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August 2015
August 2015
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I started at this studio 14 years ago at age 50 and have been here ever since. The Iyengar style is a precision mindful method of yoga instruction that guides one step-by-step through the poses and physical and mental challenges of paying attention and doing stuff that you think you could never do.

If you allow yourself to stick with it, you will discover you can do amazing things you never thought possible (maybe even fly — sorta). And hey! You may just discover what quite a few students here have discovered— the Fountain of Youth!

I'm not making this up.

Take head stands for example. Yes! At 50 this is one of the things I never thought I could, or want to do. Here's the deal on headstands: you get a whole new perspective on life. Not just because you are upside down. But you have to come join us to find out what headstands have to do with turning back brain aging and premature adult onset attention deficit disorder. Fellow sufferers you know who I'm speaking to!

Yes, regular Yoga practice can turn back time. And after a recent surgery at 63, a doctor recently proclaimed this to be true in my case. Actually he told me I had “an incredible body.” (Looked him in the eye and told him that at 63 any guy who tells me that is OK by me.)

The teachers here are some of the most experienced and intensely trained you will find in Charlottesville, and Central Virginia. They know the secret tips and cool tricks. The classes are fun and you get to meet enthusiastic fun people — maybe even me! I hope I meet you there soon!

About Mary:

Mary Johnson is a Social Security and Medicare policy analyst, writer and editor. When she’s not at Allied Yoga, she’s in her organic vegetable garden where she grows an enormous variety of heirloom melons and other produce. Favorite yoga pose: “plow”.

I started at this studio 14 years ago at age 50 and have been here ever since. The Iyengar style is a precision mindful method of yoga instruction that guides one step-by-step through the poses and physical and mental challenges of paying attention and doing stuff that you think you could never do.

If you allow yourself to stick with it, you will discover you can do amazing things you never thought possible (maybe even fly — sorta). And hey! You may just discover what quite a few students here have discovered— the Fountain of Youth!

I'm not making this up.

Take head stands for example. Yes! At 50 this is one of the things I never thought I could, or want to do. Here's the deal on headstands: you get a whole new perspective on life. Not just because you are upside down. But you have to come join us to find out what headstands have to do with turning back brain aging and premature adult onset attention deficit disorder. Fellow sufferers you know who I'm speaking to!

Yes, regular Yoga practice can turn back time. And after a recent surgery at 63, a doctor recently proclaimed this to be true in my case. Actually he told me I had “an incredible body.” (Looked him in the eye and told him that at 63 any guy who tells me that is OK by me.)

The teachers here are some of the most experienced and intensely trained you will find in Charlottesville, and Central Virginia. They know the secret tips and cool tricks. The classes are fun and you get to meet enthusiastic fun people — maybe even me! I hope I meet you there soon!


August 2015
August 2015
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Looking for a fun, healthy, remarkable, and memorable way to celebrate? Yoga brings people together in an enjoyable and relaxing environment which can be the perfect way to commemorate a special time together.

Hosting a bachelorette party, bridal shower, pre-wedding yoga celebration, bridal party gathering, birthday party, family reunion, or corporate team building? Why not arrange a yoga class at Allied Yoga for part of the experience?

Yoga is a perfect way to cultivate connection with others and have a bit of healthy fun. Allied Yoga's certified teachers can make your special event shine.

A perfect way to enhance health and fitness, a private custom yoga session at Allied Yoga can help raise employee morale that can result in better productivity.

Depending on availability, Allied Yoga and it's teachers may be able to offer a Yoga Experience off-site at your venue as well.

RATES: Dependent on the number of participants and length of the class. There is a travel fee for classes held off site, factoring in distance. Please call or email for availability and rates.


