In addition to Massage and Energy Healing services, Jennifer also offers the following Yoga Education options.
Asanas to relieve tension
Yoga asana is an excellent compliment to Massage and Reiki therapies as it balances, harmonizes, and brings integration between physical, mental, and emotional health. Muscles contain stretch receptors; the stretching movements of asanas send relaxing impulses to the brain, which induce a relaxed state of mind.
Yoga postures stretch the muscles and massage the joints. As a result, circulation improves and toxins are drained away. Thus asanas activate, tone massage, and revitalize the internal organs, lubricate the joints, stretch and relax the muscles, optimize endocrine gland secretions, develop stamina and promote internal awareness.
Power of pranayama
Pranayama is generally defined as "breath control". Although this interpretation may seem correct in view of the practices involved, it does not convey the full meaning of the term. The word pranayama is comprised of two roots: 'prana' plus 'ayama'. Prana means 'vital force' or 'life force' and ayama is defined as 'extension' or 'expansion'. Thus, the word pranayama means 'extension or expansion of the dimension of one's life force'. The techniques of pranayama provide the method whereby flow of prana in the body is regulated, activated and purified, inducing physical and mental stability.
Physical activities such as exercise, work, sleep, intake of food and sexual relations all affect the distribution and flow of prana in the body. Faculties of mind such as emotion, thought and imagination affect the pranic body even more. Irregularities in lifestyle, dietary indiscretions and stress deplete and obstruct the pranic flow. This results in what people experience as being drained of energy. Depletion of energy in a particular prana leads to the devitalization of the organs and limbs which prana governs and ultimately to disease or metabolic dysfunction. The techniques of pranayama reverse this process, energizing and balancing the different pranas within the pranamaya kosha. Pranayama practices should be performed with a clear understanding of the first two steps of Yoga, the Yamas and the Niyamas, which Jennifer teaches in all her Yoga classes.
Relaxation and concentration through yoga meditation
One of the prime needs of today is to learn how to relax. Sleep is not relaxation. According to yoga, sleep is wilfully and consciously becoming aware of how the mind and consciousness are interacting with the body, senses and objects and experiences. Yoga aims to achieve and maintain clarity of mind and awareness. When we attain this awareness, naturally existing turbulences and distractions will settle down. In yoga, the experience of relaxation means moving from outside to inside, becoming aware of this introversion and maintaining balance and stability. Psychology indicates that activity and stimulation is the nature of the mind. Relaxing the disturbed, agitated mind can be achieved through the relaxation practice of yoga meditation.
It is therefore evident from the above discussion that asanas relax the body and mind, and through meditation one attains relaxation, concentration and awareness.