"Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the most valuable inheritance of the present.
It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow."
- Swami Satyananda Saraswati -
Someone who practices yoga understands that the body is the "vehicle" of the soul. It is given to us to fulfill our destiny on earth. The yoga postures are used to balance the body with the ultimate goal to free and balance the mind and to reduce our stress level.
The practice of yoga prepares the body to welcome our vital energy, our life force (prana). It is the fuel that makes our "vehicle" move forward. However there are some factors: nutrition, sleep, relations and sex , fears, emotions, thoughts, lifestyle, physical exercise and environment, etc...thats have a big influence on how this energy flows and therefore also directly on how we feel. If there's a leak of energy in any of these elements, our energy will not flow fluently and physical, energetical, mental, emotional, psychological or spiritual blockages will arise.
Working with the breath and postures, the yogi becomes aware of the energy and power passing through his body and can make , thanks to a regular yoga practice, this lost or blocked energy flow again.
The yoga classes I'm giving are structured in such a way that every system in our body is activated: the excretion system, the reproductive system, the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, the endocrine system, the sensory system, the autonomic nervous system and the central nervous system.
This is done by the practice of sun salutations (surya namaskar), a variety of poses (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation, relaxation, finger/hand gestures (mudras) and sacred chanting in Sanskrit (mantras).
Yoga gives us a positive attitude, the strength and energy that is needed to focus on what's really important.
The type of yoga that Body & Soul offers is called Hatha Yoga. "Ha" meaning sun, "Tha" meaning moon. It is balancing our male and female energy, our body and mind, our intellect and our emotions.
The benefits of a regular yoga practice are:
Body & Soul offers classes to children, adults, the elderly, pregnant women, persons in a situation of disability, in schools and companies or at my location (individualy or in group)
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Yoga for children has a totally different approach then the one taught to adults. The classes are a mixture of story telling, body work, dancing, music, crafting, drawing, painting,...
The poses, the breathing exercices, the meditation and relaxation are learnend in a
very playful, thematic and often animalistic way.
The goal is nevertheless the same. That the kids go home more relaxed, balanced and preferably with a big smile upon their faces.
Kids who practice yoga will have this resource available to let go
and relieve stress at any time in their adult lives.
The intensity of the yoga classes for adults is adapted to the age and level of the group or person asking. Yoga is very adjustable. I adapt my classes to all levels of practice: from very soft with easy postures to more experienced with advanced poses.
Yoga helps us to get to know our body and to feel and respect our limits.
On our mat and in our daily lives.
My classes of yoga for pregnant woman are a mixture of sharing, caring, connecting, relaxing, singing, dancing, breathing, visualising, very soft yoga, self-massage,...
During pregnancy it's important to keep the body moving. It's a period that demands a lot of self-care and me-time and of course time to connect
with that little being growing inside of us.
Prenatal yoga is the best ally for pregnant women. It's the ideal activity to do during pregnancy. Midwifes have confirmed the advantages of yoga for the future moms (and babies).
It has also proven it's valuable help during the birthingproces itself.
Yoga is beneficial for all. Everyone can enjoy it!
Yoga for physically and/or mentally disabled people has shown big improvements and it also brings them a lot of pleasure.
The intensity and approuch are adjusted according to the group or person. Depending of their capabilities, I often use the same approach as I use for children:
creative, fun, playful and stimulating the senses.