July 2015
July 2015
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Here's some Ideas:

Traveling to a the beach, a tropical resort or going camping aren't your only vacation options. This summer, plan a “staycation” and unwind within - with a little assistance from Allied Yoga:

  • Banish the source of stresses in your life and treat yourself with a COOL Summer Massage from our gifted therapists. Now on Special through 8.15.15 for only $55 for a 60 minute massage.
  • Do your own stay at home "Yoga Intensive" and take your summer staycation to places you never thought your mind and body were capable of going. Get your yoga practice in gear with our Summer Class Special: 12 classes (60 or 90 minute) to use before 9.6.15 for only $129

 

What else you can do to make your Staycation Special:

  • Unplug:
    (1) put your phone down, power down your ipad. Breathe in the "unconnectedness"
  • Don't do your "usual" :
    Sleep in on a weekday and wake up without an alarm, don’t do any laundry, leave dishes in the sink. Save some of your usual chores for next week.
  • Something you’ve always wanted to do?
    We all have those places that we can never seem to quite make it to: the brewery that opened (2 years ago), that local historic landmark, that restaurant your friends have been raving about. Make it a point: Go!
  • Explore the wonderful and great outside:
    Go for a hike, sit by the lake, rent a kayak, go tubing on the river, plan a picnic, visit a National Park near you. Recently there have been several studies that show the importance of tuning into nature and getting out into a natural space. If you’re used to working indoors, make it a priority to spend time outside to reset and reconnect. Go outside, pause, observe your surroundings, rest, repeat.

 

Make your staycation Special:

  • Go out for ice cream (the full fat kind), take photos of anything that strikes your fancy, create an upbeat sound track for your week or explore any of the streaming music services via your phone (but only use it for that!) I really like Slacker Radio, or Spotify, or Mashable.
  • Go bowling, go out for mini-golf, see a movie during the day (on a weekday! and get popcorn with butter!).

A Summer staycation is only as successful as your dedication to making it special is. So apply yourself and make the most of it!


June 2015
June 2015
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Allied Yoga offers a Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga mini-workshop on a regular basis that is co-taught by local family counselor and mindfulness meditation teacher Jesse Luckett and Shaaron Honeycutt, a certified Iyenger yoga teacher (who's also the Director and Owner of Allied Yoga).

We decided to offer the Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga mini-workshop in order to allow students to learn about and experience another one of the eight limbs on the 8-limbed path of yoga, namely meditation. Mindfulness is one form of meditation. Mindfulness has been defined as the intentional practice of maintaining an open and non-judgmental awareness of the present moment. Through this gentle meditation practice, we can train the mind to be more awake and learn to be kind and helpful to ourselves, others and the world. One simultaneously experiences the simplicity and inherent goodness of being human, while recognizing and gaining insight into habitual patterns which may keep us feeling stuck in our certain areas of our life.

Please reference the online resources below for more information about mindfulness meditation.

http://shambhala.org/what-is-meditation/

http://www.mindful.org/

http://www.mindfullivingprograms.com/resources.php

http://www.tricycle.com/retreats


June 2015
June 2015
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Sunday June 21st, 11:30am - 1 pm
"Yoga is Universal"

Come join us in celebrating the unity of yoga with a community practice of yoga asana. This will be a lead practice of asana which will start out with Surya Namaskar, sun salutations in honor of the Summer Solstice. The practice will end with an extended Savasana or Seated Meditation to one's capacity. This is a community event which is open to all regardless of age or ability.(optional: Donations will be accepted in honor of Bellur Trust)

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Sunday June 21, 11:30 am - 1 pm.
Practice to be lead by Mary Bridle.
(Space available on a first come, first in basis.)

Sneak peak of the practice

June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.

In India, the first full moon after the Summer Solstice is known as Guru Purnima where the Guru or teacher is honored. According to yoga lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva (the first Guru) is said to have begun on this day.

It is our hope that you can join us on Sunday in in the spirit of community and yoga!



January 2015
January 2015

What have you Resolved in 2015? Can you REALLY do it?

When a New Year arrives many of us take stock of the old year, and decide what was good about it and what we may like to change. We ask ourselves these questions: “What did I miss?” “What may I be capable of next year?

This time of transition and of taking stock is a great way to create change for the better, but if you create goals that are too lofty, you may be setting your self up for failure.

Patanjali, the accredited author of the Yoga Sutras -a core part of the philosophy of yoga- tells us that there are many obstacles that are presented to us when we seek a goal, and often a in the New Year we seek the goal of self-betterment. Obstacles like disease, idleness, doubt, carelessness, laziness, sensuality, misapprehension, failure to sustain effort, or backsliding (Yoga Sutra I.30) can result in our not achieving the goals we have set for ourselves.

