On occasion I wonder as I take in a yoga class when there seems to be a relatively “easy” asana a look of wanting more.  I am fine if I am wrong with this perception.  If you find a pose that you are not at the present moment feeling an active stretch I invite you to settle in.  There is a lovely feeling of being fully aware in the body and begin to notice in such a pose that you can relax a bit more, gently rise up through the spine, and check in with where your breathing is at.

Upon finishing class yesterday morning one person said “that is exactly what I needed.” The benefits of yoga are both tangible and subtle. 

Meditation ~ Silence is the relaxation of mind and body; it is restful and healing.  The power of silence preserves energy and vitality.

Twists ~ Twists are particularly powerful detoxifiers. When we twist, we put pressure on the internal organs, and when we breathe in a twist, we modify that pressure.  Stagnant residue can be released from the organs, and when we exhale or release the twist, the organs are refreshed and better able to do their work. Twists also detoxify the subtle body by activating the Manipura chakra, located at the solar plexus, which is the seat of the ego. Twisting the torso where our ego resides can help break identifications with power or status.
- David Life

Balance poses improve ankle stability.

Strength speaks for itself.  A practice of yoga can give you the opportunity to reach vast array of muscles.

Flexibility ~ Activities that lengthen and stretch muscles can help you prevent injuries, back pain, and balance problems. A well-stretched muscle more easily achieves its full range of motion.
- Harvard Health

Savasana ~ Rest is healing.  Allow your body to integrate your practice.
I look forward to seeing you at East Bank Yoga.

Jill Moncur

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