Yoga is a time-honored philosophy, an ancient art of living, with powerful benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. Many people practice yoga for the physical benefits and to increase strength and flexibility. At Red Diamond Yoga, we believe that practicing the physical postures of yoga (Asanas) can not only benefit the body, but with consistent practice and discipline, leads to deep personal growth.
The constant bombardment of the stresses of family, work, friends and the general demands of modern daily life can become overwhelming. The practice of asana demands concentration and a focus on the physical sensations felt during the poses. This helps to quiet the mind, and when you quiet the mind and go deep within the self, you can find peace, regardless of what goes on in the outside world. Connecting to your inner self allows you to become more accepting, compassionate, focused, and conscious in all that you do.
Practicing Yoga gives your body a massage from the inside out that releases tension, stuck energy, and opens the pathways to healing. Our instructors make practicing yoga fun, and want to assist you to find more peace and joy in everything you do. We believe your potential is limitless.
Physical Benefits of Yoga
The practice of yoga promotes healing and building strength from the inside out. The movements include standing balancing, core work, hip openers, backbends, forward holds, breath work, and opportunities for arm balances and inversions, with challenging transitions – all in a spirit of joy, with fun music.
The physical benefits of Yoga include:
- Increased flexibility
- Builds strength
- Increased muscle tone and strength
- More balanced metabolism
- Weight reduction
- Improved energy, vitality, and respiration
- Protection from injury
- Improved cardio and circulatory health
- Greater athletic endurance
- Better posture and balance
- Improves digestion
- Promotes lymphatic drainage
- Stimulates creativity
- Improved sleep
- Improved strength and flexibility
- Detoxification through the healing pathways
- Improved circulation
- Higher metabolism
- Fat and weight loss
- Improved digestion
- Enhanced creativity
- Lower blood pressure
- Deeper relaxation
- More rapid healing
- Improved immune system
- Better self confidence
- Better posture
- Less back pain
- Feeling energized, rejuvenated, and cleansed
The physical benefits of yoga are well-established as being valid by the medical community at large; the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), reports that the relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lower blood pressure, reduce insomnia, and reduce chronic pain, including arthritis, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lower back pain.
Benefits Beyond the Physical
Practicing yoga has benefits beyond the physical; it is the perfect discipline to manage stress and anxiety. Stress has devastating effects on both body and mind. It can show itself in a range of physical symptoms, including headaches, inability to concentrate, back or neck pain, chronic illnesses, and difficulty sleeping. Yoga postures work to reduce stress-related physical symptoms. Each class ends with a period of rest referred to as Savasana or “final resting pose.” During this time the room is quiet, dark and you will rest for 5-10 minutes. This is a period of deep healing and repair. During this time of rest the nervous system is able to integrate all the efforts of the yoga class before it is faced with the outside world again. Such a period of rest immediately following an active practice when the mind is calm can promote deep states of relaxation similar to REM sleep. Students often report seeing colors, feeling as if they are floating and being in a sort of dream state. This is quite a magical quality that sometimes happens during Savasana and after your yoga classes, you will be invigorated, better able to focus, and physically stronger and more flexible.
Mental and Emotional Benefits of Yoga
Postures, breathing, and meditation techniques in yoga can help improve mental as well as physical well-being. The consistent practice of yoga leads to a higher level of mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness and allows you to connect to your inner self and find the peace within so you can be steady, stable, focused, and conscious in all that you do even off the mat in your daily life.
Freedom from suffering, pain, and the physical limitations we put on ourselves is liberating and transformative on a highly personal level. Life is stressful, and we are bombarded by too many responsibilities and stimuli. The practice of yoga peels back the layers of the outside noise, as we become conscious of the breath. Our instructors work to help you find the “ease within the effort” of performing a challenging pose, and making the conscious choice to relax.
Harness the Power Within
No matter what you are experiencing in your daily life, practicing yoga brings physical strength – which in turn, opens you to more spiritual strength. Once you become aware of your thoughts as you move through the sequence of poses, the more power you hold over them. In this practice you learn to become the witness of the mind, and from that you can explore your limitless potential, inside and out, through what you experience on the mat.
There is a growing body of data to support the mental health benefits of yoga. Studies have shown that yoga enhances social well-being and improves symptoms of depression, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, and sleep disorders. It has also been shown to improve mood, behavior, and mindfulness in children, teenagers and adults, and to improve resilience, focus, productivity, and well-being in the workplace. At Red Diamond Yoga, we make the practice enjoyable, with fun music and in the spirit of sharing the joy.
Liberate the Joy of Living
The ancient tradition of yoga incorporates practices that unite body, mind, and spirit, allowing practitioners to experience heightened awareness and a deep emotional well-being. It is often said that that what we resist persists and also our issues are in our tissues. The asana practice can reveal what we resist by brining awareness to certain areas of tension. During class you may experience sensations that correlate to these thoughts. This provides the opportunity to release the tension, disengage from the resistance and learn to let go. Through yoga postures and breathing practices, toxic thoughts and emotional patterns can be left behind, opening you to a free flow of vital life force energy. We want you to feel a greater sense of personal freedom. With consistency of practice it all happens naturally as you are clearly guided through the sequences of postures in your class.
Prenatal Yoga Benefits
When you are expecting a child, it is the perfect time to enjoy the benefits of prenatal yoga. Prenatal yoga is an excellent way to relax and stay fit, and make a positive difference in your pregnancy for yourself and your developing baby.
At Red Diamond Yoga in Los Angeles, our prenatal yoga classes have been developed to be safe, and perfect for your changing body. As pregnancy hormones loosen ligaments, common yoga postures can put too much stress on the pelvic region. In our prenatal yoga classes, we have modified the postures for the stages of pregnancy, and to help you prepare for labor by focusing on breathing, stretching, and strengthening moves.
Practicing in our prenatal yoga classes can help you:
- Develop strength and stamina to better carry the additional weight of your baby
- Find balance, both physically, as the fetus grows within the body, and emotionally, with the hormonal changes of pregnancy;
- Calm the nervous system through deep breathing to optimize the immune system and improve sleep and digestion;
- Relieve tension of the lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck, and shoulders caused by a growing belly and larger breasts with modified yoga postures and breathing;
- Improve circulation, reduce swelling, and enhance immunity by elongating muscles during our specially developed pregnancy yoga practice;
- Relieve physical complaints common during pregnancy, including headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, difficulty sleeping, and lower back pain;
- Connect with a sisterhood of women who are also expecting and who understand what you are going through, and create a community of sharing;
- Prepare for labor with breathwork practice that calms, relaxes, and helps loosen the body in preparation for birth;
- Slow down, focus on your body, become more deeply aware of what is going on within your body, and establish a better connection with your growing child.