What can we do about such obstacles? We can set reasonable goals for one thing. The doing, trying, attempting, letting go of “perfect” (and thus the self-doubt and judgment that comes with that) and being willing to “get back on the horse” that may have tossed you off, proverbially speaking, are the ways that can lead you down the path of becoming a better you.

Bhagavad Gita says “No effort on the path is ever lost (Chapter 2, verse 40).

We wish you a 2015 filled with peace, happiness, and hope.

And, just in case your goals included taking better care of yourself through yoga and therapeutic massage, check us out:

 

 


November 2014
November 2014
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Allied Yoga Director and Owner Shaaron Honeycutt is going to India to attend an Intensive with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, Maharashtra, December 1-10, 2014.


This is the 3rd trip she has made to study with the Iyengars in India. Please check back for periodic updates as to her adventures and experiences while traveling and in classes.


Check out Mickey Mouse in Mumbai - which is fun and surprisingly good depiction of some of what it's like to visit India


November 2014
November 2014
 
 
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Saucha is a sanskrit term that refers to cleanliness/purity. We purify our bodies through the practice of yoga postures (asanas), which tone the entire body and remove toxins and impurities.But it also refers to what we put into our bodies: living a healthy lifestyle, and the environment in which we live and choose to live.


"sattva shuddhi saumanasya ekagra indriya-jaya atma darshana yogyatvani cha"Yoga Sutra: 2.41

Also through cleanliness and purity of body and mind (saucha) comes a purification of the subtle mental essence (sattva), a pleasantness, goodness and gladness of feeling, a one-pointedness with intentness, the conquest or mastery over the senses, and a fitness, qualification, or capability for self-realization."


A clean, clutter-free environment helps to calm the mind and soothe the nerves. We have two wonderful women who aid us in keeping the Allied Yoga studio clean and clutter-free: Amanda and Dawn. Thanks to them both for their weekly organizing, steam cleaning of both mats and floors, dusting, wiping, arranging, straightening. Allied Yoga is a much better environment conducive to the study of yoga and the enjoyment of deep relaxation during a massage thanks to your efforts!


June 2014
June 2014

June 30 - July 6

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga Basics:

monday 6.30: w/ shaaron 5:30 -6:45 pm - FREE (please bring a friend and be on time)

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga Level 1:

tuesday 7.1: w/ mary b 10:30 - 12noon  - FREE (please bring a friend and be on time)

To Benefit the Hospice of the Piedmont:

thursday 7.3: Level 1/2 Yoga class w/ Rebecca 9:30 - 11 am -  $15 min. donation (check or cash only, please)

Introduction to Yoga for Athletes:

thursday 7.3: w/ aj 7:15 - 8:45 pm - FREE (please bring a friend and be on time

Special Class: "Cool Tips from Ireland"

saturday 7.5: w/ mary b. 10:30 - 12noon - $15.
Mary shares from a recent week-long intensive with Sr. Iyengar teacher Kevin Gardner

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga Level 1/2

sunday 7.6: w/ amy 9:30 -11 am - FREE (please bring a friend and be on time)


*Spring Session ends Sunday June 29th. Summer session begins July 7th with a full schedule of regular classes. The above classes will be the only ones offered June 30-July 6. (Allied Yoga will be closed July 4th, Happy Independence Day!)

To see current and future class schedule and to enroll for classes, please see here

To download the flyer, please click here


October 2013
October 2013

“There’s nothing more important than feeling good.” – Abraham-Hicks

Feel Better
Be More Focused
Improve Your Bearing
Gain Better, More Restful Sleep
Discover a Balanced, Happier Mood

When you want your mind, body and spirit to feel vibrant, vital and balanced, yoga and massage are both great ways to achieve that.

Yoga and massage brings so many benefits to your overall well-being and among them are:

1. Improves Flexibility
Therapeutic massage and yoga each help your body become more flexible, yoga works on increasing your mobility while massage boosts the natural lubricants in connective tissue. A greater range of motion and more supple joints make commonplace activities easier, as well as improves your bearing and even your ability to breathe more easily.

