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Yoga on Breakers will be offering workshops, classes, and retreats in yoga, health, and wellness. Please leave us your email to be in the know! Also, if you are an instructor or facilitator in yoga, health or wellness and would like a beautiful space to conduct your program, contact us.
$16 per 1-hour session (cash or check)
608 Breakers Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
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PH: (954) 372-0213
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
~ B.K.S. Iyengar
In ancient times, more than 5,000 years ago, the desire for greater personal freedom, health, and a heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has spread throughout the world. ‘Yoga’ literally means, “To join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together holistically into one harmonious experience.
Hatha Yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world today. Hatha Yoga uses postures (Asana) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength and flexibility, and relaxation.
Hatha Yoga is the practice of transforming your body and mind through movement as well as isometric or static postures. Most modern yoga classes are a form of Hatha Yoga derived from a diverse lineage from B.K.S. Lyengar to contemporary masters. Yoga is not a religion though. It has no creed or fixed set of beliefs, nor is there a prescribed godlike figurehead to be revered.
“Real Peace is always unshakable… ‘Bliss is unchanged by gain or loss.”
~ Yogi Bhajan
“Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union—the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”
~ B.K.S. Iyengar, Astadala Yogamala
No one knows really when exactly Yoga began, but it surely precedes written history. Visible stone carvings that depict figures in Yoga positions have been discovered in archeological sites in the Indus Valley dating back more than 5,000 years or more.
Nevertheless, according to legend, the Hindu god – Lord Shiva – is recognized with promoting hatha yoga. Once upon a time, it’s been said that Lord Shiva gave the knowledge of hatha yoga to Goddess Parvati on a deserted island, but a fish heard the entire discourse. The fish, named, Matsya, later became a Siddha or accomplished master and came to be known as Matsyendranath.
Now, Matsyendranath taught hatha yoga to his disciple Gorakshanath and to a limbless man named Chaurangi. Hatha Yoga Pradipika mentions many other famous Hatha yogis. Hatha yoga was thus passed down in succession.
“When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves a long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.”
~ Hatha Yoga Pradipika
What goes around comes around. Scientists are increasingly looking back into the past as long-term yoga practitioners in the United States have reported vast musculoskeletal and mental health improvements, and breathing ease with reduced symptoms of asthma in asthmatics being reported.
Regular yoga practice increases brain activity and improves mood and anxiety more than some other metabolically matched exercises, such as walking.
Exercise, breathing, and meditation – the three Hatha Yoga essentials – make it beneficial to those suffering from heart disease. International studies of yoga’s effects on heart disease suggest that yoga may reduce high blood pressure, improve symptoms of heart failure, enhance cardiac rehabilitation and even lower cardiovascular risk factors.
For chronic low back pain, a Boston University School of Medicine research group tested yoga’s effects on lower back pain. Over twelve short weeks, one group of volunteers practiced yoga while the control group continued with standard treatment for back pain. The reported pain for yoga participants decreased by an astounding one third, while the ordinary treatment group had only a 5% drop. Yoga participants also reported a drop of over 80% in pain medication use.
Yoga is sometimes used for the treatment of cancer patients to decrease pain, depression, insomnia, fatigue, and relaxation.
“The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough.”
~ Amy Weintraub