Accessible Yoga Training – Calgary

Join us in this exceptional training, where you will learn all you need to know in order to adopt Yoga to make it accessible for anybody. You do not need to be yoga teacher in order to learn the simple tools that can help change lives. The benefits of yoga or measurable, proven and attainable by anyone.   Be the first one in your community to offer the specialized and growing trend of Accessible yoga.

Be ready to roll up your sleeves and dive in to what makes Yoga work how yoga4every-body is simple and achievable.  You will love this experiential and hands-on training that offers the distilled wisdom and practical tools of what makes yoga so beneficial.

If you are a healthcare professional, a yoga teacher, a physical therapist, a family member of a person who could use adapted yoga – then this two day course is for you.  We spend 15 jam-info packed hours with you, immersed with founder and 30 years of yoga expertise (13 with disability) Mary-Jo Fetterly.  It doesn’t get any better or more authentic than that.

 

 

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ACCESSIBLE YOGA

TRINITY YOGA & The ART of Yoga

Adaptive   Restorative   Therapeutic

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Hello!  Summer Salutations

What a year and summer it has been! Trinity Yoga and Mary-Jo Fetterly have put on a few miles, visiting Toronto, Calgary and the interior spreading the amazing work of ART and Adaptive accessible Yoga. Mary-Jo presented for Mount Royal University’s Adaptive Physical Activity Symposium in Calgary AB, and taught an Adaptive Yoga training for the SCI-Rehab Unit at Foothills Hospital, as well as presenting at the first Abilities Expo in Toronto www.abilities.com

The word is out, with Accessible & Adaptive Yoga and Mary-Jo’s unique and authentic understanding and perspective have been blowing people away. She just taught for Yoga Therapy International and will soon be travelling to teach in San Francisco.  You can join her for at this exciting Accessible Yoga Conference www.accessibleyogaconference.org and see why adaptive yoga is the new thing. If you use the code “mary-jo” you will receive 25% off till August 22, 10% after that.

If you can’t travel to the states don’t worry, Mary-Jo & her ream will be coming to you. This fall or unique Adaptive Yoga training program will be visiting Calgary, Red Deer, Lacombe and Vancouver.  If you haven’t been to the website be sure to go there to check out the course listings and registration details. www.trinityyoga.net. While there are you can also check out the new offerings of Adaptive Yoga bolsters called Bolster Babes, designed through practical use by Mary-Jo. Remember all of our courses are Yoga Alliance Continuing Ed certified.

See you soon!

Mary-Jo & the Trinity Team

Spring Treasure, Bizarre Weather

Recent news from Trinity Yoga Spring 2015

Spring Treasure – Bizarre Weather
Spring Equinox Newsletter
Happy Spring! I wish this for everyone as I sit in my Vancouver home surrounded by the sweet newborn fragrance of hyacinths blooming on my deck. This is in current contrast to the four feet of snow and blowing blizzards in eastern Canada. (I feel for you!) At a certain point we all crave the promise of spring, no matter where we live. It’s feeling ready to be done with the thaw of too many snowfalls and darker days of winter. And indeed we need it!
Unknowingly and often unwittingly, we must surrender to the eternal life force of cycles and the changes of rebirth and death. Even in parts of the planet where there are less dramatic changes of season, there are noticeable differences in the four quarters of the year. This is particularly true when we take into account the spring and fall equinox and the summer and winter solstice. For the millions of years the planets have been turning, so too have the seasons been cycling and repeating their rhythmic beat to the earth’s constant evolution.

I often ponder how we as a species have adapted to the changing cycles of weather on this planet. We figured out how to go from living in a warm climate in Africa to sorting out what it would take to live in northern climates under many feet of snow. That adaptability is unique to our species.

 

Since becoming paralyzed, I have witnessed in myself and others in the differently-able world, remarkable adaptabilities of the human being and body. I’m amazed at what spectacular adaptogens we are. I feel like I’m in a living lab of adaptability and I see that in others. Against all odds, a person can find new pathways, utilize other parts of the brain to take over functions that are lost and recapitulate oneself emotionally and physically after losing all familiar functions. In truth, it has nothing to do with the individual (however, it will just happen.) This surrender to the powerful and omnipotent life force is so strong as to be unavoidable.

We may think we have all the control and all of the details of our lives figured out: my career, mate, investments, RRSPs, retirement fund, etc, and we can do a pretty good at that. But at some point life will take us by surprise. Whether the event is personal, social or environmental, we are called to on to discover and uncover that incredible capacity within ourselves to adapt. Like the bulbs and small seeds waiting to push through the earth, the most important piece of becoming is first the surrender of being.

Like all of life, the surrender happens not because we know what will come, but because we learn to trust in the ancient wisdom, constancy and intelligence of the life force. With time or experience (or both), we realize that we are that life force and are ultimately surrendering to that which is the best in ourselves.

