From yoga to art
By Alejandro Gomez-Tagle
Yoga is not just about working out, it’s about a healthy and youthful lifestyle. Every yogi and yogini who practices yoga knows perfectly well the amazing health benefits of this practice: First Yoga’s focus on strength training and flexibility is an incredible benefit to your body. The postures are meant to strengthen your body from the inside out, so you don’t just look good, you feel good too. Each of the yoga poses is built to reinforce the muscles around the spine, the very center of your body, which is the core from which everything else operates. When the core is working properly, posture is improved, thus alleviating back, shoulder and neck pain. Second, the digestive system gets back on track as the stretching in yoga can relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and acid reflux. Another one of the benefits of yoga is that stretching and holding of postures also causes muscles to lengthen, which gives the body a longer, leaner look. Third, longtime practice of Yoga results in lowering blood pressure and lowering stress.
To benefit the children’s art program in colonias Ejido de Tirado, San Luis Rey, Palo Colorado and Guadalupe
Mon, Wed and Fri, 8-9:30am, Intermediate/ Advanced
Mon, Wed and Fri, 9:30-10:50am, Beginner and gentle stretch
600 pesos for 10 sessions or a single walk-in session: 80 pesos
Iyengar’s method, a form of hatha yoga, is based on giving primacy to the physical alignment of the body in the poses. In this school, it is taught that there is a correct way to do each pose, and that every student will one day be able to attain perfect poses through consistent practice. Once this balance is created in the body, it will be reflected in the mind. One of Iyengar’s major innovations is in the use of props. Today it is quite common to see blankets, blocks, straps, pillows, chairs, and bolsters being used in yoga studios. The purpose of the props is to assist the student in attaining ideal alignment. The props enable students to perform the asanas correctly; minimizing the risk of injury or strain, and making the postures accessible to both young and old even if the body is not yet open enough.
Beginning July 7, Alejandro’s 25 years of yoga practice and teaching will move back into the beautiful spacious and ethereal dance studio of the Bellas Artes. How wonderful for the old yoga faithful. The studio rent will go to support the children’s art program in four communities: Ejido de Tirado, San Luis Rey, Palo Colorado and Guadalupe.
Whether you want to maintain your amazing yoga body through a lifelong dedication to yoga practice, or just to ease aches and pains from inflammation, when you sign up with the Yoga program at the Bellas Artes, you are helping many children through art.