What students are saying...
Here are a few statements by students who have enjoyed some of the benefits of yoga as offered by Discover Yoga:
- Shelley "... a jewel"
- Article by Sunita Sethi "identity of the breath"
- Article by Kathleen Miller "Celebrating Moms "
- Hilary "...yoga helped me to feel more centered and relaxed during my pregnancy..."
- Allison "I am much stronger now.."
- Patty "...the overall benefits are indescribable..."
- Lynn "Yoga is a lovely moving meditation for me...."
- Lissa "I was a little nervous to start the Yoga for Pregnancy class..."
- Victoria "Finding yoga, my life and my breath have really opened up..."
- Lauri "...everything in my life was changing..."
- Birgitte "I do yoga to be in my body as opposed to just lugging it around..."
- Kathryn "I have enjoyed practicing yoga at Discover Yoga since 1998..."
Discover Yoga of Redmond is a real find--a jewel of a studio with lovely staff to match!!! The yoga devotees are of all ages, shapes, sizes, experience and come from all walks of life. The atmosphere is low key and relaxed; in this hectic world with busy schedules, a few moments of Zen and stretching fortify us for another busy day. The studio is like a refuge and the instructors approachable and down to earth. I had a challenge in finding a studio that did not adhere to hot yoga temperature standards. Eureka I found one. The classes are family friendly (prenatal, youth, senior, etc.) and the staff promote community spirit and camaraderie in their special get togethers and changing programs.
Identity of a Breath
Breath is one of the five essential elements filling the cosmos like dimension of a human life on this planet. The other four elements are water, fire, earth and ether. Breath is formless, colorless, odorless and yet full of power. A good yoga practice revolves around the presence of breath in every asana. Breath is nature’s most essential tool to carve good health and balanced thoughts in the otherwise cluttered mind.
Breath is present in every cell of a human body. The very pulse of life is a simple breath. How mindful are we when we inhale and exhale? The practice of yoga inculcates the art of effective breathing into every possible layer present in our body. When one learns this art of breathing, life seemingly turns towards a meaningful path where the activity in the mind compartmentalizes into distinct functionality.
Breath enhances the quality of life. Ancient texts on yoga explain the benefits of mindful breathing techniques called pranayams. In today’s fast paced lifestyle, the practice of pranayams can boost the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems of an individual at the physical level which in turn brings about a better mental health as the mind and body are fundamentally connected.
In yoga texts, breath is called prana or life energy. We as individuals have the freedom to work upon towards building a better breath in our bodies. The more prana we save within our body, a better living system we create by the process of continuous renewal of the living cells. In order to understand this vital element, simply open up and allow yourself to breath consciously. The rest will unfold in the very next moment which can be as long as eternity or as small as a piece of time itself. Let life happen in you. Let there be light in you.
“By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.” Isadora Duncan
"Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own." Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons
Moms do so much for their families. If you had to pay someone to cook all those meals, help with homework and shuttle kids to activities, according to salary.com, the work of a mom would earn an annual salary of more than $138,000.
And while most moms report that motherhood is the most important and joyful work of their lives, many women acknowledge the stress that the job brings with it. And finding time to take care of oneself can often slip off a mom’s plate.
We know that by making time to practice yoga and other enjoyable self-care activities – anything from a hot bath to reading a book for pleasure, we are better moms in the long run. We must “put on our oxygen masks first” before we can help anyone else.
Summer is often a time when moms of school age kids reduce the amount of time spent on exercise and stress reduction. Discover Yoga wants to help moms keep their cups full this summer with a new series that will include two early morning classes that will finish by 8 AM. BALANCE YOUR SUMMER. Consider making the commitment to this series. You’ll find you are a more patient and energetic mom, the kind of mom you want to be, when you take the time, to take care of yourself.