There are many ways to learn more about adaptability in this seasons offerings. These include the classes listed below. We also have classes and events listed on our Facebook Events page.

As one of my favourite teachers would say: “We can’t argue with reality but we can learn how to master it.”

I am pleased to say that you have many opportunities to try on something new this spring and summer and stretch into your own adaptability. That is something we at Trinity Yoga have been doing and I am pleased to announce our new program of Advanced Teacher Training. This is an awesome opportunity to hone in your teaching skills if you’ve been teaching or feeling like you need inspiration or you want to stretch and specialize or develop your practice more. We have an awesome roster of Senior Teachers for the Level 2 slated for June 21-26 in Fairmont BC. We are thrilled to be joined by Trinity alumni, Brenda Cartier, Sophie Ann Dufresne, AND Jennifer Steed!! Also, the new Adaptive Yoga Training is being offered in Vancouver, Cranbrook and Kelowna, be sure to check out our website for details. This month Jennifer steed will be featured on our website www.trinityyoga.net with her new CD release Every Day Yoga.

Bountiful Spring Blessings,

Mary-Jo

“Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Upcoming
Adaptive Yoga Training – VANCOUVER
Come and learn the life-giving techniques and theories of Adaptive Yoga from one who knows. Mary-Jo Fetterly ERYT-500 will conduct a15 hour training for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, family and friends. All you need to know to safely and creatively use yoga for different physical conditions and challenges. May 2nd and 3rd, Inner Evolution 16th & Heather $250, $200 before April 15th. Clients FREE www.trinityyoga.net, 604 754-4488

Practice, Power, Purpose – Tantra and Healing Power of Yoga – CRANBROOK
The ancient science of Yoga offers volumes of knowledge on how to live your best life possible. Tantra yoga is the system of tools and techniques that guides practitioners progressively toward this exalted state. Understanding and being able to access the potency and limitless-ness of Prana, to have more freedom, more health, a greater sense of knowingness & intuition and spontaneous creativity, with less fear and more joy- is the promise of Tantra yoga. 3 hour Mini-Workshop on Friday May 29, 6 to 9 PM. Exhale Yoga Studio 14A 201 13th Ave So. $45 Contact Brenda at Exhale Yoga or 1-250-489-9210
Adaptive Yoga Training – CRANBROOK
Come and learn the life-giving techniques and theories of Adaptive Yoga from one who knows. Mary-Jo Fetterly ERYT-500 will conduct a 15 hour training for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, family and friends on all you need to know, to safely and creatively use yoga for different physical conditions abilities or challenges. May 29th 30th, Exhale Yoga Studio 14A 201 13th Ave So. $287or $225 before April 30. Clients FREE Contact Brenda at brendacartier@shaw.ca or 1-250-489-9210
Trinity Yoga Teacher Training – Level 2
Prepare yourself to advance your teaching to the next level. The continuation of Trinity Yoga 3 tier training. June 21st-26th, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Columbia Valley of BC. Must book by April 30. Details at www.trinityyoga.net/events or maryjoyogo@gmail.com.
Teachers Advanced Yoga – Trinity Mastery Training at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
A opportunity for current teachers to study in greater depth the advanced techniques and theories with Senior Teachers. Learn techniques from experienced teachers in a broad range of subject areas. You will learn more about the business of yoga and how to make it work for you, about sequencing and the Art of composition, the theory behind the Doshas and the Gunas relating to a student’s practice and physical & mental health. We will delve further into the chakras and the energy systems as well as offer specialized classes and theory on: restorative, adaptive and therapeutic yoga. June 22nd-25th, 9-5 PM, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Columbia Valley of BC. $125/day or $300 for all 4. Details at www.trinityyoga.net/events or maryjoyogo@gmail.com
2 Offices for Rent in Beautiful Yoga Studio
HOT SPRINGS YOGA STUDIO is nestled in the Columbia Valley between the magnificent Rocky & Purcell Mountain Ranges, just a few minutes away from the therapeutic natural mineral pools!!! A great location to capture the attention of the annual tourist market located in the Fairmont Village Mall, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC. We currently offer Yoga, Qi Gong, Zumba, Holistic Bodywork, Coaching, Workshops & Retreats! There are 2 offices available to rent within the studio. Contact Pamela 778-525-0022 www.hotspringsstudio.ca

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Fall Equinox – Ponder, Wader, Wonder – Fall Medicine for the Soul

Mary-Jo & Jolie on a mountain

Autumn Equinox 2014

It won’t be long now before the leaves start to turn and the autumn air brings a fresh chill to our cheeks. The change of the seasons, is for me a bittersweet turning point, symbolic of many other similar moments in life. My most recent major example has been the passage from motherhood to nomad coinciding with daughters blossoming into women, menopause, marriage (as in for me mother-in law) bones shrinking and retirement thinking. Ready or not I have hit the autumn of my life.

