Breath-Focused Yoga

One of the most widespread practices in the world along with prayer and worship, yoga takes innumerable forms and there really is no authoritative way to define it other than to generally say it is some type of personal activity which ideally seeks to connect body, mind and spirit.

“A yogi’s life is not measured by the number of his days, but the number of his breaths.”

B.K.S. Iyengar
What is Breath-Focused YOGA, and how can it help?

Yoga is most commonly known in the western world for its physical postures, “asanas”, stretching/strengthening exercises which build flexibility, coordination, balance and stamina. While asana is a fundamental part of doing yoga, broadening the scope of practice will broaden the scope of its benefits.

Breathing, for example, is such a core component of being alive and yet many of us have allowed our breathing to become far from optimal—which can affect us not just on a physical level but mentally and spiritually too. Effective, skillful breathing helps us feel well and live well. Asanas provide foundation for breathing practices, and mindful breathing helps us connect with the physical experience of being in our body.

What does this service look like?

Breath-focused yoga is essentially the regular Hatha yoga taught by yoga teachers far and wide, but with added guidance on breathing as you are in, and move between, poses. At the student’s option, it may also include standalone breathing exercises. Or some students disregard the breathing instruction altogether to keep things simple.

Classes take place in a bright, airy yurt nestled into the forest. Instruction can be at the introductory, beginner or intermediate level, and each yoga class is custom-developed based on the background and preferences students indicate on their intake form.

Though each class is programmed to suit the participants, a common thread is that the classes tend to be gentle and unhurried to allow for experiencing each pose rather than moving through them in rapid succession—quality not quantity—and that classes are oriented to being a yoga practice more so than a yoga workout.

Lots more detail can be found on the SoulTrail Yoga sub-site.

Who Provides you this service?

Neil is a Yoga Alliance™ certified RYT-200™ yoga teacher. He completed the Teaching Hatha Yoga certificate in-person at Sheridan College, Oakville ON, a 16 month program consisting of 144 practical (asana/practical) class hours and 144 theory (yoga theory) class hours. Neil has also completed 50-hour Bhakti Yoga Teacher Training in-person at Deva Tree School of Yoga and Advanced Pranayama & Physiology of Breath Teacher Training through Awakened Spirit Yoga School. Read Neil’s yoga journey to learn more about his background.

How do you access this service?

Breath-focused yoga is offered as a private class, either as one of the experiences to choose from during a Day Retreat or to guests staying at Off-Grid Retreat. View yoga class descriptions here.

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