“One of yoga’s gifts is that it awakens people to the inner lives of their bodies”.

Mariana caplan

Hatha Yoga

Weekly group yoga classes based on posture and movement, breath work, relaxation, focused attention and meditation.

Restorative Yoga

Specially-programmed sessions of gentle yoga designed to calm, relax and focus the mind-body connection.

PsicoYoga

Yoga-informed personal development program. Designed for stress & emotional regulation to increase psychological wellness.

Hatha Yoga

Weekly group yoga classes based on posture and movement, breath work, relaxation, focused attention and meditation.

Restorative Yoga

Specially-programmed sessions of gentle yoga designed to calm, relax and focus the mind-body connection.

PsicoYoga

Yoga-informed personal development program. Designed for stress & emotional regulation to increase psychological wellness.

What is yoga?

Yoga is much more than a type of exercise based on physical postures (asanas) and movement. Traditionally, this discipline includes breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation, concentration and meditation practices (dhyana). The principles and practices of yoga applied to health are a mind-body approach to improve quality of life and psychological well-being.

When you start practising Yoga there are a series of changes that manifest at different levels: some of the benefits are fast and easy to notice, but others are more subtle and deep.

 

These are the personal benefits that my yoga clients highlight from their own personal practice:

Physical benefits

· Listen to and respect my body.
· Improve posture.
· Increase flexibility.
· Improve muscle strength.
· Alleviate back, neck and shoulder pain.
· Improve breathing.
· Enhanced sleep quality.
· Relaxation.
· Better balance.

Psychological benefits

· Increase self-knowledge.
· Stress regulation.
· Focused attention.
· Improve energy levels.
· Better mood & optimism.
· Increase patience.
· Reduced impulsivity.
· Equanimity & peace of mind.
· Emotion regulation.

Scientific studies show people who practice yoga regularly get positive results on scales that measure levels of happiness, social relationships and quality of sleep, as well as health benefits in the following three important areas:

Physical health

Improved muscle strength, flexibility, reduced muscular tension, low-back and neck pain relief, and improved balance. It also helps people with chronic disease manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Psychological well-being

One of the primary goals of traditional yoga is psychological development. As such, practising yoga can relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, sadness and lethargy by training the mind to be calm and concentrated. It improves quality of sleep, reduces rumination (repetitive negative thinking) and anxious preoccupations, by increasing self-confidence and the ability to self-regulate difficult emotions and to foster pleasant ones.

Interpersonal well-being

When we feel better about ourselves our interpersonal circle benefits as well, and our personal relationships gain in quality. It is not uncommon for people close to us to notice that we feel more calm and cheerful since we practice yoga.

My personal yoga journey

My interest in yoga started about 10 years ago when I lived in Toronto, Canada.

After having practised yoga regularly for about a year, I started to notice that it was much more than physical exercise for me. I gained peace of mind and it helped me to cope with the situations that came up for me as an immigrant in a big city.

A couple of years later, in 2013, I started to study and train in yoga in a more formal way. The doors of Yogic philosophy, meditation and the scientific research that was coming up about the benefits of practising yoga came to my attention. I started meeting mental health professionals that included yoga in their practice with clients. And little by little, I started to cultivate my own way of integrating these two disciplines: Yoga and Psychology.

During these years I was reading everything that I could get my hands on related to the study of the health benefits of yoga in medicine and psychology research journals. I was fascinated by the number of health professionals that were starting to integrate yogic practices as part of the treatments of different illnesses.

Trained as a Certified Yoga Teacher (500 hrs C-YT) in Canada

To this day, I have had the privilege to teach yoga to people ranging from 8 to 96 years old, in diverse settings such as yoga studios, pediatric and geriatric hospitals in Toronto, community centers and women’s shelters. I believe that anyone can benefit from practising yoga, even if you have to practise it off the mat on a chair or in a hospital bed. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga: the union of body and mind.

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