Vidya Offers Yoga From The Heart
The teachers at Vidya offer the yoga that they have been taught, and that has been accumulated by experience. We believe that yoga flows through us, not from us. The teachings of yoga are never personal, however the way each teacher interprets yoga is unique. Vidya teachers are inspired to lead heart-based classes from their own personal perspective. This creates an environment where truth leads the way. Each of our teachers has been taught with a Hatha yoga base, and have branched into different methods of yoga based on each of our own strengths, and interests. Therefore all classes taught at Vidya are wonderfully unique, offering something different. Yoga offers the opportunity to delve deeper into yourself. This is a unique experience for every person who enters a yoga studio. One thing is for certain: yoga has the capacity to change your life for the better.
The classes at Vidya range from intense vinyasa flow and classical Hatha, to gentle yoga for all levels, and everything in between. Our teachers are highly trained in mindfulness, meditation, yoga psychology, and yoga therapeutics. We include yin, restorative and kundalini, as well as a wonderful form of dance called NIA. Nia is a combination of dancing, martial arts and yoga all blended together while listening to fun and inspiring music to uplift the spirit and body.
Yoga changed my life in a plethora of wonderful ways. It was the start of a profound journey that had begun in 2000 when I sought out something deeper in my life.
I have been asked by our family of teachers if I prefer them to teach a specific way. My answer is always the same: Teach what you know to be true, from the heart; for we can only teach that which we have experienced ourselves. This is experiential wisdom at its finest, and this is the soul of yoga.
Benefits of Yoga
Everything we do and say starts in our mind, so when we work with our mind through the physical science of yoga, not only do we heal, but our life heals.
The fields of yoga and psychotherapy meet in the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is both an innate human capability and a conscious practice. Simply defined, mindfulness is moment to moment awareness of present experience within a context of kindness, non-judgment, and acceptance. We can bring this kind of awareness to any experience: yoga postures, the movement of the breath in the body, our grief for what we have lost, our anger toward a loved one, our joy at being in love, the depression or mental illness we struggle with, the food we eat, how we think, the list goes on. When we bring this kind, open awareness to our life experiences – even intense, difficult experiences – we can begin to learn more about our own thought processes, motivations, histories, and potentials. With this knowledge we can make choices that change our lives for the better.
In research studies mindfulness based practices have been shown to:
• Alleviate stress & tension
• Relieve symptoms of anxiety & depression
• Reduce symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity, & aggression
• Lower blood pressure
• Aid in reducing pain & increase the ability to live easefully with chronic pain
• Promote restful sleep
Mindfulness has also been associated with:
• Heightened capacity for concentration & awareness
• Increased vigor & vitality
• Emotional stability
• Enhanced interpersonal interaction & greater relationship satisfaction
• Subjective experience of increased calm and control in the midst of uncertainty
• Greater sense of connectedness & spirituality
• Increased capacity for non-judgment & acceptance
The physical aspect of yoga – postures & breath work (pranayama) can be helpful for:
• Relieving chronic tension & learning how to cope with stress
• Cultivating energy in the body and mind, mitigating low energy & fatigue
• Calming restlessness and anxiety in the nervous system
• Developing physical strength, stamina, and ease
• Fostering increased tolerance for discomfort, both physical and mental
• Learning relaxation & self-soothing techniques
• Diminishing or completely eliminating chronic physical pain and discomfort
Links to Studies on Yoga
■Yoga for Depression/Anxiety
■Yoga for PTSD (post traumatic stress)
■Yoga for Stress
■Yoga for Chronic Pain
■Yoga for Teens
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)