Yoga is an ancient yet sophisticated system of
self-development. The word "yoga" derives
from the Sanskrit root meaning no bind/ join,
or yoke and conveys the sense of union or
communion. So literally,
is a method for "yoking" body, mind and spirit
into harmonious wholeness.
Yoga with Silvia is based on the classical Yoga.
The classical Yoga was first described as a
systematic approach to Self-realization by
Maharishi Patanjali about 200 B.C. His
classical text, the "Yoga Sutras", describes
the nature of the mind and ways to control its
restlessness. (Hatha Yoga postures and the
teachings of Yoga Sutras).
What IT BRINGS
· Improved muscle tone
· Reduction in heart rate, ventilation,
and muscle tension
· Increased blood flow to the
· Pain management
· Relief of anxiety, stress/ depression
· Enhanced self-awareness
· Emotional tranquility
HOW it WORKS
we use co
nscious breaching and body
awareness to, as B.K.S. lyengar puts it,
"infuse our physical movements and
postures with intelligence." Outward
perception and inner reflection interact
and inform each other within the
postures "interweaving all the threads
and fibers of our being" as the body,
mind and spirit learn to work together.
INSIDE THE ASANAS
The asanas or postures are designed to
realign and balance our neuromuscular
system and to direct energy in beneficial
ways. But mindfulness and effort are more
important to this process than formal
correctness. The ideal forms lend focus and
direction to our strivings as we "grow into"
postures from within. The trick is to gently
push against limits without exceeding them,
scanning our body with full awareness,
making small adjustments, finding a place of
balance and ease within each posture.
YOGA THERAPY OR RESTORATIVE YOGA
Integrative Yoga Therapy looks at the
individual as a whole person: Body – Mind
Present and past; emotions and
Using breath and stretching movement
(yoga) to release the body’s energetic
pattern Integrative Yoga Therapy seeks
to enable clients to live fully in their
How do you live fully in one body? Let’s
say: Meditation is an experiential
expression of a unity that already exists.
If there were no polarity there would be
nothing but meditation.
Unity = relaxation.
Separation = stress
To define stress - chronically
separation must be present
Yoga therapy is based on the five koshas,
or levels of being. By recognizing
separation in individuals or groups at the
level of the
* physical body,
* energetic body,
* psycho-emotional body,
* wisdom body and,
* bliss body,
A yoga therapist can facilitate wellness
at all levels by designing a program with
appropriate yogic techniques.
Keeping the five Koshas, or levels of
being in mind, we realize that at the same
time as being physical beings, we are also
mental, emotional and spiritual entities.
We are multi-dimensional; none of these
aspects can be ignored.
For women, Yoga is especially helpful for
the natural transitions of life. You will
find many simple practices to help you
stay healthy, calm, and strong, and to
carry you forward in a natural
progression toward wisdom, real beauty,
and the strength of realized grace that
belongs to all women.
From the holistic viewpoint no one thing
is independent of another. An imbalance
in any one of the five Koshas can filter
through to manifest symptoms in any of
the others. When there are mental,
emotional or pranic imbalances, the
stress will tend to appear on the weakest
organ of the physical body.
SLOWLY, SMOOTHLY, MINDFULLY
Yogic transformation takes time. It cannot
be forced or rushed. There are no
shortcuts, cheats or magic bullets.
Attempting to push past your limits puts
current progress at risk: a muscle or
ligament strain could set you back days or
even weeks. Pain is information. Be aware of
what your body is telling you. Mild
discomfort or a subtle, bone-deep ache is
good: it means the movements and postures
are working. Stabbing pains or sharp burning
sensations are danger sign and indicating
that you've gone too far or too fast.
Silvia’s yoga therapy sessions are as
A one on one yoga therapy session may be 1 hour
to 1.5 hours long. It is non-invasive, multimodal,
self-care oriented and has various combinations
of: body awareness, physical exercises, *
breathing exercises, relaxation exercises, guided
imagery , chakra balance, visualization, **
meditation, yogasage, somatic, body mapping and
listening. Since each person is unique, the
modalities used will vary somewhat depending upon
individual needs and receptiveness.
Group yoga therapy session is 1 hour. Silvia’s yoga
class will start out with relaxation, warm up, work
out, cool down and relaxation. It is non-invasive,
self-care oriented and will have various
combinations of: body awareness, physical
exercises, breathing exercises, relaxation
exercises, guided imagery, chakra balance, guided
I prefer that you utilize the wall or props to help
you adjust. Adjust yourself only as far as you are
comfortable (no pain) to prevent injury. When you
are doing postures remember there are no goals to
obtain no technique to perfect and always listen to
the wisdom of your body and let that be your true
teacher. Always allow yourself to come out of the
posture when your body wants to, regardless of my
instruction and feel free to change any movement
to fit your needs. There should be no forcing or
straining. Be aware of your body’s limitations, and
know that regardless of your strength and
flexibility if you focus a 100 % on what you are
doing you will receive a 100% of the benefit. It is
my goal to guide you and help you find your inner
Is the fundamental life force within and around our physical body.
Prana meaning the fundamental life force and yama meaning to control, restrain or channel.
Pranajama therefore is channeling the life force which is air or breath.
Prana is distributed throughout the body through a series of channels called nadis of which there
are said to be 72000. There is a main channel within the spine called sushumna and two secondary
channels on either side called Ida and Pingala. The seven energy centers or charkas could likened
to lakes through which the prana energy flows and is stored.
Blockage within any of the channels or within the energy centers is related to imbalance at the
physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Meditation is about going into peace and quiet, clearing your mind of troublesome thoughts and
allowing yourself to drift into a wonderful state of relaxation, through which you can gain clear
insights into what you really want and who you really are.
In the yoga classes I will give guided meditation so your mind can follow along and relax your
physical and mental state of being.