Nostalgic as it is and perhaps unsettling, there is something about the impending change that on some level I feel and know is necessary – it is part of our nature. Change is life. We are all of what Nature is, it can teach us all of what we are. Curiously as nature is a metaphor for life with regards to the seasons, so too can nature be an example of how to best meet the potential turmoil and disruption of change.

In time, Summer surrender’s her fiery display and subdues into the long shadows of fall, and we too must adjust and follow natures example, by coming back down to earth, balancing our external output and collecting in our resource’s and energy. Yoga and Ayurveda offer many tools and techniques to help ameliorate and manage our own life-force. The Dragon & Tiger Practice, it is useful at this time of year and helps to calm or focus ones energy.

Like a beautifully scripted symphony-both spring and fall equinox bring us to a balance point, while the two solstices winter and summer take us to the extremes of darkness and light. In the end the more we understand and know about ourselves, our true nature and how to work with it, the more empowered and liberated we become. We cannot alter the flow of life, but can learn to surrender and ride the waves – and move with and through the turbulence.

Bountiful & Balanced Fall Blessings,

Mary-Jo


 

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.  You do not have to walk on your knees for 100 miles to the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,  the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.

– Mary Oliver


Upcoming for Fall

Fall Yoga Schedule
Fall classes begin in October, click here for the complete schedule. Our next 40 Hour Adaptive/ Restorative/Therapeutic-ART, 3 day training is this Oct 2014- in beautiful Whistler, BC. Find out more and apply today HERE!

Wander-Events…

Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 takes place this November in beautiful Whistler, BC.


Do you wonder…
What is your body type and what are its needs? The sister science to yoga – Ayurveda, is a perfect way to support yourself and understand your nature. Here are two great resources: Anna Colin – Natural Life Ayurveda & Madhuri Phillips – Madhuri Ayurveda Yoga.
Reach out to them to find out how Ayurveda can support you.


fbfeaeb3-ed96-4b1e-b4bc-102dc29668f2Ponder some closing thoughts by the late great, BKS Iyengar……

As you come back, (from savasana) don’t move from habit. Instead be still and observe the world itself waking up inside your awareness. Witness the senses waking up, then the mind and finally observe how the body and the world reconstitute themselves.

This is a critical moment. Don’t go into the old mental habit that wants to paint the days landscape from memory. Instead, remain absolutely still. Understand the world through fresh innocent seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting. Be open to the unknown.

– BKS Iyengar

 


colorful-autumn-leaves

Fall Equinox – Ponder, Wader, Wonder – Fall Medicine for the Soul

Mary-Jo & Jolie on a mountain

Autumn Equinox 2014

It won’t be long now before the leaves start to turn and the autumn air brings a fresh chill to our cheeks. The change of the seasons, is for me a bittersweet turning point, symbolic of many other similar moments in life. My most recent major example has been the passage from motherhood to nomad coinciding with daughters blossoming into women, menopause, marriage (as in for me mother-in law) bones shrinking and retirement thinking. Ready or not I have hit the autumn of my life.

Nostalgic as it is and perhaps unsettling, there is something about the impending change that on some level I feel and know is necessary – it is part of our nature. Change is life. We are all of what Nature is, it can teach us all of what we are. Curiously as nature is a metaphor for life with regards to the seasons, so too can nature be an example of how to best meet the potential turmoil and disruption of change.

In time, Summer surrender’s her fiery display and subdues into the long shadows of fall, and we too must adjust and follow natures example, by coming back down to earth, balancing our external output and collecting in our resource’s and energy. Yoga and Ayurveda offer many tools and techniques to help ameliorate and manage our own life-force. The Dragon & Tiger Practice, it is useful at this time of year and helps to calm or focus ones energy.

Like a beautifully scripted symphony-both spring and fall equinox bring us to a balance point, while the two solstices winter and summer take us to the extremes of darkness and light. In the end the more we understand and know about ourselves, our true nature and how to work with it, the more empowered and liberated we become. We cannot alter the flow of life, but can learn to surrender and ride the waves – and move with and through the turbulence.

Bountiful & Balanced Fall Blessings,

Mary-Jo


 

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.  You do not have to walk on your knees for 100 miles to the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,  the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.

– Mary Oliver


Upcoming for Fall

Fall Yoga Schedule
Fall classes begin in October, click here for the complete schedule. Our next 40 Hour Adaptive/ Restorative/Therapeutic-ART, 3 day training is this Oct 2014- in beautiful Whistler, BC. Find out more and apply today HERE!

Wander-Events…

Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 takes place this November in beautiful Whistler, BC.