2. Increases Circulation
Yoga and therapeutic massage encourage blood and lymphatic fluid flow through your body, which makes your circulatory system function optimally to help keep your hands and feet warm, heal injured muscles, and boost your immune system. Another bonus is lowered blood pressure and ultimately improves your overall health and well-being.

3. Relieves Stress
Stress is so unfortunately a part of everyday life, and can take it’s toll on health. Many of us have busy schedules, spend time in the same position, or use muscles for repetitive movement, all of which can lead to discomfort and even pain. Yoga and therapeutic massage provides deep relaxation that results in deeper sleep, better physical and mental performance, and higher energy levels.

Here at Allied Yoga we are so proud to now offer quality therapeutic massage in addition to our fantastic yoga instruction from highly qualified and trained massage therapists and yoga instructors.

A winning combination of that we’re sure and hope you agree, call now (434.218.0580) or book your appointment on-line today!


January 2013
January 2013

Senior Iyengar Teacher Bobby Clennell returns!
March 15-17

 

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Schedule of Classes:

 

  • Friday 3/15, 4 – 6 pm
    Teacher’s Class – Inversions:

    A regular inversions practice helps us cultivate insight, develops mental discipline and widens our spiritual horizons. These challenging but rewarding poses also help us develop strength and poise. We will learn the principles of alignment needed to sustain a safe and secure inversions practice.* (*The teachers inversions class can be attended by teachers, trainee teachers and “experienced” students:any one with a 5 minute headstand.) (Class a la carte: $70)
  • Friday 3/15, 7 – 9 pm 
    Restoratives/pranayama:

    Mentally calming and physically rejuvenating class. Restorative poses teach us to be in the asana longer so its effects penetrate deeper. We will also learn pratyahara and dhyana techniques to become familiar and more confidant with a deeper level of spiritual practice. No prerequisites: all comers, beginners, teachers and more experienced students alike are welcome! (Class a la carte: $45)
  • Saturday 3/16, 10 am – 1 pm 
    The Elements:

    According to yogic principles, everything in the universe is made up of 5 subtle elements: earth element is grounding; water brings flow; fire energizes & stimulates; air expands & opens; and space connects us to universal spirit. Practicing a variety of poses, we will explore our own unique expression of these elemental forces. No prerequisites: everyone is welcome who is interested.(Class a la carte: $60)
  • Saturday 3/16, 3 pm – 5 pm 
    “Baby” Back Bends:

    Here’s a way to radically rethink your backbends; sometimes referred to as baby backbends—these poses set the foundation for the deeper backbends.Rather than searching for intensity, we will work with awareness and search for a smooth, even arc in the spine, and then finish up with Urdhva Dhanurasana. No prerequisites: everyone is welcome who is interested. (Class a la carte: $45)
  • Sunday 3/17, 9 am – 12 pm 
    Akarna Dhanurasana, The Archer – 
Direct the arrow of awareness:

    Akarna Dhanurasana develops strength in the arms and torso, flexibility in the legs and hips and calms the mind. We will prepare the body with a series of poses including Supta Padangustasana I, II and III, Baddha Konasana, and Janu Sirsasana.
    Prerequisites: Level 2 students and up. (Class a la carte: $60)
Total for workshop including 
teachers’ class: $270
 ($250 
pd before 2.19)
Total for workshop without 
teachers’ class: $200
 ($180 
pd before 2.19)

To Enroll – click here and select “online store” tab, then select “series & memberships”, then “workshops”
Download Bobby Clennell’s Workshop at Allied Yoga info here

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* Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 2 weeks (14 days) before the workshop your money is refunded less a $40 admin. fee, and if it is less than 2 weeks, we will give the same refund (less the $40) only if we can fill your spot with some one from the waiting list.


November 2012
November 2012

WHY TEEN YOGA?

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High school is an already stressful environment for teenagers with the pressure to excel and fit in combined with competition to be the best, all taking its toll on a young mind and body.  Add to that the growth spurts and hormonal fluctuations of adolescence, and you’ve got a perfect storm brewing.

