DSC01029 (2)Yoga Workshop – Yoga for the Shoulders

Presenter ~ Helen Mikuska, E-RYT500, SOYA, IYTA, Wholistic & Ayurvedic Yoga Trainer

Date ~ October 23, 2016

Time ~ 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Fee ~ $50.00 (incl. gst)

With the shoulder joints high mobility, there is a decrease in stability with the likelihood of injury.  Primary shoulder injuries are the rotator cuff injury, over-used syndrome and tendonitis.  Without strength and stability, the whole body weight can come crashing down on the shoulder. Injuries are common from poor posture combined with (resisted) arm elevation.  Shoulder impingement is tissue that has been ignored.

IMG_1081 (2)Yoga Workshop – Yoga for the Back

Presenter ~ Helen Mikuska, E-RYT500, SOYA, IYTA, Wholistic & Ayurvedic Yoga Trainer

Date ~ November 27, 2016

Time ~ 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Fee ~ $50.00 (incl. gst)

Backache is one of the most common disorders today.  It is estimated that between 50-60% of the population will suffer from an incident of acute or more long-term back pain at some stage during their life.  Most lower back pain results from degeneration of the intervertebral discs and consequent pressure on nerves.  While this is a part of the normal aging process, injuries and poor posture speed up degeneration.  The majority of backaches are caused simply by muscular insufficiency and inadequate flexibility of muscles and tendons.  The most common site of backache is the lower back, followed by the neck and the region between the shoulder blades.  The pain arises when the muscles surrounding and supporting the spinal column are held rigidly and uncomfortably contracted over a long period of time.  This situation commonly arises from long hours in car seats and office chairs, which creates a state of tight painful spasm.  Plan to attend this workshop to learn yogic techniques and asanas to relieve back pain and increase functional capacity of the weak muscles.

IMG_2366Yoga Workshop – Yoga for Arthritis

Presenter ~ Helen Mikuska, E-RYT500, SOYA, IYTA, Wholistic & Ayurvedic Yoga Trainer

Date (TO BE SCHEDULED AT A FUTURE DATE)

Time ~ 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Fee ~ $50.00 (incl. gst)

Arthritis is inflammation of the synovial joints of the body and is one of the most common of all disabling diseases, afflicting 1/10 people.  Arthritis is a crippling degenerative process which can eventuate in irreversible destruction of the joint.  The condition is characterized by pain, swelling, redness, heat and loss of function in one or more joints.  Those most often affected are the large, weight-bearing joints (hips, knees and ankles) and the small joints responsible for repeated, finely articulated movement, such as the fingers.  In the science of yoga arthritis is not considered to be a disease in itself, but rather one symptom of a widespread metabolic and pranic malfunction which begins early in a person’s life.  Yoga offers a way to arrest this progress.  In fact, in the early stages, before irreversible damage to the joints has occurred, a complete reversal is often possible.  In the later stages, yogic practices can reduce drug dependency, maximize remaining mobility & function in joints and make one’s life more tolerable and acceptable.   In this workshop the practice of Yogic Shatkarmas, Pranayamas, Bandhas, Asanas, Mudras, Meditation & Yoga Nidra will be covered.  Also included is a diet component with recommended foods and herbs to reduce inflammation in the body.  Below is a sample of one of the restorative asanas we will practice in the workshop.

 

YIMG_2582 (2)oga Workshop – Yoga for Neck Pain

Presenter ~ Helen Mikuska, E-RYT500, SOYA, IYTA, Wholistic & Ayurvedic Yoga Trainer

Date ~ March 20, 2016

Time ~ 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Fee ~ $50.00 (incl. gst)

Neck pain is a common complaint.  In general, muscle spasms in the neck muscles are due to poor posture and work habits or lifestyle that results in neck pain.  We may sleep with a crooked neck, hold the phone to our ear with our shoulder or work at the computer all day long with the shoulders tensed.  Most people can expect to experience some degree of neck pain in their lives and often do not experience a complete resolution of symptoms with 50-85% of recurrence in 1-5 years since initial complaint.  Less serious neck pain may be interpreted as a general feeling of stiffness and muscles aches.  Chronic neck pain is associated with head and face pain, headaches, jaw discomfort, upper back, shoulders & arm pain.  Tingling in fingers, achy arms and a vice-like pressure encircling the skull may all be related to neck pain.  In addition a slumped posture that can lead to neck pain, may compress internal organs, contributing to respiratory, circulatory and digestive problems as well.  Yoga postures help stretch the tight muscles and strengthen the weak ones, cultivating flexibility, stability and ease of movement.  They also help release physical and emotional blockages, facilitating a healthy flow of prana.  Yoga helps to shed light on one’s habitual stress patterns and emotional reactions.  It also helps to reduce stress and tension in the neck area.   In this workshop the practice of Yogic Shatkarmas, Pranayamas, Asanas, Mudras, Meditation & Yoga Nidra will be covered.  Below is a sample of one of the asanas we will practice in the workshop.

 

IMG_1355Yoga Workshop – Pawanmuktasana Series

{Learn Asana to Harmonize the Body}

Presenter ~ Helen Mikuska, E-RYT500, SOYA, IYTA, Wholistic & Ayurvedic Yoga Trainer

Date ~ (TO BE SCHEDULED AT A FUTURE DATE)

Time ~ 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Fee ~ $50.00 (incl. gst)

The principle of movement can be seen in all the activities of the body (nervous and muscular systems, joints, circulation, digestion, etc).  Where there is plenty of activity or movement there is life.  Learn the three Pawanmuktasana Series to help generate, perfect and harmonize movement in the physical body.

 

IMG_2324Yoga Workshop – Yoga for Digestion

Presenter ~ Helen Mikuska, E-RYT500, SOYA, IYTA, Wholistic & Ayurvedic Yoga Trainer

Date ~ (TO BE SCHEDULED AT A FUTURE DATE)

Time ~ 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Fee ~ $50.00 (incl. gst)

The digestive fire is essential for good health.  When it becomes weak, indigestion and other disorders set in because of poor nourishment.  Proper digestion requires that the various “fires” of the body – the chemicals, acids, enzymes and other digestive juices are in their correct proportion to maintain growth, strength, complexion, happiness and to prolong the existence of a healthy body.  The process of digestion occurs because of heat from various chemical reactions, water which softens the digesting food and air which fans the fire.  Fire is the most important element out of which fine substances imbued with energy are produced.  Disturbed digestion, assimilation and elimination can cause a number of degenerative and metabolic diseases.  Learn to maintain good abdominal health with the practice of pranayama, shatkarma, mantra, mudra and asana to help heal the digestive tract.

 

Supine Ankle Knee PoseYoga Workshop – Yoga for Menopause

Presenter ~ Helen Mikuska, E-RYT500, SOYA, IYTA, Wholistic & Ayurvedic Yoga Trainer

Date ~ (TO BE SCHEDULED AT A FUTURE DATE)

Time ~ 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Fee ~ $50.00 (incl. gst)

Yoga outlook for women who have been practicing yoga in earlier years, physical difficulties at menopause are less intense and any emotional disturbances practically non-existent.  As with all hormonal imbalances, yoga asanas have a tremendous stabilizing effect.  Some estrogen continues to be produced by the liver and kidneys even after the ovaries cease their secretions and the correct yoga practices can stimulate these extra sources as partial compensation for loss of ovarian hormones.  For those who have not been practicing yoga before, it is never too late to begin and women who have undergone a hysterectomy or any other major operations are equally able to commence.  Workshop will include the practice of asana, learning pranayamas specific to menopause along with some suggested mantras and mudras.