Laurene Hassard Yoga
Servicing areaServicing Ashmore, Southport and Mount Tamborine
It is quite sad to see that in the past couple of decades many yoga classes have sprung up with a focus solely on the body.
There is no point having a perfectly toned body if the mind is disturbed and the spirit impoverished.
If you have any queries or would like to register for a class, please call me on 07 5545 4077 or 0407 754 413 or email: email@example.com
Best wishes. Laurene
What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga When people refer to “yoga” in general, this is actually Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga was introduced in the 15th century in India and it is the most popular yoga style. It can also be thought of as one of the “parents” of yoga as many other styles have originated from Hatha yoga, including power yoga, Bikram yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and Kundalini yoga.
The word “Hatha” is Sanskrit, with “ha” meaning “sun”, and “tha” meaning “moon”. Hatha Yoga – Balancing the Body and Mind Hatha yoga aims to achieve balance between the body and the mind through the use of physical poses or asanas, breathing techniques or Pranayama, and meditation.
Asanas are various postures that are designed to improve health and remove diseases in the physical, causal, and subtle bodies. They were originally meant for meditation, as the asanas can make you feel relaxed for long periods of time. Regularly practiced, asanas improve muscle flexibility and bone strength, as well as willpower, concentration and self-withdrawal.
Pranayama is the science of breath control and it is important because it is believed that the mind can be controlled through the control of the breath. Practicing Pranayama can also unlock dormant energies in the body. Benefits of Hatha Yoga Practicing Hatha yoga can help you to recognise your hidden physical and mental potential. You will gain flexibility and strength, and also learn to relax during times of stress.
The relaxation exercises in Hatha yoga will open the energy channels of the body, allowing spiritual energy to flow freely. Some asanas or poses will massage and tone the internal organs, helping to prevent diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and hypertension, as well as bringing balance to internal and glandular functions.
Pranayama can help to manage asthma and bronchitis. Hatha yoga also helps you to cope with stress, relieve tension, and deal with anxiety and depression. It also puts your mind in a focused state ready for meditation. Hatha Yoga and Meditation Hatha yoga is a form of yoga that prepares and conditions the body so that the mind is able to practice meditation without obstacles.
To practice any real meditation, a person needs at least one posture in which the body can be perfectly comfortable for a longer period of time. The more such postures a person can master, the better the basis the person has for developing meditation techniques. The practice of Pranayama is also vital as when a person is able to master their breathing patterns, they are able to begin to master their own minds. Through the breathing exercises, the flow of prana or vital life force energy through the body is regulated. This energy is needed in the further practice of Hatha yoga.
My class timetable:
Zamia Theatre Main St North Tamborine
9am Monday - Wednesday - Friday - Saturday
Gold Coast Youth Orchestra Building, Community Drive, Ashmore – Tuesday 9 a.m
(extra classes available soon - times to published shortly)
Top Tips Five top tips for a healthy body and mind this summer:
GET OUTSIDE THE BOX:
If you have never attended a yoga or meditation class before, get outside your comfort zone and give it a try.
H2O: staying well hydrated is an important step in keeping your body and mind sharp.
RELAX: it can be hard to remember during the busy period as we return to work and send children off to school for the new year, but plenty of rest for your mind and body will keep your energy levels up when you really need it.
LAUGHTER: it has been said that laughter is the best medicine and it’s true! Laughter actually floods the body with endorphins and boosts the immune system.
THINK POSITIVE: keep a close monitor on your thoughts throughout the day. What you put out does come back, so if you want to feel and look great try and think only positive, forward thoughts.
Yoga for Seniors
If you have ever thought you’re too old for yoga, think again! I have been teaching yoga for 25 years and I have witnessed the health and mental benefits yoga can help achieve as one grows older. I myself fall into the category of a senior, even though I don’t feel like one at all. Yoga has helped me enjoy great physical health, mental clarity and the most wonderful quality of life, particularly over the last 20 years
. As the body matures it’s important to maintain maximum flexibility, which has many benefits. It helps prevent injuries, improves posture which helps with back pain and osteoporosis, and also manages stress keeping the nervous system balanced.
The students that attend my classes range in age from 12 to 82 and I am seeing that those in their 60s who practice yoga regularly are far stronger and more flexible than those who are much younger. This, of course, is very good for the retirees’ self-esteem.
The mental benefits of yoga practice for seniors are equally as important. In a yoga class the student is being constantly reminded to keep the mind on the body, creating greater mental focus, concentration and clarity. Seniors also tell me that since taking up yoga, they have much more physical, mental and creative energy for their grandchildren. But if being able to do a handstand or twist yourself into a knot is what you envision yoga to be like, you’re not alone – there are many misconceptions.
As a responsible teacher I always encourage my students to go only as far as is comfortable. Keeping a healthy lifestyle is key to making those golden years the best.
Seniors need to be reminded that social activity is vital in their later years because recent studies have found the opposite, that social isolation puts us at great risk of premature dementia and depression. In my yoga classes I try to keep my students up to date with fresh information on health issues and I find the retirees seem to be particularly appreciative of this. I also see wonderful friendships being created among the seniors and we all know how nourishing it is to be around like-minded people.
I am now conducting classes at Ashmore and Mount Tamborine … please call me on 0407 754 413 or 07 5545 4077 if you would like more information or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
(Private classes are available by appointment plus personal group workshops are held on a regular basis)
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