Yoga

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Tree Of Life provides a peaceful dedicated yoga space –a yoga sanctuary that is designed and used for the practice of  Yoga.

The studio has yoga props that are available for use.  All of the Yoga teachers at Tree of Life have advanced teacher certification and are registered with the Yoga Alliance.

Students are treated with care, compassion, and are given individual attention in their practice of yoga.

 

Yoga Classes

Yoga at Tree Of Life is viewed in the classical sense as a holistic practice, a science of self-study.  Tree Of Life teaches a blend of Hatha Yoga (asana and pranayama –yoga poses and breathing techniques) based in the Kripalu Yoga tradition (compassionate approach towards yoga and living) and alignment based yoga practices to gain the therapeutic results of the poses.

The benefits of a regular yoga practice are numerous and cumulative. The practice of yoga poses lengthens, tones and brings flexibility to the muscles. Many people find relief from chronic pain as the alignment of the body improves due to the body awareness and strength that develops from the proper practice of hatha yoga.

The circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body is improved which nourishes the muscles, organs, and glands while cleansing waste products from the body. Deep breathing and the practice of yoga poses promotes a state of relaxation which soothes the nervous system, thereby reducing stress which improves the strength of the immune system.

A sense of mental clarity and wholeness is created as awareness is focused on the breath and the body. As layers of tension and mind chatter drop away it is possible to find peace within, “center,” and contact your true and higher self. These practices serve to bring physical health, a sense of peace, and alignment with your higher purpose in life.

 

Private Yoga

Individuals and small groups may schedule private yoga sessions. A private yoga session allows for personalized instruction in the poses and can be used to design a personal home practice, a CD can be made of your session. Small groups may schedule a special class or even a full series of classes. Please call for more information.

Guidelines and Policies

  • Wear comfortable, non-binding clothing and layer to adjust for changing body temperature.
  • Eat lightly at least 1-2 hours before class. You don’t want to exercise with a full stomach.
  • Listen to and follow instructions carefully, ask if you are unsure how to perform a certain movement.
  • Breathe smoothly and continuously as you practice yoga poses, do not hold your breath or strain to attain any position.
  • Women’s considerations: menstruating women may not want to practice inverted (upside down) postures, pregnant women must consult with their health care provider.
  • All exercise programs involve a risk of injury, by choosing to participate in classes you voluntarily assume a certain risk of injury. If you follows these guidelines you will reduce your risk of injury.

Tree of Life  requires that all students complete a health form and liability release.

Due to the nature of this small operation Tree of Life cannot guarantee the availability of make up classes or refunds.

Unless prior arrangements have been made the yoga studio will be locked 5 minutes after the start of class. The yoga studio will be available 15 minutes before class.

 

Yoga Studio Etiquette

Please treat the yoga studio as a sacred space (and help keep it clean) by removing your shoes when you enter the building. Quiet conversation in the lounge or outside is okay, but please limit conversation in the studio. Please be considerate of those with environmental sensitivity by avoiding coming to class wearing perfumes, colognes, and other forms of synthetic scents.

Snow Policy

Tree of Life Yoga Center follows the Elkhart Public Schools for winter closings.  Please contact your instructor if you have any questions.