Taylor Yoga focuses on finding the health and healing from within one’s self. At Taylor Yoga, we practice Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is a form of yoga that works toward connecting the body, breathe and poses. The practice of pranayama breathing, and anasanas, postures or poses, ensures health of the mind and body while helping to fine-tune spiritual goals. This is just part of the 8 limbs of yoga, developed thousands of centuries ago.
Yoga is not a belief or a religion, but a way to reach our greater potential. Yoga is a refined system that works on developing and balancing strength, flexibility, stamina, focus and endurance. Through a series of physical poses, a focus on the breath and an awareness of the body, yoga helps us to deepen our sense of well being.
Yoga will have you to meditating, sweating, working out, relaxing and breathing – all at the same time!
The goal and purpose of Hatha Yoga is to assist people in living consciously learning from their past, planning for their future, while living and experiencing the now. In time Hatha Yoga poses can lead to consciousness and what is called ‘living life enlightened’. We will start to recognize and realize what our true purpose is and to live in harmony with the world around us.
Our yoga classes are structured to allow students the opportunity to nurture themselves, by taking time to look inward while connecting their physical and mental well being. Through this nurturing we can create the benefits of good health. Yoga can assist in recharging wellness in every area of our life.
Just like with any other activity, doing yoga has benefits. Yoga helps you with your bodies ailment, eliminates fat, improves flexibility, circulation and strength, muscle tone and stamina. Yoga helps to manage anxiety, back pain, blood pressure and depression while boosting one’s self-esteem.
It’s never too late to begin your journey! If you are still breathing there is still time to live a more healthy and fulfilled life.
Yoga 6:00 PM
Yoga 9:00 AM
Yoga 4:30 PM
Pilates 5:45 PM
Yoga 9:00 AM
Pilates 10:45 AM
Tai Chi 12:00 PM
Yoga 6:00 PM
Yoga 9:30 AM
Yoga 5:30 PM
Healing Meditation 6:45 PM
Yoga 9:00 AM
Belly Dancing 6:00 PM
Yoga 9:30 AM
Pilates 11:00 AM
Drop-in class any time $10.00
30 days Unlimited classes $65.00
Six month membership is only $350.00
“The benefits of yoga helped me to save my life,” says Connie Fedel, Taylor Yoga yogie. “Yoga has been around for thousands of years.
When practiced regularly, it can lead to greater health, mental control, and ultimately self-realization. I believe that I can help others, and doing so allows me to give something back for all that I have gained from my yoga experience.”
In 1998, at the age of 32, Connie was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus. Lupus is an auto immune disease, the cause of which is unknown. Her doctor at the University of Michigan Medical Center once described it to her as “friendly fire” where the body’s natural immune system is over active, causing otherwise healthy cells to attack themselves. She began to experience an inflammation around her heart causing chest pain, extreme fatigue, rashes on her face and body, swollen painful joints, seizures, and elevated levels of anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) in her blood that indicated something was drastically out of balance.
In June of 2001, Connie had a hysterectomy to remove a grapefruit-size tumor from her uterus. Soon, she was taking 38 medications a day. By September 1, 2001 she was extremely depressed, disabled and unable to work. Knowing that stress was a major detrimental factor for anyone with Lupus, she decided to take control of her life and make some needed changes. Connie changed her diet and picked up an instructional video on yoga for stress relief. After watching the video several times, she started practicing yoga, doing little bits at a time. After several months of practice, she learned how breathing exercises could calm her mind and body. In doing so, she was able to meditate and focus on her inner-self.
By August of 2004, Connie was down to one medication a day and practicing Yoga regularly. Her journey into a Yoga lifestyle has helped her to realize that “we are all in control of our own health.” Stress and the way we react to it, are in our control. In September of 2004, she returned to work full-time, she was medication-free and the Lupus is gone!
Over the past few years Connie has studied numerous forms of yoga including: Bikram, Iyengar, and Astanga. She also participated in an intensive 7-day Isha Yoga course which enhanced her breathing and gave her a deeper understanding of yoga. In 2005, Connie began teaching yoga. She has taught from beginner to advanced level classes as well as private lessons for individuals with special needs helping all her students to find health and healing from within.
In May of 2011, Connie’s dream of having a serene tranquil place to practice and teach yoga will become a reality. She will open the doors to the new Taylor Yoga Studio on Telegraph Road in Taylor, MI. Check out the Classes/Schedule page on this website to find up-to-date class times and offerings. For health and wellness, start your journey today!
Connie believes that, “Yoga helps people to see that many physical, mental and emotional problems can be avoided when we look after ourselves in a more caring manner.”
Gentle Tai Chi – New at Taylor Yoga this September
Wednesdays 12:00 pm.
Great lunchtime class to Restore and Refresh.
This class will be a simplified, gentle version based on the Therapeutic Benefits of this Ancient Chinese Practice.
Learn Easy to Follow Flow Motions with Breathing Techniques that will help with Balance and Flexibility of all the joints of the body.
This style of Tai Chi is focused on healing and maintaining good health. These movements are done very gently (almost as if one is swimming). The movements circulate the energy, known as chi, through all of the parts of the entire body, bringing them into balance and integration. Tension in the muscles is released, resulting in a feeling of lightness, well-being and peacefulness.
In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions. As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention on your bodily sensations. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.
Benefits of Practicing Tai Chi:
Although tai chi is slow and gentle and doesn’t leave you breathless, it addresses the key components of fitness — muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and, to a lesser degree, aerobic conditioning. Here’s some of the evidence:
1. Muscle strength. In a 2006 study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Stanford University researchers reported benefits of tai chi in 39 women and men, average age 66, with below-average fitness and at least one cardiovascular risk factor. After taking 36 tai chi classes in 12 weeks, they showed improvement in both lower-body strength (measured by the number of times they could rise from a chair in 30 seconds) and upper-body strength (measured by their ability to do arm curls).
In a Japanese study using the same strength measures, 113 older adults were assigned to different 12-week exercise programs, including tai chi, brisk walking, and resistance training. People who did tai chi improved more than 30% in lower-body strength and 25% in arm strength — almost as much as those who participated in resistance training, and more than those assigned to brisk walking.
“Although you aren’t working with weights or resistance bands, the unsupported arm exercise involved in tai chi strengthens your upper body,” says internist Dr. Gloria Yeh, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. “Tai chi strengthens both the lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of the back and abdomen.”
2. Flexibility. Women in the 2006 Stanford study significantly boosted upper- and lower-body flexibility as well as strength.
3. Balance. Tai chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls. Proprioception — the ability to sense the position of one’s body in space — declines with age. Tai chi helps train this sense, which is a function of sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the muscles and ligaments. Tai chi also improves muscle strength and flexibility, which makes it easier to recover from a stumble. Fear of falling can make you more likely to fall; some studies have found that tai chi training helps reduce that fear.
4. Aerobic conditioning. Depending on the speed and size of the movements, tai chi can provide some aerobic benefits. But in the Japanese study, only participants assigned to brisk walking gained much aerobic fitness. If your clinician advises a more intense cardio workout with a higher heart rate than tai chi can offer, you may need something more aerobic as well.
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