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5:13 PM

Yoga for Emotional Stability

Emotianal StabilityThe physical health benefits of yoga, like increased strength, flexibility and balance have long been known and accepted. However, in recent years scientists and researchers have also begun looking at the affect that yoga can have on our mental and emotional health.  

Their studies have since shown that yoga is also helpful in managing stress, anxiety and improving overall mood. Yoga is now even being used in prisons and to help people suffering from PTSD to recover and manage symptoms.

Unfortunately, stress is an unavoidable part of modern day life, and we may never be able to completely eliminate it. So making sure that we get enough quiet time to truly rest and relax has never been more needed!

In his book Light on Life, BKS Iyengar explains that in yoga, “our aim is to be able to deal with stress as and when it arises, and not to imprint and accumulate it in the body’s various systems.” (Page 62)

He goes on to say, “because of this fast life, we are neglecting the body and the mind. The body and the mind are beginning to pull each other in opposite directing, dissipating our energy. We do not know how to recharge our batteries of energy. As a result, we become careless and callous.” (Page 62)

“Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.” (Page 9)

A restorative Iyengar yoga practice is a great way to calm the mind and nervous system, and manage stress and emotional disturbances. A restorative yoga sequence usually involves fewer poses that are fully supported by props to allow students of all levels and abilities to rest comfortably for longer periods of time – about 5 minutes or more. This allows the body and mind to settle, soften and become quiet.

Join our NEW 6-week Rest and Restore course starting at 7:30pm on Wednesday 12 April or simply drop in to these weekly classes when you can and experience the soothing benefits of a restorative yoga practice for yourself.

If you’d like to try a restorative practice at home, download BKS Iyengar’s Asanas for Emotional Stability sequence HERE and send us any of your restorative yoga questions, tips and photos. Email info@yogatogo.com.au or message and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Important note: Remember to always seek the guidance of an experienced and certified yoga teacher, and check with your medical professional if you have any health concerns.


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4:55 PM

Yoga To Go Studio - Christmas Gift Guide

Give the gift of wellbeing, balance and transformation this Christmas… Here are our top 2016 Christmas gift ideas all available in studio:


Gift Vouchers – any amount
 
Gift VouchersOur gift vouchers can be purchased for any amount and can be redeemed for any products, yoga or Pilates classes and are valid for 6 month from the date of purchase.

Whether you know someone who comes to the studio, or who has always wanted to try yoga or Pilates – a gift voucher provides the choice on how they use their gift.


5-Class Holiday Pass - $100

Holiday SpecialIf you’re staying in town over Christmas and New Years and would like to get lots of practice in, you can purchase our special 5-class pass for just $100 to be used during this time.

It’s also a great gift idea for a friend or family member – come to a few classes together (and enjoy brunch afterwards) over the holiday!

Our holiday timetable will be running from 12 December - 14 January – view and download it HERE.


Yoga Gift Pack - $100

xmass Gift PackLooking for something to wrap and put under the tree for the dedicated or emerging yogi? Pick up one of our Christmas Gift Packs containing:

1 yoga mat
2 blocks
1 belt
2 yoga classes
 
All this for just $100!


Wearable Art Leggings


leggingsShop the latest range of colourful leggings from Anthropic Skin - now on display at reception!

Made using sustainable printing and manufacturing, each of the unique designs features on the legging are by local artists, tattooists and graffiti artists.

A fun gift idea and wardrobe update!

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2:39 AM

Yoga for Men

Father’s Day is coming up in a few weeks, so we’re looking at men’s yoga!

Until recently, yoga has been perceived as very much a ‘girly’ activity, even though for thousands of years in India it was practiced exclusively by men!

Traditionally, the aim of yoga was to achieve spiritual enlightenment and it’s because of this emphasis that many guys avoid it. A lack of flexibility has been another common reason.

Today, however - millions of people around the world are practicing yoga including an increasing number of men. Research shows there are many physical and mental benefits, so yoga has become a very popular tool for coping with the pressures of modern-day life, while also improving overall health and fitness.

Benefits of practicing yoga include increased flexibility and strength, improved concentration and sleep, and relief from stress and anxiety. Iyengar yoga has the added benefit of using props - making the yoga poses accessible for people of all ages and abilities, including the boys!

For the guys, a regular yoga practice can also help:

Increase productivity and creativity at work
Boost the metabolism and immune system
Stretch tight areas like hamstrings and shoulders
Prevent and help recover from sports and other injuries
Improve your tennis or golf swing!
 
We asked some of ‘the boys of Yoga To Go’ why they keep coming back:

JamesJames, 28 - Annadale

I’m not very flexible and I cycle, so yoga really helps me. The props let me adjust the poses for my body and the practice helps quieten my mind after a busy day at work. I’m gaining a better awareness of what’s happening in my body, I pay more attention and look after myself better.


DanielDaniel 32 - Annandale

I’ve been practicing yoga for about 10 years. I was introduced to Yoga to Go by my partner about two years ago. And we sometimes attend class together. My work can get pretty busy, so yoga helps take the focus off that at the end of the day. ‘

 

ScottScott, 37 - Stanmore

I’m an Osteopath and yoga teacher. I stand over a treatment table most of the day so practicing yoga helps relieve back and shoulders pains. I first came to yoga for the physical benefits, but I’ve been practicing for 10 years and teaching for 4 years now, and it’s become spiritual practice too. Yoga has brought me back into my body and into myself – back to who I really am.

WillemWillem, 45 - Summer Hill

I always feel great after a yoga class and I’m much more relaxed and balanced at work the next day. I sit behind a desk, so yoga makes a world of difference for my back and shoulders. I started practicing about 15 months ago and I’m not as tight in my body now. Yoga helps me focus my mind and reconnect with my body.


DougDoug, 56 - Newtown

My daughter bought me a 10-class pass for Christmas about 3.5 years ago and I’ve been coming ever since. I like the structure of Iyengar yoga, and I’m becoming more aware of the different sensations in my body. I’ve noticed a steady improvement in my flexibility and strength, but it’s not just a physical practice - yoga is internal too.

Do you practice yoga? What are some of the benefits that you have experienced? Share your thoughts, comments and pictures with us via info@yogatogo.com.au or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. And Happy Father’s Day to all the dads – come try a yoga class with us soon!

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