“Yoga” a mysterious word seen everywhere you go. One cannot drive down the road without seeing a sign for a yoga studio, but what does the word really mean? Depending on whom you ask, “Yoga” will take on different meanings. To one person, it might mean stretching while to another it might mean relaxing, some might think it means a rigorous flow, and there are some that simply do not know what Yoga means. Which definition is correct one, all, or none?
Out of curiosity, I asked different people from all age groups what the word meant to them. Not surprisingly, their answers did not vary much. Some described it as “A class I take to stretch” or “An exercise class”. I am not saying these responses are incorrect because many people take a Yoga class just to stretch or as a form of physical activity, but, in reality, Yoga encompasses a whole life-style.
It is not a flat one word definition, such as stretch or exercise. It is an ancient philosophy that connects individuals to the universe, yet so many people overlook the philosophy and life-style of yoga. They focus on one aspect, the physical practice of Yoga, which to many means stretching or exercise. To be fair, a drop-in yoga class at the local gym is not going to focus on the Yoga as a whole. It will take one small part, the physical practice, and make it the star. I am not saying the physical practice does not have its benefits, but by only focusing on that aspect, people miss out on many benefits of a well-rounded practice.
sit and be fit
Gateway Yoga is bringing Fort Myers a new way to get fit as a newly certified instructor in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga (LVCY). The intensive and comprehensive four day training included chair yoga, double chair yoga, pair chair yoga, weighted chair yoga, Brain Dance - a series of movements to enhance the brain, as well as Eastern and Western holistic practices.
"Chair Yoga is not for sissies," says Gateway Yoga owner and instructor Kelly Cornwall, quoting Founder Lakshmi Voelker, who personally trained the instructors. "Most any pose you do on a mat can be done on a chair. All it takes is a little creativity and a full understanding of the benefits of each pose to recreate it as chairasana!"
If you can sit, you can get fit is the mantra of Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga where the chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body, taking full advantage of yoga's fitness and health potential.
Chair exercise is for anyone who can no longer get on the floor including seniors who may be less limber. Yoga's benefits include improved flexibility, increased muscle strength, better posture, increased blood flow, lower blood sugar, increased bone strength, boosted immunity and lower blood pressure.
Chair Yoga classes are currently scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30 am and is a one hour class. Visit our website or call 239-768-1458 for more information and pricing.
Gateway Yoga is located at 11300 Lindbergh Boulevard, Suite #111 in Fort Myers, Florida just off Daniels Parkway via Rickenbacker Parkway.
From the Cooridor | October/November 2017