Blog : yoga

Are You Ready For Yoga Teacher Training?

The most frequently asked question I get about Transform NOLA's 200-hour yoga certification is this: “How do I know that I’m ready?”  If you’re wondering the same, consider these three things:   Have you experienced the benefits of yoga? I started practicing yoga with a vague idea that it would be a good fitness regime and might even help with my emotional and mental disposition. After getting started, I began feeling a lot better all-around and knew that it had to be the yoga. I couldn't say exactly what was going on. I just knew that it worked. If you've been practicing for at least one year and feel better because of it, then consider learning more about how yoga works...

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The Benefits of Yoga

Posted April 30, 2010
Category yoga
Yoga has been around for about 5,000 years and could have at least that many benefits. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but there are a lot! Everything from asthma to sinusitis and stress, depression to back pain and sciatica can be relieved by practicing yoga consistently and safely. It would be foolish for me to even attempt to cover all the benefits, but I can address some that I have experienced personally and have witnessed in my students. The physical practice of yoga is designed to lengthen and strengthen the musculature of the body. This includes the connective tissue and fascia that holds the body together and gives it structure. Fascia can adhere to the surrounding tissue and impede muscle movement if injured...

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Yoga and Pilates

Posted August 12, 2009
Category yoga
One question I am asked frequently is, "What's the difference between Pilates and yoga?" Both are mind-body disciplines, both work the core, strength and flexibility, but each approach the body (and mind) in a different way. Joseph Pilates, a physical trainer, developed his technique working with recovering World War I wounded in England. He utilized the hospital beds and springs to help his patients use their body weight as resistance to get stronger, which later led to the development of the Reformer. The Pilates system (or Contrology at the time) focused on improving flexibility, strength, and body awareness, without necessarily building bulk. He reasoned that since the majority of the body’s muscles originate or connect in the torso (or "powerhouse"), by targeting the deep muscles in that area the body would be less prone to injury and also stronger...

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