Why Practice Yoga ~ Alissa Martin

February 1, 2020 Published by

Alissa Martin will be hosting our Yoga in the Wild retreat at Homfray Lodge on May 15-18, 2020. We are excited to introduce you to Alissa and our new all levels yoga and meditation retreat. More about the retreat: Learn More

About Alissa Martin

Alissa was drawn to teaching Yoga through a fitness background and because she found it to be the treatment that worked best for her body after a car accident. It was also the adaptability of the practice that inspired her. She felt that the postures were open to interpretation, making them even more holistic. Even with alignment principles involved, she sees the beauty in the uniqueness of the individual practice.

In her classes, you will find time to connect with your body and freedom to move and explore to become the expert on you and your own abilities. You will also find instructions that make the practice safe, encourage modifications and allow for the opportunity to practice with eyes closed, if you so choose.

Alissa’s classes always offer a healthy dose of compassion, introspection and nourishing movement. She teaches students how to slow down, notice, and listen – always leaving them with some food for thought to help take their practice off their mats and into the rest of their lives. Plus, some giggles.

Since completing her first 200 hour certification in 2009, Alissa has added over 1000 more hours of trainings such as, Power Vinyasa, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Blissology, Pre and Postnatal, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Yoga and Psyche, to name a few.

Outside of teaching, Alissa enjoys connecting with and photographing Nature, “Auntie Dates” with her nieces and nephew and reading anything inspirational that she may be able to share in class.

Alissa’s Website: www.yogacomfortzone.com

Where does she teach? at Kushala Yoga in Port Moody BC: www.kushalayoga.com

Why Practice Yoga? ~ by Alissa Martin

Yoga = Union
The practice of Yoga is not only the asanas (postures). It’s being present with/in (within) the moment, whatever that includes. To that end, there are many practices.

However, the asanas all have purpose. They are meant to help the body feel better/be more comfortable, become more flexible and strong and especially breathe efficiently so it’s easier to be in the moment.

They may create discomfort or show you where it’s been hiding out. They are not meant to inflict pain. Ahimsa is the first practice.

Instead of ‘no pain, no gain’: ‘if strain, no gain.’

This doesn’t mean there will be no effort. Simply that it doesn’t become straining. Especially the kind that makes you accidentally hold your breath or hurt yourself (I’ll write more on this in another blog).

But Why?
If you simply breathe freely, your body is more efficient at transferring oxygen and other necessities to every cell and removing toxins. If you move freely, you’re less likely to get injured or build up tension (that can turn into dis-ease of many kinds), and you breathe better. If you move and breathe freely, so does digestion, emotions, thoughts, etc.

Breath is Prana – Life Force.

When we also practice stillness it can help balance out all of the busyness.

When you are more in touch with you, you find out what you have to offer yourself and the world.

Be a Student
Beginners mind is an open mind. There is space to receive.

I first learned yoga from magazines and books. Then I took my first 200-hour training (in 2008) and that led to more than 1000 hours of diverse trainings. I’m a perpetual student. I also learn from teaching (as we all do).

I love all the classes that I teach, and I hold a particular fondness for Yoga for Beginners, Yoga Nidra and one-on-one sessions. There is more exploration. More depth.

I would love to share yoga with you. If you’ve never tried Yoga for Beginners or a one-on-one session, I highly recommend either for beginning or deepening your practice.

See you on the mat,

Alissa

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