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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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5 Kleshas That Cause Suffering

5 Kleshas That Cause Suffering

The tapestry of life is made up of experiences—ups and downs, joys and sorrows, and pleasures and pains. The one experience that is most challenging for most of us is suffering. The tradition and wisdom of yoga reminds us that, in the absence of enlightenment, life becomes suffering.

Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional. Pain can be defined as an uncomfortable physical, mental, or emotional experience, suffering is a state of being caught up in your painful situation and making it as an aspect of your being. In other words, pain is what happens to us; suffering is our interpretation and reaction to that pain. What are the roots of suffering, and how and where do they come from.

Let’s look at five specific causes of suffering—the five Kleshas.
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Ayurveda And Your Health

Ayurveda And Your Health

Ayurveda And Your Health

If you’ve have been taking yoga classes, you may have heard about Ayurveda.

It may seem mysterious and complicated at first. Ayurveda (pronounced: “ah-yer-vey-duh”) is a beautifully complex system. But if you understand the foundation, it is beautiful and simple.

Let’s start with by knowing some simple facts about the basics about this ancient approach to improved health and wellness.

Ayurveda and Yoga have evolved

Ayurveda and Yoga have evolved side-by-side for 5,000 years. It’s roots are in the Indian Sub-continent and it’s the world’s oldest health system.

Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga

Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and is associated with living life harmoniously in the body, mind and in our environment. It literally translates as Ayur- life, Veda- sacred knowledge.

Ayurveda is a holistic system

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine and serves as a guide to healthy living. The ultimate goal of both Yoga and Ayurveda is to strive to attain a state of physical, mental and spiritual harmony that will allow us to realize Consciousness.

Ayurveda identifies five elements

Ayurveda identifies five elements that are building blocks of all matter. These elements are space, air, fire, water and earth.

Ayurveda represents 3 vital energies

According to Ayurveda, the five elements are represented in the human body energetically by the three vital energies (Doshas):

Vata (space & air)
Pita (fire & water)
Kapha (water & earth)

Ayurveda and digestive fire

According to Ayurveda, there can be no physical health without a strong digestive fire, Agni (pronounced: “ugh-nee”). Agni is what transforms nourishment into something we can use to grow and develop both physically and spiritually.

Ayurveda to alleviate disease

To help alleviate disease and maintain health, Ayurveda focuses on diet, lifestyle, and herbal therapies to balance the vital energies.

So, the next time you come across Ayurveda, you can perhaps follow these simple facts to get you started. You can create a lifestyle and diet to compliment your yoga practice, and also reap the benefits of healing therapies.

 

Take your practice to the next level and consider learning more about Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda. Check our upcoming workshops on Ayurveda. Learn your own Mind Body composition and the foods you should be eating suitable for your mind body composition. For more information, call our studio at 905-712-9642 or email at info@mindtobody.ca.

Why Yoga Is Great for All Dads

Why Yoga Is Great for All Dads

Why Yoga is Great for All Dads

Not only celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Adam Levin, Robert Downey Jr., LeBron James, but even the manliest of men are finally catching on to the fitness, health, and the feel-good benefits of yoga.
Last time we checked women still far outnumber men on the mat. Does your dad still need some convincing that yoga is for bro’s, too? In honor of Father’s Day, here are few reasons why your dad (and all dads) should be doing yoga.  Here are 4 reasons to consider yoga for all dads:

1. Yoga reduces stress

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of men (it also strikes men at a younger age than women), and stress may affect behaviors and factors that are proven to increase heart disease risk: high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating.  If the dad in your life suffers from stress (and who doesn’t?), a yoga mat could be the best Father’s Day gift you give him this year. Several studies suggest that yoga activates the vagus nerve—a very influential parasympathetic nerve affecting the heart—and so the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) becomes more dominant than the adrenalin-based sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight), this reduces blood pressure and consequently the workload of the heart.

Some suggested poses for reducing stress: Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend) and many other forward bends. Forward bending poses stimulate the internal organs, all of which have sensory connections to the vagus nerve.

