MINDFUL YOGA FLOW CLASS
The dynamic nature of the practice takes your attention more into your body and breath. It makes you feel energized and focused. The practice starts with 10 min tension release to ensure any structural limitations that may be present are eliminated so the muscles can do their work properly and improve range of motion, reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow, increase body awareness and aid in injury prevention. Continuing with body-breath integration, Yoga Namaskar, warm up in Vinyasa style, one breath – one movement. After, you will move through a series of traditional poses and sequences: sun salutations, standing poses, seated poses, back bends.
At the physical level, the overall sensation in the body is one of relaxation as it releases neuromuscular tension. It eliminates joint stiffness and builds flexibility, and generates heat in the body which adds cardiovascular benefits. Mindful Flow cultivates a feeling of acceptance for what is happening at the moment and helps to detach from certain situations, conditions or emotions that persist for a longer time. It builds endurance and increases concentration. Regular practice leads to a greater state of self-awareness, body-awareness, and breath-awareness. It calms and balances the mind; reduces stress and anxiety; works deeply on releasing tension from connective tissues (fascia, tendons, and ligaments). You’ll feel invigorated, flexible and more present in your body. It is a balanced class designed to train your breath, strength, flexibility, and concentration.
A Brief Outline of the Routine
We’ll take time to gently integrate the breath, body and mind allowing about 10-15 minites a state of focused breath-awareness, body awareness, and mind-awareness. Movement begin slowly by integrating Sun Saliutation and other gentle movements. Sun Salutation brings mobility to the highlighted joints and begin to activate the muscles groups we will be focusing on. Next, we’ll enjoy the standing poses which few of them will be Warrior 2 and 1, Triangle Pose,hip openers, twists, bridge and back-bends. Closing the practice with relaxation in Savasana. Monthly we’ll add different postural theme, with the weekly classes breaking down the elements of that theme.
Style driven from: Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Classical Yoga
Duration: 1h 30 min
Equipment needed: comfortable clothes, water, mat
Time/ Location: See the class schedule
I have been working construction for 20 years I haven't been too kind to my body in those years. After going to 3 different doctors and a chiropractor looking for a solution to my bulging disc in my neck; pinching a nerve and sending terrible pain down my left arm. I found Maria and made an appointment for a consultation. I explained to her what my issue was and she said: "come and we'll take care of the problem." Her fingers are like an x-ray. She got right to work. I found her to be very caring and hard working. Then after 4 reflexology along with deep tissue massage appointments she had me close to pain-free. Then after a couple of sessions of stretching with a few lessons on how to use my muscles properly, I am feeling great! I am now looking forward to learning yoga with Maria and maintaining better overall body health.
I am extremely fortunate to have met Maria Mitea, the owner of Health Yoga. I was suffering for more than a year with lower back pain. Year-long work with physiotherapists resulted in mild improvement. After just three individual sessions with Maria and a month of classes, I am pain-free. I have much more energy during the day and I am sleeping so well. I continue with the classes because I know Maria’s expertise is adding so much to my overall enjoyment of life.
When I first met Maria, it had been 5 months since double fracturing my spinal L4 vertebrae and I was in pain with very restricted movement due also to seized piriformis muscles and sciatic nerve strain.
Maria began working with me in one on one sessions 2 times a week. In each 90 minute session, Maria never left my side. Whether I was stretching, exercising or having deep massage treatments, Maria was “hands-on” with me at all times. She took great care in making sure I was benefiting from my therapy correctly and fully explained every step, what we were doing and why we were doing it. She also carefully planned out an exercise regime for me to do at home which I found extremely beneficial to my recovery. Many days I thought I wasn’t making progress and Maria always made me feel so reassured that recovery would come.
After 3 months, I have graduated from private sessions to Maria’s sciatica class. Mobility, pain, and flexibility have improved so much that I started this week working with Maria in a class setting. I have come to learn that my well being deserves all that Maria has to offer. She is a special gift whom I am very grateful for. Jane Malcolm
In the ten weeks that I have known Maria from HealthYoga, my life has transformed completely. I was wheelchair shopping and discussing with Veterans Affairs about how I might make my home more wheelchair accessible. The daily pain from my joints and muscles was unbearable unless I took dangerous doses of a steroid called prednisone. The doctors had given me a diagnosis of Lupus but they were quick to admit that it was not likely Lupus but what was going on acted a lot like Lupus so that’s how they were treating it. It was unknown and it was killing me and they really seemed powerless to help.
