The Journey to Become a Yoga Instructor

Start your journey of becoming a yoga instructor with Yoga Central. The owner, Sheila Shorten, started this program because she thinks it’s important that her studio offers comprehensive training.”It gives novice yoga students an opportunity to share their knowledge and advance their study of yoga.” She believes that people fall in love with yoga because they start to notice the benefits in their bodies and their overall life. “They learn to breathe, to understand the mind/body connection and they become more compassionate and empathetic towards others.” The instructors say “be prepared for a life changing experience and be ready to be challenged.” The practice of yoga can be extraordinarily intense, not only in a physical sense. It requires a lot of internal awareness and introversion that is not openly encouraged in our society. It is not mainstream for us to search inwards. It’s so much easier to think ‘I’m going to go shopping, go to a movie, or hang out with my friends.’ There may be things about your life that will be brought to your awareness and when you have face it and it may make you want to run. We do not see this impulse as a weakness, but as an opportunity for growth. You will come out at the end blessed and reap the rewards of finishing the program. The curriculum for Yoga Central’s teacher training program is designed to the standards of Yoga Alliance certification. Yoga Alliance is a foundation that promotes the integrity of the practice and teaching of yoga and has certified over 75,000 teachers and studios all over the world. To learn...

Your Weight Loss Journey with Yoga

Losing weight can be a life-changing process. One that involves some successes and fall backs, along with some experimentation with your fitness routine. If you are looking to add yoga to your regimen to shed some weight, here is some information Yoga Central wants you to know.   Will yoga help me lose weight? Here are some things you should keep in mind: Any increase in physical activity will always result in some modest weight loss results, but yoga is a low-impact exercise and it does not get your heart rate going as fast if you don’t choose the right class If you want to lose weight, choose a vigorous, fast-paced style of yoga such as Vinyasa Flow or Power Yoga which will get your heart rate up and your body burning calories. A 60-90 minute class targets your entire body and every muscle group which aids in the development of muscles and release of growth hormones which manages metabolism. You will need to go to yoga classes multiple times per week to see the most benefits. You should consider an unlimited use pass that allows you to attend as many yoga classes as you want for a specified period. Remember that you will see the most results from your yoga practice when combined with a healthy diet rich in natural foods. Eat a lot of vegetables, fruits and lean meats. Poses to encourage muscle engagement and weight loss: Warrior Pose 2 (Virabhadrasana 2): This pose tones the quads, glutes and arms. Chair Pose (Utkatasana): This pose targets the quads, glutes, abs and arms. Half-moon Pose (Ardha Chandraasana): You’ll feel this pose in you...

Your Guide to Kids Yoga

Modern kids and teens have a lot of responsibilities and pressures. Yoga can provide physical activity, mindful breathing and meditation which can help kids during their daily lives. Here’s why you should enroll your child in a Yoga Central class and why its different from a regular adult class. The benefits of yoga for kids: Kids will learn body awareness though taking yoga. They have to rely on their own sensations to determine how far to stretch and learn the limitations of their body. They also become aware that their body, flexibility, balance and coordination can improve over time. Some kids are not great at traditional, mainstream sports. Doing yoga allows them to explore other options for physical activity that may appeal to them. Imagine how stressed you can feel on a daily basis. Now imagine how a child with developing coping skills can feel. Children are especially susceptible to stress and yoga can aid in relaxation. Taking yoga classes can help kids concentrate and focus better while they are in school. Their grades and teacher will thank you! Yoga develops self-discipline in kids. They have to learn to listen to the instructor, move through poses in a structured way and hold poses for a certain length of time. It helps them learn that their muscles and body can do more than they think and they can get stronger. How is a kids yoga class is different: The classes are taught by an instructor that knows how to structure classes for kid and make it fun and relevant to them. The classes are much smaller. The difficulty of poses...