Do you wonder…
What is your body type and what are its needs? The sister science to yoga – Ayurveda, is a perfect way to support yourself and understand your nature. Here are two great resources: Anna Colin – Natural Life Ayurveda & Madhuri Phillips – Madhuri Ayurveda Yoga.
Reach out to them to find out how Ayurveda can support you.


fbfeaeb3-ed96-4b1e-b4bc-102dc29668f2Ponder some closing thoughts by the late great, BKS Iyengar……

As you come back, (from savasana) don’t move from habit. Instead be still and observe the world itself waking up inside your awareness. Witness the senses waking up, then the mind and finally observe how the body and the world reconstitute themselves.

This is a critical moment. Don’t go into the old mental habit that wants to paint the days landscape from memory. Instead, remain absolutely still. Understand the world through fresh innocent seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting. Be open to the unknown.

– BKS Iyengar

 


colorful-autumn-leaves

Spring Equinox – Rebirth, Rekindle, Rejoice

Trinity News

Spring Equinox 2014

Rebirth, Rekindle, Rejoice

spring equinoxWith the Spring Equinox, it is with great pride and pleasure that I bring my thoughts words and intentions forward into a newsletter address to my former students, friends and associates. This is the 10-year anniversary of the skiing injury that changed my life profoundly.

It is also the year I am midwifing the rebirth of Trinity Yoga School, as a revised and renewed 200-hour YTT, a 40-hour Adaptive Practitioner Program, and an exciting new 300-hour A.R.T. specialized YTT upgrade.

It is taken me a considerable amount of thought and deliberation over how to go about rebirthing myself and Trinity Yoga, or even if I ought too.

At the end of the day and the depth of my meditation, I understand that I must share the gifts and resources that have been offered to me, with others.

It is from that auspicious place –the seed of intention and creation- that I invite and welcome you all to rekindle your acquaintance and association with me and the new form of Trinity Yoga.

From our new website Trinity Yoga & The ART of Living Well with Yoga:

After Mary-Jo’s skiing accident in 2004 it was uncertain where and what would happen with Trinity yoga. Although Mary-Jo taught for two years post injury it was clear that traveling and teaching so much was taking a toll on her traumatically injured body, and she retired in 2006. In 2008 some of the new facilitators went on to form Gayatri yoga and Trinity yoga was put to rest temporarily. From 2006 until 2012 Mary-Jo was on a rehabilitation and healing sabbatical. Still working closely with her teacher Rod Stryker as well as other well-known healers Mary-Jo put Yoga and her constitution to the test.

From similar beginnings and impulses as when Trinity Yoga was first established back in 2001 Mary-Jo felt the need and the importance to share what she had learned and how yoga and the healing science of Ayurveda dissolved ’illness and impossible’ from injury. Now in 2014 Trinity Yoga will rebirth itself into a 500 hour school with a comprehensive new 300 hour program specializing in the A.R.T. of living well with yoga concept.

This concept, born out of Mary-Jo’s 10 years of disability, defines ART as Adaptive, Restorative and Therapeutic. This program is a 300-hour specialized training for yoga teachers who have accomplished their 200-hour certification. There also is a 40-hour continuing Ed course for healthcare professionals, caregivers, family and therapist’s, who work with the physically challenged and special, needs population in some capacity.

Look at our new site www.trinityyoga.net and tell us what you think.

spring equinoxIn this rebirth we hope to rekindle the flames of passion, purpose and presence and share the gifts and benefits of yoga with every-body. On that note, I’m honored to announce the appointment of the following people in this rebirth of Trinity Yoga. In our faculty you will notice some familiar faces such as Mara Branscombe, Brenda Cartier, Keisha Clancy, Sophie Ann Dufrense, me-Mary-Jo Fetterly, Laurie Madison, Danielle Schroeder and Pamela Joy Sunshine, and we welcome Jane Bigmore, Mariah Yudit Moser and Madhuri Phillips.

I rejoice in the blessing the gifts of these very talented people who have come forward to rekindle Trinity Yoga, I welcome you to rejoice and celebrate with us as I am thrilled to announce a 10 year reunion of the Trinity yoga family. This reunion of our alumni and friends and family will take place at the first ever – Kootenay Spirit Festival – coming next fall September 12-14th in Nelson BC. Sharon Thompson who many of you are familiar with as ‘logistics queen’ will be organizing a special reunion celebration, along with festival organizers. You can find out more soon on their site www.kootenayspiritfestival.ca.

spring equinoxWe have also rekindled the popular 200-hour certification and I am delighted to announce that Sophie A. Dufrense will be heading up these trainings. We will be offering our first Level one April 17-21 in Calgary at Leela Eco Spa & Studio. There are a couple spots left if you or someone you know may be interested. Please check out our new website www.trinityyoga.net for other events. The beauty of this is the promise of rebirth and the potency developed each time we surrender to the change that is inevitable. In closing I invite your thoughts and comments and leave you with the same from Sophie:

Thankfully, spring is a time not only of melt & warming in Nature, but also a time of strong energetic shifts within ourselves. It seems to be the best time of year to begin. I feel quite fortunate myself to be in the middle of a new beginning, as a facilitator for Trinity Yoga’s teacher training program with Mary-Jo. I was once a budding young yogi, looking for more and it was around this very time of year that I found Trinity. I had an office job back then and for many reasons, I felt dissatisfied with my situation. I had been practicing yoga for many years and it was becoming more & more present in my daily life. Something deeper than the poses resonated for me and I knew I wanted to know more.

