Yoga as Medicine

FREE classes to support, healing relaxation and well being!

NEW Yoga Classes at Green Ambrosia!

Members of Green Ambrosia patient network are invited to attend the following complimentary classes which focus on the therapeutic and rejuvenating aspects of yoga. These FREE upcoming sessions are dedicated to healing support, relaxation and well being and are appropriate for all levels. No prior yoga experience is needed. Limited to 12 participants, reservation is required.

Restorative Yoga

Saturday, May 25 11 AM -12:15 PM

Stretch, unwind and replenish in this one hour yoga session created exclusively for members of Green Ambrosia Patient Network. Restorative yoga is a kind and nourishing practice that provides an effective way to manage treatment side effects, reduce tension and cultivate peace of mind. This restful and rejuvenating sequence includes gentle stretches, supported yoga postures, breath practices and guided relaxation. These calming poses are held for an extended period of time to encourage well-being, support renewal and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Yoga props, such as blankets are used so that the body receives complete support. PLEASE BRING A YOGA MAT AND AT LEAST TWO THICK BLANKETS with you to class to enhance the level of comfort and support in each pose. Wear clothing that is warm, loose fitting and allows you to move freely. Getting up and down from the floor may be a concern for some students.

Gentle Yoga

Saturday, June 15th 11 AM-12:15 PM

This session places heavy emphasis on breath work and relaxation to help manage the symptom of chronic pain, illness and stress. Gentle and nurturing, class begins and ends with a guided relaxation on bodily awareness in a pose called “shavasana.” This is followed by a series of modified postures which are tied to relaxed rhythmic breathing. Students are taught to tune into the subtle sensations in their muscles and joints as well as their inner experience. Props are used to make postures safer and more comfortable. PLEASE BRING A YOGA MAT AND AT LEAST TWO THICK BLANKETS. Getting up and down from the floor may be a concern for some students.

Yoga Breathing and Guided Relaxation

Saturday, July 20th 11 AM-12:15 PM

Breath is the most important tool in yoga practice. This class centers on deep breathing techniques referred to as “pranayama” which are used to relax the nervous system and calm the mind. Deeply restorative and therapeutic, these practices carry a multitude of benefits including pain relief, circulation of lymph, oxygenation of the tissues, muscle relaxation, improved lung function, decreased anxiety and depression, and lower blood pressure. Suitable for all levels, this class can be taken either on the floor or in a chair. Session begins and ends with deep relaxation.

About the Classes:

Yoga in the west typically conjures up images of physically challenging postures.
Magazines and books often depict yoga practitioners as contortionists, twisting and bending themselves into a variety of unusual shapes. Hot yoga fanatics boast about the high intensity workout endured in a room heated to 100 degrees plus.

These misrepresentations can give the impression that yoga is grueling, unsustainable, only for the fit and flexible, and unsuitable for those undergoing healing.

This is the pop-culture myth about yoga.

The simple truth is that yoga is a therapeutic modality that can benefit everyone, especially those with limited strength, flexibility, illness or injury. In fact, there is an ever-growing body of scientific data that proves yoga is beneficial for health, longevity and healing. Gentle yoga postures, deep breathing and meditation techniques can help people to feel better, heal after illness or surgery and to live better with chronic conditions.