Don’t Neglect Your Yoga Practice with our Summer Yoga Promotion

The snow has melted and you are looking forward to the beginning of your summer! This can also be a prime time for people to let their fitness routine fall by the wayside. You get out of your regular daily pattern of and working out and suddenly it has been weeks since you’ve hit the gym or attended a yoga class. We know how this can happen; you’re probably catching up on yard work, spending time reconnecting with family and socializing with friends and just enjoying the summer weather by doing activities outdoors. It can be all too easy to let exercise slip to the bottom of your priorities. When you neglect your yoga practice, you can lose many of the benefits and health improvements you may experience when you go to a class regularly. Your muscles can become tense and stiff when you aren’t doing yoga and being diligent about stretching. You might notice a decrease in your flexibility and range of motion when you cut out on your yoga classes. Yoga teaches you to connect with your breath and its restorative power. You may become less mindful of your breathing when you have long periods without attending yoga. Yoga has the amazing benefit of decreasing anxiety. You might find yourself experiencing mental stress creeping back into your life during the summer months away from the yoga mat. The solution to keeping your body active and strong during summertime is Yoga Central’s Summer Yoga Promotion: This promotion is in effect from June 15-30. You can come into Yoga Central during those two weeks to purchase the pass. The...

Tips and Poses for Pregnant Women

Yoga can be a restorative and effective method of keeping the pain and aches of pregnancy at bay. It also helps prepare your body for childbirth. As with any physical activity during pregnancy, you need to ensure that you are practicing yoga safely. Here are some tips and poses pregnant women should know if you are engaged in yoga practice Tips you need to know about doing yoga while you’re pregnant: You should talk to your doctor before adding yoga to your fitness routine. If you’re new to yoga, you should also ensure that you attend a prenatal class taught by an instructor that knows how to modify poses for pregnant ladies. You should avoid laying on your back and stomach too much after the first trimester it puts undue pressure on your organs and uterus and can cut off blood circulation. We strongly recommend that you avoid Hot Yoga if you are pregnant. You should skip doing inverted poses. They can throw you off balance and result in a fall, possibly harming yourself or your developing fetus. Listen to your body during your practice! You shouldn’t push yourself and ensure you take breaks if you need to slow the pace of the class. Here are some yoga poses that are safe and advantageous for pregnant women: Cobbler’s/Bound Angle Pose (Bhadda Asana): This pose opens up the hips, thighs, and pelvis. It can strengthen the perineal area and pelvic floor for childbirth. Cat–Cow Poses (Marjaryasana / Bitilasana): These poses, when done in combination, strengthen the lower back and abdominal muscles. They also reduce hip and lower back pain that...

Yoga’s Amazing Power to Heal Sports Injuries

If you have been athletic for a significant portion of your life, you have probably experienced an injury as a result of playing sports or running. You may have tried a wide variety of cures to rid yourself of the pain caused by these injuries as well. If you are recovering from a sports injury it might interest you to know that yoga is a great way to get back into physical activity after an injury and start the healing process. Yoga Central wants you to learn more about sports injuries that can occur to people who are athletic and what yoga poses they can do that will help reduce their pain and heal. Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar Fasciitis is caused by the swelling of the ligaments that connect your heel done to your toes. It causes shooting pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot. This is a common injury in runners or athletes who participate in sports which involve a lot of jumping. To relieve this sports injury try the Garland Pose (Malasana) and Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose (Supta Padangusthasana) Shin Splints: Shin splints are characterized by aching or pain in the shins after running or jumping. This condition is caused by overuse of the muscles, tiny fractures in the tibia or a weakness in the muscles of the hips or abdominals To relieve this sports injury try Pyramid Pose/ Intense Stretch Pose (Parsvottanasana) and Diamond Pose(Vajra asana) Rotator Cuff Damage: This injury is frequently seen in athletes involved in throwing sports such as baseball, football, even tennis. Rotator cuff damage involves the ligaments that connect the arm to the shoulder and can...