Massage Therapy, Reiki, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Yoga

AUM Bodyworks | Scott Kover

Yoga


I currently offer private Yoga instruction.  My style of instruction is centered on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.


Each private session has a specific anatomical focus and is catered specifically to the needs of the student(s) receiving the session. Group classes have a specific anatomical focus and are taught with the needs of the many in mind.  Whether in a private or group atmosphere, I hope to have a dialogue with each student to understand their needs.  


Detailed instruction and explanation is given on each pose as it is introduced and questions are always welcomed. Every individual is working at his or her own level during any yoga practice, and modifications are made as needed. Students are not forced to do anything and it is of utmost importance to honor both your body and your mind on any given day.  Yoga should never cause harm or injury.  Yoga is a personal practice even when it is practiced in a group setting.


You do not need to be flexible to practice yoga, nor a vegetarian. Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago.


All you need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind and a bit of curiosity. Comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement is helpful, footwear is not necessary and a yoga mat is helpful (but it is not necessary to have your own).


What is Yoga?


The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as "union" or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.


The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).


Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.