Meeting Mary-Jo was very serendipitous. I was immediately inspired by her wisdom and courage. Within days of that first meeting, I was freed from the corporate world and began my journey as a teacher trainee. It seems like so long ago. My daughter was so little – only 2 – when I started training to teach. I guess I was a lot younger too! Ever since then, I’ve taught and learned and grown into myself with more & more gratitude & joy. I feel so blessed. Spring reminds me every year of the blossoming potential within each of us, what a great gift it is to cultivate & activate this divine energy.

Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude for life.


Upcoming Events

POWER PASSION & PURPOSE

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5pm-7pm

INNER EVOLUTION, Vancouver, BC
16 Ave & 3263 Heather Street

  • A mini-workshop with Mary-Jo Fetterly (ERT-500).
  • Experience the powerful tools and techniques of TANTRA to unleash your PASSION & PURPOSE.
  • Price: $33

LEVEL ONE YTT

April 17 to April 21, 2014 at 8am-8pm

LEELA ECO SPA & STUDIO, Calgary, AB
849 1 Avenue NE

  • A fabulous entry level course for teachers-to-be, yoga students looking to deepen and enhance their practice, and those seeking personal development through yoga.
  • A fabulous 5-day intensive based on the ‘Quantum Learning’ method.

Adaptive Yoga Workshop

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 12-4 pm

INNER EVOLUTION, Vancouver, BC
16 Ave & 3263 Heather Street

  • A fantastic workshop focused on adaptive yoga techniques.
  • Price: $50

Yoga Transforms Your Brain and Body – for the better! | Trinity Yoga

yoga for healthcare

Yoga Transforms Your Brain & Body……For the Better!

yoga transforms

Yoga Transforms After Class.

Improved Brain Function. 
Just 20 minutes of Hatha yoga — an ancient form of the practice that emphasizes physical postures rather than flow or sequences — can improve cognitive function, boosting focus and working memory. In a University of Illinois study, participants performed significantly better on tests of brain functioning after yoga, as compared to their performance after 20 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise.

Lower Stress Levels. 
Yoga’s stress-busting powers may come from its ability to lessen the activity of proteins that are known to play a role in inflammation, according to a study published last year from University of California, Los Angeles researchers.

Alter Gene Expression. 
A small Norwegian study suggested that yoga’s many healthy benefits might come from its ability to alter gene expression in immune cells.

Increased Flexibility. 
A recent Colorado State University study found that Bikram yoga — a form of yoga in which a series of 26 postures are performed for 90 minutes in a heated room — is linked with increased shoulder, lower back and hamstring flexibility, as well as greater deadlift strength and decreased body fat, compared with a control group.

Yoga Transforms After A Few Months.

Lower Blood Pressure. 
People with mild to moderate hypertension might benefit from a yoga practice, as a study from University of Pennsylvania researchers found that it could help to lower their blood pressure levels. Researchers found that people who practiced yoga had greater drops in blood pressure compared with those who participated in a walking/nutrition/weight counseling program.

Improved Lung Capacity. 
A small 2000 Ball State University study found that practicing Hatha yoga for 15 weeks could significantly increase vital lung capacity, which is the maximum amount of air exhaled after taking a deep breath. Vital lung capacity is one of the components of lung capacity.

Improved Sexual Function. 
2009 Harvard study published in the The Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that yoga could boost arousal, desire, orgasm and general sexual satisfaction for women. Yoga can also improve women’s sex lives by helping them to become more familiar with their own bodies, according to a review of studies published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, as reported by CNN.

Reduced Chronic Neck Pain.
German study published in The Journal of Pain showed that four weeks of practicing Iyengar yoga (a type of Hatha yoga that stresses proper alignment and the use of props) is effective in reducing pain intensity in adults suffering from chronic neck pain.

Anxiety Relief. 
2010 Boston University study showed that 12 weeks of yoga could help to reduce anxiety and increase gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels in the brain (low levels of GABA have been linked with depression and anxiety disorders).

Relief from Chronic Back Pain. 
Researchers at West Virginia University found Iyengar Yoga to be more effective in reducing pain and improving mood than standard medical treatment among those with chronic lower back problems.

