“Yoga incorporates many breathing exercises, which could help improve breathing and lung function.” (Healthonline.com)
When I started writing a draft of this post, the air quality in Bend was rated from “moderate” to “unhealthy” depending on which way the wind was blowing smoke from fires all over the western US … and it reminded me of how important breathing is!
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Would you like to have stronger, leaner muscles without having to press weights? Practicing yoga at least two times per week builds strength and tones muscles!
In the Iyengar Yoga method, we have a proven sequence of poses for beginners that is specifically designed to build strength. We break each pose down for you with clear instructions so that everyone can improve muscle tone from their first class.
You can start building your strength by getting 3 Classes for $33 at Cascade Yoga in Bend!
When you practice in an Iyengar Yoga class, the teacher will help you learn to use your breathe, the movement of your limbs and to focus your attention all at the same time. With repetition, the coordination of your breath, muscles and brain in each pose lend to increasing your overall coordination.
Another key to improving coordination lies in transitions between poses. A Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher will give you specific instructions for moving into and out of each pose, as well as how to be in the pose.
Improving your coordination is essential to reducing injury and can improve your performance in sports and your daily routine.
If you are interested in resuming your yoga practice or in getting started in yoga, please contact Cascade Yoga in Bend, Oregon for more information!
Feeling unbalanced? Practicing yoga literally improves your balance!
In the Iyengar Yoga method, we help beginners build balance by focusing on standing poses in a safe and easy to follow progression. Iyengar Yoga teachers are also trained in modifying poses and helping students know when to take more support, including to support their balance.
At first, you may not even realize you are building your balance, but once you are ready, we introduce Vrksasana (Tree Pose) and Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) in a supported progression.
We don’t expect you to immediately balance on one foot — but we do know how to help you get there by moving step-by-step through a sequenced set of preparations.
For more information, please call or email me — I would love to talk to you about getting started with yoga in the Iyengar method at Cascade Yoga in Bend!
Yoga for Nerds! Did you know that Iyengar Yoga Classes include: homework(!), anatomically correct names for body parts & actions, and clear & concise instructions from a highly trained yoga teacher? There are many paths of yoga and Jnana Yoga ~ yoga of knowledge is one of them. Plus, practicing yoga asana improves your concentration so you can study more! Come explore the many facets of yoga at Cascade Yoga in Bend.
New students can get 3 Classes for $33:
Here is your first homework assignment and it even includes extra credit! Tadasana Homework. Enjoy!
There are many benefits to practicing inversions! All inversions, whether they are supported or independent:
- Work on the respiratory, circulatory, nervous and glandular systems
- Help to strengthen will power & positive attitude
- Improve Memory
- Increase intellectual capacity
- Bring emotional stability
- Build character
- Improve behavioral patterns
A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher will incorporate supported, simple inversions from your very first class — you probably won’t even realize you are practicing a modified inversion, but you will still receive all the benefits! Over the course of time, with a consistent and sustained yoga practice, we will introduce: Viparita Karani (Inverted Relaxation Pose), Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand), Sirsasana (Head Stand — see photo!), Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Hand Stand), Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance) and more!
If you would like get started with yoga, please contact Bonnie at Cascade Yoga in Bend:
Did you know that you don’t have to be flexible already to get started with yoga? Yoga Increases Flexibility — especially for people who are stiff! A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher can help you increase your flexibility by guiding you through a sequence of poses specifically chosen to improve flexibility, by breaking down the poses into simple phases, and by modifying poses to include the use of props so that you can access the poses no matter how inflexible you are.
So, no more excuses. We know you’re not a gumby already and we have a class waiting for you. Come on in and get started!
Yoga is for everyone — including everyone who is stiff! Anyone can have stiffness in their body, from lack of exercise or even from too much exercise, or from illness and other health issues.
A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher can tailor classes for beginners and stiff people by moving you through a sequence of poses specifically chosen for stiffness, by breaking down the poses into beginner phases, modifying poses to include the use of props so that you can access the poses no matter how stiff you are, move your body, and get rid of that stiffness!
So, no more excuses. We know you’re stiff and we have a class ready and waiting for you. Come on in and get started!
I was pretty amazed when a friend said to me recently, “You really had a peaceful and calmness about you when we met up! Makes me realize how important yoga is!“.
In the Iyengar Yoga method, practicing yoga is about more than just performing yoga poses. A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) will also integrate yoga philosophy and history into your asana classes, along with a regular monthly routine of relaxation and guided breathing. As students progress, we also teach “Meditation In Action” where you learn to distribute your attention throughout your body and mind while you practice yoga. Even at the beginner level, we teach students how to soften their gaze, look inwards and not be disturbed by external stimuli. Taken altogether, as your practice grows, you will learn how to keep calm even amidst the chaos going on around you!
If you would like to learn more about how to get started with yoga in the Iyengar method, at Cascade Yoga, please call or visit: