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We are excited to announce the start of a brand new series of blog posts titled OM Talks, where we will be featuring interviews with people from different walks of life who have come through the doors of Om’echaye Wellness and Fitness Center and wish to share and inspire others on their journey to a happier and healthier life.
Today’s interview features none other than Javier Wilensky, co-founder of Om’echaye Wellness & Fitness Center. Javier is deeply experienced and committed to the practice of Iyengar Yoga having taught thousands of students. His goal is to heal the bodies, expand the hearts, and balance the minds of his students. Through both humor and discipline, he inspires his students to stretch beyond their comfort zone to realign their bodies, relieve stress and pain, and move towards happiness.
“Hello Javier, thank you so much for joining me today for this interview, in your own words please tell me how has yoga changed your life?”
My yoga journey began some 20 years ago back in my home country Argentina. Briefly, I was at a point in my life where I was working and studying a lot and it all began to take a toll on my physical and mental health. I was standing for prolonged periods of the time and as someone who suffered from ADHD I was very distracted, stressed out, and just all over the place. On top of all that suddenly at the ripe age of 21 I was diagnosed with sciatica, I was limping.
The path to recovery was long and difficult but I gradually began to improve. At around the same time, I turned to an astrologist for some guidance and she suggested I start a yoga practice, which I did and I noticed an instant shift happening within me. I found that I was able to calm down my mind, improve my focus and deepen my concentration. Little by little the lower back pain and sciatica that I used to have went away as well and I realized that I didn’t need all the drugs that I was taking. Yoga was really starting to grow on me, it was a great realization of self care and self love; it made me feel better about myself and it started to dawn on me that I wanted to continue my yoga practice for the rest of my life. Now, had you asked me if I wanted to teach yoga I would have vehemently said no! That was not my vision with yoga at the time, it was still a very personal practice for me.
Fast forward to living in Miami, Florida some years later I was finally at a point where I was practicing every day as I had envisioned for myself. It was then that I noticed my diet becoming more balanced, at the same time I stopped drinking alcohol and smoking weed all together. Each day that I did yoga I was building up more confidence, happiness and security within myself and taking things into my own hands and creating a better life for myself. That’s when my path turned to one of teaching others yoga and the rest is history; suddenly it’s been over 10 years that Om’echaye Wellness and Fitness Center has been open to the public and I’m teaching various classes throughout the week, running a 200hr yoga teacher training course as well as leading various workshops in yoga. My life is not without its challenges but I wouldn’t have it any other way because I truly feel fulfilled in what I do. That is what yoga did for me, it made me be myself.
If you are interested in developing a regular yoga practice please visit https://www.omechaye.com/services/yoga-meditation to find out more about the physical and mental benefits of yoga as well as the right yoga class for you.
Yoga is the journey of the self,
through the self,
to the self.
-The Bagavad Gita
Designed thousands of years ago in India, yoga is a mind-body-spirit system used to help the practitioner discover their true-self. It's worth noting that although it's most commonly recognized in the Western world through the practice of physical postures (or asanas) and special breathing techniques, that is just a fraction of the whole. It goes beyond these exercises to incorporate meditation, services to others, philosophy, dietary recommendations, and moral and ethical guidelines for living. Yoga, in all its forms, provides a means for the practitioner to master the body and the mind so that the soul (or true-self) can emerge to share in the experience of life; and achieve self-awareness.
For the purpose of this post, we will focus on the type of yoga that primarily involves purposeful movements that are practiced mindfully, promote the regulation of the body and life force to strengthen and heal it. Yoga in this sense can be modified to help people achieve a wide range of personal and fitness goals. Some styles are slow and gentle while others are fast paced and strenuous. Evidently yoga is versatile, it can accommodate people with wide variety of physical conditions. In other words, the postures vary widely, with each offering its own special benefit. Some are done standing up, while others are done sitting and others still are lying down. Benefits include the ability to:
- Increase self-awareness, self-discovery and self-esteem
- Tone, stretch and strengthen the body
- Improve concentration and mental functioning
- Relieve stress
- Optimize energy and vitality
- Benefit all the systems; muscular, skeletal, nervous, circulatory, endocrine, respiratory and digestive.
- Balance and awaken the emotions
Let's have a look at the different type of movements.
Standing poses, such as the Triangle Pose (Trikonasana, shown above), tones and strengthens the whole body and can provide a full range of movement for a complete workout. They strengthen the nerves of the legs and bring awareness to the entire body.
These poses, incorporate twists, balancing poses, and backward and forward bends.
Twists release pressure on the spinal nerves and cultivate better body alignment. Spinal twists can be done sitting, standing or lying down. Javier demonstrates this with the Bharadvaja's Twist, (Bharadvajasana in Sanskrit), a gentle and loving twist for the spine and abdominals.