2. Yoga improves flexibility

More often men complain about not being flexible enough, and just about every yoga pose works to improve joint range of motion and muscle suppleness. Men with poor ranges [of motion] can start with with lots of props and standing poses like Trikonasana (Triangle), Warrior I and Warrior II, forward bends like Upavistha Konasana, and simple twists like meru wakrasana (spinal twist).
Go easy at first. Men have a tendency to often pit their greater strength against their reduced ranges of motion and hurt themselves.. Patience and being kind to yourself and ahimsa (non-violence toward all living beings) are really quite important.

3. Yoga helps ease back pain

Yoga’s ability to alleviate back pain is possibly its strongest swaying factor when it comes to winning converts. 80 percent success can be achieved through poses like Salabhasana (Locust Pose) and Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) for a herniated disc.

4. Yoga may shrink that beer gut

There are many yoga poses that stimulate the stretch-receptors in the stomach and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine between the stomach and middle part of the intestine), these receptor help turn off the appetite centers in the brain. According to Dr. Fishman, doing Warrior I, Warrior II or Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose) approximately 20 minutes before a meal helps curb caloric intake. Something to consider before your Father’s Day barbecue, eh!

 

Calling all dad’s of Mississauga and surrounding areas! If you are unsure of which yoga classes to take, please feel free to contact us at any time. Also read our blog on “A Guide to Mind to Body Yoga Classes and How They Can Benefit You”. Haven’t given our studio a try yet? Sign Up for unlimited access with our $65 – 30 day intro offer or check our promotions page for current promotions. 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!

A Guide to Mind to Body Yoga Classes and How They Can Benefit You

A Guide to Mind to Body Yoga Classes and How They Can Benefit You

A Guide to Yoga Classes in Mississauga

“Yoga is journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”

Most people practice yoga for flexibility, good health, stress relief, and physical fitness. In fact, modern people are opting for yoga as it cures innumerable health problems including chronic pain, asthma, obesity, stress, anxiety, and irritable bowel syndrome. But because there are multiple types of yoga and each has its own specific benefits, it may be difficult to figure out the style that is right for you. Let’s take a look at the health benefits you get to enjoy from the different types of yoga classes in Mississauga.

If you’ve been searching for a studio that teaches multiple types of yoga offering life-changing benefits, try out the Yoga classes in Mississauga at Mind to Body Yoga & Fitness:

1. Weight Loss:

If you are planning to take up yoga classes to lose weight and relax your mind, Hot Core Flow or Hot Core Power Yoga classes are ideal for you. Practicing these forms of yoga help build stamina and mental strength. These are also excellent yoga practices for intermediate to advanced practitioners.

2. Relief from Back Pain:

Millennials across the globe suffer from back pain and discomfort on account of their sedentary jobs and long hours of driving. Yoga 45 is meant to undo the damage done to your body. Yin Yoga, on the other hand, heals bodily injury by stretching the connective tissue and revealing your full range of motion.

3. Greater Flexibility and Core Strength:

Pilates and Classic Yoga can completely re-balance the alignment of your body and strengthen it, albeit without any bulk buildup. These classes are excellent for those who wish to lose weight and boost the immunity of their bodies.

4. Stress Reliever:

Hot Stress Melt Flow and Warm Candlelight Yoga help expunge daily stress from both the body and the mind. These classes also help you to unwind after a stressful day and restore balance in your life. For busy professionals, these sessions definitely prove to be a great option.

5. Healing the Body:

Move and Heal, Chakra Flow, and Reiki yoga classes are an effective blueprint for bringing your energy centers into balance and also more peace and liberation into your mind and body.  The sound vibrations in Move and Heal class impact your nervous system, engaging your relaxation reflex and inhibiting the stress or pain response. Every cell of your body is nourished as you move into relaxation, joy and well-being.

