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In Western culture, most yoga has become some sort of extreme athleticism, focused on performing postures to impress.
This misses the point of yoga: union of mind, body and spirit.
The postures are to be the route to meditation, and the posture for you is the posture of where you are "right now."
Most yoga classes show what the teacher can do.
Chair Yoga is about what you can do.
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Anyone can do yoga
Yoga50Plus is yoga that is tailored to the needs of anyone over 50 or anyone with limitations or special needs.
Do you NOT want to face the challenges of a typical gym-like yoga class but still want the possibility to experience the depth of yoga?
The concept of Yoga50Plus has two main goals:
to minimize the unwelcome signs of aging and
to help the student to perceive the aging process as a benefit, a process of human development, which opens them up to a transformation from pure physical strength to powerful wisdom and insight. On the physical level, the three main objectives of Kundalini 50plus are: to maintain balance and coordination skills, to straighten the spine and increase its flexibility, and to expand lung capacity. Progress in these areas guarantees a better quality of life as you grow older.
Yoga50Plus helps you to align your life anew in relation to the changing conditions and challenges of the aging process.
If any of the following apply to you:
--> have never done yoga
--> have not exercised in years
--> feel you are too old
--> feel you are overweight
--> feel that limits restrict you
--> want more flexibility
--> want to feel better
--> want to sleep better
--> want to feel calmer, more grounded
--> want a greater ability to manage strong emotion
--> want to do yoga in a chair (or mat is ok, too)
--> you are over 50 and less than 1000 years old
then this is the yoga class for you.
Yoga50Plus with Ty
uses simple yoga movements
makes the healthful, calming, rejuvenating benefits of yoga
is accessible to everyone
Your instructor, Ty, is 66 years old.
Ty suffers from arteriosclerosis which affects his aerobic ability and peripheral neuropathy which causes feet pain and balance issues.
Join a class, and let Ty prove to you that these yoga classes are for everyone.
Come join, enjoy your yoga practice, reap the rewards of gentle movement, and have some fun with it.
This calming yoga practice features:
breath pacing to promote deeper and longer breaths,
gentle warm-up movements,
active yet gentle, easy postures to improve flexibility,
relaxing series of cool-down movements,
guided visualization relaxation.
BALANCE and REINTEGRATE the BODY, MIND and SPIRIT
Learn to RELAX and DE-STRESS
I am 72 years old and have always found Yoga to be very painful and not enjoyable. Ty's classes are different and designed for people like me. I'm very stiff, have never worked on stretching or flexibility. In Ty's class, in a gentle way, I am able to stretch and exercise. Most of the time from a sitting position. The atmosphere and back ground music are relaxing. I would recommend giving Ty's yoga class a try. No contract, pay as you go. If you like it keep going. Nothing to lose.
- - K.M.
I always look forward to going to Ty's Yoga50Plus program - I feel both energized and relaxed after every class! It is great to be able to 'come as you are,' start where you're at and let your body guide you on how far to take each movement. The calm music, the short rests in between movements and the final meditation are so soothing - it makes the body work your doing, very enjoyable rather than something to get over with!' This is a wonderful way to de-stress and keep fit!
- - I. H.
Your class is highly morivating.
- - C. S.
Ty's Yoga50Plus class is really a class for all ages. Do not let the name fool you. Since I am well under 50, but have some physical limitations that do not bode well with sitting on the floor for any extended period of time that would be required in a regular yoga class, this class has allowed me to participate in a yoga practice. I have noticed my range of motion and stamina improving within a few classes. This yoga practice does range from the easy to the challenging with modifications to suite the individual's needs. I appreciate the light and fun atmosphere that Ty has created. Namaste!
- - A. W.
So awesome. I found chair yoga for the 1st time and I can't wait to go every Wednesday and Sunday night.
- - C. C.
Office YogaOffice Yoga - Not Your Typical Yoga Class
Inclusive - postures or exercises designed for all body types and abilities
Non-Spiritual (spiritual references could be mistaken for religious references)
Office Appropriate Clothing )no skimpy attire bythe teacher)
Never single out any student - limitations, corrections, modifications are offered to entire class (unless answering a question from a strudent)
Never touch a student - modifications are done verbally and offered to entire class
Office Yoga differs from Studio Yoga
Most office jobs today require sitting at a desk, in front of a computer all day, so a focus on hips, hamstrings, shoulders, neck, spine, ankles, and wrists is needed.
The various types of yoga have different unique benefits.
The goal of Office Yoga to allow the body to move as much as possible within the constraints of an office.
The classes should be playful, allowing laughter and fun.
Concern over alignment is minimized and focus on breath and movement is emphasied.
For Office Yoga, Kundalini Yoga is a perfect fit.
Taking the time to breathe and stretch can literally recalibrate everything.
Participant Benefits of Yoga in the Office
Reduce Stress, Anxiety, Depression
: It's no secret that work can be stressful, and yoga is the perfect antidote. Stress alone leads to changes in mood, poor performance, and anxiety. Looking for ways to reduce employee stress so they can be more productive, have more positive interactions with coworkers, and stay focused pays off for organizations.
: By combining movement and breath, your yoga practice does not allow for a wandering mind. By being present "in the moment" you'll learn to control your mind so you can focus on the task at hand. A vitally useful skill to have in a fast-paced workplace where multitasking is a way of life.
