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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Savasana


Mummylicious sent me a message on Sunday raving about this class she had just come from and how she was feeling like a rubber band; Hot Yoga has arrived to Trinidad and Tobago!

I know there are very few yoga studios in operation in Trinidad, however it was always difficult to get information about venue, time and cost as I saw it more as being a "spiritual" sort of group as opposed as one to add to a routine of diet and exercise to help whip the body into shape. So it was with great pleasure to discover that Moksha Yoga Trinidad is online and you can broswe all the information about yoga from the comfort or your home!

There are several classes available which are open to all ages and abilities so even beginners need not fear getting started with Yoga. You can get the full schedule on the website for those interested.

Here is some information on Hot Yoga:
Moksha hot yoga is a series of postures practiced in a heated room. The series works to stretch, strengthen and tone the muscles while detoxifying the body and calming the mind.

While each of our instructors brings their own unique experience and style to their teaching, all classes follow a basic structure that is fundamental to the Moksha practice...

Moksha Yoga is a cardiovascular workout that stretches, strengthens and tones while detoxifying the body and calming the mind. But while the Moksha Yoga Series is ideal when practised in a heated room, the series has been currently modified for non-heated situations. This gives people the opportunity to experience the series before the opening of the studio. Classes are generally 90 mins, but a 1-hour series is available for those on the go.

And the benefits of Hot Yoga (I am liking the part about loosing weight!) taken from the Moksha Yoga website:

The benefits of hot yoga border on limitless.

* De-stress
* Lose weight
* Improve their immune systems
* Increase their cardiovascular abilities
* Feel more energized


But the benefits of Moksha go beyond the studio. Our students have told us that Moksha has:

* Healed them emotionally and physically from the challenge of chemotherapy
* Improved their relationships with family members
* Increased their ability to focus
* Helped them heal from brain injury
* Improved their golf game... just to name a few!

New students are constantly showing us the positive changes yoga has on their lives. We don't even know the full potential of this sweaty stuff!


Health Benefits:

Stress
Do you ever notice how much you can de-stress just by taking one big breath in.and letting a sigh come out. Just imagine 90 minutes of deep, conscious breathing.

Back/knee pain
The heat in a Moksha class relaxes the joints - much like a full body heating pad or hot water bottle. Also Moksha focuses on opening the hips where knee and back pain often originate.

Headaches
Many postures in the Moksha sequence relieve tension and tightness in the neck and shoulder area. As this area relaxes, blood flow increases and headaches often decrease or go away entirely. Jessica, one of the Moksha directors, hasn't had a migraine in over four years and migraines used to be a monthly event!

Insomnia
Several postures focus on increasing blood flow through the pineal gland where melatonin, the hormone released to induce deep sleep, is released.

Depression
In addition to melatonin, the pineal gland also controls the release of serotonin, the "mood" hormone. As certain postures flush the pineal gland with oxygenated blood its function improves and emotional highs and low begin to even out.

Scoliosis
The work on stretching and strengthening the spine has a dramatic effect on those working with a spinal curvature. Pain is eased and the strength in the internal muscle structure of the back starts to allow for great ease in movement and better posture.

Poor digestion
With regular practice many students find that they don't crave junk food as much. This inclination towards a healthier diet, coupled with calming the nervous system, helps with long-term digestive issues.

Arthritis
The 'hot' element of the hot yoga class is what has the most dramatic affect on arthritis sufferers. The effects are so dramatic that the Arthritis Society is holding a Moksha hot yoga class for their largest fundraiser.

Poor posture
With regular Moksha classes the spine gets stronger and students notice that it is actually more comfortable to sit and stand straight.

Constipation
Relaxing the central nervous system by focusing on breath increases a process called peristalsis. Peristalsis moves processed food through the digestive system and out of the body. Certain postures increase blood flow to the colon, further aiding the digestive process.

I do not have to tell you that I will be trying Moksha Yoga very soon and if your curiosity gets the better of you and you also decide to try out a class just don't laugh if you see me there trying to contort my body into all the positions! Hey, at least by the time Carnival 2008 comes around I should not only be toned but super flexible to but down a modified cheesecutter wine!
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