Summer Time–Yoga Time!

Check out this awesome summer line up of classes and locations.  Join me on the mat this summer!

Start Your Wellness Journey With Winter/Spring 2024 Yoga!

Where oh where can you find me teaching a yoga class?  Well, right here!

Winter……what a perfect time to give Yoga a try!

I hope to see you on the mat in one of these great locations.  Warm up your winter, start your year with some movement, and Yoga with me!

 

With much love and gratitude,

PR Brady

Get Your Holiday Yoga On!

This Christmas Give the Gift of Health and Wellness—with YOGA!

There’s no doubt, I don’t know where my life would be without yoga.  It’s not something I do for “something to do” from time to time. It’s not a hobby.  It’s a life path, a conscious decision on how I want to live my daily life. It has made intense positive changes in my health and happiness, I’m living my best life, and I love to share that potential with others.  But don’t take my word for it. According to an article from John Hopkins, here are 9 more reasons why Yoga is great for EVERY body:

  1. Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility.

Slow movements and deep breathing increase blood flow and warm up muscles, while holding a pose can build strength.

  1. Yoga helps with back pain relief.

The American College of Physicians recommends yoga as a first-line treatment for chronic low back pain.

  1. Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms.

Gentle yoga has been shown to ease some of the discomfort of tender, swollen joints for people with arthritis, according to 11 studies reviewed by John Hopkins.

  1. Yoga benefits heart health.

Regular yoga practice may reduce levels of stress and body-wide inflammation, contributing to a healthier heart. Several of the factors contributing to heart disease, including high blood pressure and excess weight, can also be addressed through yoga.

  1. Yoga relaxes you, to help you sleep better.

It’s well known through research that a consistent bedtime yoga routine can help you get in the right mindset and prepare your body to fall asleep and stay asleep.

  1. Yoga can mean more energy and brighter moods.

You may feel increased mental and physical energy, a boost in alertness and enthusiasm, and fewer negative feelings after getting into a routine of practicing yoga.

  1. Yoga helps you manage stress. 

According to the National Institutes of Health, scientific evidence shows that yoga supports stress management, mental health, mindfulness, healthy eating, weight loss and quality sleep.

  1. Yoga connects you with a supportive community

Participating in yoga classes can ease loneliness and provide an environment for group healing and support. Even during one-on-one sessions loneliness is reduced as one is acknowledged as a unique individual, being listened to and participating in the creation of a personalized yoga plan.

  1. Yoga promotes better self-care. 

No matter where you are in life, what your age or current physical condition is, yoga can benefit you.

There is growing scientific research on yoga benefits.  The U.S. military, the National Institutes of Health and other large organizations are listening to — and incorporating — scientific validation of yoga’s value in health care. Numerous studies show yoga’s benefits in arthritis, osteopenia, balance issues, oncology, women’s health, chronic pain and other specialties.

Bottom Line?  If you can breathe, you can Yoga with me. Why not start now?  Right now registration is open for all the locations where I teach Yoga. In particular, check out these great special Yoga experiences that would make a super great gift for you or someone you care about.  There are even a couple of “pre-Christmas” opportunities coming right up if you act fast….

Would love for you to join me on the mat, working towards living our best, healthiest lives! 

With Gratitude, PR Brady

2023 Winter Solstice Yoga Retreat

Join  us for an amazing celebration of the Winter Solstice!

Introducing Yoga Nidrassage

I am pleased to offer this amazing experience at Plymouth Park and Recreation!

Winter Solstice Yoga Retreat!

This is going to be an awesome gathering!  Please reach out with any questions!

Begin Your Fall Yoga Journey

The days are becoming shorter, and cooler. The wind is crisper. The sun rays, softer. Trees are beginning to shed their shady foliage. Birds are flocking up.  Animals are gathering up food and preparing their dens, all to get ready for the long cold winter.

As we shift into our hibernation mode, there’s less to do in the great outdoors, but what to do instead?

What a great time to begin your yoga journey with me!   Check out all the details of when and where I’ll be this fall, and sign up today!

Fall into a new practice.

Begin or continue your yoga journey.

JOIN ME ON THE MAT this Fall!

Join Me On The Mat This Summer, Let’s YOGA!

Summer Session 2 Starting Soon!

People have asked me how it is that I have been able to recover so quickly from a very hard, physically traumatic fall I took on May 6th.

People that know what I went through back in 2016, the damage that my body sustained and the prognosis I’d been given that sounded like total doom and gloom.  Stenosis, massive arthritis, degenerative spine, labral tears, eminent hip replacement, it did not look good for me back then.

