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Have you ever been told to push yourself harder than your body can handle and work through the pain? Well, “no pain, no gain” doesn’t exist in yoga.
Many people have the misconception that yoga is only for people who are flexible and have a certain body shape (i.e. skinny). Nothing could be further from the truth.
Everyone can do yoga, regardless of age, weight, flexibility or physical ability.
Yoga is about connecting the body and the mind through the breath to create calmness and well-being, and to help reduce stress.
All yoga poses can be modified to suit your abilities. Doing yoga should not hurt. If it does, the pose needs to be modified!
To learn more about some of the many techniques that Christie uses to personalize your Be Well in Your Body experience click on the titles below:
Meditation is really just about concentration. When you focus your mind on something, whether washing dishes, gardening or even doing yoga, you may be meditating. Meditation means the mind is relaxed and calm, with increased gaps between thoughts, all while remaining aware and conscious.
There is no right or wrong way to meditate. The difficulty lies in relaxing the mind. Our brain is always working and most people haven’t learned to calm the flow of their thoughts. It is a proven fact that the body cannot fully relax until the mind is relaxed.
Also known in yoga as pranayama, the primary focus of breathing exercises is to encourage the life force energy to circulate throughout the body and brain. The breath is our life force; without it we cannot survive. Breathing techniques help to increase lung capacity thereby increasing oxygen intake; they also help calm the mind, as well as increase overall health and vitality.
There are many types of breathing exercises, but the simplest is just focusing the mind on the natural flow of your inhale and exhale. This simple yet powerful breathing technique can be done anywhere, anytime and has numerous benefits, including immediately reducing stress.
Hatha Yoga can be considered the yoga “umbrella” under which the yoga poses fall. Hatha is the general style of yoga which encompasses other styles, such as: Yin, Ashtanga, Gentle, Power, Hot, Flow, etc. Once you become familiar with the basic Hatha poses, you can comfortably take any yoga class and modify according to your abilities.
This style of yoga is great for everyone and is often offered as classes for basic/beginner and intermediate levels.
Using Hatha poses, Yin is a gentle form of stretching which allows the body to release tension. Yin poses are considered more passive (meaning the muscles are more relaxed) so the stretches can be held longer to penetrate deeper into the muscles’ connective tissues.
This is a wonderful style of yoga for anyone looking to gently increase their flexibility, including runners, walkers and other active people.
Yoga Tune Up®
Yoga Tune Up® offers several specialized immersion trainings where students study in great depth: the anatomy of the body; the biomechanics of functional movement, poses and posture; the regulation of the nervous system; and the process of supporting the body’s natural ability to heal from chronic pain, strain, injury and illness in a more holistic and integrated way to prevent future issues.
Christie is a unique professional. She assesses her clients holistically and identifies the underlying causes of their physical issues. As a Certified Integrated Yoga Tune Up® teacher, Christie has a deep understanding of the intricate weavings of the human body and mind. This enables her to determine the underlying causes of her clients’ pain, injury or loss of mobility and to work with them to create a personalized program that will address their specific needs, and help them reach their health and wellness goals.
The Roll Model® Method
As one of only a handful of certified practitioners in Canada, Christie is licensed to offer The Roll Model® Method classes.
This therapeutic practice, which is a separate part of the Yoga Tune Up® fitness system, focuses on self-care and self-myofascial release (self-massage) using the various Roll Model® Therapy Balls.
The practice may also include breath work, CheckIn and ReCheck, elements of alignment and posture, anatomy instruction, and awareness on both the mental and physical levels.
Therapeutic Yoga is a modality that includes various yoga styles with the intention to bring about healing, primarily of the body. It also includes breath-work and meditation to benefit the mental and emotional levels. In most cases, Therapeutic Yoga is an effective activity which can complement ongoing treatment for various medical conditions. When done safely, gently and within one’s abilities, it can help you on your journey back to health. It can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce the risks of heart disease, alleviate depression and anxiety, ease the pain and stiffness of arthritis, and cope with cancer and various other illnesses. However, please consult your doctor and other health-care professionals before undertaking any activity, including yoga.
As part of her Therapeutic Yoga services, Christie offers the following modalities: Yoga Tune Up®,Somatic Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Chair Yoga.
Somatic Yoga (also known as Somayog) consists of connecting gentle movements with the breath to help the body readjust and maintain proper posture through spinal alignment. The focus is on isolating the muscles of the body part in motion while keeping the rest of the body relaxed.
This style of yoga benefits all, especially people who suffer from neck or back pain and injuries.
Restorative Yoga is considered an "active relaxation." It is a therapeutic form of yoga where the emphasis is placed on relaxing the body in various poses, using numerous props for comfort, to stimulate the body's natural healing process.
This gentle style of yoga is suitable for all individuals wishing to experience deep relaxation while getting the benefits of yoga, as well as people dealing with stress, injuries and illnesses.
Chair Yoga is a therapeutic form of yoga specifically designed for individuals whose mobility is limited. All poses are done sitting in a chair and, depending on one’s abilities, using a chair as a prop to support the body.
This form of yoga is a great option for individuals of all physical abilities, especially seniors and people suffering from injuries and illnesses.