A Brief History on Yoga
Yoga dates back more than 5,000 years. The word yoga, a Sanskrit term, means “to join or yoke together” and it brings the body, mind and spirit together into one harmonious experience. Yoga was popular in the Eastern traditions for centuries. There is a common misconception that yoga is rooted in Hinduism, but in fact yoga predates Hinduism. Yoga was introduced in the United States in the 1800’s, but not widely practiced until the 1960’s.
There are many different types of yoga. Some of the more popular types are:
- Hatha – Gentle with slow and smooth movements. The focus in on holding poses and integrating your breath into the movement.
- Iyengar – Similar to Hatha Yoga, but focuses more on body alignment and balance, while holding poses longer.
- Kundalini – Rapid movement through the poses while emphasizing breathing, chanting, and meditation. This type of yoga can be quite challenging.
- Bikram – Similar to Hatha Yoga, but is practiced in a room that is heated to approximately 105 degrees.
- Ashtanga – Power yoga similar to an aggressive workout.
At the Women’s Wellness Center of NJ, we focus on Hatha Yoga. This form of yoga is gentle enough for a beginner, but can also be quite challenging for those who are more experienced.
How Will You Benefit from a Yoga Class?
Pregnant women are carrying a growing baby for 9 months. As a baby grows, more energy and strength is needed to be able to carry the additional weight. This can cause a lot of stress on the body. At a prenatal yoga class, you will practice poses that will help to alleviate aches and pains throughout the body. Prenatal Yoga helps to prepare the body for the birth of your baby through breathing techniques that are practiced throughout the class and by working specific muscles groups that will help during labor. Building your core and strengthening your pelvic floor will not only help you push more efficiently during labor, it will also assist in quicker healing postpartum. A prenatal yoga class also allows you to slow down and focus your attention on the baby growing inside your body.
A postnatal yoga class provides an environment where you can connect with other new moms and share the joys and challenges of being a new mother. This class will gently help you rebuild flexibility and muscle tone. Being a new mom requires an enormous amount of energy and patience. This class will help to develop patience through breathing and meditation.
What to Expect From Our Yoga Classes
In Yoga, you will learn breathing techniques and how to enhance circulation through poses using proper alignment. This alleviates complications associated with stress. Eight out of ten people suffer from some kind of back pain in their lifetime. Practicing proper alignment through yoga can relieve low back pain almost instantly for most students. Gentle movement in the joints helps circulation and can provide relief in all joints of the body. Many poses are designed to build strength in all muscle groups which creates flexibility. Having this flexibility, or range of motion, allows us to move and do the things we want throughout life. Deep breathing along with postures that relax the central nervous system can result in lowering blood pressure. Regular yoga practice can also assist in weight management. Some postures stimulate sluggish glands. The thyroid gland has an enormous effect on our weight because it affects body metabolism. As the metabolism is increased, fat is converted to muscle and energy.
Our Holy Yoga Class
Our Holy Yoga practice connects our entire being with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we breath and move and are centered on Christ, we find outselves in the flow of His magnificence.
What should I bring?
Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that allows you to breath and move easily. Bring a water bottle and towel if you’d like. If you have your own mat, bring it along otherwise, we provide mats.
Our Yoga Instructor
Kathy took her first yoga class in 2008 and immediately fell in love. In May of 2013, she completed her first Yoga Certification with The School of Royal Yoga in Chester, NJ. In October of 2013, she completed her Holy Yoga Certification. Holy Yoga is an experiential worship created to deepen people’s connection to Christ. The sole purpose is to facilitate a Christ honoring experience that offers an opportunity to believers and non-believers alike to authentically connect to God through his Word, Worship, andWellness.
Kathy feels blessed to be able to bring Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Holy Yoga, and Gentle Yoga to Women’s Wellness of New Jersey.
Class Schedule & Contact Information
Holy Yoga – Thursdays @ 7:00-8:00 PM
Try your first class for free!
For more information or to register for a class contact Kathy via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 509-1822