Yoga with Mary Cardinal
Monday Evenings at 5:00p.m
Friday Afternoons at 4:00p.m.
Private Yoga Class with Mary.
YOGA AND MORE
WITH MARY CARDINAL
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Mary Cardinal is a Yoga teacher for Minerva
Educational and Wellness Treatment Center and educator specializing
in Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, Prenatal and Postnatal
Yoga and Children’s Yoga.
Mary also currently serves as the Yoga Therapy Coordinator
for the Total Health Center in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and
as a Yoga Instructor for the University of Scranton.
Mary is completing a Masters Degree in Education and trains
yoga teachers in the specialty areas of Therapeutic Yoga and
Prenatal Yoga. She holds degrees and certification in both
traditional and Montessori education.
WHAT IS YOGA?
The term "yoga" comes from a Sanskrit
word meaning "union." Yoga combines physical exercises,
breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques to stretch
and strengthen the body and relieve stress.
Yoga is an ancient art dating back 5,000 years... meant for
achieving union, harmony and happiness-harmony with our own
bodies and minds, harmony with other living beings, harmony
with our environment and ultimately, harmony and happiness.
Yoga is a healthy exercise that has become very popular. It
involves tough stretches and movements to help build muscle,
provide relaxation and promote optimum health.
On the physical level, yoga postures, called
asanas, are designed to tone, strengthen, and align the body.
These postures are performed to make the spine supple and
healthy and to promote blood flow to the organs, glands, and
tissues, keeping all the bodily systems healthy. On the mental
level, yoga uses breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation
(dyana) to quiet and train the mind. Yoga is not a religion,
but a way of living with health and peace of mind as its aims.
Classical yoga is separated into eight limbs, each a part
of the complete system for mental, physical and spiritual
well-being. Four of the limbs deal with mental and physical
exercises designed to bring the mind in tune with the body.
The other four deal with different stages of meditation. Hatha
yoga, the most commonly practiced branch of yoga in America,
a highly developed system of nearly 200 physical postures,
movements and breathing techniques. Yoga philosophy believes
the breath to be the most important facet of health, as the
breath is the largest source of prana, or life force, and
hatha yoga utilizes pranayama, which literally means the science
or control of breathing. Hatha yoga was originally developed
as a system to make the body strong and healthy enough to
enable mental awareness and spiritual enlightenment.
A typical hatha yoga routine consists of a sequence of physical
poses, or asanas designed to work all parts of the body, with
particular emphasis on making the spine supple and healthy
and increasing circulation. Each asana is named for a common
thing it resembles, the sun salutation, cobra, locust, plough,
bow, eagle, tree, and the head to knee pose, to name a few.
Each pose is carefully executed with proper form and alignment.
A pose is held depending on its level of difficulty and one's
strength and stamina, and the practitioner is guided to inhale
and exhale breathing fully in each posture. Mental focus in
each position improves awareness, poise and posture. During
a yoga routine there is often time for meditation and relaxation,
the goals of the practice.
Yoga routines can take approximately one hour, a good time
investment to perform a sequence of postures and a meditation.
Yoga achieves its best results when it is practiced as a daily
discipline, and yoga can be a life-long exercise routine,
offering deeper and more challenging positions as a practitioner
becomes more adept. The basic positions are covered in these
weekly classes to increase strength, flexibility and sense
Please join us on Mondays at 5:00
p.m. and Fridays at 4:00 p.m.
WHAT CAN YOGA HELP WITH?
Those who practice Yoga have found that they have
reduced anxiety, are more resistant to stress, have lowered
their blood pressure, have more efficient heart function,
better respiratory function and have improved their physical
Yoga can assist with many different ailments
Addictions, Asthma, Backache, Cancer, Cold, Constipation,
Depression, Emphysema, Headache, Heart Disorders, Hypertension
(High Blood Pressure), Indigestion, Insomnia, Menstrual Disorders,
Migraines, Obesity, Premenstrual Tension, Prostate, Sciatica,
Sinus, Stress and Tension.
Better Breathing, Body Awareness, Flexibility, Mental Calmness,
Muscle Tone, Pain Prevention, Strength, Stress Reduction
If you are interested in attending a Yoga class with Mary
Cardinal, please click
here to see the classes she has available.