Yoga

You are invited to Virtual Yoga Class led by Jill Connors via Zoom.

  • Connection time starts at 10:15 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays
  • Class begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • Questions?  Email Anne Haraughty or Lisa Tang

Ways to Join the Virtual Yoga Class:

Option #1 – Join Zoom Meeting (audio/visual connection)
https://zoom.us/j/131157207
Meeting ID: 131 157 207
A PIN # is not required for this meeting.

Option #2 – One tap mobile (audio only)
+13462487799,,131157207#
A PIN # is not required for this meeting.

Option #3 – Dial by your location  (audio only)
Dial:  1-346-248-7799 US
Meeting ID: 131 157 207#,  #   (two pound signs to bypass the PIN)

If you are able to make a $10 contribution per class, you may mail a check or make an online payment.  Be sure to select “Virtual Yoga Class Fee” from the Fund drop down list.


The Practice of Yoga

Hatha Yoga: the Sanskrit word “ha,” means sun or powerful (masculine) energy, and “tha,” means moon or gentle (feminine) energy. The word “yoga” comes from the root that also gives us our word “yoke.” Consequently, hatha yoga is that part of yoga that seeks to unite our polarities and conflicts into a state of harmony. It is the yin and yang of life. Hatha yoga began 6,000 years ago in India. It is the oldest form of exercise.

By practicing a series of poses or “asanas” for both the body and mind, Hatha Yoga helps rejuvenate and bring into balance all aspects of the body: endocrine system, vascular system, nervous system and musculature.

Gentle stretching exercises, rhythmic breathing and meditation are the components of practicing yoga. By practicing yoga on a regular basis, students experience benefits from increased relaxation, normalized blood pressure, relief of minor back problems, and a steadied metabolism. Practicing yoga offers every student a sense of emotional calmness and a feeling of mental peace.

Namaste’: pronounced nah-ma-stay, is a word said at the end of every yoga class. Namaste’ means: I see the divine spirit of God in you, and you see the divine spirit of God in me. And if we are in that place together, we are one with God.

Meditation: the practice of “being” rather than “doing.” It is similar to prayer. When we meditate we are focused, quiet, and desiring relief, comfort and support. When we pray we have conversation with God. However, when we meditate, we clear our minds of all thoughts, chaos and clutter to achieve a quiet mind to reach serenity, stillness and a sense of calm. By focusing on the present moment we allow ourselves to simply be.

I Corinthians 6: 19-20
… do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that your are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

“My body is my temple and my postures are my prayers.” — B. K. S. Iyengar, creator of Iyengar Yoga.