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Carrie Parker-Gastelu in upward-facing dog pose

In the present speedy world, where many individuals feel overpowered and stressed, it’s vital to zero in on being solid and cheerful. Yoga is an old activity from India that is generally excellent for you. It’s not simply working; it’s a method for keeping your entire body sound. To help your mind, body, and spirit work together in a balanced way, this means practicing yoga, doing breathing exercises, and following good rules. To put it simply, it means balancing your mind, body, and spirit by practicing yoga, taking long, slow breaths, and living by good values. 

Cultivating Strength and Flexibility

Yoga poses, also called asanas, make your muscles stronger, help you become more flexible, and make it easier for your joints to move. Gentle stretching makes your blood flow better, reduces stiffness, and helps you relax. Difficult poses make you stronger, help you balance better, and improve how you move your body. Doing yoga regularly can help with things like back pain, neck tension, and headaches and make your body feel good.

Emotion Management

Yoga helps you stay calm and focused by teaching you to breathe slowly and move your body gently. Paying close attention helps reduce stress and anxiety by bringing calm and peace to our emotions. Research has found that doing yoga can help lower stress hormones and increase the production of chemicals in the brain that make you feel happy and good.

Better Thinking and Concentration Ability

Meditation is an important part of doing yoga. It helps your mind become clear and focused. People can learn to watch their thoughts and feelings without being critical. This helps them to control their focus and improve their ability to concentrate. This better concentration helps in many areas of life, like jobs, friendships, hobbies, and being creative.

Improving Sleep: A Gateway to Relaxation 

Long-term problems with sleep are a big issue and can hurt your health and how you feel. Yoga helps calm the mind and body, and with deep breathing exercises it can help improve sleep. Yoga helps people feel less stressed and anxious, relax more, and control their nervous system. This makes it easier for them to fall asleep, have deeper sleep, and wake up feeling better.

Holistic Wellness: Healthy lifestyle

Yoga helps the body and mind to be healthy by taking care of holistic wellness. It’s more than just working out. It takes care of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The basic rules of yoga teach us to be disciplined, peaceful, happy, and honest. This way of doing things helps people feel peaceful and find meaning in their lives. Yoga helps bring together different parts of yourself to make you feel really good, both inside and out. It focuses on overall health and makes you feel balanced and healthy.

Yoga for Everyone

Yoga is great because it can be changed to fit your needs. There are different types of yoga, like fast Vinyasa and slow Hatha, to suit people’s different fitness levels and preferences. You can do yoga anywhere and at any time. You don’t need a lot of stuff, just a yoga mat and some comfy clothes. This flexibility makes it easy for anyone to use as a practical tool for improving their overall health and well-being.

From being weakened to going after goals: a journey of improving and growing stronger

Yoga can encourage you in a wide range of ways. It can cause you to feel less agony, assist you with managing pressure, improve your rest, and cause you to feel quiet and tranquil to you and your body. It’s an excursion to feeling better in your body. It can assist individuals in more ways than just resolving issues. It can assist them with developing as people and finding out about themselves. 

You can begin being more mindful by zeroing in on your breathing, how you sit or stand, and quieting down your viewpoints. You might become kinder, stronger, and more aware of yourself and the world.

Wrap Up

Keep in mind when you do yoga, you don’t need to be wonderful from the outset. It’s an endless excursion. Move toward the training with interest, be thoughtful to yourself, and be available to learn. Each time you do a yoga presentation or inhale on the mat, improving and changing things is an opportunity. Celebrate when things work out in a good way, perceive when things are hard, and accept that buckling down will take care of them eventually. By taking deep breaths, yoga can help you feel calm and balanced.

Get your yoga mat and take a major deep breath; then, at that point, begin the incredible excursion of yoga. In the event that you practice a great deal and really buckle down, you will begin to feel improved. It can intellectually, genuinely, and profoundly encourage you, which is perfect for your general well-being.

Theresa Conlon

Theresa is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (200-hour RYT) who has been teaching since 2013. She is skilled in various yoga styles including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, and Meditation. Theresa also brings an extensive dance background to her yoga practice, which includes teaching both modern dance and ballet. She has over 40 years of dance/theater performing experience and currently showcases her choreography as part of Bergen Dance Makers, a dance collective in northern New Jersey. Theresa’s yoga classes offer a calming mix of traditional asana postures and creative movement flows, supported by energy-moving breath. Students of all skill levels are invited to find ease and peace in their bodies/minds/spirits through the joyful bliss of yoga movement.

Carrie Parker Gastelu

Carrie Parker Gastelu, E-500 RYT, has been teaching yoga since 1993. Carrie began her journey when Yogi Raj Mani Finger initiated Carrie into the ISHTA Yoga lineage after training with Mani’s son, Yogi Raj Alan Finger. In addition, she has studied many other yoga traditions as well as anatomy, physiology, movement, and awareness practices to create an eclectic style all her own. She is known for her honest, non-dogmatic yet passionate approach.

Carrie is a regular speaker and contributor at conferences, websites, and print publications and has been featured in Fit Magazine, the Yoga Zone Book, and in the Yoga Zone Video, “Flexibility and Stress Release.”

Lisa Podesta-Coombs

When Lisa found yoga in 2008, she started to find herself again and it set her on a path of health and healing. She received her 200HR RYT certification from Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, and her 30HR Chakra Yoga Teacher Training certificate with Anodea Judith and holds a Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) certification. She is also a Holistic Health Coach (certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). Lisa believes we’re all on a journey of learning how to trust ourselves; she helps her clients build that trust by supporting them in creating better habits for a better life through various functional movement modalities like yoga, barre, Pilates & strength training, mindset, and whole food nutrition.

Forever a student with a passion for people, holistic health, and self-actualization, Lisa is always embracing opportunities to advance her education to better serve; Ayurveda workshops & immersions have been of particular interest as she continues to deepen her knowledge of and experience with food as medicine and she recently completed Unleash Her Power Within, a transformational program of rediscovering our truest selves, powered by Tony Robbins.  

As she continues to give herself space and grace to nourish her natural self and actualize her potential, Lisa continues to share the gift of movement as medicine to inspire authenticity & health in body, mind, and spirit. You can expect mindful, accessible, dynamic, playful, and uplifting classes from Lisa.

Tanisha Sutton

Tanisha’s yoga journey began when she was an undergraduate student studying at university. Changes in her health coupled with anxiety over grades, relationships, and life in general, forced her to search for healthy lifestyle choices she could implement to help manage the stress that she was experiencing as a new adult. A friend of hers suggested that she attend some community yoga classes to help with the anxiety and increase her daily physical activity. Initially, she was reluctant and filled with all these false ideas about yoga and the people who practiced yoga. Like many others, she was concerned that her body type and lack of flexibility automatically excluded her from being a student. Curiously yet hesitantly, she journeyed on to her first class and began laying the foundation for a home and public practice that has supported her over the years.

On this journey, she has discovered that yoga has nothing to do with appearances nor is there anything, but an open mind needed to begin. She intends to provide you with a gentle yoga session that is safe, inclusive, and accessible. Her classes are an expression of self-love and are a deliberate choice to tend to ALL the parts of our being that are neglected, ignored, or disregarded during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Through meditation, deep breathing, and gentle movement we will collectively share space to observe, rest and re-set. Tanisha is honored to share her practice with you and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!