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Hatha Yoga

“Ha” refers to the sun and “tha” refers to the moon. Or one can see it as the Yin and Yang. Therefore, Hatha Yoga is a path towards promoting balance and uniting opposites and is suitable for people of all ages and walks of life. In a typical Hatha yoga class, relaxation is emphasized between each posture (state of stimulation within the body),  to balance between the activation of the sympathetic (“fight or flight”) and parasympathetic (“rest and recover”) nervous systems. A balanced autonomic nervous system helps to regulate the overall bodily functions.

Carmen’s Hatha Yoga class typically start with breathing practices, followed by loosening practices to prepare the body for Yoga Asanas, and ends with relaxation and pranayama. Awareness of breathing is emphasized in the class. She sometimes incorporates mindfulness concepts in her classes.

Kids Yoga

Yoga for kids helps in developing important skills in a fun and non-competitive way.  A typical Kids’ Yoga class consists of breathing techniques, warm-ups, asanas (physical postures), yoga games and quiet time. Many of the practices are theme-based (animals, transportation, nature) so kids learn to appreciate the environment they live in!

Overall, Yoga helps to build awareness, coordination, concentration, memory, creativity, confidence and self-esteem in kids, as they learn how to direct their energy more effectively and quieten their mind while performing and maintaining the fun postures. 

Private Session - Therapy and General Health

Yoga Special Techniques to help people cope with ailments, including

  • Back Pain

  • Type II Diabetes

  • Bronchial asthma and Nasal allergy

  • Hypertension

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Gastro-Intestinal-Disorders (Hyperacidity, Constipation and IBS)

  • Arthritis

  • Obesity

  • Cancer

  • Menstrual disorders (Heavy Menstruation and Scanty Menstruation)

  • Promotion of Positive Health

  • Stress Management

 

Due to busy schedule, Carmen is currently not taking on private sessions. 

8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

The eight-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an empirically-supported 8-week psycho-educational course that teaches a variety of mindfulness practices as a health intervention. It is also the first form of secular mindfulness course brought into the health setting by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in the late 1970s.

Extensive published research has demonstrated that the majority of people who complete the program report experiencing lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress. Sleep quality is improved, blood pressure drops, worryomg subside, and there is greater ease and peace of mind. Since its inception, thousands of people have benefitted from it. 

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Course Format: The MBSR course is conducted over eight weeks, with each session lasting 2 to 2.5 hours. There is a mandatory all day retreat between the sixth and seventh week, as well as approximately 45 minutes of daily home practice (involving both formal and informal practices) between each session. 

 

What is taught in the eight-weeks: The practice of MBSR involves relatively intensive formal practices involving focusing on the breath and body through meditation and gentle body stretching and movements to develop awareness of thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations and habitual tendencies that typically cause unhappiness.  Informal practices are also taught to establish mindfulness into daily lives. There will also be group discussions and brief lectures on stress physiology. Home assignments, handouts and mindfulness audio files will be provided. 

Carmen is a trained Mindfulness Teacher. She regularly conducts the 8-week MBSR Courses, as well as gives talks/workshops for companies and the public.  

8-week MBSR Course 

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The term Yoga has its verbal root as “Yuj” in ancient Sanskrit language. Yuj means “joining”, and in simple terms, means the union between the mind, body and spirit. This union enables one to live in harmony, peace and joy.

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