Our yoga studio provides an stress free environment for teens.  In the studio, teens have the ability to work on meditation, silencing all those voices inside, while creating the ability to focus on a higher level.

The physical practice of yoga promotes improved posture while increasing flexibility.  This body work and awareness decreases the aches and pains of growth surges while balancing those hormonal changes all growing teens experience.

The non-competitive and accepting environment of the teen class at Allied Yoga also works to alleviate the body consciousness issues many teens, especially girls, are experiencing at this time.  This environment allows for improved self esteem and body acceptance.

So, why yoga for teens?  Why not?!

Teen classes are taught by Anusara teacher A.J. McIntyre (a former High School teacher) on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Check the schedule page to enroll or just drop in!


October 2012
October 2012

Elizabeth Hynes This Fall, Allied Yoga added another certified Iyengar teacher to it’s capable staff of yoga instructors.
An interview modeled after the questions asked on “Inside the Actors’ Studio” with Elizabeth Hynes follows. Find out why we’re so thrilled to have her on board.

1. Favorite word: huzzah (because my eldest son uses it so amusingly to encourage his mom)
2. Least favorite word: indolent
3. Turns me on: natural beauty
4. Turns me off: the smell of trash
5. Sound I love: my grandson’s voice….(either of them)
6. Sound I hate: my cat gagging
7. Favorite curse word: rats!
8. Profession I would not like to do: all of them…i have avoiding work down to a fine art.
9. If heaven existed, what would I like to hear God say…: ” welcome, your mom has been waiting for you….”

- how did you find yoga?
EH: “I found yoga because a very very dear friend who was attending karate classes with me said “I think you might be ready to try yoga” after some random comment I had made concerning the relationship of the mind and the body.”
- how has yoga had an impact on your life?
EH: “Yoga’s impact on my life has been immeasurable. I really can not imagine who or how I would be, if I had not embarked on this course so many years ago.”
- Why the style of yoga that you practice?
EH: “I practice Iyengar yoga because it is where I started, and I think it encompasses everything a person could seek, at whatever level the practitioner is functioning. Once I was asked: what about thinking “outside the box” sometime? My answer was: “there is so much within the Iyengar yoga ‘box’, I can only hope to even reach an edge in this lifetime”
- why did you decide to become a yoga teacher?
EH: “I decided to begin teaching because I loved yoga so much, and in truth, because there was a need, and my teacher asked if I would try it…”
- what yoga pose is your favorite and why?
EH: “I have two favorite yoga poses that I can do: ardha chandrasana and pincha mayurasana…both because of the freedom one feels when in each pose. I have a favorite pose that I aspire to: Vrischikasana..because it is so beautiful.”
- what’s your least favorite pose?
EH: “My least favorite pose is Lolasana: because it is so frustrating, and I can not just leave it out, as it is required on the next Iyengar teaching certification syllabus.”


October 2012
October 2012

It’s official: Yoga (especially Iyengar Yoga) CAN help ease your aching back! Did you know that about 75 percent of all adults experience at least one episode of back pain in their lifetime?

Watch this video that explains the hows and whys: 
Yoga and Back Pain — WVU Health Report

Then there’s this lovely article published by Harvard Medical School’s Heath Publications:Lower back pain? Yoga therapy can help.

There’s so much information out there that speaks of the clinical and anecdotal proof that your back can feel much better through the practice of Iyengar Yoga.
And, now you’re in luck: Allied Yoga will be offering a Special Series devoted to Back Care and easing back discomfort.

 

Back Care Basics

 


Join Instructor Rebecca L’Abbe In a class designed for people who are experiencing tightness or discomfort in their hips, lower back, shoulders and neck due to muscular strain, injury, or weakness. The course introduces students to yoga tools and techniques for overcoming generalized low back pain and building a sturdy foundation for good low back health.


