Monday, mat Pilates, San Pedro YMCA, 6pm
free with membership
Tuesday, yoga, Inner Harmony Yoga, 9am
$12 drop in per class
Tuesday, yoga, EnerG Wellness, 5pm
Wednesday, Pilates barre, San Pedro YMCA, 9:30am
Wednesday, yoga, San Pedro YMCA, 7pm
Friday, yoga, EnerG Wellness, 5pm
Saturday, yoga, San edro YMCA, 9am
Sunday, yoga, San Pedro YMCA, 10:15am
San Pedro YMCA- 302 S Bandini St, San Pedro
Inner Harmony Yoga- 579 W 9th St, San Pedro
EnereG Wellness- 263 W 7th St, San Pedro
Some clients prefer to meet in their homes. Anything outside of a five mile radius, will incur a charge.
$25, per half hour
What is yoga therapy?
Yoga therapy differs from a traditional group yoga class because it is done individually and is structured around the specific needs of the client. Yoga therapy can be done in tandem with other healing modalities to treat all levels of disease, injury, trauma, or illness. Traditional medicine tends to look at the body as a separate entity, mechanical in nature. Yoga looks at the body as a system of 5 bodies that work together to create a unique human with specific needs, desires, strengths, weaknesses, habits, body type, diet, and family history. The yoga therapist's job is to help each person unpeel their layers of body, energy, mind, emotion, and spirit, and help facilitate the body-mind back to a state of calm, balance and wellness. A yoga therapist is not medically trained, and therefore testing and diagnosis are recommended prior to sessions.
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302 West Fifth Street, Suite 204, San Pedro, California 90731
Private group classes
Small group classes can be arranged in your home or in a studio
It's December. Here's a new challenge, yogis!
Pranayama, breath control, the fourth limb of yoga. The first three limbs (yama, niyama, asana) are practices that prepare your body and mind for the real work of yoga, which is internal. Each of the limbs of yoga are important, and they all build upon each other to bring you to a yogic state of equanimity in the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The first act we do when we are born is to take a breath, the last act we perform is to release our breath. We draw in the vital life force with each breath we take, awake and asleep. Our breath is our single most important healing tool (besides our minds). Most of us breathe unconsciously unless we are in a yoga class, and therefore we are largely unaware of our breathing patterns. In a class, we become much more aware of our breath and we are consciously controlling our inhales and our exhales, we are practicing pranayama. When we leave, we usually feel calmer, more centered more aware of our body and our minds, so we come back again. But, what happens the other 23 hours of the day? We fall back into unconscious patterns of breath.
I have practiced yogic breathing for years and felt that I had a very healthy breathing pattern. It wasn't until I really started studying the Buteyko Method of breathing that I realized how dysfunctional my own breath patterns were. I have been diligently learning about, observing, changing and writing about breath for the past six months. I have a story to tell. Hopefully so will you.
Week 1 Spend some time each day (5-10 minutes twice a day) observing your breath. Don't change it, get to know it. Which is longer, the inhale or the exhale? Do you hold your breath, and when? Does your chest move, your shoulders, your belly? Is it warm or cool? Does it feel smooth? Is it soft, loud, raspy? Where do you feel it in your body? Do you sit up or slump over and does that affect your breath? Journal about your observations. Awareness is always the first step. Don't judge or change, observe...
Sat Nam. Shanti. Om.
Weekly or bi-monthly one-on-one meetings to refine practices and build upon them. Includes postures, breathwork, guided meditations, discussion.
Yoga therapy sessions
Working with a certified yoga therapist will consist of an intake appointment to determine your goals, issues, and history. A session may include a variety of modalities, including: poses, guided meditations, journaling, breathing mechanics, talking, or chanting. Many clients benefit from a weekly meeting and checkin, with a daily practice to be done at home. It is typical for a client to come in with a physical complaint, and as the body is opened up and more receptive, it is very common for deeper emotional issues to arise. The yoga therapist's job is to create a safe space for the work to be done; healing is not always linear. For the work to be successful, a commitment to the process is necessary. Some issues are worked through more quickly, others may benefit from additional therapies, not provided in this scope of practice.
Initial meeting is conducted, with completed forms, to determine goals of therapy. Session will include a preliminary practice, and a written protocol to be practiced at home.
What is yoga?
Yoga is ancient philosophy originating in India. It has become increasingly popular in the United States as a form of fitness, primarily, but as a means to increase overall health for the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga consists of eight limbs, which include: social and ethical behaviors; personal practices; physical poses for strength; flexibility and balance; breathwork, mental strength and focus; meditation; and connection with the divine. Not everyone practices each of these pieces of the yoga puzzle, but together they help to create a lifestyle of greater self-awareness, self-control, and self-mastery. There are a great many lineages and modern re-interpretations of these practices; it is a lifelong task to understand the depth of yoga, and well worth the effort to start on your journey.
Yoga Therapy Services & Pricing
A phone consultation is recommended to answer some of your basic questions.