About the Practice
Defined literally, ‘yoga’ translates to union and connection. And that’s exactly how we see yoga here at Inner Light. Yoga is the connection of mind, body and spirit through breathing techniques, physical movement (asana) and meditation. Through this practice, we are able to more deeply connect with our highest Self, and with the world around us.
An ancient practice, yoga has become universal, yet to some, intimidating. So here at The Studio, we provide you with a safe space in which you can practice, learn, grow and express yourself.
We aim to take the inaccessible aspects of this ancient practice and make them accessible, easy to digest, and to understand. Classes will always be intimate in size so we can provide all levels with clear direction, hands on adjustments, and personal attention.
The tools, methods, and perspective we practice in yoga aren’t just for the mat, they become a part of your every day life.
Our practice is centered on achieving balance. We understand that some days we may need more yin than yang or vice versa. Our classes will guide you to test your physical limits, but also to center yourself, calm the mind, and practice introspection. We will encourage you to try the challenge and also respect and honor the need to slow down, look inwards, and rest in child’s pose.
Because it’s about tuning in, taking time, and doing what is right for you in that very moment. It is a true practice of being present.
Nancy teaches a vinyasa style class instructed with dharma, alignment, playfulness and music.
Come as you are. We are so excited to meet you.
A Brief History
Yoga is primarily a Hindu-based philosophy and discipline dating thousands of years. It encompasses a plurality of views that also include Buddhism & Jainism. Although there are many texts, stories and practices defining and explaining yoga, the most common and comprehensive text is that of the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. The Sutras form part of the scriptural foundation of yoga philosophy. They read as an experiential workbook and manual on how to become enlightened. The true goal of yoga is achieving absolute freedom and connecting to your true, most innate and authentic self. Patanjali’s simple definition is “the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” If we can clear our minds through this practice, we can truly be free.
Yoga was introduced to the western world in the 1920’s by Paramahansa Yogananda, a yogi from India who travelled to the United States and Europe with the purpose of sharing this path to self realization and enlightenment. The practice of yoga has since become mainstream in western cultures and is currently a booming industry within the health and wellness world. Amidst all the growth and westernization, the expensive yoga wear and perfected instagram posts, it is our practicing mission to always remember and honor the ancient history, the foundation, and the truth of this enlightened, life-changing practice.
The results are real.
Many have experience the transformative effects of yoga, however these changes have not always been supported by clinical science. In recent years, studies have proven specific physical and emotional benefits of incorporating yoga into a wellness-based lifestyle. Here are the science-backed benefits of the practice:
Improves heart health
Improves cardiovascular health
Reduces chronic pain
Improves flexibility, core strength, and balance
Beyond just the physical effects of yoga, the practice of yoga has been clinically proven to effect various mental health issues:
Reduces levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body, leading to improved overall health and mood
Relieves anxiety and depression
Improves sleep quality
Improves overall quality of life
Specifically, one study demonstrated the powerful effect of yoga on stress by following 24 women who perceived themselves as emotionally distressed. After a three-month yoga program, the women had significantly lower levels of cortisol. They also had lower levels of stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression. (Healthline)