Nourish N Flourish is the first fully equipped yoga studio in Drouin. A place where anyone can practice yoga, in an intimate and nurturing environment.
Designed to be a community-based, family focused yoga and wellness studio, our mission is to offer classes for everyone.
‘A place to unwind, an opportunity to develop your mind and body, and a community of support for healing and growth.’
So How Does Yoga Help? Yoga helps us by teaching us the art of balancing our multi-dimensional lives while living in a complex world. We work with our bodies (practicing asanas) and learn breath techniques (pranayama) to help us balance our mind states in non-destructive ways. Yoga is a holistic approach that offers a path of healing. In Western civilization when we suffer physically we see a doctor; when we suffer mentally, we see a pyscologist/psychiatrist; when we suffer spiritually, we seek guidance from priest/ pastor. Body, mind and spirit are treated separately. But in reality, body, mind and spirit are just different manifestations of the same thing.
Let me give you an analogy:
- When it is frozen, it is in a solid state (ice), like the body.
- When it is in its liquid form (water), it is fluid, like the mind.
- As a gas (vapor), it resembles our spirit.
- Same substance – different forms.
Yoga philosophy teaches that we have 5 body layers known as Koshas that are all interdependent.
- Annamaya Kosha, the physical body (cells, molecules, tissues, and organs);
- Pranamaya Kosha, which deals with our energy system (prana)
- Manomaya Kosha, which deals with our thoughts, feelings, and emotions as well as our memory and imagination
- Vijnanamaya Kosha which deals with reason and discrimination
- Anandamaya Kosha, our spiritual body, seat of love and devotion.
When these 5 bodies are aligned and in harmony, we walk through the world as an integrated whole being. When the bodies are misaligned, disconnected or imbalanced the system is susceptible to disease and dysfunction – we become separated from our true self. A consistent and dedicated yoga practice helps us keep our five bodies aligned and functioning well.
Yoga is a meditative, but not a religious practice
Being flexible is NOT A PRE-REQUISITE to practicing yoga. Yes, yoga is proven to increase flexibility, but that is not what it’s about. When we are suffering from a mental illness and/or addiction, the mind is generally in a state that does not allow us to see or accept reality as it is. Our negative emotions and thoughts get stored in the body and generate energy blockages. So we start by working on our bodies to release these blockages, and in doing so learn to accept where we are at any given moment in time.
Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)
The breath and the mind are not separate or independent of each other, therefore our emotions change the way we breathe, so too can breathing in a specific manner bring on emotions. We can use this fact to our advantage: we can breathe in a way that tells the body and mind to relax.
Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep)
Laying in Savasana, translated as corpse pose which is the complete and total stillness of the physical body while staying in the present moment completely aware. Yoga Nidra is practiced at the end of class and lasts anywhere between 5-15min. It is said to be the most important part of the yoga practice: on a physical level, even the deepest muscles have the opportunity to let go and shed their regular habits; the nervous system that has been fed a host of new neuromuscular information has a chance to process it; mentally, we practice sense withdrawal and become aware of the breath and of the state of the mind itself. Or, more poetically: an energetic and physical ‘death’ through deep absorption that reinvigorates and enlivens the yogi to continue living”.
The teacher talks you through a form of guided relaxation which helps you stay mentally focused while the body relaxes and prepares for Meditation.