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How Restorative Yoga Boosts Your Mental Health & Promotes Healing

Posted on 18 August, 2015 at 15:30

In terms of self-healing, learning to actively rest our bodies is just as important as getting enough sleep. Yoga's guided meditation actually takes the mind into an active state of rest where the brain experiences alpha waves. You're alert, but your brain waves are the same as they are in the first stage of sleep. Restorative yoga, with its emphasis on supported poses, allows the body to enter the deep, restful state it craves. "When you stop agitating it, the body starts to repair itself.


We now know that this meditation can actually change the limbic system and restructure the brain. Typically, grey matter, which makes the brain more efficient and powerful, depletes over our lifetime. According to recent studies, practising even just a few minutes of meditation on a daily basis produces more grey matter in the regions of the brain responsible for controlling attention, mental flexibility and emotional regulation.


It is also known that restorative yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables automatic control of the body. As such, the regular nervous system will be at rest, and the muscles will become more relaxed. Regular practice of restorative yoga will make your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and help you achieve optimal health.


Practicing this form of yoga will give immediate results by lowering your blood pressure and heart rate, loosen up joints and ease bones. It will help to keep your endocrine system in check and even boost the immune system.

Why om? (Aum)

Posted on 18 August, 2015 at 15:30

Why do we sing this? What's the connection? Does that symbol really mean anything?

These are all questions I had (and many more) when I first started on my yogic path. There is sooooo much literature out there it's easy to get bogged down. You can derive some several thousand meanings from Om. I've compiled a list of facts & anecdotes for you to read. Hopefully, there is something in there that resonates with YOU. Something that brings a smile to your face, or curiosity in your soul. Something that brings a sense of peace to your very being.


~ In 2010, a lady from the Boston-Connecticut area had done a research where they recorded the sound Om, put it in the computer and found that the frequency of Om is exactly the same as the frequency of earths rotation around its own axis. So, in some sense, earth is saying Om. It is the name of the infinity or the Divinity. It is the origin of the universe.

~ Before practice, you sing Om to create the vibration

~ The sound of Om encompasses all words, all sounds in human language Om is a matrix of all sounds. Linguistically, all audible sounds are produced in the space within the mouth beginning at the root of the tongue and ending at the lips. The throat sound is A, and M is the lip sound; and the sound U represents the rolling forward of speech articulation which starts at the root of the tongue, continuing until it ends in the lips.

~ It is a complete vibration. ‘Ah’ - affects the lower part of the body, ‘Oh’ - affects the middle part, ‘Mm’ - affects the upper part.

~ AUM represents the 3 Fold Division of Time. A is the waking state, U is the dream state, M is the state of deep sleep. At the end of AUM is a pause, a silence. This represents the state known as Turiya, or Infinite Consciousness.

~ Om is called the sound of one hand clapping. Om is the eternal sound; Om is the sound which is there in the universe all the time. All the saints in the past, when they went deep into meditation, they just heard Om. It is the sound of creation.

~ It means love, eternity, purity, peace. Om means truth.

~ The visual symbol represents the meaning of AUM. The symbol Om visually consists of three curves, one semicircle, and a dot. The large bottom curve symbolizes the waking state, A. The middle curve signifies the dream state, U. The upper curve denotes the state of deep sleep, M. The dot signifies the fourth state of consciousness, Turiya.

My Pledge As An Instructor

Posted on 18 August, 2015 at 15:25

This is what I believe ……. Yoga is inclusive. It meets you where you're at. It should be available to everyone, not just those who can afford it. Yoga is respectful of you, your teacher, the traditions and each other. It is not bound in ego and encourages us to live by example. It teaches us to be fully present and how to calm our minds. And finally, that it's so much more than just poses (asana), it's the true union of the body with consciousness & awareness and that connection with the soul.


In providing weekly offerings to you, I am vowing to uphold these ethics. And in turn, when you chose to attend one of my classes, you are making a conscious choice to support those ethics. This is very powerful!!! We are connected.