Dancing Through Life is committed to providing healthy, active classes like Yoga for the entirety of Broward County. Our Yoga classes are led by experienced and certified instructors. Dancing Through Life offers a range of ways people can learn and experience Yoga. We provide group classes at an extremely reasonable rate. Dancing Through Life also offers options like the Fitness Membership to give access to all Yoga and Zumba classes.
Want a bit of mindfulness and calm in a hectic world? Check out Dancing Through Life’s Yoga class offerings.
Yoga is becoming more and more popular as health studies continue to show its efficacy in improving a variety of health issues. For more information on our Yoga sessions and class offerings, visit our class schedule.
Enter The World of Yoga
Yoga originated in ancient India as a discipline of the Hindu religion, but has since grown, evolved, and expanded into a global movement. Dancing Through Life offers Yoga classes from Patricia Renda Wallace, a Yoga practitioner and teacher with over a decade of experience. As a certified Ananda Hatha Yoga instructor and Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner, Patricia, or Paty as she is more well known, provides guidance to both beginning and advanced Yoga practitioners.
Yoga encourages health, mindfulness, and willpower. Dancing Through Life strives to bring the physical, spiritual, and mental practice of Yoga to the Davie, Weston, and larger Fort Lauderdale areas.
What is Yoga?
Simply put, Yoga is the practice of mindful body movements that help create union between the body, mind, and spirit. In truth, however, the modern term “Yoga” has no singular definition. Modern Yoga draws from contemporary sources as well as from spiritual traditions like Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. Yoga has also become increasingly popular as a fitness trend with a focus on flexibility, strength, and mindfulness.
Yoga is many things to many people. People who choose to practice Yoga for the physical ben-efits usually take part in Yoga that is labeled as “Hatha Yoga”. Yoga is often the choice for people seeking a relaxing, natural way to improve overall health. The practice of Yoga is made up of poses, controlled breathing, alignments of poses, and switching and holding poses.
The traditional term Yoga actually comes from the Sanskrit word “Yuj,” which means to yoke or bind, and can also translated as union. Yoga practices selfwill and flexibility to help cleanse the body and build strength as well as dexterity. Practicing yoga throughout life as a part of a daily routine can help encourage better overall health, a deeper sense of self, and development of willpower and self-determination.
Mindfulness and Yoga
Mindfulness, a word most often associated with Yoga, has garnered a significant amount of attention in the West.
Why is this?
Mindfulness is an island of calm in an otherwise hectic world. Yoga helps people reach into themselves to find peace. Since most of Yoga’s influences are spiritual in nature, the practice of Yoga features many tenants of meditation from religions around the world. In order to hold and switch Yoga poses, individuals must practice and possess an increased level of concentration.
Concentrating on one’s own actions within oneself creates an area of calm. Mindfulness and Yoga are nearly interchangeable; it can be hard to have one without the other. In a world where our work comes home with most of us, it is nice to have a quiet island of calm in a busy world. Dancing Through Life strives to provide a safe, peaceful haven for people who hope to find a bit of mindfulness in the ancient practice of Yoga.
The History of Yoga
As is true with most of the Yoga tradition, the origins of Yoga are hotly debated. There are a variety of cultures credited with the development of Yoga. Partly because of the diverse history of Yoga, there are now hundreds of iterations of Yoga practiced throughout the world. Modern Yoga’s origination is fairly widely considered to come from “Asana,” or the more physical limb of the eight limbs of Yoga.
Yoga dates back to as early as 200 BCE with its beginning phases coming from Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Entire libraries are dedicated to the religious texts that make up the backbone of these religions, but one simple truth remains: Yoga encourages health. Many people spend their lives learning the Veda and its many traditions, and the modern practice of Yoga benefits from all of the years and centuries of study. Below are just a few of the ancient texts and influences modern Yoga draws from:
- Rig Veda
- Katha Upanishad
- Vedic Samhitas
- Upanishadic tradition
- Bhagavad Gita
- Yoga Sutras
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Meditation, mindfulness, and relaxation have long been integral pieces of practicing Yoga. The contemplative traditions of all the religions that integrate into the development of Yoga make a major difference in the modern use of the ancient practice. From the Vedic period to the preclassical era, Yoga evolved and changed with time. Even the Middle Ages saw the growth of a bevy of Yoga offshoots and new practitioners.
