for Stress Management
Classes are sponsored
by your pre-paid health fee
Yoga Summer 2016
June 6 - July 29
Mondays - Thursdays
Contemplative Practice Center (Newman Center's lower level) (map)
Instructor: Andrea Kimura
- Wear loose comfortable clothing.
- Mats, straps and blankets will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.
- Class is held on the lower level accessible by stairs only; if you need accommodations please call Kirstin at (573) 884-WELL (9355).
The word “Yoga” means “union” and implies a harnessing together and a unifying of body, mind and spirit. Yoga is a practice of meditation in motion, and when done regularly, is an excellent mind/body practice for people who wish to move towards greater levels of health.
Mindful yoga is about practicing with awareness of physical sensations, breathing, emotions, and thoughts from moment to moment with unconditional acceptance. If yoga is practiced regularly you will notice many benefits to your physical and mental health. Regular practice will increase your musculoskeletal flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as help you to enter states of deep relaxation and awareness. Many people experience greater serenity about life in general after consistent yoga practice.
In this class we will be engaging in simple, gentle yoga postures. We start with a brief centering and then move to warming up different areas of our body in preparation for the main yoga postures. We will always end our practice with deep relaxation.
There are three main things to keep in mind when practicing yoga:
- Do your version of the posture. Yoga is not about competition. It is an internal practice. Listen to your body. Go to your edge but not beyond.
- Be present. The key to being present is paying attention moment-to-moment without judgment. Welcoming all sensations just as they are. Being present is a skill you develop over time with practice. Being present allows a deeper understanding of ourselves and we take this understanding off our mats and into our daily lives.
- Breathe. If you did nothing else but sit and breathe through your entire practice, you would gain many benefits. Breathe: slow, steady and deep.
A few more things to know:
- Wear comfortable clothing that is non-restrictive.
- Remove your shoes at the door. We practice in our bare feet on a “sticky” mat. The sticky mat helps with stability and reduces the risk of injury from accidental slipping. Socks can be worn for warmth for some postures where risk of slipping is not an issue.
- Come to yoga practice with an empty stomach. (usually no food 2 hours prior). Water is ok during practice to stay hydrated.
- We encourage you to arrive 10-15 minutes before class to get your supplies organized and be ready for the class to start on time. If you're new to yoga, the teacher is there to help explain supplies and set up.
- A blanket and eye pillow can enhance your deep relaxation experience at the end of practice. You can purchase an eye pillow at any online yoga website. Another option is to use a washcloth, scarf or even a clean sock to achieve the same effect: quieting the mind.
- If you have health issues (illness, injury, or medical condition), notify your instructor before class. Not every pose is appropriate for everyone.
- Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting where you are. It is ok to come out of a pose before the teacher says to. The body will respond beautifully when you show it kindness, acceptance and love. Rest sometimes. Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are.
- No prior experience or flexibility is required. Yoga is for everyone.
- If you need to leave early, tell the instructor beforehand and exit before final relaxation.
Finally, within the yoga tradition most classes end with a gesture and saying “Namaste.”
Namaste means the peace in my heart honors the peace in your heart. Instructors will invite this gesture and will end with the following statement: “Peace is within all our hearts.” The gesture is voluntary and only if you are comfortable with it.
We hope you join us each week to relax, restore and renew.
For more information contact:
Health Promotion & Wellness (573) 884-WELL (9355)