Steady Blood Sugar Levels in People with Diabetes.
Adding yoga to a typical diabetes care regimen could result in steady blood sugar levels, according to a 2011 Diabetes Care study. Reuters reported that just three months of yoga in addition to diabetes care resulted in a decrease in body mass index, as well as no increases in blood sugar levels.

Improved Sense of Balance. 
Practicing an Iyengar yoga program designed for older adults was found to improve balance and help prevent falls in women over 65, according to a 2008 Temple University study.

After Years.

Stronger Bones.
2009 pilot study by Dr. Loren Fishman showed that practicing yoga could improve bone density among older adults.

“We did a bone mineral density (DEXA) scan, then we taught half of them the yoga, waited two years, and did another scan,”Fishman previously told The Huffington Post. “And not only did these people not lose bone, they gained bone. The ones who didn’t do the yoga lost a little bone, as you would expect.”

Healthy Weight.
Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found an association between a regular yoga practice and decreased weight — or at least a maintained weight — among more than 15,000 healthy, middle-aged adults.

“Those practicing yoga who were overweight to start with lost about five pounds during the same time period those not practicing yoga gained 14 pounds,” study researcher Alan Kristal, DPH, MPH, told WebMD.

Lower Risk Of Heart Disease. 
As part of a healthy lifestyle, yoga may lower cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar,according to Harvard Health Publications.

Yoga Transforms Your Brain and Body – for the better! | Trinity Yoga

yoga for healthcare

Yoga Transforms Your Brain & Body……For the Better!

yoga transforms

Yoga Transforms After Class.

Improved Brain Function. 
Just 20 minutes of Hatha yoga — an ancient form of the practice that emphasizes physical postures rather than flow or sequences — can improve cognitive function, boosting focus and working memory. In a University of Illinois study, participants performed significantly better on tests of brain functioning after yoga, as compared to their performance after 20 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise.

Lower Stress Levels. 
Yoga’s stress-busting powers may come from its ability to lessen the activity of proteins that are known to play a role in inflammation, according to a study published last year from University of California, Los Angeles researchers.

Alter Gene Expression. 
A small Norwegian study suggested that yoga’s many healthy benefits might come from its ability to alter gene expression in immune cells.

Increased Flexibility. 
A recent Colorado State University study found that Bikram yoga — a form of yoga in which a series of 26 postures are performed for 90 minutes in a heated room — is linked with increased shoulder, lower back and hamstring flexibility, as well as greater deadlift strength and decreased body fat, compared with a control group.

Yoga Transforms After A Few Months.

Lower Blood Pressure. 
People with mild to moderate hypertension might benefit from a yoga practice, as a study from University of Pennsylvania researchers found that it could help to lower their blood pressure levels. Researchers found that people who practiced yoga had greater drops in blood pressure compared with those who participated in a walking/nutrition/weight counseling program.

Improved Lung Capacity. 
A small 2000 Ball State University study found that practicing Hatha yoga for 15 weeks could significantly increase vital lung capacity, which is the maximum amount of air exhaled after taking a deep breath. Vital lung capacity is one of the components of lung capacity.

Improved Sexual Function. 
2009 Harvard study published in the The Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that yoga could boost arousal, desire, orgasm and general sexual satisfaction for women. Yoga can also improve women’s sex lives by helping them to become more familiar with their own bodies, according to a review of studies published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, as reported by CNN.

Reduced Chronic Neck Pain.
German study published in The Journal of Pain showed that four weeks of practicing Iyengar yoga (a type of Hatha yoga that stresses proper alignment and the use of props) is effective in reducing pain intensity in adults suffering from chronic neck pain.

Anxiety Relief. 
2010 Boston University study showed that 12 weeks of yoga could help to reduce anxiety and increase gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels in the brain (low levels of GABA have been linked with depression and anxiety disorders).

Relief from Chronic Back Pain. 
Researchers at West Virginia University found Iyengar Yoga to be more effective in reducing pain and improving mood than standard medical treatment among those with chronic lower back problems.

Steady Blood Sugar Levels in People with Diabetes.
Adding yoga to a typical diabetes care regimen could result in steady blood sugar levels, according to a 2011 Diabetes Care study. Reuters reported that just three months of yoga in addition to diabetes care resulted in a decrease in body mass index, as well as no increases in blood sugar levels.

Improved Sense of Balance. 
Practicing an Iyengar yoga program designed for older adults was found to improve balance and help prevent falls in women over 65, according to a 2008 Temple University study.

After Years.

Stronger Bones.
2009 pilot study by Dr. Loren Fishman showed that practicing yoga could improve bone density among older adults.

“We did a bone mineral density (DEXA) scan, then we taught half of them the yoga, waited two years, and did another scan,”Fishman previously told The Huffington Post. “And not only did these people not lose bone, they gained bone. The ones who didn’t do the yoga lost a little bone, as you would expect.”

Healthy Weight.
Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found an association between a regular yoga practice and decreased weight — or at least a maintained weight — among more than 15,000 healthy, middle-aged adults.

