I have been a practitioner of meditation
for decades, though I did not always call it meditation.
In the 1980s, I suffered from severe depression (due to stress from work, stress in my social life and a general feeling of loss of control). Luckily, I had a very good Primary Care Physician. Once he realized I was having very unhealthy thoughts, he put me on medication (for the short term) and sent me to Bio-Feedback training. The next few weeks changed my life. Bio-Feedback is just a scientific name for a monitored type of meditation. It taught me how to relax, how to manage stress better, how to clear my thoughts, and gave the control of my life back to me. I was able to go off the medications. I still (and always will) practice this form of meditation.
What I did not realize at the time.. is that this was my introduction to observing and moving the energy of my body. This meditation practice gave me physical calm in the short term, while helping to rewire my brain to relax my mind and body in the long term. Dealing with stress takes more that just physical relaxation. It takes mental change, too.
Along my path, I have found other tools that help: Kundalini yoga, meditation (mindfulness, Yoga Nidra), moving meditation (Tai Chi and Qigong), breath work, and self-hypnosis.
After giving up on yoga
in my 20s when his ego would not accept being the only male in classes of extremely flexible young women, I did not return to yoga until my 50s when a friendship with an accomplished mature yogi opened doors for him. That relationship started a path in Kundalini Yoga that changed his life. Experience in yoga has led me to other limbs of yoga, where I learned that the postures were only a small part of yoga (and by farm not the most beneficial). This knowledge has allowed me to grow in many unexpected ways.
Six years later, a reformed gym rat, I am a dedicated yogi, a Yoga Teacher, a dedicated meditator, a Yoga Nidra Facilitator, a Tai CHi teacher, and a much healthier person.
With a focus on relaxation, healthy breathing, rejuvenating body stretches, weight management awareness, and how to achieve stress reduction, I create classes and workshops for "the Rest of Us," individuals who mistakenly think yoga is too demanding, too difficult, beyond their capabilities, not for them...... Individuals who say "I am not flexible enough, I am too old, I have physical limits, I am overweight, etc"
I invite you to join me on my journey. Together, let’s deal better with stress and grow in a vital life.
Sat Nam, Namiste,
My current classes serve people over 50, people who prefer a chair to a mat, people with dementia, people with Parkinson's disease, people who want to change their body size, and people who want a positive change in life.
If you fit into any of these groups, check out my calendar or email me at Ty@VitalLifeYoga.com
Some of you know Patty from teaching yoga classs at Sanford Minfulness Center where we loved her Tuesday evening class in chair Hatha yoga.
Patty moved away to be near her family, then COVID-19 hit, and classes at the Center were suspended.
Well, she is coming back.
In late July or early August, expect to see Patty's classes brought yo you virtually via Vital Life Yoga.
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