Yoga with Beth Hope Yoga


Personal Yoga

Personalized yoga lessons are the most effective form of Yoga, and the quickest way to reach your goals.

As you may have noticed, if you want to take a Yoga class, there are numerous styles to choose. From trendy to traditional, there seem to be classes for every body type and personality.

What you may not know is that the whole concept of a Yoga "class" is relatively new as compared to the history of the practice. For centuries Yoga was not taught in group classes, but as a one-on-one practice. The reason you see so many styles of Yoga classes is that there are so many types of people, all with different proficiency levels. And as our bodies and minds develop and change over time (at different rates!), each person's Yoga practice needs to respond to those changes to remain effective.

Beth Hope embraces the original format of teaching Yoga with personalized one-on-one instruction, a highly skilled and caring Certified Yoga instructor. A Yoga practice with Beth Hope ensures that you are gently guided in the right direction for your particular needs, that you work towards goals that suit your body and your temperament, and that you maximize your own personal growth.

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Couples Yoga Therapy

Couples Yoga Therapy, designed by Ryan Hader and Beth Hope is a medium created to build stronger communication and intimacy between human beings in a relationship. These Yoga Postures, breathing exercises and meditations are designed specifically to bring communication into a tangible form. We are here to help you to discover and experience the dynamics existing within your relationship

Couples Yoga Therapy compels companions to lay aside their differences while working to achieve a common goal. The simple act of breathing together and participating in a practice grounded in acceptance, unity and love translates to more open and authentic communication between partners.

This practice re-establishes weakened bonds. On the mat partners must have complete faith in each other. Postures are dependent on showing up for one another and giving equal effort. It is developed on trust and is a great metaphor for the nut and bolt aspect of all relationships.

There's no finished, perfect pose or situation. This is about learning new methods to connect, and cooperate, while finding new ways to support each other.

In these sessions you will learn a combination of the following practices:
Yoga postures
Breathing exercises
Partner Meditations
Massage techniques

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Styles of Yoga

You can choose from 3 styles of yoga to train in your personal lessons.

Ashtanga Yoga:

a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures, a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. This is an athletic style of yoga.

Sivananda Yoga:

after teachings of Swami Sivanada, is a non-proprietary form of hatha yoga in which the training focuses on preserving the health and wellness of the practitioner. Unlike Ashtanga yoga's more athletic program involving Bandhas, Sivananda training revolves around frequent relaxation, and emphasizes full, yogic breathing.

Restorative Yoga:

This is a gentle, therapeutic style of Yoga that uses props to support the body to deepen the benefits of the poses. It is a soothing and nurturing practice that promotes the effects of conscious relaxation. By supporting the body with props, we alternately stimulate and relax the body to move toward balance. Some poses have an overall benefit. Others target an individual part, such as the lungs or heart. All create specific physiological responses which are beneficial to health and can reduce the effects of stress-related disease. In general, restorative poses are for those times when you feel weak, fatigued, or stressed from your daily activities. They are especially beneficial for the times before, during, and after major life events: death of a loved one, change of job or residence, marriage, divorce, major holidays, and vacations. In addition, you can practice the poses when ill, or recovering from illness or injury.

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a science that has been practiced for at least 5,000 years. It consists of theories, observations, practices and principles relating to the mind/body connection. Because of the numerous health benefits that are possible through regular practice, yoga is receiving a lot of attention from healthcare practitioners in the West.

The following is a summary of the results of a survey conducted by Yoga Biomedical Trust in 1983-84. 3,000 individuals with health ailments for which yoga was prescribed as an alternative therapy were surveyed. The results show that yoga is very effective for treating alcoholism, back pain, nerve or muscle disease, heart disease management, anxiety, arthritis, ulcers and managing cancer. The complete results are shown in the table below.

Ailment Number of Cases Reporting % Claiming Benefit
Back Pain 1,142 98
Arthritis or rheumatism 589 90
Anxiety 838 94
Migraine 464 80
Insomnia 542 82
Nerve or muscle disease 112 96
Menstrual problems 317 68
Premenstrual tension 848 77
Menopause disorders 247 83
Hypertension 150 84
Heart disease 50 94
Asthma or bronchitis 226 88
Duodenal ulcers 40 90
Hemorrhoids 391 88
Obesity 240 74
Diabetes 10 80
Cancer 29 90
Tobacco addiction 219 74
Alcoholism 26 100