The 19th century saw a significant expansion of Indian thought into the Western world. Hindu teachings and practices found another group of people seeking a mindful way to exercise their body and spirit. Theosophists and other esoteric groups latched onto the ideas within Yoga traditions. Unfortunately, a bit of religious paranoia squashed the growth of Yoga in the Western world.
Today, the practice of Yoga is seeing yet another revolution. Numbers of participants and enthusiasts in the US have grown from just over 4 million to approximately 20 million active Yoga lovers over the last few years. The health benefits, stress relief, and proven success of Yoga builds on a rich and ancient history. Yoga, a millennia old tradition, is experiencing yet another renaissance in the Western world.
Yoga and Health
Although Yoga has a mainly spiritual history, its present revolves mainly around the health of the body. As a calmer option for exercise, many who would have never considered this option are now dedicated practitioners. Health claims from the world of Yoga are unlike most other spiritual-oriented health options: these health claims are backed up by fact.
The proof is in the scientific papers. Multiple studies have concluded that musculoskeletal and mental health improvements are gained by long-term Yoga users. In fact, Yoga is found to increases brain GABA levels, often reducing stress levels, anxiety, and depression. Heart disease, cancer, and even schizophrenia might all be better treated with the integration of Yoga with proper medical treatment.
Just like any health regimen or workout program, individuals should consult with their doctor before participating. Some poses are incredibly strenuous and require a higher fitness level than some individuals are capable of. One reason to attend a professionally directed class is to reap the benefits of professional instructors who can find the right course of positions for the individual.
Types of Yoga
As far as types of Yoga are concerned, there are more than can be mentioned on a single page (unless unlimited scrolling sounds fun). The ancient and diverse history of this practice has bred hundreds, if not thousands of varied styles. There are, however, several common types of Yoga widely practiced in the US.
Below is a short list of common styles:
Out of each of these types of Yoga sprang most modern methods. Yoga for kids, women who are pregnant, seniors, and meditation-focused options all have roots in older forms. Choosing what type of Yoga to focus on is often a lifetime journey.
At Dancing Through Life, we offer several types of classes and practice sessions. Our resident Yoga expert focuses on Baby Om Yoga, Kids Yoga, Seniors Yoga, and Yoga Nidra Meditation as well as Ananda Hatha Yoga and Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork. No matter what style fits you best, Paty is dedicated to a personalized, “One person at a time” approach.
How to Practice Yoga
Much like the history and varieties of Yoga, no one method on “how to practice Yoga” can be written on a single page. The tenants of Yoga draw from ancient sources, but the modernized versions vary from geographical area to area. At Dancing Through Life, we practice options that are easily accessible to people of all shapes, sizes, and skill levels.
Yoga practice is an individual’s singular experience with the art of Yoga. Most people find that an experienced teacher helps improve the overall experience, but others attempt a more self-directed experience. Most consider directed classes to be the best introduction to the practice.
The beginning of a session usually consists of becoming aware of your own breathing and body. Awareness of the actual practice of Yoga is half of the journey. Next, a few simple, easy positions are slowly moved into and held. Again, the practice and class styles differ from individual to individual. If Yoga sounds like an interesting exercise option, contact Dancing Through Life at your earliest convenience or check out our class options here.
Balance, Yoga, and Life
Life is busy. Work is stressful. Yoga can be a retreat for people who need a little bit of quiet in an otherwise hectic life. Yoga classes at Dancing Through Life encourage a healthier body, a more stable mind, and a true life balance. The practice of Yoga is gaining traction throughout the Western world.
Beginning to bring a little bit of meditation and mindfulness into life can be incredibly rewarding. Developed over thousands of years, many beginners are stunned at the results just a bit of Yoga can bring. A healthier body might be the draw for most people, but a balance between health of mind, body, and spirit is what keeps people coming back.
Whether you want a change for health reasons, desire to continue in your journey, or just want a new experience, Yoga is a great choice for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Dancing Through Life is excited to bring Yoga to Davie, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Miramar, and the greater Fort Lauderdale area.