Yoga Is Presence

YOGA FOR THE BODY • YOGA FOR THE SOUL

ABOUT YOGA

Turn within and connect with self.

The quieter we become, the more we can hear. Each of us are probably seeking ‘yoga’ — union with our Higher Self, with Source, with the Universe or however we might call the Greater Power… Yoga opened its doors to me, showing me a path to myself. My practice is my ‘me time’, one of the ways I choose to enter an altered state of consciousness and know that I am connected to something greater. Yoga is Presence itself, allowing me to experience peace at the deepest level of my being, allowing me just to be.

Many people might think Yoga is the physical (asana) practice. Whilst it is an important part of the path, know that there’s so much more to uncover! Integrating other aspects such as meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques) have led me to experience greater understanding and acceptance of myself. Different aspects of yoga continue to be my teachers and inspire my life philosophies.

Exercise Is Optional.

Movement Is Essential.

Let's Flow Together.

Cathy has had over 400 hours of yoga teacher training and is a certified Vinyasa, Yin and Yoga Nidra Teacher. She has traveled around the world to study with great teachers, including completing teacher trainings with Uma Dinsmore – Tuli, Jo Phee, Annie Au and Dr. Liz Lindh. Cathy has carefully curated her studies and yoga mentors based teaching philosophies and practices that she resonates deeply with.

Her teachings and life perspectives are rooted in Eastern influences with her experiences not only focused on body movement but on the alignment of body breath and spirit to experience greater living in harmony.

“Yoga isn’t about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down”

– Jigar Gor

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga targets the deep connective tissues and the fascia that innervates the body. This more passive and introspective practice includes mostly seated and supine poses that are held for longer periods of time (generally between 3 to 5 minutes or more). Yoga’s intention is to harmonize the flow of energy in the body and this is accomplished by stressing and relaxing the body’s skeletal segments and myofascial groups.

Yoga really isn’t about getting into the perfect pose. In a functional approach to yoga, there is no ‘perfect pose’. Every hand and foot position either helps or inhibits your ability to stress the target area and the most effective way to do this varies from person to person.

Yoga is purely a subjective experience that differs from person to person. Human variation is important to recognize and consider in the practice as it is in all branches of therapy including yoga, medicine, psychology, spiritual practice and the list goes on. Because we are all unique and there is no cookie cutter solution or practice that is right for everyone.

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Yoga Nidra

The practice of Yoga Nidra is a great treasure, a state of being that promotes healing, insight, and empowerment. It can be a powerful relaxation technique that is restorative and allows us the opportunity, the permission to experience freedom and non doing. Although literally translated to ‘yogic sleep’, in fact it is not a sleep but an awakening. It welcomes you to completely relax, it is an experiential path to opening us to true authenticity, spontaneity, vulnerability, intimacy and the realization of our true Self.

There are a number of different approaches to Yoga Nidra and they can all be effective means to reconnect. This beautiful liminal space, the fine line between sleeping and awake, passive and awake. Yoga Nidra guides practitioners into the “hypnagogic state”—the threshold between Alpha and Theta brain waves—the edge where the body “sleeps” while the mind is lucid. The practice is a welcoming home to yourself, a practice one can truly retreat in and awaken to.

Practical Applications & Benefits

Where you can practice safely and honor that the right alignment yoga for you is where the sensation is mild, broad and in the proposed target area – which will be different from one person to the next! Lean into the practice of feeling good and having the permission to take yourself to your physical, emotional and spiritual edges.

Yoga Nidra improves Heart Rate Variability,  a measure of the balance in the Autonomic Nervous System (also known as reducing stress).  The regular practice of Yoga Nidra has been found to access more of the ‘rest and digest’ system and turn off the ‘flight or flight’ response

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“We don’t use the body to get into a pose. We use the pose to get into the body”

- Suzee Grilley

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