What can yoga do for me ?

  What is yoga?

  What do you mean by alignment?

  What is Iyengar Yoga and why does it matter?

  What is Ayurveda?

  Why do Yoga with me?

  What are the breathing techniques?

  What is Meditation?

What can Yoga do for me?

  Relieve Pain

  Increased Flexibility

  Tone Muscles and Improve Balance

  Calmer Mind and Stress Reduction

  Mental Clarity and Improved Concentration

  Improved Posture

  Protection from Disease

  Improved Breathing

  Build Stamina

  Remove Toxins and Improve Digestion

  Better Lifestyle Choices

  Increased Spiritual Awareness

You will live your life with less pain, more mobility, and increased strength. These physical benefits will happen soon, but there is much more. You will find increased ability to concentrate without distraction, and greater mental clarity. You will grow spiritually on whatever path you choose. You can loose weight and overcome addictions by learning discipline and choosing a conscious, healthier life style. You will have less stress and handle challenging situations with confidence. Your immune system will be stronger and you will be healthier. These are changes that will last for a better quality of life! Yes, really!

What is Yoga?

Yoga is the physical practice of postures and breathing techniques that brings health to the body. It promotes flexibility, strength and balance in the body and calms the mind through concentration and relaxation. It has been used for thousands of years to successfully treat pain and relieve stress. Yoga can be practiced by anyone regardless of health, age, or circumstance of life.

Yoga philosophy as written in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali consists of eight parts or limbs. These limbs are as follows:

1  Ethics






2  Personal practices



  Disciplined practice

  Self-study (gaining knowledge and wisdom)

  Letting go to the Universe

3  The physical postures

4  Breath control

5  Withdrawal of the senses from the outer distractions to inner peace

6  Concentration

7  Meditation

8  Transcendence of Consciousness

Human beings are made up of three components: body, mind and soul. It should be noted that the mind is the intelligence in every cell of the body (and is distinct from the brain, the organ in the head that thinks). Corresponding to these are three needs that must be satisfied for a contented life: The physical need is health, the psychological need is knowledge, and the spiritual need is inner peace.

Yoga helps all these areas. At the physical level it gives relief from countless ailments from the practice of the postures. At the psychological level yoga sharpens the intellect, aids concentration, steadies the emotions and encourages caring for others. At the spiritual level the practice of the breathing techniques cultivates concentration, which leads to meditation. This enables the realization of stillness and inner peace.

Yoga is in the end a meditative spiritual path to enlightenment. The word Yoga actually means union – is this case, union of the individual Self with the Universal Soul, or Self-realization. It is not a religion, and it can be practiced by anyone regardless of personal beliefs. It can either enhance people’s established beliefs, or help them to make conscious choices about new life paths.

What do you mean by alignment?

You’ve heard that old saying about “getting my ducks in a row”. When you do yoga you remove pain by putting your bones, joints, and muscles into correct alignment by practicing correct action in the poses. This brings the spine into alignment, which aligns the chakras, which in turn helps you align with your chosen spiritual path. You can become healthier by bringing a few simply daily habits into alignment in your life. You then Live with Alignment!

What is Iyengar Yoga and why does it matter?

Iyengar Yoga is named after YogaCharya BKS Iynegar who lives in Pune, India. He was listed in Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20 th century. He is credited with the popularity of yoga in America and in many other countries around the world. His system has a lineage that dates back thousands of years.

At the heart of the Iyengar method is precise attention to the alignment of the body in the postures, which focuses the mind while strengthening, balancing and opening the body/mind. This promotes flexibility in the body and the mind/thinking process.

The sequencing of the postures is also of upmost importance. Some styles of yoga practice the same postures every time. In Iyengar yoga we use different sequences depending on the desired effect of that particular practice or on the goals of each individual. You might say that a proper sequence of poses produces a result greater than the sum of all those poses.

Iyengar yoga uses props such as mats, blocks, blankets, walls, and specialized wooden benches. This makes the benefits of yoga available to anyone regardless of age or physical condition. Therefore Iyengar yoga is the most therapeutically beneficial type of yoga. Gary teaches yoga to people who have been in car accidents or have suffered severe sports injuries (such as those resulting in mental rods supporting broken bones), brain damage resulting from things like concussions and conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis.

Why do Yoga with me?

Experience: I have lived Yoga for over 30 years – not just practiced it. I’ve lived the struggles of recovering from 11 surgeries and previously poor life style choices. I know what it’s like to be in pain and the difficulty in the hard work sometimes needed to overcome obstacles. I Live in Alignment.

Knowledge:I have over 25 years of teaching experience (over 12,000 hours) helping my students with their issues. I have over 700 hours of teacher training. I’m pro-active with getting my students to do more than they ever thought possible. I know how to use props, and my home studio is one of the best-equipped facilities in the state of Colorado.

Compassion: I know what you’re going through. I’ve learned patience because I’ve lived through the difficult times. I always tell my students that no matter what you have going on there is always something you can do. I will empower you!

What are the breathing techniques, or pranayama?

Breathing is the most natural process of the body. We breathe without thinking about it. But the breath is the link between the body and the mind. We also move universal life force energy, or prana, when we breathe. Breath/energy control is called Pranayama in yoga.

The mind is the intelligence that is in every cell in the body, i.e. our inner wisdom/intuition. Breathing connects the mind and the body and controlling the breath allows the practitioner to concentrate the mind. This relaxes and quiets the mind, relieves stress, and makes deep meditation possible.

What is meditation?

Meditation is stilling the mind, or calming the mental chatter that we all experience. Meditation is part of most spiritual practices and religions. Yoga promotes this by making the body stable, pain free, and yoga teaches us how to withdraw the senses from the distractions of life by performing the poses (asanas). Pranayama, the breathing techniques, help us learn how to concentrate. Deep concentration leads to meditation, from which we gain peace and deep insight.

What is Ayurveda?

The literal translation is the “Science of Life”. It is the traditional system of medicine from India that has been practiced for thousands of years. Ayurveda is about healthy daily habits that can make a huge difference in our overall state of wellbeing. It will energize you, boost your immune system, and add a new quality to your life. I know, because it changed my life!

Briefly, Ayurveda treats you as an individual, and helps you determine your particular constitution. It uses herbs, nutrition, and habits that prevent health problems. It also focuses on curing diseases by going to the core of the issue, not just treating the symptoms. Yoga can be considered the “exercise” and “spiritual” practice of the system of Ayurveda.

Principles of Ayurveda include

Focusing on a healthy life style as preventative medicine

Based on aligning with nature and using natural remedies

Treats people as individuals

Focuses on digestive health