“Those practicing yoga who were overweight to start with lost about five pounds during the same time period those not practicing yoga gained 14 pounds,” study researcher Alan Kristal, DPH, MPH, told WebMD.

Lower Risk Of Heart Disease. 
As part of a healthy lifestyle, yoga may lower cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar,according to Harvard Health Publications.

KITCHARI Recipe | Trinity Yoga

KITCHARI – THE ULTIMATE FOOD

Mary-Jo’s 1 week (or more if you choose) Kitcharie Plan

  • buy mung beans (the tiny yellow split mung beans/dal) and white basmati rice (it is more easily digested that brown rice and traditionally used in kitcharee
  • mung beans are best soaked overnight but if time does not allow a good rinse before cooking works ok as well
  • when cooking the kitcharee there may be a foam that surfaces, skim this off of the top as you are cooking this will assist in better digestion
  • be creative with the choice of spices and please add vegetables into the pot as you cook to make a really tasty meal
  • I have found that I like to use more spice than is generally recommended in a kitcharee recipie- this is fine to do for the nature of your week long kitcharee cleanse’
  • the energy that goes into cooking the food is very important, chanting OM mentally or verbally is wonderful or the mantra: Om Aim Hrim Klim Chamundayi Vichee Namaha

The Key to Health – Agni
Food is converted into healthy tissues and organs when it is transformed by a healthy digestive fire, known as agni is then absorbed by the body’s cells. According to Ayurveda, everything we take into our bodies through the mouth, breath and skin, and into our minds through our senses and thoughts, is converted for use by digestive agni. In this way, the sum of everything we eat, see, hear, and think becomes who we are.

When our digestive fire is strong and healthy, our tissues and organs are healthy, we have good immunity against disease, and our outlook on life is naturally vibrant and joyful. If our digestive fire is not strong, the food we eat putrefies inside us, which can lead to premature aging, obesity, low energy, low immunity, or emotional disturbances such as depression or anxiety.

The Start of all Disease – Ama
When the digestive agni is weak, undigested food particles begin accumulating in the digestive system, resulting in a mucus-like, toxic substance called ama. This ama forms first in the digestive tract, but sooner or later spills over into the blood, muscles, fat, bone and even the nervous system. According to Ayurveda, accumulated ama is the start of all illnesses. It creates blockages in the body’s channels causing stagnant energy of nutrients and leading to disease and emotional disturbances.
How does ama form?

  • Eating fried or fatty foods, red meat, wheat, and refined sugar
  • Drinking excess water during meals
  • Drinking ice cold beverages or ice cream regularly
  • Eating dry, heavy or cold meals regularly
  • Staying up late at night or traveling excessively
  • Having a sedentary or stressful lifestyle

How can you get rid of ama?

  • Maintaining a strong digestive fire so that all food you eat is fully digested
  • Taking supportive herbal formulas that dissolve ama and blockages caused by ama
  • Eliminating ama from the body by fasting or detoxification practices like pancha karma.

Foods that Weaken Digestive Agni
The digestive fire can weaken if you overindulge in spicy, cold or fatty foods, if you eat the wrong kinds of foods for your unique constitution, or if you are under stress. Below is a list of foods that may weaken the digestive fire in all constitutions. These should be avoided or eliminated from your diet if you want to regain vibrant health. If you must eat these foods, try for a maximum of three times per week.

HEAVY TO DIGEST FOODS such as wheat, meat (esp. red meat), refined sugar and deep fried foods. These foods severely decrease the digestive agni and produce mucus and toxic ama.

SOUR AND SPICY FOODS such as tomatoes, all sour fruits (oranges, pineapples, lemons, grapefruits etc.), vinegars and hot spices like chilies. These foods, when eaten excessively, increase pitta heat in the body and eventually reduce digestive power.

FERMENTED FOODS such as yogurt, alcohol, cheese (especially old and hard ones like Bleu cheese, camembert, brie, etc.) and yeast containing foods such as veggie pitas, soy sauce and beer. Foods that are fermented are sour and heating in nature and though they balance vata in small amounts, they increase pitta. This results in more gas, as well as decreased digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

ICE COLD FOODS AND DRINKS kill the digestive fire. They are best avoided totally. If taken as refreshment during hot summer days, wait 2 hours after or before meals.

CANNED, PACKAGED AND MICROWAVED FOODS! They have limited nutritional value, weaken the digestive fire and produce toxins in the body.

Ayurvedic Recipes
Food should taste, smell and look delicious, as this combination causes our digestive fire to blaze and our food to digest well. Like any cooking discipline, there are elements of both art and science involved. The key to learning how to cook Ayurvedically is to start with a good recipe, and then gradually branch out from there.

