Yoga for Everyone
There is always room for change, but you have to be open to that change.”
DL Moveable Feast
Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.
inspire self exploration
Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.
Yoga is for people of all ages, regardless of conditions, and inclusive of all circumstances.
This website, DL Moveable Feast, was born out of my desire to celebrate and share my passion for yoga and food as a way of savoring each movement, each bite, and each moment with full presence. It is an invitation to wellness and artful living - to breathe, move, nourish, relax and connect.This website is born of my wish to share my appreciation for yoga, meditation and food as a way of savoring each movement, each moment, and each bite with presence and intention. It is an invitation to vital living - to breathe, move, nourish, rest and connect. It is also a medium to inspire self exploration and discovery - to recognize and trust the purposeful power within us, and to live from that deeper purpose with more consistency.
The Health Benefits of Yoga
Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. “Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate,” says Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.”Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. “Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration,” says Dr. Nevins. Body- and self-awareness are particularly beneficial, she adds, “because they can help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.”Because there are so many different kinds of yoga practices, it is possible for anyone to start. “Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style,” says Dr. Nevins. “The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.”
Meditation and Deep Relaxation
I work with individuals of all levels in both group and private settings - from beginners trying to understand Yoga’s basic principles to those looking to deepen, reinvigorate and improve a longstanding practice. I also work with individuals with chronic conditions and special needs.leading to a profound sense of ease and spaciousness within the body and mind.My approach to group class teaching is to offer a balance between the fluidity and dynamism of Yang Yoga and the soft yielding side of Yin Yoga. My signature Yang practice is a flowing sequence of postures emphasizing circles, spirals, bandhas and energy awareness within the dynamic stances emphasizing joint awareness and bone strength.
Importance of Yoga
yoga is not a religion; it is a way of living that aims towards 'a healthy mind in a healthy body'.Man is a physical, mental and spiritual being; yoga helps promote a balanced development of all the three. Other forms of physical exercises, like aerobics, assure only physical well-being. They have little to do with the development of the spiritual or astral body.Over the last few decades, there has been an upsurge in the prevalence of yoga. Medical professionals and celebrities are also adopting and recommending the regular practice of yoga due its various benefits. While some regard yoga as simply one more prevailing fashion and associate it with the new age mysticism, others vouch for how astonishing this form of exercise feels. What they don't understand is that what they see as simply just another form of exercise will profit them in ways they never envisioned.Before we get into the benefits of Yoga, it is essential to understand what exactly Yoga really is. Yoga is not a religion, it’s a way of living that aims towards a healthy mind in a healthy body. Man is a physical, mental and spiritual being; Yoga helps in developing the balance between all the three as stated in Ayurveda. Other forms of exercise, like aerobics, only assure physical wellbeing. These exercises have very little to do with the improvement of spiritual or astral body.Yoga is not just about bending or twisting the body and holding the breath. It is a technique to bring you into a state where you see and experience reality simply the way it is. If you enable your energies to become exuberant and ecstatic, your sensory body expands. This enables you to experience the whole universe as a part of yourself, making everything one, this is the union that yoga creates.The founder of Yoga, Patanjali stated, "Sthiram sukham asanam." It implies that a posture that appears to be firm and agreeable is your asana. You may be astounded to know that an asana is just a preliminary step into the act of yoga. It is a way that encourages you to achieve the greater good. Yoga focusses on idealizing concordance between your mind, body, and soul. When you adjust yourself so everything functions brilliantly within you, you will draw out the best of your capabilities.
The Essence of Yoga
Yoga, meditation, and food are important tools on this journey. Yoga is a gateway to our highest self, not just a physical exercise. Meditation is a way of uncovering our natural wakefulness, not just reducing stress. Food is a means of experiencing our connectedness, not just extracting nutrition. Together, they have offered me an access point to understanding myself and my place in the universe. My wish is that the work that comes out of what I value and practice with sincerity is of benefit to you, and inspires curiosity, self-study, and enthusiasm for what truly matters to you.The true essence of yoga revolves around elevating the life force or Kundalini at the base of the spine. It aims to achieve this through a series of physical and mental exercises. At the physical level, the methods comprise various yoga postures or 'asanas' that aim to keep the body healthy. The mental techniques include breathing exercises or ‘pranayama’ and meditation or ‘dhyana’ to discipline the mind.