6. Relaxation to Body:

Stretch and De-Stress classes are tailor-made for athletes or people who wish to deal with anxiety and stress. These deeply relaxing postures leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

7. Fun and Fitness:

Bollywood, Bhangra, and Belly Dance Fitness Party is the right choice for you if you are in the mood to not only dance and enjoy uplifting music, but also burn calories, strengthen core, connect with people who enjoy dancing and making friends.

Most yoga styles are based on fundamental yoga poses called ‘asanas’; however, the constitution benefits of one style can be radically different from another. If you have any questions regarding the program that would fulfill your specific requirements, feel free to reach out to the experts of Mind to Body Yoga & Fitness Mississauga. Check our schedule of classes and promotions and/or call us at 905-712-9642 for more information!

5 Things You Can Do Now To Spring Into Health

5 Things You Can Do Now To Spring Into Health

Spring is the best time of year to get out with the old and step into the new. You may want to take the time to physically clean out your living space, pack up your winter gear, and prepare for the warmer weather. You may also be preparing to transition from winter to spring by dusting your house and opening some windows to let a breath of fresh air through the house. This time of year is also a great opportunity for personal transformation.

The beginning of spring symbolizes rebirth and new life that is also synonymous with your state of mind. Take this time to assess where you are in your day-to-day routines and mindsets, and decide what’s working and what’s not. Once you create this awareness, you can let go of the old routines and mindsets that no longer serve you and replace with new routines and habits that support a new refreshed version of you.

To help you on your way, here are 5 things you can do now to spring into Health.

1. Spring is for creating time and space for your yoga practice:

This may appear like a no-brainer when it comes to self-assessment, but it’s important to create a clear intention in a culture that operates in over planned and too-busy mode.

In order to get into a deeper state of self-awareness, you’ll need to set aside time and space without distractions—to detach from the nonstop electronic and social demands on daily life.  This means to carve out time away from your smart phone, social media, and steady stream of texts, calls, and emails. When you are at the mercy of constant notifications, it means you are living someone else’s agenda. In order to take charge of your time, you will need to detach from these things, along with dedicating the time, finding a space where you feel comfortable, motivated, or inspired. Mind to Body Yoga is a great space to try if you haven’t been to our studio yet.  Detach yourself from distractions and try a yoga class with us.  See our full yoga schedule  – we hope to see you soon at Mind to Body Yoga Mississauga.

2. Spring is for taking inventory:

Now that you have created the time and space for yourself, start to take inventory of where you are in your life. Ask yourself:

  • What’s working in my life, and what’s not?
  • What could I improved?
  • What do I really want?
  • What may be holding me back from that which I really want?

As you go through these questions, consider any obstacles that are keeping you from being where you want to be. Be very honest with yourself in identifying where the obstacles are coming from—determine if these obstacles are external or internal. Many times the obstacles are own internal state of mind that hold us back due to our own fears or doubts, such as:

  • Lack of confidence
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of self-worth
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Fear of rejection
  • Lack of patience
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of commitment to yourself
  • Fear of asking for help

Write down any self-limiting beliefs about yourself that may be an obstacle to your personal growth. Make a list of the all the things that you would like to improve on and another list of all the mental obstacles that hold you back from achieving your full potential.

3. Spring is for intention setting:

Your conscious intention setting will help you with the right type of action in your life to achieve your goals. Every action you take will move you closer to your outcome without leaving it to chance.

Take inventory of the areas for self-improvement and growth, and dream big in terms of where you want to be.  Next, write out the steps you need to take and how you’ll get there.  Draw a map of how you’ll achieve the dream state of yourself. Make sure to reference your plan every morning to ensure your actions are aligned with your intention and leading you to your goals.

4. Spring is for positive thinking:

While you are transforming, you may at times feel overwhelmed, unmotivated, or in a plateau. Remember not to beat yourself up when this happens. Setbacks are a normal part of the process.

Take a deep breath, relax, and take a minute to pull out your journal and write down all the progress you have made so far and the things that you are grateful for. When you highlight the things that you appreciate in life, it allows you to gain perspective and creates positive energy.

