GENTLE YOGA & BREATHING PRACTICE
Your mind always follows your breath, and your body always follows your mind!
In this class, we’ll start with breathing exercises. We’ll take time to explore your breath while moving in different poses. Everyone can explore and enjoy this gentle practice.
Studies indicate that as a holistic therapy, yoga has the potential to relieve both the physical and psychological suffering of people with asthma. This class is highly recommended for people that face COPD, Asthma, Bronchitis, Allergies, Anxiety, and Stress.
This breathing routine will help you to eliminate the unhealthy habit of breathing with the chest. It develops qualities of healthy breathing by increasing breath-awareness. Changes the energy flow, increases vital capacity, create steadiness and ease, will reduce tension in the upper body, engages your core muscles, relaxes the body and concentrates the mind, increases immune system, invigorates all body energy and calms the mind.
People with breathing health conditions we’ll experience significant improvement in the peak expiratory flow rate, asthma improved symptom score, better control of asthma, decreased number of day and night attacks and use of drugs. The energy level will increase, emotional release, eliminating overwhelming feelings related to Asthma attacks. This practice will make you more aware of your habits, routines and how you react to certain situations. Yoga respiratory techniques have been found not only to improve respiratory resistance but also will help you to stay positive and believe in yourself.
A Brief Outline Of The Routine
Easy movements will be practiced that will allow you to focus on breathing. The practice starts with body integration and breathing techniques (30 min) that will prepare you for gentle movement (30), moving at your own peace. In the last 10 min, you’ll connect with a feeling of breath awareness through guided meditation. We’ll explore in very much detail your existing breathing patterns and how to slowly incorporate the correct one. Also, exploring the natural body movement through breathing. By practicing conscious breathing you will experience how it helps you to build up your energy and relax the mind. We’ll end the practice with guided meditation focusing on self-awareness and unconditional self-acceptance. You’ll leave rejuvenated, awaken and opened for a better day!
Style driven from: Classical Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Vipassana Meditation
Level: everyone is welcome!
Equipment needed: Comfortable clothes, water, mat,
Time / Location: See class schedule
Maria was integral in my recovery and maintenance from a ruptured disk. She is the most qualified yogi I have met and carefully tailors the practice to each student's needs. Her classes are very accessible. You can be confident that you will avoid further injury and work towards health in her hands. Highly recommended.
Maria’s dedication to the study of yoga is brought forward to share with others in her class. She is attentive to your wellbeing, physically and therapeutically. I find the atmosphere calming and relaxing. Maria has helped me in many ways. I have become more aware of looking within myself for peace and strength.
Following a diagnosis of a torn shoulder ligament and unsuccessful visits to a physiotherapist, I attended Maria’s yoga ‘shoulder’ therapy classes. Prior to seeing Maria, shoulder pain persisted for more than a year, so I wasn’t optimistic about a quick heal. After about 2-3 months with Maria’s guidance, my shoulder is now functioning at 100% to what it was. I plan to continue with Maria for continued shoulder health and maintenance and highly recommend Maria and Health Yoga to others!
I have also met with Maria for Personal Yoga Therapy. With guidance on gentle movements as well as natural healing advice from Maria, my knee is also functioning as it was prior to an injury.
Maria’s Restorative Yoga is a healing as her other modalities. I enjoy attending as a 'Nana and grand-daughter outings’. I would encourage anyone to explore any or all of Maria’s offerings. Her knowledge, attention to detail and holistic approach will serve you well. Namaste.
I have recently started to work with Maria at HealthYoga to help with my fibromyalgia and to rebalance my body after open heart surgery.
I am delighted to write this review based on my experience with Maria. Not only is she immensely qualified, but Maria also provides an integrated approach to yoga and provides a “whole “ body and life program designed specifically for each student ‘s needs
In only a couple of months, I am seeing the benefits of Maria ‘s knowledge and support and I highly recommend HealthYoga to anyone looking for a professional and authentic teacher in a warm and relaxing atmosphere.
I have enjoyed Maria’s Chair Yoga classes for the last two years. Her extensive study of yoga and her background as an engineer equip her well to teach many types of yoga. Maria’s gentle competent way has given me the confidence and ways to deal with my health issues. Chair yoga can be adapted to accommodate any degree of disability. Thanks for a great class today. Gail
Joanne Elizabeth Oliver
"Great program for anyone suffering from pain. Great teacher. I really enjoy this form of yoga. Maria teaches all different yoga."
"I met Maria over a year ago. During the course of that time, I’ve had a couple of signiﬁcant injuries including a pinched sciatic nerve. Maria’s understanding of human anatomy is extensive as is her ability to modify poses to suit practitioner's needs. She adjusted movements to help strengthen muscles to decrease the possibility of reinjury. My posture has also improved signiﬁcantly since practicing with Maria. Maria has a gentle yet thorough approach to not only the physical aspects of yoga but also the spiritual and mental components. Her goal is to provide the best experience possible to both the brand new yogi or a yogi who has practiced for years. Because she has studied many styles of yoga, Maria is able to oﬀer guidance so you can decide which you want to pursue. On a personal note, I took breathing for granted before beginning yoga. I have learned how important it is when faced with situations that cause stress. Breathing can help lower your stress level if done a certain way. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found such an expert who is so willing and able to share her knowledge and passion for yoga and overall health."
