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Reasons For Doing Yoga

Yoga is so beneficial in so many ways for both mind and body. However, if we had to try and bottle these benefits up into a magic potion, it would encompass these 10 main reasons:

  1. Stress reduction
  2. Inner Peace, Calm and Happiness
  3. Increased Strength, Physical Conditioning
  4. Weight Loss and Weight Management
  5. Increased Overall Energy
  6. Improved Sleep
  7. Heightened Mental and Intuitive Awareness
  8. Improved Hormonal Balance (especially important in cases of breast cancer, infertility and prenatal conditioning)
  9. Brain Synchronization and Brain Fitness
  10. Whole Body Detoxification

Health Conditions Benefitted by doing Yoga
Many people come to yoga looking for help with a specific condition, like low back pain, headaches, heart disease, menstrual discomfort, cancer, etc. And in fact, it has long been known that certain exercises and combinations of breath and meditation are very helpful in restoring the body, nervous system and immune system to a state of health and wellness. But can you really count on yoga to help? The answer is a resounding YES! There are now studies and research to actually document the benefit of yoga on anything from arthritis to stroke to HIV. Some yoga programs have been designed to tackle specific health conditions and have proven positive results such as:

  • breast cancer,
  • pregnancy,
  • infertility,
  • post-traumatic stress disorder, and
  • weight loss.

But there are many more proven success cases with other conditions. And if you’d like more information, you can click on the following link to find documented cases of 54 health conditions that yoga helps.

Reasons For Doing Hot Yoga

The phenomena of Hot Yoga was derived from the original hot Bikram Yoga method, which consists of a powerful 26 posture series practiced for 60 or 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees and 40%. This class is called the Hot 26, however, hot yoga, being in a heated room, has now become a popular method in which to practice many different styles of yoga. The reasoning behind it is designed to warm the whole body, allowing students to work deeper into the muscles, tendons, joints, bones, glands, ligaments and organs while systematically moving fresh oxygenated blood to every part of the body. As a result you will build strength, flexibility, balance and an unparalleled feeling of mental and physical well-being and relaxation. Each posture builds upon the previous posture and prepares you for the next. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health, and a sense of well being will automatically follow.
Over time, the students learns how to focus the mind and breathe allowing them to practice deeper while remaining calm and balanced. Some common benefits of practicing yoga in a hot room include, but are not limited to:

  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Creates overall sense of well-being
  • Stretches and tones muscles
  • Relieves chronic pain
  • Radiant glowing skin
  • Lubricates joints
  • Increased flexibility
  • Brings the body back to balance
  • Improves circulation
  • Reduces stress
  • Heals old injuries and regenerates scar tissue
  • Improves heart function
  • Expands capacity to breath fully and efficiently
  • Increases energy and stamina
  • Detoxification
  • Improves sexual and reproductive function
  • Prevents repetitive use injury
  • Better focus and discipline

Teacher Testimonials

I’ve known Beth for quite a few years, and had the amazing opportunity to see her knowledge grow and flourish. I practiced with Beth prior to being pregnant, and after I had my son 12 weeks ago, I knew Beth was the right person to guide me back into practice. Beth is so careful and considerate, her depth of knowledge of Asana has given me the confidence to rebuild my practice with my new body. I feel strong and prepared to move back into the traditional series, and i will be checking in with her every step of the way. Beth’s modifications have not been “easier” but instead make me focus on the true strength and energy of the Asana. Whether you’re looking for a new challenge within the practice itself, or new to yoga, do yourself a favor and connect with Beth!

Rita Sugrive

Teacher Testimonials

 Beth is truly a phenomenal yoga teacher for all levels. Her classes are accessible for anyone looking to start their yoga journey through the traditional 26/2 series & personal 1-on-1s or for people are looking to take their yoga journey to the next level through her intermediate and advanced classes. Her exuberant self brings forth humble self confidence, strength and honesty which is articulated beautifully in her teachings or through any conversation. She enforces the act of listening and knowing one’s body first before proceeding in any yoga pose and truly does whatever she can to make sure her students follow this as their primary guide. She brings forth teachings (ie. Nauli pranayama) that teachers have either been completely abandoning, or have just never been taught, to stay true to the Ghosh lineage of yoga which she follows. For anyone looking to dive deeper into their practice, she is definitely a great resource and teacher who will challenge your self while safely playing and pushing your own boundaries. I highly recommend her as a yoga teacher for anyone new or well versed in yoga!
Krystine Anne

