Yoga is the practice of
tolerating the consequences
of being yourself
–The Bhagavad Gita
WEEKLY VIRTUAL CLASSES
HATHA YOGA FLOW
Moon Salutation, Pranayama & Meditation
Om Namo Center
21 Belmont St | Cambridge
An Introduction to
The Practice of Yoga
Yoga is both a methodology to cultivate fitness and radiant health, but also skillful stress management, self-regulation of the nervous system, and development of equanimity and authenticity. If you’ve heard about the many benefits of yoga but are unsure about attending group classes, or feel that lack of familiarity with the basics is an obstacle, private yoga instruction is a great way to get started.
Private yoga lessons are the way students most quickly and accurately learn the postures, body alignment, breathing, meditation and other yoga practices. I offer private yoga sessions to students in Cambridge and the Boston area. Interestingly, many people may not know that yoga was classically, and for many centuries, taught on a one-to-one basis, before group classes came into fashion. Private yoga lessons are typically 60, 75 or 90 minutes, longer sessions are optional.
CONTACT ME to schedule your first private yoga session, or to discuss the benefits of private yoga instruction.
HATHA YOGA FLOW
Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, Hatha Yoga class can help you develop a healthy and balanced practice to serve you well throughout your life. Adapted to western students living active lives, this deeply transformative practice is a dynamic flow with creative sequencing of postures and breathwork to awaken energy in the body. Students develop strength, flexibility and balance while building a stable body-mind container to support emotional resilience and full aliveness in the body. Alignment cues and hands-on assists are woven into the flow to guide students to safely receive maximum benefit from the practice. Class ends with deep relaxation, allowing energy to naturally flow to the areas of the body most in need of rejuvenation and healing. This class is deeply nourishing, restoring balance between mind and body, helping you achieve optimal physical, cognitive and emotional functioning.
No previous yoga or meditation experience is necessary. This class is highly inclusive, posture modifications are offered to suit all fitness levels.
INTEGRATION & AWARENESS
This moderately-paced yoga class, adapted to western students living active lives, incorporates creative sequencing of postures and exploration of breath to support steadiness of mind and to awaken energy flow in the body while simultaneously releasing chronic tension and developing body awareness. Some postures are led with longer holding, to encourage the body to release deep-seated tension, re-activate muscles that are working inefficiently and restore movement patterns that support longevity. Students develop strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Each class ends with deep relaxation and meditation.
Perfect for beginning and experienced students alike, this class is highly inclusive. No previous experience is necessary. Posture modifications are offered to suit all fitness levels.
LUCKY ME YOGA ALSO OFFERS:
YOGA IN SCHOOLS
making a direct, positive impact
The Yoga in Schools program empowers teenagers to shape their own existence with skillful-living tools such as self-regulation, self-inquiry, and self-care. It targets Social and Emotional Learning competencies, including stress management, emotion and behavior regulation, self-appreciation, and strong relationship skills. The program incorporates practices such as breathing exercises, warm-ups, experiential activities, yoga postures, deep relaxation, and meditation techniques to strengthen students’ awareness of the connection between their minds and their physical bodies. Each session creates a safe environment during the regular school day for teens to cultivate mindfulness, which develops into compassionate awareness of self and others, building a sense of community and connectedness for students within their school.
LUCKY ME YOGA TEEN PROJECT - Bringing Yoga to Schools
When we brought the Yoga in Schools program to Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School in the fall semester of 2017, the response from the students has been overwhelming—three times as many teens signed up than expected. To support and help us continue making this transformative work possible, please contact us. All contributions, large and small, will help us reach more teens.
- Male, tenth grade
I have been a lot happier lately...
I feel like a better person, making better choices,
and staying out
- Female, ninth grade
Yoga relaxed me, made me much calmer. I am less grouchy, less snappy towards people and I don't have as much of an attitude with my mom as I used to.
showed me that mental state and feelings are in my control. I have been more accepting.
- Female, tenth grade
I am more in touch with the world.
I know how to tame my thoughts.
- Male, ninth grade
WHY CORPORATE YOGA?
Today’s professions often require work for long periods in a sedentary position, high stress, or performing repetitive tasks– resulting in a variety of health problems, sick time, and decreased motivation, productivity and performance.
Offering yoga classes in the workplace is a cost-effective way for employers to reduce health-related absenteeism and increase productivity and job satisfaction. Yoga classes offer simple, safe, and practical techniques that reduce muscle tension and stress, revitalize the immune system, and increase overall well-being and performance.
The corporate yoga program is highly adaptable and designed for all fitness and experience levels, beginners through advanced. Classes can be easily taught in a conference room or other empty space. The only equipment required for a session of yoga is exercise mats. We will work with you to create a customized yoga program specifically tailored to the needs of your company. In a typical yoga session, the students will be guided in active movement, breath awareness, mindfulness meditation, and relaxation. Classes are usually 45 or 60-minutes, and are generally scheduled before/after work or during lunch hours.
Please CONTACT US by email or phone 617.902.0465 to begin implementing yoga in your business or with questions. We are fully insured through Yoga Insurance Plus.
BENEFITS FOR THE EMPLOYEE
Increased strength, flexibility and resilience
Enhanced energy and improved efficiency
Decreased anxiety, muscle tension and pain
BENEFITS FOR THE EMPLOYER
Increased productivity and profitability
Reduced sick time, absences and employee turnover
Increased teamwork in the workplace
IN THE WORKPLACE
Why are employers embracing mindfulness meditation training in the workplace? The benefits of this simple, teachable practice for stress reduction and optimal functioning are extraordinary. Many medical studies show the positive effects of the practice, from lower stress hormones and blood pressure, to more adaptive brain functioning. The practice is directly applicable to real-life challenges.
Participants learn simple skills for relaxing mind and body, while building focused attention from which one responds more effectively to the demands of the workplace. They learn to reflect rather than react in work situations, they listen better and offer feedback and supervision more skillfully. With greater awareness and confidence, the release of habitual patterns reduces stress and allows the workplace environment to become dynamic and creative, enabling employees to be more productive, efficient, happier, and work more collaboratively.
Meditation in the Workplace is designed to suit the needs of a variety of workplace settings. Participants attend one or more 30-, 45- or 60-minutes sessions a week during lunch or break times for four to eight weeks, and learn a variety of mindfulness tools, including body scan, relaxation, and breathwork. Meditation can be practiced in workplace attire.
Please CONTACT US by email or phone 617.902.0465 to begin implementing mindfulness meditation in your business or with questions.
Mindfulness meditation has the power to transform and enliven the culture of your workplace by offering the tools for all team members—employees, supervisors, managers, and top leaders—to deal with stress effectively. Stress-reduction programs have been shown to cut down on absenteeism, improve job performance, and alleviate stress-related problems such as insomnia, depression, and high blood pressure. Mindfulness meditation cultivates mental focus, resilience, flexibility, creativity and intuition within individuals, teams, and the organization as a whole. Employers find their modest investment in mindfulness meditation training is more than returned with healthier, more resilient employees.