Beginner PSB fitness yoga classes are currently being offering to Sheridan students at varying levels. Whether you’re a sedentary person or a very active athlete, we have a yoga class for you. Our yoga classes range from beginner to advanced. Yoga is a versatile practice and there are multiple modifications for almost every pose. Yoga is not about stretching your body into doughy, freshly baked pretzel. It is about discovering your limits and getting in tune with your body and mind. If you are interested in trying out a yoga class or are still hesitant, make sure to keep reading to learn about the ancient practice and its many benefits.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India. Texts for yoga are also found in the Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain traditions. The word yoga originated from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means “to yoke” or “to unite”. This makes sense since yoga attempts to unite the body, mind and spirt, while also connecting oneself to the universal consciousness. Many different styles of Yoga have been developed over the years, but most still focus on the sole goal of bringing the mind and body together.
Today yoga is focused on weaving together a series of poses and postures, this is called asana. Historical texts speak about varies forms of asanas, breathing exercises, meditation and tantra exercises, which mean to liberate one’s spirit (moksha). In Indian traditions yoga is mostly focused on more than just a physical exercise but to mediate and focus on the spiritual core. Outside of India the word “yoga” is associated with fitness, relaxation, and stress-relief. This modern-day yoga is meant to help improve strength, stamina, coordination, flexibility, and balance. As a whole this new yoga practice focuses on a rather small part of practice.
The Benefits of Yoga
Exercise can help us improve our bodies inside and out and help us feel healthy. Yoga has many physical benefits such as reducing chronic pain, lower back pain, arthritis, headaches, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome, increased muscle strength, increased muscle tone, improved energy, improved metabolism, better circulatory health, improved athletic performance, reduction in weight and injury protection.
When stress and other grievances take over our lives, yoga provides a great outlet for relief. Stress can have any detrimental effect on the body, so it is important to relieve it when possible. The practice of yoga has many proven mental benefits such as stress relief, increased calmness, and relaxation. Meditation, which is heavily incorporated in yoga, can help improve a person’s overall well-being. Practicing yoga regularly can increase mental clarity, calmness, center attention, concentration, and body awareness. Being aware of one’s body and self are important due to the fact that they can help people detect physical complications earlier and allow for the proper treatment to take place.
Why Choose PSB?
Yoga is a very diverse practice, there are over 100 different schools of yoga, with over 8.4 million different asanas (postures). At PSB we will only be focusing on a very small number of them. Our sessions will focus on breathing exercises, mediation, and asanas. These asanas will stretch, flex, and work various muscle groups. The goal for our yoga sessions at PSB fitness is for everyone to leave feeling relaxed and destressed. But we also want attendants to feel that they had a good and challenging workout.
At PSB we leave no spirit behind, you can rest easy knowing that our instructors will be there to help if you are having trouble. Remember there are modifications available for most of them. PSB yoga class is a great chance to relieve some of that college stress and meet new people. You don’t even need to bring any equipment; we will provide what is needed. If you are interested visit our class schedule on our website for more information or download the PSB app. There are free trial class for new PSB members. We are located on the Mississauga campus and offer yoga classes weekly, be sure to tell your friends. We hope to see you there!