In this series of classes you will learn:

    -Ways to relieve muscle tension
    -Safe poses to increase flexibility in your hips, back, shoulders, and neck
    -Strengthening poses to provide necessary support to your spine and neck

    -Poses to improve your posture and alignment

Series of 5 Classes:
October 14, 21, 28th and November 4 & 11th
2:30-4 p.m.
$60 for series

To Enroll – click here and select “workshops” tab

Instructor Rebecca L’Abbe has had a first hand experience of how Iyengar Yoga can heal back pain. She was sidelined by a serious back injury that had its roots in years of dancing. Yoga was the cornerstone of her recovery, not only on a physical level, but on an emotional level as well: through years of careful loving care from teachers who helped her to overcome her fears about hurting her back again. Rebecca was able to realign her body from its years of compensating for the pain and fear of re-injury, and regained her confidence, too!


July 2012
July 2012

I often wonder what percentage of a person’s thoughts revolve around health and the physical body.  Consider how often the following thoughts and questions cross your mind in just a day’s time.  “How do I feel?”  Perhaps weak, strong, energetic, tired, rejuvenated, nervous, anxious, calm, etc.  Another question, “Why do I feel the way I do?”  And, “If I feel a certain way and wish to reverse that sensation, how can I do it?”  “I want to be healthier, so I will…”  I know I devote countless seconds to these thoughts, both voluntarily and involuntarily.  Health concerns cross my mind so often that it seems impossible to keep an accurate record of their frequency.  In order to answer these questions and truly understand myself and the different layers of human existence, I carve out a space for yoga in my everyday life.  And, as a result, I come to experience life in a dynamic, healthy and evolutionary way.

True health starts with the physical body and penetrates deeper through the layers of our existence.  According to B.K.S. Iyengar, the father of Iyengar yoga, we must start with the body and from there, use yoga to cultivate a holistic vitality that unites the mind, body, soul, and consciousness. In his book “Light on Life” he describes health in the following words:

A yogi never forgets that health must begin with the body.  Your body is the child of the soul.  You must nourish and train your child.  Physical health is not a commodity to be bargained for.  Nor can it be swallowed in the form of drugs and pills.  It has to be earned through sweat.  It is something that we must build up.  You have to create within yourself the experience of beauty, liberation, and infinity.  This is health (pg 23-4).

The benefits of yoga can extend far beyond physical health if you allow the practice to spill into the intellect and the soul.  Yoga brings greater understanding of the fluctuations characteristic of human nature and the “monkey mind” that never seems to rest.  In order to embark upon this process of understanding, the physical body and an asana, or posture, practice serve as the most accessible and logical starting point.  In this outermost layer of existence, we have five senses at our disposal to aid us in the process of self discovery.  We may use these senses to bring greater self awareness, to perceive our strengths, weaknesses, and limitations.  Cultivation and experimentation in a yoga asana practice can lead to the most profound understanding of self, including intellect, consciousness, and the soul. Mr.  Iyengar further illuminates this discovery of self in Light on Life.  He writes:

“The yogi knows that the physical body is not only the temple for our soul, but the means by which we embark on the inward journey toward the core.  Only by first attending to the physical body can we hope to accomplish anything in our spiritual lives…To a yogi, the body is a laboratory for life, a field of experimentation and perpetual research.” (“LIL”:pg 22)

In order to fully understand ourselves, our minds, our physical bodies, and our emotions, we must unite the body, the mind, and the breath with awareness.  Asana, or the practice of postures, is the perfect place to begin. Iyengar describes asana as “…perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence, and benevolence of spirit,” and he emphasizes the yoga as a practice that yields multiple benefits.  Yoga has a “…threefold impact on health. It keeps healthy people healthy, it inhibits the development of disease, and it aids recovery from ill health” (Iyengar “LIL” pg 23).

With the advancement of technology and science, we must be evermore cautious in how we choose to cultivate health in our personal lives. We can try to buy it with money or we can work diligently for it using our innate human faculties.  If we choose yoga as a means to greater health and self awareness we must remember patience.  True transformation requires time and pure, steadfast effort.  If we choose health through a lifestyle that incorporates yoga asana and philosophy, we must commit to it and wait to feel its profound effects.  Greater health, vitality, personal understanding and evolution, and happiness are all elements that you can bring to your life through a commitment to yoga.

 

Alex F

 

blog post and thoughts by devoted Allied Yoga student and aspiring yoga teacher, Alex Fitzsimmons