Therapeutic Yoga

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“Over the course of many years teaching to diverse populations I have seen first hand the positive effects yoga can have on people with physical limitations. From hip and knee replacements to scoliosis and fibromyalgia, yoga can help ease discomfort and increase strength, flexibility and range of motion. Yoga helps improve balance in people with multiple sclerosis. It helps create muscle memory in individuals with dementia caused by Alzheimers Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and strokes. Yoga strengthens bones to prevent and minimize bone loss due to osteoporosis. The list goes on and on. Glenmore Yoga is dedicated to making yoga accessible and beneficial for everyone, improving quality of life through this ancient system of health and wholeness.” – Nancy Glenmore Tatum

Therapeutic Yoga may incorporate the use of props such as cushions, blankets, blocks, straps, a chair, and stability balls. Particular attention will be paid to keeping the joints safe during yoga practice and applying these principles to daily life. Instructors will give therapeutic verbal and “hands on” adjustments. Classes generally include the following points of practice:
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  • Breath awareness and breathing practices (pranayama)
  • Joints and glands exercises (warm ups)
  • Vinyasa or moving through postures as a flow (e.g. sun salutations)
  • Forward bending poses (calming / stretch back body)
  • Backward bending poses (stimulating / stretch front body)
  • Spinal twists (calming / rejuvenating)
  • Standing poses (strengthen lower body / grounding)
  • Supported & unsupported balance poses (strength and concentration)
  • Upper body strengthening (using your own body weight)
  • Core work (strengthen muscles of the trunk)
  • Hip openers (increase flexibility)
  • Supported inversions (calming / rest heart / oxygenate brain)
  • Restorative poses (e.g. knees to chest, supported twists)
  • Relaxation (calm & integrate focus / attention inward)

Gentle  & Mindful Motion Yoga

Designed for students recovering from injury, illness, inactivity, surgery or other health considerations. Gentle stretches increase range of motion of the musculoskeletal system. Postures develop strength and improve balance. Breath awareness facilitates release of tension and calms the mind. Students will develop the knowledge and body awareness to practice yoga safely.

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