Teacher Testimonials

I started my yoga randomly at a fairly big studio here in Calgary. I attended with hopes to help realign my body due to some serious back/ hip/ glut pain from years of abuse in Construction/ sports. I got pretty involved and was attending 5-7 classes/ week, for months. Although I was getting in great shape (body and mind), my pain however never really got better. I went to a random class (not my usual class) and Beth was teaching. It was my first experience with Beth, and it was blatant she was far superior of an instructor then any of the instructors I went to regularly (who were supposedly top-notch instructors). My regular instructors “didn’t hold a candle” to Beth! I ended up quitting the studio (as she only taught sparsely there), and begged her to do private sessions with me to get my body back on track, and my pain manageable again. She acceptable, and very quickly I saw MAJOR improvement and my pain became tolerable. Now it is pretty much non-existent. I respect and appreciate what beth has done for me and could not recommend her more! She is truly a pro! If you have back, hip or even glut pain, it’s worth every penny to go see Beth! Or if you just want to learn yoga with PROPER technique (as to not hurt yourself!), she’s the instructor to do it with! I just hope she stays in Calgary! Thank you Beth!

Teacher Testimonials

Thank you for a very powerful and inspiring evening, my soul has been deeply touched. Chakradance is amazing! ❤️
Michele

Teacher Testimonials

I drive in from central Calgary for Warm Fusion even though there are so many convenient options here. The drive through the crop land is a decompression time for me. The perfect lead in to a relaxing yoga class. The Warm Fusion class is unlike any other as it allows me to challenge myself with the hardest yoga poses. Some poses seem impossible for me but by listening to Bonnie’s instruction and blocking my self doubt out, I’m able to actually get a lot of them. The class is so supportive and fun. There’s lots of laughter involved. I feel so relaxed and calm after.
Dave Cwyner

Teacher Testimonials

I started going to yoga around 2 weeks ago and I absolutely love it! Bonnie is a fantastic yoga teacher and I look forward to all the classes. I feel amazing after walking out of every class.
Nicole Deschenes

Teacher Testimonials

Inner focus is my happy place. I have been going here since it opened and absolutely love it. I rarely get sick any more and feel it has really made a positive difference in my life. I highly recommed everyone give yoga a try.
Tanya Mclean

Teacher Testimonials

I had an amazing experience with Cheryl-Lyn and Chakra Dance. Cheryl-Lyn does an excellent job of introducing Chakra dance to her participants so that it is an easy and enjoyable experience. The dance itself is very freeing and healing. Through Chakra dance I released and cleared quite a bit of old energy and felt lighter afterwards. The dance itself is very powerful and can definitely help people clear and shift energetically. It’s a great form of self-expression through movement and music. Chakra dance is definitely a unique form of healing that I recommend others to try. Thank you Cheryl-Lyn for introducing me to Chakradance, you are amazing in this energy girl!
Nadine

Teacher Testimonials

Thank you for the amazing class today! I felt so safe with your gentle leadership. There were some big releases! It was such a wondeful experience – thank you!
Michelle

Teacher Testimonials

Working with Austin has taught me so much about myself. My reiki sessions are a great time to reflect on myself and evaluate the areas that I’m holding stress or more space for in my day to day life.
He is so personable, intuitive and compassionate. Austin tailors each session to what I need – even when I don’t tell him what I need – making each session unique, that much more special and an incredible learning experience for me.

I am forever grateful for reiki reconnecting two old friends to help each other grow and learn from one another.

Austin has a serious gift and I am so moved that he has chosen to share it with others.

Lindsay

Teacher Testimonials

My first Reiki session with Austin was my first experience with Reiki and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was blown away by Austin’s intuitive abilities to read me and my body and to provide me with the guidance and support that was most needed. I appreciate his ability to put my completely at ease and to feel entirely open to receive healing energy. I find that during the sessions I feel very relaxed and always leave feeling very positive and upbeat. Austin often will say just what I need to hear without me even knowing that’s what I needed. Reiki treatments have helped with my chronic tension headaches and also digestive issues. I will continue to have Reiki treatments with Austin because of the effectiveness of healing my body as well as the positive effects of the spiritual awareness it brings me. –

Janine

Teacher Testimonials

I’ve taken my Level One and Two Reiki courses from Austin and it has changed my life! Not only is he a powerful practitioner; he is so kind, genuine, knowledgeable and welcoming as a teacher and a person. He has been a uch a great mentor to have in my life. He is constantly helping guide me in this journey, and he does it without complaint or judgement. His reiki treatments always leave me feeling light and relaxed and give me such clarity and understanding. I am so thankful to call Austin my Reiki Master, mentor, and friend.

Bailey