Yoga Practice Workshop
Whether you have attended a few Siem Reap yoga classes at Samadhi Yoga Siem Reap or at other yoga studios or are an avid daily practitioner, one of our yoga instructors, Maria Vincent is going to simplify a few different areas for you, and invites you to delve deeper and evolve your practice at a “Deepen Your Practice” workshop on Thursday, the 15th December at 6pm. While yoga has become associated with a more physical practice, there are multiple areas which make up the whole practice of yoga. Maria will detail only 5 areas to give you a chance to think about building your own practice, or if you already have one how to progress deeper.
5 Areas to Advance Your Yoga Practice
1. Mantra (Chanting)
If you haven’t already used mantra either in a class or on your own, then Maria highly recommends it! The sacred vibrations created when we repeat the words in Sanskrit genuinely have an effect on your chakra system (and nervous system and everywhere else), which can release held emotion, or open an area which has been blocked and caused limitations in your life. You can start by just chanting Oomm, again and again. Rolling Oms are a good starting point, and build up to Sanskrit, there is real power to the Sanskrit syllables though, and it is all in the repetition so let the chant flow.
If you do have a practice and it hasn’t included meditation so far then this is a must to add this in! It has been said that the only reason we do the physical postures is to make the body ready to sit for longer periods and meditate. Firstly, you need to make sure your meditation position is allowing the spine to be in correct alignment, you can use cushions or a chair to make sure the spine is straight but still maintains the natural curve of the lumbar. In order to feel the benefits and changes which can occur meditation must be regular (every day ideally), so make a commitment and choose a realistic length of time to sit. 10 minutes alone everyday has been scientifically proven to alter the grey matter in our brains!
3. Pranayama (Breathing)
You can never do too much deep and conscious breathing! Maria believes all of us could do with more relaxed and/or calm breath, as breath is so intertwined with emotion (whenever you are scared you take a short breath in shock, when you cry you sometimes can’t breath at all!). So adding in a section of pure breathing exercises to your yoga practice will elevate your sense of well being, and can heal the mind, body and soul without even lifting a finger.
4. Asana (Physical Poses)
If you are someone who in fact has always focused on the meditation and stillness, and avoids the physical practice like the plague, then it’s possibly time to balance out the practice with some physical poses. These in fact are the stimulus in many cases for physiological and spiritual changes to take place, chakra system blockages, as well as stored emotion in the physical body often need dislodging through Asana and breath, not to mention the stretching that is necessary to truly relax.
Last but by no means least! Karma yoga is arguably the most important practice, the cultivation of unconditional love. This practice means doing truly selfless deeds, in return for no financial gain, and no credit, simply doing to help others. Good examples are volunteering, helping to clean and /or cook for the elderly and those in need. Anything you can think of in your community that needs doing, just go for it!
Maria considers these some of the main elements of a well rounded yoga practice. Please join Maria on Thursday, the 16th December at 6pm for a two hour workshop and you will leave with a personalized yoga practice to deepen your connection to, well, everything. Yoga means Unity, so let’s get together!
About Maria Vincent
Maria qualified in India in Ashtanga and Hatha and has taught retreats, resorts, gyms, and privately. Maria’s understanding of the varied abilities in a class adds to a modern, clear approach to postures, breath and meditation. You will find Maria leading the Ashtanga classes with a modern twist and she ensures the classes are inclusive to all levels with a dash of comedy – the quickest way to enlightenment is laughter after all!
The Deepen Your Yoga Practice workshop with Maria is priced at US$9.40++ per person or US$12.00 net. This also gives you access to one of our three pools before or after the yoga practice workshop. Limited spaces available. To reserve your spot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 063 964 864 / 092 141 694.
Photos are credited to Valentina Chiodi.