If you find yourself in a negative downward spiral, try a positivity sandwich. This is where you’ll write down your negative thoughts and self-talk patterns. For each negative thing you say about yourself, you must write down two positive and constructive thoughts related to it. As you start writing down what constructive thought patterns look like, you’ll start practicing them more regularly.

To create consistent positive thinking and actions in your life, immerse yourself in inspirational yoga classes, books, podcasts, and nature.

5. Spring is to move your body:

You may think that when it comes to refreshing your mindset all focus should be within your mind, but it’s important to not overlook your body. Any personal endeavor requires a balance between nurturing your mind and engaging your body. When too much focus is placed on one and not the other, the imbalance will be a deviation from your intent.

While focusing on using your mind for introspection and intention setting is important, you should also make the time to move your physical body. It is very important to move your body on a consistent and daily basis.  Yoga practice maybe one activity that can work both your body and mind at the same time due to it’s holistic nature.

As you go forward to refresh your mindset for spring, remember that the most important thing you can do is to start your yoga practice—even if it’s just one small step—and keep at it one day at a time.  Come celebrate Spring Equinox with us with Glow in the Dark Yoga, Face Painting, and some Refreshments on Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Spring is for planting seeds to nurture, to witness the unending cycle of growth and change—shed old layers, habits, and outmoded beliefs, recognize that each waking moment is an opportunity to be born again, it is here, in the now, where we can experience the sheer joy of present moment awareness. For information on how to join our studio, please call 905-712-9642 (YOGA).

You Can Start Yoga At Any Age

You Can Start Yoga At Any Age

 

If you think that Yoga is only for the young, think again. Yoga in fact is such a holistic approach to well being that you can start it at any age.  Contrary to the popular notion that Yoga only suits those who are flexible, agile and full of vitality, the truth is that this science assists people to achieve the aforementioned qualities at any age.  This means that it does not matter whether you are in your 40s, 50s, or 60s; you can start Yoga anytime without any fear. The only thing to keep in mind while joining a Yoga class is to do yoga with a qualified teacher at a studio that is accessible to you and you feel good practicing at.

Now let’s look at what seniors can achieve by practicing Yoga:

More flexible and agile body

Our hectic lifestyle hardly gives us any time to exercise regularly and consequently, we start getting those nagging aches and pains after 40.  People who want to avoid medicines take recourse to physical exercise, but once you are on the right side of 50, strenuous physical activity can worsen your pain instead of removing it. Yoga, on the other hand, gently brings your body back into shape. You can start with gentle Yoga that makes your body flexible enough to take part in a regular regimen. Yoga comprises an array of low impact postures that are easy on your body and that make your body more flexible and agile at the same time.

Safe exercise routine

Yoga is all about bringing your body and mind in harmony with nature. The stretching postures not only give one the flexibility to cope with daily stress, they also prove to be very gentle for your aging body.  As there are no weights involved in Yoga, the chances of injury are either very low or negligible. This means that Yoga is the ideal exercise for aging people. In addition to this, Yoga involves the exercise of those body parts that no other physical routine does. For example, a simple breathing technique can strengthen your abdominal muscles and lungs at the same time. Unlike the regular cardio exercises, Yoga is particularly soft on your heart.

Stronger bone health

 Bone health is the biggest concern of aging people, especially those who suffer from osteoporosis and other bone-related ailments.  Conventional exercise regimens such as running and weight lifting can be very dangerous for aging people.  Yoga, on the other hand, is a simple yet effective exercise that not only helps prevent injuries, but that also slows down bone density loss. The gentle twisting poses and stretches of Yoga in particular work wonders for people with osteoporosis.  People suffering from pain due to an existing bone condition can also benefit a lot from Yoga.

In addition to all the above benefits, yoga creates a harmony between our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. As a result, you become more joyous and enjoy every aspect of your life. So, what are you waiting for? Simply pick up your Yoga mat and head to our yoga studio.

If you have any questions about which classes to take, please feel free to contact us at any time. Haven’t given our studio a try yet? Sign Up for unlimited access with our 30 day intro offer for $65 or check our promotions page for current promotions. 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!

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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!

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