Yoga is an ancient Indian philosophy systematized by the sage, Patanjali, around 2,000 years ago. It is a practice that incorporates the understanding of the self on many levels: the intellect, the physical body, and the energetic body. In yoga, you work on joining these three levels of being. The word “yoga” is Sanskrit for “union” or “yoke”. The practice combines physical exercise (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation (dharana), all which promote radiant health and calm a restless mind. This discipline cultivates self-awareness, flexibility, strength and helps one feel grounded. Regular yoga practice can alleviate common ailments such as backache, or joint pain; helps quiet the nervous system and relieves anxiety; and increases muscle tone. LUMINOUSbody instructors are knowledgeable in many styles of yoga including Iyengar, Hatha, and Vinyasa. We will help you develop your own practice to inspire self-knowledge, non-judgement, and a clear mind. There are many misconceptions that one needs to be flexible in order to practice yoga. But this is not true. Yoga is a practice for everybody. All you need is the desire to get to know oneself.
Pilates is an exercise system that helps you build strength in the core postural muscles. Coordinating the breath with movement, you tone the abdominals, strengthen the back and even out muscles in the legs and arms. This strengthening helps correct posture, can rehabilitate injuries and help relieve chronic pain. Exercises can be performed on a mat without the use of any props, or with equipment, such as the reformer or cadillac. These specialized apparatus were created by the German born Joseph H. Pilates. He and his wife, Clara, came to America in the 1920’s and began teaching this method, which was originally called ‘Contrology”. The work was very popular among dancers of the time and still is today. Now, Pilates has grown to become a household name. With LUMINOUSbody, you can tailor your workout towards your needs and modify any exercise. We will focus on mat work and developing strength and length in the muscles.
Fitness Training by LUMINOUSbody focuses on strong cardiovascular health, core support, and long muscle tone. We will address any weakness with exercises using your own body weight as resistance, props such as physioballs and therabands, and cardio machines for better heart health. We use influences from the Pilates method for core strengthening and yoga-based stretching. During warmer weather, we offer special sessions in the park. Our approach to training is to better overall health, build self-awareness and self-confidence. If your goal is to lose weight, we can offer encouraging motivation, dietary guidance or a referral to a licensed nutritionist. With this comprehensive approach, you will feel more flexible, leaner and stronger.
THAI YOGA THERAPY
Thai Yoga Therapy is a form of bodywork with roots in Ayurveda, Yoga, Buddhism, Chinese medicine and indigenous Thai healing arts. Using techniques from acupressure, reflexology, therapeutic stretching, and assisted yoga poses, the body moves into a deeply relaxed state. With the mind in meditation, the joints become more fluid and tension is eased from the muscles. The treatment is performed with both the practitioner and receiver in loose fitting clothes on a mat on the floor. The therapist will use her hands, feet, elbows and body weight to manipulate and stretch your body. In Thailand, sessions can last for half a day with the intention that time allows the body to adapt. In the fast pace of New York City, a one hour or one-and-a-half hour session will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.