I met with Maria after visiting her website and seeing that people with some similar problems had been helped by her. After our first meeting, I was surprised that she was confident that she could help me. I didn’t share her confidence. It had been a 20-year descent into constant pain and exhaustion. The doctors had largely just been trying to manage my pain at this point and I was pretty hopeless about any meaningful recovery. Maria had enough confidence for both of us and I am forever grateful for that.
Over a ten-week period she guided me back into contact with my body and feelings and with her help, I correctly identified the source of my major health woes and began a program that is leading to a full recovery. My life was small and full of pain and now, while I still work to undo the years of damage, I move relatively freely and have much-reduced pain. As I continue to learn and practice yoga with Maria, I continue to improve. I have complete faith that the path I am on with Health Yoga will lead to a complete recovery.
Thank you so much, Maria, you have changed my life for the better in so many ways.
Great place to practice yoga. Maria is an excellent Yoga Therapist. I did a reflexology session and a reflexology/deep massage session with Maria. This was the first time I had done reflexology. I was experiencing numbness in the middle & index finger of my hand. Neither massage or physiotherapy had helped much but after just one reflexology session there was a significant improvement.
The second session was to address a flair up I had with plantar fasciitis. It was a combination of deep tissue massage and reflexology. After just one treatment the symptoms disappeared. Maria also gave me a number of stretches and exercises to do in order to prevent a reoccurrence of the problem.
I would highly recommend Health Yoga.
I was referred to Maria by my partner after having second hip surgery. Most, if not all hip replacement recipients limp after surgery due to the muscles being cut & I was no exception. The three physiotherapy sessions allowed by OHIP were a good start in recovery but a far cry as to what was actually needed. Maria's assessed me & took over my recovery. Her attention to detail is second to none. She obviously has an engineering background & seems to understand all muscle & bone movements. This is beyond anything I have ever experienced. You would almost think she had X-ray vision to see how the muscles are moving & what is needed to strengthen the weaker ones. Within weeks; I was being told that I no longer limped & anyone who knows me, admit I have made a marked improvement. The woman is amazing in her chosen profession. Thank you, Maria; for a job very well done !!!
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.
I first visited Maria’s HealthYoga studio 2 1/2 months ago on the recommendation of a neighbor who had been successfully treated for a shoulder issue.
I used a cane to attend my first three sessions with Maria and since then have not needed it. Maria is thoroughly prepared for each class as we are working on improving the nerve network to activate and strengthen my leg muscle and improve my walking ability after hip replacement surgery.
I enjoy the gentle competent way Maria works with me and feel very fortunate to have found such an expert who is willing to share her knowledge and passion for overall health. She communicates calmly and clearly how the body works, is encouraging and nonjudgmental.
I feel very good about what I am doing toward full recovery.
I started to work with Maria last January to help relieve the stiffness and pain in my legs from Parkinson’s.
Maria is a caring and compassionate professional. She applies her deep knowledge of yoga therapy and reflexology to develop individualized programs and sessions to meet my needs. During the session, if it happens to have muscle cramps or nerve pain she is quick on helping me to ease the stiffness and pain. During sessions, Maria is encouraging and always positive about resulting progress. I look forward to weekly sessions with Maria and come away calmer and with less pain.
I highly recommend Maria as a Yoga Therapist/ Reflexology, teacher, and therapist.
5 stars are seriously not enough! Maria at Health Yoga deserves SO much more than that. The private classes are always challenging but light-hearten, motivational but grounding, introspective and simply just led by an amazing instructor. I cannot thank you enough Maria for opening up a whole new side of myself that I was not in tune with.
Over a number of weeks last fall I noticed Maria’s studio sign and really felt HealthYoga was something from which I could benefit. I could not have been more right. My experience working with Maria one-on-one has been life-changing, both physically and emotionally. The physical rehabilitation of ancient injuries has afforded me greater mobility and increased circulation. I even regained feeling in my foot that was rendered numb after a back injury 30 years ago! I turned 70 last month and can’t help but wonder why I took so long to embrace yoga as a necessary element in my life. However, no regrets! I am fully committed to yoga with Maria as part of my new normal. I highly recommend Maria and HealthYoga. The benefits are tremendous for all ages!
I started to practice Yoga Therapy with Maria a few years ago for my flat feet pain and my knees. I have my right knee replaced.
Also, I have enjoyed Maria’s Chair Yoga classes for the last two years. Chair yoga can be adapted to accommodate any degree of disability.