"I practiced yoga throughout my entire pregnancy. It helped me feel more centered and relaxed, as well as ease back pain and general soreness from being pregnant. I noticed that when I missed a class my week didn't go as well. I would feel more anxious and moody. I feel that practicing yoga regularily really helped me to use my breath and stay calm and focused while giving birth. The people who attended my birth commented on how they thought my yoga practice helped me to have a peaceful home birth with no drugs and painkillers. "
"I am much stronger now than I was when I first came to Discover Yoga. I had experienced a back injury about a year after I had my daughter. I was physically very weak after childbirth and did not take an active interest in strengthening in the months after. I also had a very difficult time calming my mind during this time.
Usually I am not one to give advice, but if any mothers-to-be or new mothers asked me for recommendations on how to make managing their world full of changes a little easier on them, I would strongly encourage them to go to yoga. The strength one can gain physically can prove to be tremendously helpful during childbirth. In addition, the quiet I experience in mind and body during class has been essential for me in recharging and rejuvenating myself.
Since I began practicing yoga again, I have felt great physical relief from my back injury. I also feel stronger physically and very in tune with my body and mind. I enjoy many aspects of class at Discover Yoga - especially the non-competitive nature of the classes. It’s a wonderful and comfortable place to learn."
"I have been doing yoga for several years at Discover Yoga and the overall benefits of this practice are indescribable. I am a busy professional who "works out" everyday and thought myself fit. I never really understood the benefits of yoga until getting involved with Discover Yoga. Not only have I increased my flexibility (especially important because I do regular exercise) but through the rhythmic breathing that accompanies each asana the feeling of peace, serenity and overall well being after each practice is incredible. The grounded, centered feeling follows me through the day and helps me to remember to breathe through difficult situations. Discover yoga has such a great variety of classes for all levels everyone can join right in even if you've never been on a yoga mat before! I highly recommend Discover Yoga! If you have questions, http://www.pattichalker4HOMES.com "
"Yoga is a lovely moving meditation for me. I can enter a class totally fractured from a busy stressful day and feel extremely grounded, present and peaceful at the end. I feel that yoga returns the 'me' to me that was there all along!" http://www.bbodyworks.comtop ^
"I was a little nervous to start the Yoga for Pregnancy class because I had never done yoga before, but the instructors are so welcoming, I quickly felt comfortable in the class. The teachers are very knowledgeable in what is happening with your body and mind during pregnancy, and use what we say to customize each practice so that it meets the needs of each person in the class. They explain what the different postures are doing and how to do them correctly and safely.
When I started (at 17 weeks), I had only minor body aches and pains, which I quickly found got better with each practice. My chiropractor was amazed that my back wasn’t getting worse during pregnancy, but was in fact, getting better! In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, I also found that being with other pregnant women and sharing what was going on in each of our pregnancies was very encouraging and fun. My only regret is that I didn't start doing Yoga for Pregnancy sooner!"top ^
"Finding yoga, my life and my breath have really opened up into so many wonderful experiences. My most significant relationships have healed, blossomed and strengthened, many doors have opened to me and most precious of all, even brought new life into our lives. Yoga has supported me through many challenges and has taught me to find peace, balance and strength from within."top ^
"Beginning in 2003 everything in my life was changing! I hadn't realized that I was on the verge of losing myself through these changes. It was then that I realized how important yoga was (and is) in my life. Yoga helped me get back to myself, open my heart, and face these changes with a healthy awareness. Yoga provides me with a wonderful sense of community and a means to find the joys that are in and around me.."top ^
"I do yoga to be in my body as opposed to just lugging it around, to prevent minor aches and pains, to be strong both physically, emotionally and mentally, to let go of junk and replace it with peace and clarity, to recharge and regenerate, to reconnect with my core and help remind myself how to live the life I want to live. I do yoga to be able to be a better me."top ^
"I have enjoyed practicing yoga at Discover Yoga since 1998 and I tell people all the time."I don't know where I would be today if it wasn't for yoga!". It's been such a rewarding journey discovering new ways of healing and strengthening my body and mind through yoga. I appreciate the depth of knowledge and commitment the teachers share with their students. The studio is a welcoming and safe place to do yoga and a peaceful place to leave the outside world behind. Thank you!"top ^