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Namaste

It is believed that on the banks of Lake Kantisarvar, the first Yoga session was held over 15,000 years ago. Shiva, the first Yogi, shared the session with 7 disciples who spread the practice to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South America. This Yogic science that they spread was one of connecting the mind, body, and spirit. Furthermore, they spread the idea of connecting the individual to the universe and bringing harmony to the thought, word, and deed. In the middle ages, yoga was confined to the royal and the scholarly after passing a rigorous test. However, now, uniting diverse aspects of life through yoga is open to the world.

Over the years, there have been many variations of yoga developed. At Urban Fitness Studio, we offer small group classes in Foundational Flow and Yin Yoga sessions. These sessions are taught by Anna Branam, studio owner, and 200-hour certified yoga teacher.

Foundational Flow Builds awareness and heat while linking movement and breath in a mindful vinyasa class. We find intention and strength through your physical practice with sun salutations, standing postures, seated postures, and ending in savasana (final relaxation pose). This class is open to all levels, but some experience is recommended.

Yin Yoga will help you find your breath and hold postures for minutes (often 3-5) as you center your intention and practice a slow-moving meditation. In yin, the joints and connective tissues are nourished through stillness in different poses, allowing gravity to have the body and the breath to stay long to find deeper balance and calm in the body and mind. The practice spends most of the session on the floor as you use props to support your body to an appropriate edge in each posture while breathing into it. These sessions are open to all levels, no previous experience required.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, developing a regular yoga practice can provide physical and mental health benefits. Dr. Nevin, an osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, mentions that these benefits include the possibility of lessening chronic pain, lowering blood pressure, and reducing insomnia. Furthermore, you may experience:

·       increased flexibility

·       increased muscle strength and tone

·       improved respiration, energy and vitality

·       maintaining a balanced metabolism

·       weight reduction

·       cardio and circulatory health

·       improved athletic performance

·       protection from injury

·       better body awareness

·       developed coping mechanisms

·       reduced physical and mental stress

Anna mentions that whether you are “looking to calm the inner critic, become more flexible, increase balance or strength, or perhaps just even out a training program–we were brought to a yoga mat for integration”. As of the start of August, Urban Fitness Studio has resumed small group yoga sessions again. Foundational Yoga on Mondays 6-7 pm and Yin Yoga on Thursdays 7-8 pm. Your first class is $5! Email anna@urbanfitnessstudio.com to reserve your space or sign up through our mindbodyonline store. For more information visit our Yoga tab or the International Day of Yoga Blog.

Namaste (the light in me honors the light in you)


Resources:

Basavaraddi, Ishwar V. “Yoga: Its Origin, History and Development.” Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, 23 Apr. 2015, www.mea.gov.in/in-focus-article.htm?25096/Yoga Its Origin History and Development.

“Benefits of Yoga.” Osteopathic, American Osteopathic Association, osteopathic.org/what-is-osteopathic-medicine/benefits-of-yoga/.

“The Presence of Shiva – On the Trail of the First Yogi – Isha.” Isha Yoga, 4 July 2017, isha.sadhguru.org/yoga/history-of-yoga/shiva/.

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