Currently, I take one-on-one YT sessions to improve my feet, knee, hips, and spine mobility. For years I wasn't able to come down and stand up from the floor. In the last two sessions, I did it and practiced on the floor. I am happy with the progress I am doing.
Maria's confidence is contagious! I move now towards my goal with more ease. 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.
Thanks for a great class today. Gail
I was referred to Maria by a neighbor. I met with her for treatment for my chronic Myofascial pain which had ramped up during late winter. We made an
instant connection. Maria is a very hands-on therapist who goes above and beyond.
She is very knowledgeable and goes about her treatment plan with a methodical
approach, working to make adjustments to the body to ease the pain. I also
received two reflexology treatments. I am so in awe of these treatments and the
total relaxation provided. I have never experienced such a feeling with any other
mode of treatment. I have no reservations about recommending Maria’s services.
I met Maria over 3 years ago when she started doing yoga classes at the Y!! I immediately loved her classes and attended them as often as possible!! Not only was she a creative and inspired instructor....she was a very nice lady as well! She kept her eye on everyone in the class and offered suggestions on poses so students got the most from their practice which I appreciated.
A year ago Maria opened her own yoga studio on Bath Rd and I am enjoying the cozy warm atmosphere that she has created there now. Having her own studio has allowed her to spread her wings and offer a great variety of classes as well as yoga therapy, reflexology, etc.
Maria is very perceptive and sees what is going on in the body very quickly. Her great hands can soothe the aches and stiffness so well.
I have always felt very fortunate to have met Maria!!❣
I have taken yoga classes and been to reflexology sessions with Maria and highly recommend both. I found Maria to be a very kind, encouraging, and knowledgeable yoga teacher; she gave helpful feedback and offered modifications that enabled me to go at my own level. I also found the reflexology sessions to be very gentle and soothing as well as an interesting opportunity to learn about the body; I really enjoyed going to repeat sessions.
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 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 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 the 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."
Health Yoga is for everyone! From beginners to longtime yogis, you will feel so at home here. Maria's approach is so open-minded and nonjudgemental. I always look forward to the next available class. She guides you on your own personal journey of self-care, both physically and mentally. She is so gifted at simplifying while strengthening. There is much love and light present at Health Yoga.
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!
Maria is a wonderful yoga teacher. Her studio is a warm and welcoming space with yoga classes tailored for anyone. Maria has extensive knowledge about the yoga practice and the human body which makes her a very involved teacher during her classes. I have loved all of Maria’s yoga classes and have found her dedication to the love of yoga and her students truly inspirational. If you want to take your yoga practice to a new level come to Health Yoga. Maria is truly the best at what she does and I have never met a yoga teacher like her
I face sciatica and shoulder pain for a long time. I am from India visiting my son that leaves in Kingston. I was looking for a yoga place and came across Maria's Health Yoga. I joined and I am so glad that I did. I am in the right place with my sciatica and shoulder problems.
I feel rejuvenated after joining her classes; she gives personal attention to the problems. The therapeutic yoga she is providing is soothing and I am enjoying my stay with no aches and pains. Maria is a lovely person, a loving kind. I am glad I joined her classes.
Maria is truly amazing and so knowledgeable. She was recommended by my naturopath and I couldn't be happier. I have never felt so welcomed and relaxed. Her foot reflexology is absolute heaven. I started with private sessions which were so very helpful and Maria's touch was just what I needed.
I look forward to my yoga journey with Health Yoga!
I took Yoga Therapy for sciatica with Maria, and she suggested that I would benefit from a sciatica group class. Currently, I attend her Monday yoga for sciatica and I am thrilled with the results in just weeks. My pain has diminished greatly and I would highly recommend these classes to anyone who wants to experience a life without pain.
Maria is very caring as well as gentle with her yoga therapy patients. I myself feel very blissful and relaxed after her treatments. I believe anyone who goes to Maria for yoga therapy will feel happy they did. Maria has a positive warm-hearted genuine way of treating people.
All too frequently aging brings with it decreases in range of motion and muscle stiffness. Maria’s HealthYoga practice helps her patients with both caring, compassionate, individual attention and specific group programs. She is a well trained, hands-on practitioner, who listens to her patients and works towards
a patient’s overall well being. If you support holistic care, visit Maria’s web page ‘Health Yoga’. Then book an appointment in her relaxing environment. You will be glad you did. Doris