"My husband and I recently practiced Partner Yoga with Maria and we both thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The studio had a romantic and relaxing atmosphere which was the perfect set up to help us connect as a couple. Maria guided us through various poses, which helped us to sense each other on a deeper level while synchronizing our breathing. It was the perfect bonding experience with my husband and made us take time from our busy schedules to truly be aware of each other's needs while also building confidence and trust in one another through touch. Maria is a wonderful instructor, giving us the perfect start to our romantic weekend together."
"After each session, I feel as if I have worked hard. After 4 sessions my lower back, shoulders, and legs feel stronger. Proper breathing feels very good and especially at night when I cannot sleep. Maria explains the poses well and in a soft voice."
I am from India and have come to visit my son in Kingston was looking for a place for yoga came across Maria's Health Yoga joined and am so glad that I did, as I am in the right place with my sciatica and shoulder problems. Feel so rejuvenated after joining her class she gives personal attention to the problems. Her yoga teaching is soothing and I am enjoying my stay with no aches and pains. Maria is a lovely person, loving kind. I am glad I joined her classes.
I am a dancer, always in search of ways to improve my performance. I met Maria through a friend who works with her, and I am really happy I did. Over the years some abilities fade without us even knowing, as our bodies find ways to overcompensate.
Maria did one on one practice and therapy with me. After only a couple of sessions I was able to use my sprained ankle, and after five sessions I was fully back. And had corrected some limitations I acquired through overcompensation.
I would call this a happy ending with a bonus. I continue to work with Maria, to maintain the health and functionality. Her method works.
I strongly recommend Maria’s therapy and overall approach!
I have been working with Maria, a Yoga Therapist, for roughly 4 months and feel a positive difference with my Fibromyalgia pain.
Maria's dedication and ability to work with any level student makes her service relaxing, enjoyable and beneficial.
I would highly recommend Maria's service for anyone suffering from chronic pain and fatigue.
Thank you, Maria, for your continued support and job well done!
"If you are looking for a whole new yoga experience try one of Maria's classes. It is not a "one size" fits all practice. She is very knowledgeable and tailors the program to your abilities.
Personally, I am constantly dealing with shoulder, neck and hip issues that originate from my curling, golf, computer time and stress levels. I find this is a great addition to my other supports to keep me active and pain-free."
"I have been very fortunate to have had Maria as a Yoga teacher. I have COPD (breathing problems ) because Maria is insistent on proper breathing techniques during practice I have found my breathing has improved. Thank You, Maria,"
"I have practiced Yoga before, but have never found a teacher as dedicated and passionate as Maria. In my short time at Health Yoga, my posture, flexibility, strength and mind/body connection through breathing have all benefited from the practice. I have tried many classes and have enjoyed them all. If you have pain, stress in your life or just want the benefits of the yoga practice, Health Yoga is the place to go. Maria has extensive knowledge of the human body and the yoga practice itself, which makes her a very involved teacher in all her classes. She makes sure each class is tailored to the individual so that they truly get the full benefits while practicing. There is a class at Health Yoga for everybody. I always feel the day and my worries melt away after a great Yoga class with Maria.
Thanks, Maria for all that you do, you are a wonderful person and a joy to be around. I love all your Yoga classes! "
"Maria takes a Yoga class to a whole new level. She has a gentle manner and talks quietly. She takes you through the poses slowly...you will achieve an Advanced pose without even thinking. Maria will adjust your alignment, she will move around the class and help individual students. She will take the time to talk to you after class. Your zest for living will improve. Don't want to get out of bed in the morning...wake up and do Yoga with Maria. Is your teenager going down the wrong track...send him/her to Maria. Yoga with Maria is a life-changing experience."
Maria is so knowledgeable about the body, muscles, and breathing. She imparts this during her classes. No matter the size of the class she moves around each person ensuring they are able to do each move correctly and do not have any issues. Her classes are relaxing and a feeling of rejuvenation in mind and body upon leaving.
"Maria is an advocate of a healthy mind and body. I've personally enjoyed working creatively with her to find ways to bring yoga into lives through a language and venue that invites and inspires. Her, experience and body of knowledge is a treasure trove that she is willing to share in the true spirit of yoga, and the connection we inherently have with the world around us."
"Maria Mitea embodies a real mind, body and spirit connection in her yoga practice. She generously shares her deep understanding of how the breath, body, and mind should flow together from the very basic to advanced yoga positions. Classes are varied and provide just the right level of challenge for a broad range of yoga practitioners. During a yoga class, she will quietly spend the time with each student to provide additional instruction and knowledgeably adjusting as needed with the appreciation that each person’s practice is their own. Maria weaves insightful yoga philosophy into each practice guiding the power of your thoughts to a place of quiet reflection and well-being. I come away from her classes with my body feeling limber, refreshed and my mind rested. I would highly recommend taking yoga classes from Maria, you will be glad you did!"
"I have attended several of Maria’s yoga classes and thoroughly enjoy them.
Maria has a broad and deep knowledge of yoga. She is able to communicate calmly and clearly what she knows. She can speak to how the body works on a physiological, emotional and psychological level. More importantly, she is encouraging a nonjudgemental practice and makes you feel good about what you are doing. At the end of a class, I always feel calmer and more relaxed."
Maria is an excellent teacher and practitioner. She helped me get rid of my shoulder pain after a couple of months of yoga classes.