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    • Yoga 11
    • Yoga 11• Yoga translates from Sanskrit into “yoke” or “union”• The uniting of body/mind/spirit
    • Yoga 11• Sanskrit - Sanskrit is the classical language of Indian and the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism• It is also one of the 22 official languages of India• The name Sanskrit means "refined", "consecrated" and "sanctified"
    • Yoga 11 A Brief history of yoga Yoga began 5000 years ago in India as a practice for young men in training to be wisemen. The postures strengthened their bodies so that they could sit for hours at a time in meditation and become enlightened beings.
    • Yoga 11 A Brief history of yoga Continued… The postures helped to harmonize the energy in their bodies so that their minds could rest in the present moment with complete awareness, as spiritual attainment was one of the symbols of success in their culture.
    • Yoga 11 A Brief history of yoga Continued… When it began, yoga was practiced by men in order to develop strength and concentration to pursue personal mastery, while the women stayed with the family. Women practiced traditional Indian dances.
    • Yoga 11 A Brief history of yoga Continued… Today, with current work and family demands on both women and men, yoga has become a tool to manage stress and transforms the body to be lean and strong.
    • Yoga 11 Why yoga now? Today our goals are a bit more practical, like building core strength for proper posture and learning to de-stress through the fast pace of our lives using deep breathing.
    • Yoga CelebritiesMadonna – “Yoga is ametaphor for life. You haveto take it really slowly. Youcan’t rush. You can’t skip to thenext position. You find yourselfin very humiliating situations, but you can’t judgeyourself. You just have to breathe, and let go. It is aworkout for your mind, your body and your soul.”Madonna began to practice ashtanga yoga (the Vinyasa style) to get back in shape after the birth of her daughter, Lourdes, in 1996
    • Sting is a yoga practitionerwho has mastered the variouscomplex asanas ofAshtanga YogaSting reveals that yoga also allows him greatercomposure to confront the more stressful eventsof his day. He says, "My mind develops calmnessand clarity and I get a lot more done." Hestresses that there are more benefits to yoga thanhe would have thought had he not gotten into it.
    • Gwyneth Paltrow’s main fitnessworkouts revolve around bothyoga and Pilates. She alsospoke of how important yoga isfor strengthening the pelvic floorafter giving birth.Gwyneth Paltrow’s yoga routine starts at 4:30ameach morning. She says “I’m really not a morningperson at all, it’s just sheer determination. I’mvery strict with myself. When I practice six days aweek and eat clean food, I feel much better.”
    • • Evander HolyfieldWell know boxer Evander Holyfield has been practisingyoga for years, to keep him focused on his games and tohelp him concentrate in daily life. As yoga helps to makemuscles more supple and keeps up your stamina andregulates your breathing, people performing sportsprofessionally benefit greatly from yoga.• The Los Angeles LakersThe entire Lakers team practices yoga few times a week, toimprove performance and to help prevent injuries duringgames. Using yoga techniques to warm up before games,the Lakers prove that yoga is a technique to be reckonedwith as they are convinced that yoga helps them performbetter.
    • What other students have to say…• “Yoga is … the place where I can go to let everything just roll off my shoulders and not worry about it.”• “I can now manage my emotions better through yoga.”• “Yoga is more than just exercise – it is a lifestyle.”• “I’m actually a happier person because of yoga.”• “I was sceptical at first… (but) I began to feel good for the first time in a long time!”
    • Yoga 11 in Room 208 My expectations – Respect your self and others always – Attend class regularly and arrive on time – Do not disrupt the learning and practise of others during class time and especially during Savasana
    • Yoga 11 in Room 208 My expectations Continued – You will be prepared for yoga class (loose, comfortable clothing) – NO food or drink, except water in class – Absolutely no electronic devices – Participation is essential for meeting the outcomes of this course
    • Yoga 11 in Room 208 Assessment and Evaluation Throughout the semester you will be asked to keep a variety of journals and share your thoughts with the teacher. Success will come through your own personal development of personal fitness and personal discipline.• Development of personal yoga practice (participation and attitude) 50%• Written Assignments, tests 20%• Major Projects 20%• Journals 10% *There will be a final exam for this course*
    • Tadasana (Mountain pose)General benefits of mountain pose or what is also called “Tadasana”• Aligns the spine, which increases circulation• Helps develop proper standing posture which can reduce problems associated with improper weight distribution, resulting in worn joints. This reduces wear and tear on the knees.
    • Tadasana (Mountain pose)• Tones abdominal muscles and strengthens the legs• Strengthens the arches of the feet, knees and thighs• Fosters mental focus and clarity
    • Tadasana (Mountain pose)• Enhances self-confidence• Reduces mild anxiety• Encourages deep breathing for an overall sense of calm• Enhances digestion• Prevents osteo-arthritis in the spine• Job success
    • Affirmation“I stand tall with confidence and self assurance.”
    • Activities• Demo messages that different postures give• Demo standing height slouched posture• Demo mountain pose perfect• Demo standing height perfect posture
    • Partner Activities-Mountain Pose against wallStand with heels 3 inches from the wall– Press tailbone, shoulder blades and head against the wall– Slide a hand through between the lower back to ensure the lumbar curve and the neck to ensure proper cervical curve.– -With these three points of contact and awareness of the natural curves, step away from the wall and walk around– Try to relax the neck and breathe as you retrain your spine how to stand and walk with proper alignment
    • Tadasana• http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/492