minds, bodies and spirits are intertwined so when one is affected, so are the others. I have been blessed to have been taught yoga by some amazing teachers like Chrysa Beck. Chrysa does not only focus on the physical but also on the mental and emotion elements of the yoga practice. Through her instruction I have experienced the power of breathing and concentration. I have felt the release of a limiting belief by releasing a tense muscle. And I have felt emotional stress fade away as I held a restorative pose. Join me on August 6th to learn more about the history of yoga, how it can help one heal and grow, and how yoga can help empower your life and health. I will be joined by Chrysa Beck visionary founder of Bodhi Prem Yoga. Chrysa will introduce us to different styles of yoga from Hatha to Authentic Indian and also to Osho Active Meditations and Yuen Energetics (Chinese Energetic Medicine). Chrysa will not only be sharing her vast knowledge of yoga, but she will also share her personal journey of empowerment through the practice of yoga. Join us for this lively discussion on the power of yoga and how it can affect not only your physical but your mental and emotional life as well.