Yoga with Kerry

"Yoga will meet you right where you are"

Kerry's yoga is a holistic and therapeutic style of yoga to help students deepen their practice, physically, mentally and emotionally for optimal health and wellbeing. Kerry's Yoga classes are based on Patanjali's 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga that include ethical treatment of yourself, the environment and others, breathwork, physical postures, meditation, sense awareness, focus and bliss. The physical asana practice is based on healing the body and opening up blocks that may prevent optimal health including yoga asana poses and intelligently designed sequence of postures that help to strengthen, stretch and open the body using proper technique and alignment. Kerry provides a variety of different classes including pre/post natal, gentle flow, therapeutic yoga, restorative, flow yoga and specialized programs such as Yoga for Healing, Yoga for Stress Management and Yoga for Chronic Pain to suit the variety of needs of students.

There are no prerequisites to practicing Yoga, only an open heart and mind to discover your authentic sense and help the healing process, physically, mentally and emotionally.

 

8 Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga

The classical style of Ashtanga yoga was developed by Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras who described the eight aspects of Yoga as limbs of a tree. The 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga were developed and passed down by Krishnamacharya and then to Patanjali Jois who developed the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute and is now followed by many in the East and West as a traditional form of Hatha Yoga. Vinyasa Flow Yoga is an extension of Ashtanga Yoga and follows the same philosophies, but uses different sequence of poses.

"When practiced with regulation and awareness, the tree described by Patanjali begins to sprout. Practice is the only means of feeding it. 99% practice, and 1% theory" K. Pattabhi Jois.

Allow your Yoga practice to be what it is, without judgement and the benefits of a regular Yoga practice will begin to subtly open up your senses and your awareness. Patience may be the greatest asset to cultivate on your Yoga journey. Yoga can be used as a means to increase physical health benefits such as strength, flexibility, it can be used to enhance your immune system, or as a way to move deeper into a realm of higher consciousness in the way we treat ourselves, others and the world around us. Yoga can also be a transformative tool as we travel through the layers of the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual elements of a Yoga practice.

 

8 Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga  (Ashta = 8, Yoga=Union/Yoke)

1. Yama (Ethical Considerations) : Developing personal insights and how we interact with others and our environments.

Ahimsa (non-harm)

Satya (truthfulness)

Asteya (non-stealing)

Brahmacharya (Self-control)

Aparigraha (Non-grasping).

 

2. Niyamas (How we interact with ourselves, our internal world):

Saucha (Purity/non-clutter)

Santosha (Joy/contentment)

Tapas (Cleanliness/austerity)

Svadhyaya (self-study/awareness)

Ishwar-Pranidhan (Meditation/Consciousness)

 

3. Asana (Yoga postures)

4. Pranayama (Breathing techniques)

5. Pratyahara (Sense awareness and withdrawal)

6. Dharana (Concentration on 1 object)

7. Dhyana (Meditation)

8. Samadhi (State of joy and bliss)

 

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end." Ursula K. LeGuin

 

 Benefits of a regular Yoga practice

 

  • Cleanses and detoxifies the body through deep breathing and Yoga poses such as twists.
  • Improves overall health and wellbeing by increasing strength, flexibility, balance, agility, joint mobility, tones muscles and improves spinal alignment.
  • Improves your immune system through increasing oxygen flow through circulatory and lymphatic system.
  • Decrease stress hormone cortisol and increase healthy endorphins which can help you sleep better, feel more focused and relaxed, and help decrease cravings
  • Gives you a deep sense of connection to oneself, and the community as a whole.
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence and sense of self-empowerment
  • Improves your concentration, focus and clarity.  Clears the clutter from your mind and body to create space for personal growth and development.
  • Improves your core stability and posture and help decrease back pain 
  • Reduces chronic pain

Links for Yoga resources:

Yoga for Chronic Pain by Neil Pearson

http://www.lifeisnow.ca/wp-content/uploads/Yoga_Chronic_Pain_International_Journal_Yoga_Therapy_2008.pdf

Yoga for Depression by Neil Pearson

http://www.lifeisnow.ca/wp-content/uploads/Yoga_Depression_Literature_review.pdf