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Why Practice Yoga at Mind to Body Yoga Studio in Mississauga

Why Practice Yoga at Mind to Body Yoga Studio in Mississauga

Why Practice Yoga at Mind to Body Yoga Studio in Mississauga

Do you feel tempted to practice yoga at home on your laptop, or even online or YouTube?  Then, this blog is for you. 

The traditional drop-in yoga classes still maybe the best place to practice yoga for many reasons. Doing yoga at home may appear convenient, but it can be far less effective and could potentially lead to injury.   We would like to share some reasons why you should take yoga classes at a yoga studio:

1. Sense of Community

Our yoga studio is not just a spacious place with cork floors, but it’s also a centre for personal and spiritual growth. By attending yoga classes here, you're joining a large and far reaching community of passionate teachers, committed students and yoga scholars. In addition to classes, we also offer workshops; retreats and yoga teacher trainings, all of which are meant to bring people closer together and add value to your practice.

As more and more technology gets established, it’s easy to see its isolating effects and the current loneliness epidemic that plagues the modern person. Unfortunately even doing the beautiful practice of yoga alone at home, fails to foster a sense of connection with others.

In Buddhism, the sangha, or the sense of community, is one of the few treasures that practitioners look toward for guidance and take refuge in during difficult times. By coming together in the sacred space of a yoga studio, we keep each other accountable and support each other, even in the most difficult of postures and/or times.

2. Hands on Assists

The tricky thing about yoga is that your body doesn't want to have correct alignment. Your body wants to be a couch potato (and sometimes eat that entire bag of potato chips). As a result, practicing yoga alone has a potential to put your body into a position more prone to injury, and also reinforce bad habits. An experienced teacher is necessary to correct any misalignment in the poses, for both beginners and even advanced practitioners.

Yoga teachers at our studio are not simply following a script; they are continually scanning the room and examining bodies to see where students need correction or adjustment. Our yoga teachers customize their verbal instructions to fit the practicing bodies in the room.

3. Insight on Yoga Practice

In our yoga studio setting, before, after or during the yoga class, students are invited to talk to the teacher and ask questions. And although the yoga teacher may not be a sage or a guru fresh off the ashram, they're still a source of valuable knowledge and wisdom.

Whether you have a certain injury or pain in a specific part of your body or simply a desire to gain strength or flexibility in specific area, your teacher is there to provide insight into the problem, or possible solutions to add to your practice.

Unlike your school teachers or university professors who teach you for a semester or two, the relationship you have with your yoga teacher can built and grow over many years.  Also yoga teachers make invaluable friendships with their students.  It’s a source of joy for them to see their students grow in their yoga practice.

4. Focus on Practice

Unfortunately, it can be very easy to slack off in your home yoga practice. There are certainly plenty of distractions at home.  You wake up in the morning and roll out your yoga mat, pop into a Downward Dog, only to notice your toenails need some trimming and on your way to the bathroom to get your nail clippers you notice your cats need to be fed, and then your phone pings with five important emails that need your attention.

By stepping away from distractions at home and joining others in our dedicated space for yoga, your personal practice gets strengthened as well.

5. Mindfulness and peace

While practicing yoga with others can bring up some unwanted emotions such as self-judgement, it also fortunately makes you aware of how your mind is always trying to sabotage you.  When we lose our balance in a Tree Pose, while the person next to us is perhaps barely breaking a sweat in a handstand, a lot of harsh judgement can creep up, comparisons and a desire to compete can come up.

Fortunately, these difficult moments during practicing yoga in a class environment can provide the perfect time to practice mindfulness.  Mindfulness practice can help us recognize the present moment experience from a stance that is both nonjudgmental and nonreactive. It helps us accept ourselves just as we are.

By letting go of the judgements that can arise from comparison to others, we bring awareness, mindfulness and peace in our daily lives.

6. Healing Touch

Although Savasana is already pretty blissful, one of the guilty pleasures of practicing yoga at a yoga studio is receiving the healing touch of a yoga teacher in Savasna – getting a boost of oxytocin.

 

Do you still feel you have reasons to do yoga at home? Of course! Any yoga anywhere is 100% worth it.  Haven’t given our studio a try yet? Sign Up for unlimited access with our 30 day trial offer for $65. You can always check out our pricing and promotional offers, or just drop by to chat about what options might work best for you. We are so proud of our studio and will continue to build and develop a positive community that supports the health and wellness of our clients. We hope to see you soon!

Self-care and Well Being

Self-care and Well Being

What is Self-care and Well-being?

We have a tendency to put self-care aside as the challenges of modern life make us over-stimulated, exhausted, stressed, tired, frustrated, and desperate. If it sounds like this is you, you’re not alone. We live in a society that’s asking us to work harder, faster, and longer to accomplish more in less time. You may start feeling as if there is no off switch. To make it worse you may think, feeling this way is normal.
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Spirituality and Happiness

Spirituality and Happiness

What does Spirituality have to do with Happiness?

Yoga, meditation, prayer, journaling, reading, chanting, and/or contemplation, at some point in your life you may have turned to one or more of these practices as a way of connecting to your higher self. Spirituality is a way of uncovering mysteries of life. There are many religions old and new in this world, practiced or not practiced by some, science shows that spirituality is a universal practice that can have a powerful positive effect on happiness, health, and relationships.
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Why Yoga Practice Makes You Happy

Why Yoga Practice Makes You Happy

Reasons why practicing yoga will lead to happiness

Everybody is in pursuit of happiness, isn’t it? While social success is considered to be the biggest source of happiness, other things that are considered to bring joy to us include earning more money, traveling to exotic destinations, meeting new people, eating delicious food and the list goes on and on. But have you ever given a thought to the “real source of happiness“? What if we told you that the real source of eternal happiness lies within us? Naturally, you would ask the way to reach that source.

