Transcend: To pass beyond the limits of; to climb. To be greater than, as in intensity or power; to surpass. To exist above and independent of material experience or the universe.

Yoga: Union, fusion, communion!
Yoga is an ancient philosophy of life as well as a system of practices that encourages the union of mind, body, and spirit. The effects of yoga produce health, harmony, balance, strength, energy, relaxation, flexibility, stamina, healing, contentment, bliss, and ultimately self-realization of the united person who practices it. There are four yogas: bhakti yoga, the path of devotion; jnana yoga, the path of knowledge and discrimination; karma yoga, the path of detached work, and raja yoga, the path of meditation.

Hatha: Hatha yoga is considered part of raja yoga, the path of meditation.
Hatha is the system of physical and mental exercise developed in ancient times as a means of rejuvenation and preparation for meditation. In uniting and conquering the body we remove our biggest obstacles and leave the self ripe for meditation.

Asana: Asana is defined as posture or seat.
Originally, the asanas served as stable postures for prolonged meditation. They are the physical building blocks of yoga. They should be synchronised with the breath and held for a period of time. Each shape that the body is moved into serves as a container for the breath and the movement of energy. More than just stretching and strengthening, asanas open the energy channels, chakras and psychic centers of the body.

Pranayama: Prana is our energy, our life force, our breath.
Yama is discipline or regulation. Pranayama means breath and energy control. It is made up of a series of practices that control the breath, and thus change the direction and potency of energy flow within the body. For example some practices cleanse the body, emptying negative energy and removing toxins. Other practices generate energy, moving it throughout the body, regenerating and inspiring the mind. Other practices are designed to slow the nervous system down, bringing the mind and body to the optimally prepared state to enter into deep meditation. Pranayama is a very precise set of practices that always include inhalation, exhalation, and retention of breath.

Meditation: Meditation is a postive activity aimed at stopping all activities, including those of the mind.
Most people perform practices that aim to aid in the slowing of body and mental activity. The actual achievement of meditation can be quite difficult, and take a long time to master. I hope not to discourage you. Just the practice of meditation slows the nervous system, the body, and the mind so that the practitioner receive's many wonderful benefits. Many people feel relaxed, enjoy stress relief, and find that their mind learns to be much more focused and concentrated after a continual practice of meditation. True meditation refers to intense mental concentration, spiritual absorption, and ultimately the individual loses himself/herself within the superconciousness that pervades all life. The process of delving into meditation is supported by a lifestyle that minimizes distraction from this pure mental state. Such things as diet, use of daily time, ways of thinking, and association with people can influence a person's meditation either positively or negatively. Eating pure and healthy in reasonable quantities, waking up early to practice the yogic regime, avoiding ego based thinking and adressing one's true self, working on negative thought and behavior patterns, and spending time with other spiritually inclined individuals can all help further one's meditation practice.

Thai/Yoga Massage: Thai Massage originated in Thailand as a form of healing and prevention of ailments, and has been practiced by monks on their communities for centuries.
In modern times one can find a thai massage studio on every block in the major cities in Thailand. It is a form of massage that tends to be more energizing and rigorous than most other forms. The patient does not have to remove his or her clothing for this type of treatment. The therapist often uses thumbs, hands, elbows, knees, and feet to manipulate the client through a series of yoga-like positions. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment to relieve stress that has built up in the body. People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.

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Early Childhood Educational Classes & Afterschool Programs, Needham, MA
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Ashtanga Yoga Studio & Cultural Center, Mysore, India
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Government Accredited Thai Massage School, Chiangmai, Thailand
www.tmcschool.com

Transcendental Meditation, Yoga, and Reiki, Rishikesh, India
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