The 4 Steps

RELAXATION

  • How does this pose relate to relaxation?!  It looks pretty energetic and full of change to me!
  • When you look at this pose, feel the stretch and movement in the whole body.
  • Relaxation and stretch are great friends.  Together, they really have an effect on tension.
  • Our nervous system responds to emotional and mental tension which fires muscles into responding tenseness.
  • Have you ever noticed that you feel like you’re in a vice made by your own body when you’re tense?
  • So break the discomfort-tension cycle.  You can begin by stretching the tight musculature.
  • That takes some pressure off the nerves and begins a reverse cycle.
  • When you add deeper breathing into the mix, get ready for a wonderful onset of RELAXATION!

 

TRANQUILITY

  • A sense of peace……BEing at ease…..
  • This naturally happens as we release the toxicity of life that has been embodied through our everyday living.
  • We detox through our breath, our movements, and our mind’s focus.
  • Yoga brings all of these together resulting in a clean gentleness of existence.

 

 

FOCUS

  • During yoga class, you move from the typical state of mind that has so much activity, it often seems the thoughts and images are overlapping, to the state of mind of having one unrushed focus at a time.
  • Yoga that uses the body as the tool for moving meditation practice gives you the chance to feel things such as sensations and alignments, one at a time, with depth and awareness.
  • It gives the mind a break, a breath of fresh air.
  • By the end of class you feel as if you’ve had a mini vacation!

 

TRANSFORMATION

  • The butterfly is such a perfect symbol for transformation.
  • When a Butterfly emerges into its new life, it is totally new in form, as every cell has been changed inside the cocoon.  When you go through your life’s changes, you emerge a new Being.
  • Truly, with every breath there is potential for transforming in some way.
  • Yoga is about noticing who you are and making room for change.  You breathe out the old, stale, ineffective part of you and then have space for the new life you choose to bring in.
  •  Conscious transformation – now that’s the ticket to vibrant life!