There are many ways to attain real joy and happiness, but Yoga is something that takes your there like nothing else. This is because when you attain happiness through Yoga, you simply stay there and realize that attaining something that you want does not bring happiness, but it happens the other way round – you are able to realize your dreams because you are happy from within. Numerous studies point to the positive effects of yoga on mental and physical health, as well as on personal development.

Let’s find out how Yoga makes you happy:

Brings mind and body in harmony

Yoga is not all about contorting your body in different positions to attain physical well-being; rather, it is a science that brings mind and body in perfect harmony. When you breathe in and breathe out in a particular yogic posture, it has a soothing effect on your nervous system and you start feeling relaxed. When your neurons become stress-free, it automatically translates into a feeling of joy. The postures that your yoga instructor makes you practice have been improvised by ancient yogis to offer you maximum benefits. So, all you have to do is practice yoga and happiness will come naturally to you.  Join a community that fits you best to experience the happiness in your life.

Reduces stress and anxiety and induces happiness

Our modern lifestyle is so fast and demanding that stress and anxiety have become a permanent part of our lives. In fact, we have become so used to these emotions that we have stopped feeling them. But from the inside, these negative emotions and stress do make us miserable. We lose the capacity to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and stay in a constant state of discontent and unhappiness. However, Yoga works directly on stress and anxiety – it infuses our mind with positive energy and makes our body more flexible. As a result, we start feeling happy and flexible mind and body wise respectively.

Increases self-awareness and mindfulness

Self-awareness is the ultimate joy for a human being and Yoga is the science that takes us on that path. The first thing that you will notice in you after practicing Yoga for a while is that you become more and more compassionate. You start being in harmony with other people and your surroundings. This is the first step that you take toward being happy and contented.

Mind to Body Yoga is committed to spread awareness about Yoga in Mississauga and the whole of Canada. With our scientifically designed Yoga courses, you can stay happy and blessed for the whole life. Find out more about the benefits of Yoga in our upcoming workshop – “The Art of Independent Happiness” starting January 2018. Call 905-712-9642 for more information!

Sara Ryatt
Sara Ryatt
22:35 12 Dec 19
I was in search of a yoga teacher training program and stumbled upon Mind to Body....its become my second home ever since. The yoga teacher training program was very detail oriented and definitely prepared for my yoga journey. They covered a lot of topics like anatomy and basics of ayurveda as well. I continue to attend regular yoga classes there now. They offer many various different types of classes..my favs are the restorative and yin classes. The staff is very inviting and friendly and the studio is very very clean and well maintained. Oh yea...can't forget the complimentary delicious detox tea i have every time i attend a class is a bonus!!read more
olga g
olga g
00:29 05 Nov 19
Great prenatal classes. Would recommend to anyone this place. Inside is very inviting and positive environment.
christal gordon
christal gordon
18:09 01 Nov 19
The mind to body yoga teacher training program was a life changing experience. Not only were we taught the foundations of yoga practice, we were also given the opportunity to form relationships with a variety of yogis. I have grown in confidence since started this program and look forward to start teaching and sharing the joy instilled in me with others. Thank you mind to body!read more
Lindsay LeBlanc
Lindsay LeBlanc
14:51 09 Oct 19
I attended training here and loved it! It is very warm and welcoming, and Pritpal is truly dedicated to serving the community!read more
Louis French Los
Louis French Los
01:51 19 Aug 19
Loved it! Did a drop in today - was visiting from out of town. Staff were super friendly and welcoming gave a great tour. The class was great especially the lavender oil in shavasanaread more
poonam pandher
poonam pandher
17:48 10 Jul 19
If I could give Mind to Body more than 5 stars I would! Since starting at this studio 6 months ago, all my aches and pains have been eliminated. That's due to yoga but more so thanks to the personable, caring, passionate and dedicated instructors. It's a blessing to have found a yoga studio where each class by any instructor here is taught with so much passion and bring their own experiences and way of teaching, teaching the right techniques and foundations of poses (grounding feet and hands) alot of others overlook when teaching. They don't ever ever ever make you feel like you have to do a pose they always tell you to follow your body. Love the variety of classes, started with Restorative yoga and now on to hot detox yoga which I didn't ever think I'd do. Mind to body has a great community of employees and members who are always friendly with a huge smile on their faces. It's been so great to connect with other members especially while having the detox tea, yum! Honestly don't know how they keep it so clean with so many members but it's immaculate and shiny. Floors are always swept and mopped constantly. Couldn't have found a more amazing yoga studio, love you guys for all that you do! It's definitely been a life changing process and I'm excited to continue to grow in every way with all of you :).read more
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
13:39 28 Mar 19
I found this studio six months ago, after having searched for a calm and rejuvenating space for a long time. I'm so grateful that Mind to Body Yoga has become my space for growth, fitness and connection.I have tried various classes and I love the fact that each and everyone of them is inviting, knowledgeable and caring about the pace and the participants.The studio is always clean and organized.They also offers many classes on meditation and restorative yoga to enhance and learn new techniques.I have certainly achieved a better mind to body connection since I joined this studio.read more
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