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YOGA AND HEALTH

Relieving Stress and Anxiety
with nature

Stress and anxiety have been associated as contributors to many chronic diseases. Better yet, it’s been associated with decreased quality of life, even with medications. Yoga is a non-pharmacologic option to relieve stress and anxiety which have promising results in multiple studies. The results of 25 out of 35 human trials assessing the role of yoga in improving the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety, showed that the effects of yoga noted a significant decrease in stress and/or anxiety symptoms when a yoga regimen was applied.


Evaluation of the current primary literature is suggestive of benefits of yoga in relieving stress and anxiety. Yoga, practiced in a more integrated for, such as with an ethical and spiritual component, may provide additional benefits over yoga practiced as an exercise regimen. Practicing yoga can not only be an effective stress reliever, but also a way to ease symptoms of anxiety. By shifting focus and attention to the body and breath, yoga can help to temper anxiety while also freeing physical tension.

FAQ

1Do you have a special for first time students?
Yes, your first class is $10! You then have the option to purchase our New Client Special, 40 days unlimited for $40 (must purchase same day as first class).
2Do you have a special rate for friends and family of the Surya members?
Surya yoga members can avail of the discount family member special rate of 20% off per member.
3I already belong to a gym. Do I need this too?
Surya Yoga and Wellness prides itself in being an integrative wellness studio, which is much more than a gym. Not only will you gain flexibility, strength, and stamina in our classes, but you will also gain skills in how to approach life in a more peaceful and calm way.
4Do I need to sign up online in advance?
No, just show up 10-15 minutes early for your class and we will get you settled in. If you have a mat, please bring it. If you don’t, we’ve got you covered.
5How is Surya Yoga and Wellness different from other studios?
Surya Yoga and Wellness is an integrative wellness studio, which means we offer much more than yoga classes. We believe that in order to truly heal, you have to heal the whole being. Our studio offers services ranging from yoga classes to integrative therapy to energy balancing massage so that you have the opportunity to explore deeper than you would in a regular studio. With individualized sessions, you can create goals from the physical to the spiritual level and have support all along the way. If you’ve ever been interested in personal growth, fulfillment, and a deep sense of wholeness, then this studio is right for you.
6What are the things I need to know before attending a class?
If you are new to yoga there are some things you would want to know. Most of us have good intention most of the time and it’s easy to get distracted especially if you have never done yoga before. Here’s some Yoga etiquette you may want to know: (https://www.prolificliving.com/14-yoga-etiquette-tips-respect-your-fellow-yoginis/): Be Punctual to Every Class: Mind Personal Hygiene: Minimize Conversation or go silent altogether: Turn Off all Electronics before Class Wear Decent Yoga Clothing (non revealing): Remove Shoes Outside (or outside the yoga practice area): Enter and Settle down Quietly: Respect the Teacher: Observe Silence during Savasana: Always Thank the Teacher: Clean Up Immediate Area: Sign In and Pay without a Reminder: If needs to leave in the middle of the class, it's ok to gather your things and leave, if you can do it quietly.

What kind of yoga do you teach?

1Gentle/Basics (Hatha yoga)
Gentle yoga is a style of yoga that is far less strenuous than other forms. It is less intense, so it can be very useful for people who are not capable of fulfilling the demands of other practices, such as seniors, women who are pregnant, practitioners who are recovering from injury, those who are in very poor physical condition, or even those who are simply looking for a more relaxed workout. This practice can also be beneficial to those who already are quite fit but who lack the overall flexibility to be able to do some of the more intense yoga poses. The way that gentle yoga works without putting any unnecessary strain on the practitioner is by using modifications of standard hatha yoga poses. Sometimes, this simply means that the yogi does not go as deep into a specific posture as he or she otherwise would. 
2Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra—known as yogic sleep—is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that is intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.  Aside from being relaxing, restorative and restful, studies have shown that yoga nidra can also: Ease insomnia Decrease anxiety Alleviate stress Reduce PTSD, chronic pain and chemical dependency Heighten awareness and focus Transform negative habits, behaviors and ways of thinking Foster feelings of peace, calm, and clarity During yoga nidra, you move into the state of conscious deep sleep. You are no longer in the waking state of consciousness, but you also move past the dreaming state of consciousness and into the deep sleep state. However, your mind is actually awake, so it’s often discussed as the state between being asleep and awake. This is why it is said that yoga nidra is so restorative for the body. In both practices, the mind is conscious; in yoga nidra, the body is in a more restful state.
3Restorative
Restorative Yoga is a therapeutic style of yoga which utilizes props to make it easier for the body to get into certain poses, and thus, surrender to the pose. Practicing poses using props provides a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. The more your body is supported in the poses the deeper the sense of relaxation. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet. Typically, Restorative poses are sustained for ten minutes or for as long as you are comfortable. 
The antidote to stress is relaxation. Restorative yoga focuses on relaxation, renewal, effortlessness and ease. Blankets, bolsters, straps, and other props safely support the body in various postures which allows the body to move towards a state of balance. This practice soothes your nervous system, helps you quiet your mind and invites you to release deeply held tension.
4Beginning Yoga
Beginning a yoga practice from scratch is not an easy thing to do. It takes a lot of courage to go from sitting on your couch thinking about trying yoga to actually rolling out a mat and stepping onto it. This can be true of exercising in general, but it’s even more specific to yoga since it’s different from other kinds of movement you’ve done before.
5Flow (Hatha Flow)
Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a favorite style of yoga that links breath with movement. The Sanskrit word ‘vinyasa’ means connection. In Vinyasa style, there is a link between the breath and movement and between the yoga asanas in a flowing sequence. The practitioners of Vinyasa Yoga combine movement to breathe and flow from one pose to another in a sequence. The method is smooth and strings Vinyasa poses together in a flow, unlike the Hatha Yoga asanas that focus on one pose and take rest.
6Power
Power Yoga is a general term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. Though many consider it to be "gym yoga," this style of practice was originally closely modeled on the Ashtanga method. Power Yoga takes the athleticism of Ashtanga, including lots of vinyasas, but gives each teacher the flexibility to teach any poses in any order, making every class different. With its emphasis on strength and flexibility, power yoga brought yoga into the gyms of America as people began to see yoga as a way to work out.
7All- Levels (Combination of the 3 levels)
A level 1 class will be introductory. Instructors should explain thoroughly how to get in and out of each pose and should explain the proper alignment for each pose. A level 2 class will generally be more aerobic, especially if it is a flow (vinyasa) class. A level 2 class will also probably begin to incorporate more advanced poses such as inversions (headstand, handstand, forearm stand) and backbends. You can always modify or choose not to do a pose if you feel uncomfortable. A level 3 class will be advanced. There will probably be very little instruction on proper alignment as the teacher will likely assume that students know and understand the correct position for each pose. If it is a vinyasa or flow class, it will likely move very quickly. While the aerobic component of a higher-level class is probably equivalent to a few-mile jog, there is also a lot of strength work in these classes. To make sure you stay safe and healthy, it’s important to make sure you have the strength and flexibility to do a pose properly. Beware that a level 3 flow or vinyasa class can get very sweaty!
8Various Workshops
We offer various workshops for Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Kundalini, Yin yoga, Back to Basics, Intro to Yoga, Inversions etc, We also also have Community Donation classes for the benefit of various non for profit organizations such as American Liver Foundation; ALS Foundation; Wounded Warrior Project; Save the Family and many more.

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18010 N. Tatum Blvd.

Phoenix, AZ 85032