We are very excited to tell you about our special Easter gift - perhaps for you or someone you know. Please spread the news! Our gift is for anyone who has, or had, cancer (childhood or adult), their close family members, and the professionals who give so much to heal others. If you have been affected by cancer, or know someone who is affected by cancer, please contact us. Nobody will miss out for financial reasons and people are invited to discuss their situation in confidence. For example, the going rate for most private yoga sessions in Auckland is around $100. If you are affected by cancer the rate could be between $10-$50 for a private one-on-one session. The type of help that we can provide includes:
Depending on the situation, options include a small group class, one-on-one sessions, walking in nature, or via skype. Please email Shanti to discuss.
Research published by Johns Hopkins University, shows that gentle yoga builds strength, better joint health, energy, balance and flexibility, all of which are important to people affected by arthritis and for older people in general.
Johns Hopkins Arthritis ran a large clinical trial and it found that:
"In our study we provide critical new evidence showing that in people with arthritis who are sedentary, yoga appears to be safe, feasible, and enjoyable for people with both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and that it results in important physical and mental health benefits for people who practice it regularly."
People with health issues may need talk to their doctor before beginning yoga training, however, the evidence is that gentle, beginner level yoga training over several weeks can make a big difference to quality of life.
Yoga Wabi Sabi is a family of registered yoga teachers. We can design a programme suitable for you or your group. We can come to you for group lessons. We also have private lessons available at various locations or at our studio.
Come along to our fermentation workshop, where Shanti and Madhuri will show you how to make milk kefir and a selection of delicious, healthy fermented vegetables. You will go home with a genuine Kefirko kefir fermenting jar, 2-3 different types of vegetable ferments (for example, sauerkraut, pickles or carrots/daikon mix), recipes, and our contact details for any questions. We will have fun doing something healthy and interesting.
Please note that spots are limited.
Yoga is good for everyone. And for everyone there is a form of yoga that will work for them.
School is the perfect place for yoga with recent research showing that yoga works better than detention, it helps calm students and teaches them real skills to deal with stress, and it helps them to cope with trauma.
Schools need yoga. Yoga helps students and it provides a better, calmer environment for everyone.
Yoga can be done anywhere. One of our favourite things is yoga at a beautiful beach or in a forest. It lifts the spirits and provides a more meaningful experience. According to the Yoga Journal, benefits include better connection to our roots, the replenishment of depleted energy, and the reduction of stress hormones. The next time you feel tired or stressed, why not go outside and try a few minutes of yoga or meditation? Or join us on our next outdoor yoga event.
Yoga is not just for young adults. It helps older adults to retain flexibility and strength. According to the Duchess of York yoga is an important component of healthy ageing. The Duchess is 70 years old but maintains an active yoga practice. Of yoga, she says:
"It's very good for you as you get older, it makes you less stiff - good for your muscles. It makes you much more supple. I think it's very important as you get older to take exercise and stretch."
Yoga is an extremely useful tool for older adults seeking to maintain a good quality of life. If you already practice don't stop. If you don't already practice it's time to get going.
A recent article summarised some of the ways that yoga can be good for you:
Many high school and university students have exams coming up soon. In our yoga teaching tool kit we have many tools that help to calm pre-exam nerves, including simple physical yoga stretches to energise and relax, breathing techniques to help quiet an anxious mind, sleep yoga training so that you get the rest you need, and simple meditation and relaxation techniques.
If you are facing exams, a few minutes spent each day on yoga may help. If you need help, we are available for lessons privately, for small groups, in person or via Skype. We can even come to your workplace, school or tertiary institution.
Cunningham Elementary School students have learned how to relax and focus through yoga and meditation. The results include better self regulation skills, and improved compassion for themselves and others. The benefits have included:
[S]kills include recognizing and managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.
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