Poses such as the Wheel Pose, increase energy flow, improve posture, stimulate the nervous system, and bring flexibility and strength to the back. They require careful attention to alignment.
Forward bends are relaxing and soothing to the nervous system. They reduce tension, improve posture, help body alignment and assist digestion and elimination. They can be practiced anytime and can be done either standing or sitting. The forward fold (or Uttanasana as shown above) is one example.
Poses such as the Elephant's Trunk Pose (Eka Hasta Bhujasana) foster poise and grace. They increase mental concentration while toning and strengthening the legs or arms (depending on the pose).
These type of poses improve circulation, balance the endocrine system and counteract the negative effects if gravity. The shoulder stand and headstand (Shirshasana, as shown below) are the best examples.
To find out more about how yoga can help you achieve self-awareness connect with us, ask us questions or leave a comment below and someone from our team will be happy to reach back soon as we can!
Poor digestion can do more than give you a stomach ache or excessive gas; poor digestion can also interfere with the ability of your body to breakdown, absorb or metabolize nutrients from the foods you eat. One of the long term consequence of faulty digestion includes nutritional deficiencies; because when a person is less able to fully digest food because of an underlying digestive problem, they may be at risk of poor nutrition. The digestive system is responsible for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients and delivering them to the body’s cells. When this function is impaired, the body may not be getting the nutrients it needs for energy, growth and repair.
This may be due to many causes including abnormalities of the gut wall, an inability to produce digestive enzymes or an imbalance of gut flora. In the case of some long?term digestive conditions, malabsorption of dietary fat, protein, carbohydrates and a wide range of vitamins and minerals can occur. Consequently, what a person eats may not actually be crossing over from the gut into the body.
But not everything is bad news, if you've suffered from bad digestion although diet changes have taken place we have a solution for it: Yoga, as it may sound like a physical activity is far from helping with you digestive system Yoga has more benefits that what we can count, and everyday more advantages are discovered
Our Founder and Yoga Lead Teacher Javier Wilensky has multiple sequences to increase the gastric acid that helps digestion,
1. Virasana (Or Hero Pose): Angle your big toes slightly in toward each other and press the top of each foot evenly on the floor. Exhale and sit back halfway, with your torso leaning slightly forward. Wedge your thumbs into the backs of your knees and draw the skin and flesh of the calf muscles toward the heels. Then sit down between your feet.
2. Sun Salutation: Inhale, straighten your arms, and sweep your chest forward into Up Dog. Keep your legs active, firm your tailbone toward your heels, and press your front thighs upward. Draw your shoulders away from your ears. Look straight ahead or look slightly upward.
3. Balasana (Child pose): Kneel on the floor with your knees and feet hip-width apart. Press your hips back towards your heels as far as you can. If there is any discomfort in your knees, keep your hips lifted off your heels.
4. bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) follow by Adho Mukha Svanasana: Place your palms flat on the ground directly under your shoulders. Bend your elbows straight back and hug them into your sides, pause for a moment looking straight down at your mat with your neck in a neutral position. Inhale to lift your chest off the floor, Keep your neck neutral. To make a transition to Adho Mukha Svanasana work your legs to stretch and align your spine in a variation of Downward Dog Practice holding your body weight with your arms, shoulders, and core muscles.
5. Tadasana: Breathe in and raise your toes gently and try to balance your body on your heels. Stretch your shoulders, arms and chest upwards while your toes bear your body weight. Feel the stretch in your body from the head to the feet. Hold this pose for about 5 to 10 seconds and then gently exhale.
6. Utthita Trikonasana ( Extended Triangle Pose): Stand in Tadasana. With an exhalation, step or lightly jump your feet 3 1/2 to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, shoulder blades wide, palms down. Turn your left foot in slightly to the right and your right foot out to the right 90 degrees. Align the right heel with the left heel, Exhale and extend your torso to the right directly over the plane of the right leg, bending from the hip joint, not the waist. Anchor this movement by strengthening the left leg and pressing the outer heel firmly to the floor. Rotate the torso to the left, keeping the two sides equally long. Let the left hip come slightly forward and lengthen the tailbone toward the back heel and rest your right hand on your shin, ankle, or the floor outside your right foot, whatever is possible without distorting the sides of the torso. Stretch your left arm toward the ceiling, in line with the tops of your shoulders.
Enjoy this video of Javier's full class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdcHq8ncMtA
The practice of Yoga is believed to have started with the very dawn of civilization. The science of yoga has its origin thousands of years ago, long before the first religions or belief systems were born. For many, the practice of yoga was restricted to Hatha Yoga and Asanas (postures). However, among the Yoga Sutras, just three sutrasare dedicated to asanas. fundamentally, hatha yoga is a preparatory process so that the body can sustain higher levels of energy. The process begins with the body, then the breath, the mind, and the inner self.