: Yoga activates your immune system, gets your blood flowing and stimulates your lymphatic system. Yoga also supports healthy bones through weight-bearing exercises. That's a lot of health benefits that lead to less sick days and higher performance amongst employees.
: Sitting all day wreaks havoc on your posture and the natural curves of the spine slowly start to reverse as you hunch over your computer desk (lucky for us we all have standing desks). A huge benefit of yoga is finding the natural curves of the spine by lengthening the sides of the waist, tilting the pelvis and broadening the back body. Yoga also stretches major muscles groups and increases joint mobility to prevent joint aches and stiffness.
: When you are confident in your body, it bleeds over to other areas of your life. Yoga increases body confidence by showing you just how strong and nimble you can be. The poses are designed to increase flexibility while building muscle strength and oftentimes cardiovascular health. Small changes lead to major results and soon your confidence in your body's ability is skyrocketing.
: Who doesn't love having fun activities offered at work? Getting to try a yoga class for free, while bonding with your co-workers is a benefit that far exceeds the hour spent in the room together.
: Stress and anxiety, sitting all day and not moving around enough, mindlessly eating at your desk or on the fly, all cause digestive distress but many yoga postures aid in digestion. Stress reduction can decrease acidity, heartburn, and indigestion. Deep leg folds and twists can turn on your digestive fire, aid in detoxification, and wring out any toxins stored in the intestines. Once your digestion is back on track, you'll be able to tune into those gut feelings in your second brain (the gut) to help aid you in making important decisions at work and in life.
: Exercise has been proven to increase your energy. It's easy to become sedentary when trying to balance out the demands of work and family life but it's actually counter-productive. The less active you are, the quicker you fatigue and the less energy you'll have to tackle everything. Taking the time to focus on yourself, even for a short period of time, is just the boost you need to tackle the rest of your day with vigor.
: Yoga supports you to bring awareness to your breathing. When you are not breathing fully, and shortening your breath, it depletes your energy and can make you feel light-headed and sluggish because your vital organs (think brain) are not getting the oxygen they need. Yoga teaches you how to breathe deeply and use your breath to relax or energize your system, as needed.
: By increasing flexibility in your body, you also learn how to increase flexibility in other key areas of your life. Suddenly the things that you were feeling rigid about, are not as important anymore. Learning how to go with the flow helps to decrease stress and anxiety and helps you roll with the punches in an ever-changing work environment.
Relieve neck, head, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, high blood pressure, and work related injuries
: From repetitive motion or from lack of motion
Company Benefits of Yoga in the Office
Decrease employee absenteeism and turnover
Higher quality customer service
Improve teamwork and morale
Advantages of Yoga in the Office
: Avoid the situation of a stressed out yogi, leaning on their steering wheel in stalled traffic. Office yoga is the ultimate convenience. Whether you offer a 30-Minute "No-Sweat" Chair Class in the middle of the day or a 60-minute mat class before/after work, on-site yoga cuts the commute and the road rage. Customize the schedule, format, and pace of the class.
Productivity Where It Counts
: How can we be more productive at work? The basis of yoga is "being present." Promote focus for teht ask at hand. Western science is beginning recognize and define the benefits of consistent yoga practice. Neuralplasticity develops new mental pathways through yoga and meditation:
1) Reaction to stress and speed of recovery from it
2) Compassion and empathy
3) Circuitry for attention & habits of focus
4) Sense of self and purpose
On the individual level, any consistent yoga practice will encourage these traits. However, the shared experience of workplace yoga holds remarkable potential at the level of the group. It's no longer a luxury to have some kind of toolkit to navigate the pressures of the technological age. Being conscious to your breath is one the fastest ways to calm down and center. A work environment where you can trust your colleagues to do so, and where you have a shared understanding of how, is immensely worthwhile.
No Change of Wardrobe
: Practice in your office clothes.
The Client Is In Control
: With office yoga, the teacher works for you. Your in-house yogi adapts to fit your company's culture, time constraints, and goals. This differs from the typical yoga studio experience, where students shop around for the ideal combination of strong teachers, relevant classes, and a culture that feels relatable. An experienced corporate yoga teacher alleviates these compromises, especially weeks and months into the partnership as the teacher gets to know the individual employees, their stories, and what makes the team click.
Yoga for Every Body
: A typical yoga studio designs classes for the younger fit yogi, practicing styles of yoga that leave many people out. Employees in any company range from the younger, physically fit (or not) to the mature out of shape (or physically fit). Office yoga needs to support everyone. Office Yoga based on Kundalini Yoga is fully adapable for all body types, all abilities, all limitations. It truly is the Yoga for Every Body.
Requirements for Yoga in the Office
: Chairs and/or open spaces for mats. Conference room, large office space, break room, gym, rooftop, or at the desk will work.
Support from Leadership
: Management needs to understand the rewards of the program and suuport the needs of the class and teh employees. Attendance by management is highly recommended.
A Good Teacher
: Your in-house yogi needs to be someone who the employees can relate to and who brings the appropriate style of yoga for the workplace.
Be the change
A company committed to the health and safety of their staff understands that it's good business to invest in the wellness of its employees.
Want to give Office Yoga a try at your place of business?