Yoga — A New Chapter in Almonte - theHumm December 2018
Yoga — A New Chapter in Almonte - theHumm December 2018
By Amber Young
Over time yoga has come to mean a different thing to almost everyone. For some, it is simply a physical practice to strengthen the body, to stretch and lengthen the muscles. Some people turn to yoga to connect with community, while for others it’s the spiritual practice guiding the physical postures. For still others, it’s a simple opportunity to reconnect with their breath and return to a place of quiet and calm not always easily attainable in our increasingly busy lives. At the heart of all these reasons, yoga reminds us to care for ourselves, every aspect of ourselves, in a way that is non-judgmental and whole.
When we look at health over time, we inevitably notice an increase in a number of autoimmune diseases, heart disease, chronic pain and various other illnesses. At the same time, people are realizing the importance of practices that help our bodies to heal. There is a science behind the postures and the exercises, allowing us to understand the true benefits of the practices which continue to be researched today. Yoga dates back 5000 years ago in India, and the postures were designed to strengthen the body, increase circulation and balance the glandular system. Yoga has continued to survive as an integral scientific system of caring for the body to retain and improve health through a person’s lifetime. Today, with current work and family demands, we need these practices more than ever.
Yoga has grown and matured into a tool and a practice to manage stress and transform the body. Some of the many benefits include building physical strength, detoxification, revitalization of our internal organs, balances hormones, increasing energy and teaching us to de-stress from our ever-increasing pace of life. Yoga reminds us to slow down. Classes are carefully modified to be accessible for bodies of all ages and stages of life, honouring you exactly where you are on your journey to health and wellness.
In our community, Rising Sun Yoga and Wellness in Almonte has begun a new chapter in their story under the ownership and management of Amber Young. The studio is now operating as Surya Daya Yoga and Wellness, pronounced Surya (SÜR-yah) Daya (Day-yah). Auni Milne of Sumack Loft has also created a beautiful new logo which perfectly encapsulates the vision of the studio. Surya means sun in Sanskrit, honoring the lineage of yoga back to its roots in India. The energy of the sun opens space for you to grow into your full potential. In yoga we practice Sun salutations, or surya namaskar — a sequence of postures and breath awareness to stretch and lengthen the muscles of the body, flush the internal organs, and release negative energy to welcome in a positive influx, balancing the body and the mind. Daya simply means compassion, the place we want you to connect with inside of yourself every time you come to your practice.
Part of our mission at Surya Daya Yoga and Wellness is to hold a safe space for the students that come, to release tension and grow, supported in community and by our team of respectful teachers. We offer you yoga the way nature intended, without judgement, honouring you exactly as you show up every day. Our teachers offer many styles of yoga including Hatha, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative, Pilates, Somatics and gentler practices, as well as private classes and workshops to help support you on your journey. We teach from our hearts with a guiding principle of compassion, and our hope is to help you find that deeper place within of peace, health and vitality.
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