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Healthy Yoga Series

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Published July 21st, 2020 by

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

Namaste.

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Sources:

www.yogajournal.com

www.naturesown.com

 

Teaching From The Heart Is For All

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Published June 16th, 2020 by

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

Namaste.

Sources:

Interview With Javier Wilensky & Alex Cohen at Om'echaye

The Ostheopathic Organization

The art of teaching from the heart

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Published August 7th, 2019 by

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

Yoga International Day

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Published June 19th, 2019 by

The International Day of Yoga was born in 2015, it was declared unanimously by the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly), the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested this date because it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere therefore it has a special significance in different parts of the world, as it explains in his speech:

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.— Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly 

But what is the true meaning of yoga? We discover that it will depend on who do you ask, yoga stands as therapy, anxiety and stress control, workout, and so much more.

We ask Beatriz Wilensky what it means to her, she said:

"Through the practice of Yoga, we can connect with our own hearts, open the channels of communication within ourselves, and open the spaces to find the flame of real love.  Through yoga, we can find unity with the entire universe. In this unity and connection is wholeness, satisfaction and pure love -- the kind which will fill us to overflowing, and which will spill out onto everyone we meet"

Although now days there are many styles of yoga we can find the same 4 paths:

First one is Asana, or postures, come from just one small part of Raja Yoga (the Royal Path).

The other Paths include Bhakti Yoga (the Path of Devotion), Jnana Yoga (the Path of Knowledge), and Karma Yoga (the Path of Service). Whether you connect more to physical postures, divine ritual, sacred studies, or service to others, there are many forms of Yoga to practice.

In the Indian Culture we find the 5 elements related to Yoga:

1. Space: We created when we are present and aware of what you're holding, it could be a thought, an emotion, or any form of tension -- and allowing yourself to let it go.

2. Air: Through Pranayama or breath control, it's the way we open the subtle channels of the body.

3. Fire: Now, the fire lives in our bellies, so when we control the core muscles we are in control of the power, intuition and freedom. We will feel and control the Fire element when we engage the Bandhas. 

4. Water: When we move fluidly through the practice, synchronizing the movement with breath, opening to a way that is powerful and sustaining. 

5. Earth: Our ground, the foundation of everything, create and maintain the awareness of the position we are in, creating stability in every pose.

To share and create your own meaning of yoga we invite you and your friends to come this Friday to celebrate the Yoga International Day, a FREE EVENT here at Om'echaye where you can start at 6AM with a powerful chanting and silence Iyengar Yoga self practice, going through a multilevel dynamic Iyengar Yoga to boost your energy, then a yoga class for bliss and pure mind, and to close at 11:30 join us for Tantra Yoga.

Sources:

https://www.doyou.com/the-5-elements-of-a-blissful-yoga-practice/
https://www.omechaye.com/blog/4-main-paths-of-yoga#comments
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Yoga

 

IYENGAR YOGA

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Published May 22nd, 2019 by

B.K.S Iyengar was the founder of the modern yoga known as "Iyengar Yoga", he was considered the main yoga teacher in the world.

He defined Yoga as "Chitta Vritti Nirodha", Chitta means the consciousness which include the intellect, ego and the mind. Yoga is a method of silencing the vibrations of the Chitta.

There are eight aspects or astanga of yoga:

  • Yama and niyama (The foundation of our practice, without no spiritual progress along the path of yoga can be made)
     
  • Asanas (Body postures)
  • Pranayama (Formal practice of controlling the breath)
     
  • Pratyahara (Gaining mastery over external influences)
     
  • Dharana (Concentration)
     
  • Dhyana (Profound meditation)
     
  • Samadhi (State of meditative consciousness)

B.K.S Iyengar with his intellectual and spiritual practices has masterminded the 8 aspects and techniques which can be used by all the practitioners of yoga, making possible for people to achieve perfection through his legacy of practice and knowledge. 

His purpose was to make people see yoga as a way of life that everyone can have when the eight Astanga's are practiced. 

The Iyengar yoga targets core postural muscles (such as the abdominal, hip, and low back muscles and the diaphragm, hamstrings, quadriceps, and buttocks), lengthening and strengthening them through progressively more challenging poses.

A unique feature of Iyengar yoga is the use of Props, those are blocks, pillows, chairs, straps, and bolsters, which will provide support and help the students with their balance, stretch, and achieve perfect alignment in each pose. It also involves performing poses in a specific sequence in order to maximize their beneficial effects. The poses can be done standing, seated, or lying and may involve bends, twists, or inversions.

 

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