This practice has been gaining more popularity every year, and the further we study this practice, the more mental and physical benefits we discover; but going beyond enjoying practicing through on-site or virtual classes there is an Om'echaye Yoga Teacher Training Online Course that goes much further than just that, and despite what some might believe that build a career through yoga is intimidating the reality of it it's that you can start from where you are, as in your practice and your place in this world.
Because there are so many different kinds of yoga practices, it is possible for anyone to start. “Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style,” says Dr. Natalie Nevins. “The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.”
Helping others through yoga means helping them to find a balance in life, to take control of their feelings, to become aware of their physical and emotional reactions. Even if you see a student once a week of only a few times, you may set off a chain reaction that results in them seeking out a teacher wherever they are in the world to continue their journey, even if they don’t do it straight away.
We asked our Yoga Teacher Leader and Founder Alex why people should join to the Teacher Training Course and what can they expect from it;
"One of the definition of yoga is that Yoga help us to change the situations of the mind, it helps us to change the way which our minds work, bringing clarity, harmony and calmness.
In this society in which we are over stimulated, we need to bring more balance into our lives, and more sense of calmness, the teacher training is a great opportunity to really get into the point were we get less anxious, less affected by the external world and the media. It's a moment to connect with ourselves and realize who we really are, and when this happens the magic will follow, this teacher training it's a journey deep inside each of us and with the tools you obtain from us you'll start a process of growth and transformation, we actually don't have to change ourselves, just realize who we really are and connect with that reality, let's remove the dust from the mirror and look at ourselves.
This will be our 8th Teacher Training course and it's a different yet very enriching experience every time, I've been a teacher for over 20 years and I feel blessed for finding passion every day in my work, transmitting a positive message is what I want to do every day and I feel that the Teacher Training Course is a way to achieve that goal, we are creating a system in a safe but challenging training so we can get the best out of ourselves. Come and join us in this year were we are focused on finding the best outcome out of this"
Our Yoga Teacher and also Founder from Om'echaye Javier Wilensky also gave us a few words on what does it means this journey to him and to his students:
"I started yoga 20 years ago and teaching 10 years ago and the flame that yoga brings into my life has never decrease, on the contrary, It's been increasing more and more. The Teacher Training goal it's mainly for you to become a teacher, but the beauty of the process is to find yourself and increase your self discipline and energy through out the day.
From the Yoga Community and our philosophy will change the relation you have with yourself, you'll learn to see the world with a different lens, in harmony and happiness. The Guidelines of Yoga will create a way and encourage you to change the things you need to change, all the work you'll do to yourself will become an inspiration for yourself and those who surround you, it doesn't matter if you decide to teach or not, people will search for your advice because you will have a wider way to look at life, experience, situations; you will become your best self"
This Journey begins this week, and you still have time to join us for a life changing course, contact us for further information
Interview With Javier Wilensky & Alex Cohen at Om'echaye
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For the ones looking to deepen into the yoga practice, aspiring to change people's lives and bring wellness and peace, Om'echaye is bringing the Yoga Teacher Training back this year, as it's been going on for years, Om'echaye yoga teacher training is a 200hr program with the theoretical and practical part where you will challenge yourself to go further. Our goals is to motivate and empower you to find your voice and your life purpose, support you in the process of self-transformation and personal growth, expand your knowledge and self-confidence.
The code of ethics we manage is:
- Teach from the heart
- Ahimsa: Practice kinds, nonviolence and compassion for others. Be mindful of how you treat yourself, others and your environment. Treat all things with care
- Satya: Practice truth in thought, words and action. Be truthful with yourself and others
- Asteya: Non-stealing, not taking what it's not yours.
- Aparigraha: Do not spend energy longing for what others have. Take action toward progress and connect with the sense of wholeness within.
- Saucha: Practice cleanliness, purity and care for your physical being and surroundings. Our surroundings reflect and influence our inner selves. Bring cleanliness and order into your environment.
Among others these principals compose what we believe should be all teachers guideline for their practice. People find safety in yoga, by creating that feeling as a teacher you'll be helping others to manage problems you're not aware of but gratitude is always living on us, that energy will be flowing peacefully around you and the people you touch with your practice.
Our mission is to promote positive changes in people's lives, one at a time, through an integrative approach to achieving personal growth and well-being. It's all about welcoming you as you are with open arms and hearts.
Our unique yoga style fuses different styles into a signature sequence that combines fluid movement with alignment based poses, promoting positive changes in the awareness throughout the body. The result of Om'echaye yoga's focus on conscious breath and mindful practice is blissful heart, centered mind and physical wellbeing.
For more information www.omechaye.com, our phone number is 954.456.6945