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Yoga Pilates and the Alexande theory

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Yoga The word yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit. Yoga can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses. Asana is only one of the eight "limbs" of yoga, the majority of which are more concerned with mental and spiritual well being than physical activity. In the West, however, the words asana and yoga are often used interchangeably. Yoga Practice Yoga teachers will often refer to "your practice," which means your individual experience with yoga as it develops over time. ...read more.


By core strength, we are talking about your back, abdominal and pelvic muscles. Through Pilates, you will be able to develop these muscles without adding bulk, increasing your flexibility and agility and at the same time toning your stomach and thigh muscles. Pilates goes far beyond your core muscles however and not only provides a complete body workout (you will be working muscles you didn't even know you had!), but also helps you develop an awareness of how your body works, helping your mind and body to work in harmony. Alexander Technique The Alexander technique is an alternative medicine and educational discipline focusing on bodily coordination, including psychological principles of awareness. ...read more.


It is most commonly taught in a series of twenty to forty private lessons which may last from thirty minutes to an hour. Teachers use demonstration, explanation, and repeated examination of what spontaneously occurs in minute detail. Trained observation and light hand contact are used to detect the student's unnecessary physical and mental stresses. Hands-on suggestion and guiding improvements are offered in the context of everyday actions such as sitting, standing, walking, using the hands and speaking. As further topics of personal interest, activities such as the complex & demanding training of performing artists, sports or hobbies may be requested by students. Alexander Technique principles have also been adapted to be taught in groups; often using short individual lessons demonstrated in turn which act as examples to the class. ...read more.

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