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 Yoga & Ayurveda

"Yoga is a practice that teaches awareness"


Why I Love Yoga

There are so many benefits of yoga, including stress relief, pain relief, increased flexibility and strength, improved circulation, better breathing, and calming of the parasympathetic nervous system. The practice of yoga is well demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. The body responds to stress through a fight-or-flight response, which is a combination of the sympathetic nervous system and hormonal pathways activating and releasing cortisol, the stress hormone from the adrenal glands.


Cortisol is often used to measure the stress response. Committing to a regular yoga practice can help reduce the levels of cortisol. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress.

Yoga can ease pain especially in the lower back area, which is where most people tend to feel pain. Studies have shown that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, arthritis, and back and neck pain. Yoga can also improve flexibility, mobility, and can significantly increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments, tendons, fascia, and muscles lengthen and increases elasticity.


Where I am Teaching Yoga

I am currently teaching yoga at Lifetime Athletic. I also teach at Radio Yoga in Bowie, Maryland and I also partner with Revolve Wellness Studios in Catonsville, Maryland to teach yoga classes.


I teach the following styles of Yoga:  

  • Ashtanga Vinyasa (primary series)

  • Vinyasa Flow

  • Yoga HIIT Fusion Flow

  • Mommy and Me Yoga 

  • Yin Yoga

  • Slow Burn Vinyasa 

  • Specialty group yoga for wedding parties, wellness events, and retreats


Yoga and Ayurveda

Yoga and Ayurveda are like sister practices. Before I became a yoga teacher, I had already begun to incorporate Ayurvedic practices into my daily life by using spices like Turmeric, essential oils, herbs and a tongue scraper. The practice of Ayurveda comes from India and this practice has been around for more than 5,000 years.

Ayurveda is thought to be a practice of medicine that is built around avoiding imbalances around the elements of air, fire, water, and earth. However, in Ayurveda, imbalances are thought to start the progression of disease and inflammation in the mind and body. This system of medicine seeks to understand our deepest connections with the whole universe and the influences of the energies that make up the universe.

One of the most significant reasons I have embraced Ayurveda is this approach treats each individual, taking into account each person’s unique health condition. Imbalances in our body such as inflammation, pain, and stiffness cannot be treated the same for each person. Therefore, an individual health approach should be used to provide a solution that should not always include taking pills or injections. Rather, the goal of Ayurveda is to teach people how to stay fit and healthy through a deeper understanding of themselves and their own particular relationship with the environment around them. This system is also based on natural healing and strengthening the body through yoga, and the mind and body through meditation.

One of the best ways to start implementing Ayurveda practices is to know your Dosha. A dosha is the presence of one of three substances that are present in a person’s body. An imbalance of Vata, Pita, or Kapha can determine what needs to be balanced in the body to have optimal health. For example, Vata is the air element, Pitta represents the fire element, and Kapha is the water element. As you can see, you really cannot balance these earth elements in your body until you learn which of the dosha elements that represents your unique profile. Here are two great links to determine your Dosha. You should try both sites and see if the conclusions are the same. 

Learn your Dosha type by taking the Dosha Quiz and second comparison Dosha Quiz 2.

Here are some great Ayurveda rituals that you can begin to practice for the winter for optimal health.

  • Meditate for at least 20 minutes a day

  • Awake before the sun rises

  • Practice yoga or stretching exercises at least twice a week

  • Eat a healthy and nourishing breakfast and lunch according to your dosha type

  • Have dinner no later than 7:00 p.m.

  • Drink room temperature water and avoid cold drinks

  • Try falling to sleep no later than 11:00 p.m.

Why You Should Try Meditation

There are several types of meditation that you can try including Mindfulness meditation, Zen, Transcendental, Primordial Sound, and meditation while practicing Kundalini Yoga. Mindfulness meditation involves paying close attention to your breath, while scanning your body to determine any sensations you may be experiencing. Breath awareness simply means focusing your attention on your inhalations and exhalations. This means, really noticing your breath, while quieting the mind, and scanning your body, starting from your toes and working your way up to you to your head. While you are becoming aware of your breath and body sensations, you should slowly release any tension in various parts of your body such as your shoulders, your mouth, and un-clenching your jaw, etc.

When you begin a mindfulness meditation practice, you should always start in a comfortable position, where you will be able to stay comfortably without much movement or discomfort. Many people like to lie down when practicing a mindfulness meditation session. However, you should find a comfortable position that feels right for you.

Why You Need Some Yin with Your Yang?

If you practice yoga regularly and do not regularly take a yin yoga class, you are missing out! Too much yang and not enough yin does not promote harmony and balance in our bodies. According to Chinese philosophy, Yin is negative and dark and Yang is positive and bright. 

Yin is soft a soft energy flowing through our bodies. Whereas, Yang is the opposite and can be expressed by moving vigorously like in a Vinyasa or Ashtanga flow class. Yang energy is at its highest peak and we can feel drained when we release Yang energy. That’s why it is so crucial to balance these harmonies and quiet the mind and body with a yin practice.


What is Yin Yoga?

Yin yoga is a slower paced style of yoga and a typical one-hour class will have about six postures. In a Yin practice, the body is held in yoga asanas for up to 5 to 8 minutes. These passive holds target the connective tissues and allows the fascia to become more flexible. Usually, Yin postures will target tightness in and around the back, hips, pelvis, and legs. Give Yin yoga a try and bring some balance into your life.

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony - Thomas Merton

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