Kichari – THE PRIMARY BALANCING FOOD
Kichari is a nourishing and delicious dish of basmati rice cooked with split mung beans, ghee and spices. It is one of the staples of the Ayurvedic diet and is often the only food that is served during the detoxification and rejuvenation therapies of pancha karma. Kichari is suitable for all body types and is highly nutritious, a near perfect blend of proteins and nutrients. Since it does not aggravate Vata, Pitta or Kapha, eating it alone for a few days at a time allows the body to rest and recuperate during illness or intensive therapy. Kichari can be served by itself or with vegetables, and the consistency may be like a soup or more like a rice dish or casserole.

INGREDIENTS
1 cup basmati rice
1 cup split mung beans (yellow mung dhal)*
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. cumin powder *
1 tsp coriander powder *
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Grated ginger
Serve with grated coconut, sea salt, fresh lime, chopped cilantro
* These quantities can be doubled or modified for more flavor or different properties.

PREPARATION
Heat the spices in a large deep saucepan with a little bit of water. When the mustard seeds pop, add cumin, coriander, turmeric. Saute; for a minute or so, then add the split mung beans and finally the rice. Stir until all foods are flavored and colored with the spice mixture. Add 5 to 8 cups of water and let the food come to a boil. After 5 minutes, reduce heat to simmer and let cook for about 30-35 minutes or until the beans are completely soft. Then and only then, add a little salt. Serve the dish with freshly chopped cilantro. You can add more water if you like a more soupy consistency. As mentioned above, you can experiment with different vegetables and spices to create different flavors and different properties. You can add your chosen vegetables during the last 15-20 minutes of your cooking time. Always be mindful of the properties of all foods you eat, and try to eat according to your dosha. Winter squash is best for extra fiber, greens are best for balancing the spicy qualities of the herbs.

Green Mung Bean Soup
BENEFITS
In Ayurveda, Mung Bean Soup (also called mung dal) has a magical and powerful effect! It helps to balance all 3 doshas. Its spices are part of the medicinal quality of this delicious and nourishing soup. When combined with certain sharp and penetrating herbs, the blocks created by ama (toxic mucus that lodges in the body over time due to poor diet, lack of exercise and wrong lifestyle) are broken and flushed out of the body.

INGREDIENTS
1 cup whole green Mung beans – soaked overnight in 2 cups water + 1 tsp. salt
4 cups fresh water after straining soaked beans – add more to make it more soupy
1 tbs. Sunflower oil or ghee
1/2 tsp. Mustard seeds *
1 Bay leaf
1/2 tsp. Turmeric
1 tsp. mixed Cumin and Coriander Powder *
1 1/2 tsp. Ginger – chopped or grated
1 1/2 tsp. Lemon juice
1 tsp. raw Sugar cane juice–succanat (optional)
Preparation Time: 45 minutes
*you can double the amount of these spices if you want to add more taste

METHOD OF PREPARATION
Soak the whole green mung beans overnight in water. Drain the mung beans, wash them two times and then cook them for about 40-45 minutes (the hulls should be broken.) In a separate large and deep saucepan, heat the oil or ghee and add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds pop, bay leaf, turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger and a pinch of black pepper. Mix well and do not allow to burn. Place the cooked beans with the fresh water and the remaining ingredients into the herbal mixture in the saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer for a few minutes more. Enjoy!
MUNG BEAN SOUP CURE:
It is beneficial to fast on Mung Bean Soup. You can start with 3-5 day fast, eating only mung bean soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then add cooked vegetables like squashes and leafy greens for two days. Finally, add a 1/2 cup of rice for two days. Then return to your normal diet. You can also do a mung soup fast for half a day if you feel you have eaten something too heavy the day before.

Rice Gruel
HEALTH BENEFITS:
Rice gruel is a light and digestible breakfast or snack food to eat during the day. It is a very nourishing food.
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup basmati rice
2-4 cups hot water
1 tsp ginger root
1/4 tsp. salt
PREPARATION
Rinse the rice and cook for around 35-40 minutes
For different tastes: Use 1/4 teaspoon each of cinnamon and cardamom, with a pinch of saffron, sweeten with maple syrup or succanat. Or, alternately: Use 1/4 tsp each of cumin, coriander and fennel, with a squirt of Bragg’s Liquid aminos or squeeze of lemon juice to taste.
NOTE: You may add more water and blend into a warm smoothie for easier digestion.

Ginger Water
Ginger water has the quality to cut into and loosen mucus as well as stimulate your digestive fire. Due to this stimulating action on the digestion it is also the perfect drink to be taken either before you eat a meal or half an hour afterwards.
To make: Cut 4-5 slices of fresh ginger root and place in a pan of water. Bring it to a boil and allow it to simmer for at least 5 minutes. Strain into a mug and enjoy! If you wish to sweeten it with honey, add it only after the liquid has cooled to drinking temperature, as honey is not heat stable.