Yet my body healed from the majority of all of it without surgery, or much western medicine at all.  It was yoga, meditation, essential oil use, and straight up positive mental attitude, along with some acupuncture and a bit of time in a warm therapy pool, and about 4 years of focused effort.

 

So OF COURSE as I went airborne through my kitchen crying “NOOOOOO!”, trying to somehow break the fall, life flashing before my eyes, I feared I was likely in for that hip replacement this time for sure.  I was about to undo all of the good work I’d done on myself.  All of the healing, years of progress, gone in an instant.

 

But that’s not what happened.

 

Yes, that fall put me into total acute, physical trauma.  My entire back seized up with hot burning pain that resonated down the legs and up into my arms.  No standing up straight. Unable to walk a step.  The only position even remotely tolerable for days was to simply lay my torso across the dining room table and try to breathe. I slept hanging across my dining room table most of the first night.

 

Those first couple of days were unbearable. Yet, I rolled off that table in the morning and got myself situated to teach my 6 am yoga class—using only my words.  With ice, heat, essential oils, lots of restorative poses and an acupuncture treatment I started finding relief.  I started asking my body if we could try a little yoga.  I kept TEACHING my yoga classes, using my voice.  I went to my doctor and got checked out for head trauma, and back and hip x-rays. She handed me a stack of “exercises” to do at home.  As I paged through them I said, “you know, you may consider these physical therapy exercises, but they are actually yoga poses, basically, and the kind of yoga that I typically teach.”  Her response?  “Okay, do what you do.  Carefully.”

Little by little, I worked with my body to try tiny movements via my yoga knowledge.

 

Friends loaned me a fancy walker with breaks and a seat so I could get around the house.  I had help with shopping and mowing and all the heavy lifting stuff that my body just wasn’t ready for.  I slept in a recliner in restorative poses.  I napped any time I could between day job and night job, 30 minutes here, 20 minutes there, resting, meditating, coaxing my body to calm, and asking it to release the trauma.  Two weeks later, one more acupuncture treatment, a series of tests and x-rays and it appears that not only was nothing broken chipped, fractured, or crushed, but my spine looks better than it did in 2016.  I didn’t even have signs of osteo-perosis!

 

It has only been a month since my flight across the kitchen, and yet I am up and moving and doing things to at least 75%. I am confident I will be 100% before the Fourth of July.

 

How is it I’ve been able to recover so quickly?

Yoga

Meditation

Essential Oils

Eating well

Sleep/Rest

Positive Mental Attitude

 

I am proof positive that Yoga is for EVERY body.  Especially if you have pain, trauma, limited range of motion, less flexibility than you’d like, if you’re recovering from surgical procedures, injury, or live in a larger body and realize you need to move it.

 

This summer I offer 6 different yoga classes.  Three classes are narrowly focused on guiding the body in  very gentle but effective ways to introduce it to movement.  The first step in opening up your energy pathways and bringing more flexibility to your life.

 

Gentle Yoga –Sunday nights 7:30 via Zoom—breath work to help you to allow your body to relax, super basic poses to introduce your body of the day to the idea of movement, and conscious relaxation to allow your body to integrate the new energy you’ve sent it.  Perfect for the ultimate beginner, the inflexible, folks with arthritis, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, or larger bodied beings that thought “they” could never do yoga.  Well, yes you can. With me. Sunday nights. In your own space.

 

Happy Joints-Tuesday nights 6:00 – 7:00 in person at Parker Lake—an hour of serious part by part joint movement as the body allows, to begin to increase strength and flexibility, rehydrate and loosen up the joints.  The perfect hour for anyone suffering with aches and pains and stiffness, dis-ease like low back pain, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, “bad knees” or for those that are trying to bounce back from a trauma or injury.  It is so important to develop a relationship with your body, and dedicate effort not just to areas of the body that are reacting to chronic pain triggers, but to the whole body, as it all works together.

 

Seated Yoga—Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:30 on Zoom.  Forget the floor, pull up a chair.  This is a “raised” Yin class, for those that find it harder and harder to get down on the floor, and harder yet, getting back up.  As we age, if we don’t use it–we loose it, and this hour will have you using your body in gentle, yet challenging poses while seated on a chair.  Now is the time to get your body moving towards a healthier you. Perfect for beginners, older bodies, larger bodies, or anybody who has limited range of motion, and struggles with the ability to comfortably get to the floor.

 

All 3 of these classes share elements that have been instrumental in my injury recovery. There are no expectations, no judgements—participants are always free to do as much or as little as they choose.

 

If you or someone you know would benefit from some movement, why not give this a try?  Surprise yourself. Take care of yourself. Come Yoga with me. New classes start in July.

 

Namaste.

Good Morning for Yoga!