Yoga with Julia Ray
I offer customized private and small group sessions as well as weekly drop-in group classes, specializing in Restorative Yoga.
I offer one weekly drop-in group class called Yoga Freedom every Wednesday night.
I have intensely studied and practised: Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Core Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Vinyasa/Flow Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation. What I teach in my yoga classes is an integration of everything I have learned about Yoga as well as other forms of bodywork over the years including Cranial Sacral Therapy and Thai Yoga Massage.
We work towards significantly improving your flexibility, mobility, coordination, strength and breathing in a relaxed and soothing environment. Enjoyed later in the evening, Yoga Freedom will ease you into a night of restful sleep. With a focus on finding comfort and pleasure in movement, de-stressing and deep relaxation, this yoga practice is ideal for anyone wishing to release tension and strain from their body and mind, as well as those with sleep challenges or recovering from injury and anyone desiring more freedom and comfort in their body.
Yoga Freedom renews, invigorates and heals the body, stretching and toning the muscles, joints and spine and directing blood and oxygen to the intern
A near perfect fitness routine for body, mind, heart and spirit, Restorative yoga provides the means for people of any age not only to get and stay in shape but also to develop balance, coordination and a sense of centeredness. It counteracts many of the problems associated with our typical modern-day lifestyle. Asanas release the physical tensions caused by hours of sitting and computer work; deep breathing restores vitality by increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain; and meditation enhances the powers of concentration.
Restorative Yoga renews, invigorates and heals the body, stretching and toning the muscles, joints and spine and directing blood and oxygen to the internal organs (including glands and nerves). While complementary and enhancing to other sports activities and styles of exercise, it is distinctly different as it generates motion without causing strain and imbalances in the body. When practiced with dedication and purpose, yoga is a challenging and rewarding form of exercise. It is not inherently aerobic, but involves virtually every muscle in the body, challenging it to work in different ways. Since the limbs function as free weights, resistance is created by moving the body’s centre of gravity. This strengthening gives way to endurance as poses as held for longer periods of time. Yoga builds lean muscle mass and sculpts the body, boosting metabolism. Specific yoga poses also help to regulate the body’s hormones, which can have a positive impact on maintaining a healthy weight and metabolism.
You may benefit in a number of ways from a regular yoga practice:
- Increase body awareness
- Relieve chronic stress patterns in the body
- Refresh the body by reducing muscle strain
- Relax the mind and body
- Enjoy better sleep
- Centre your attention and sharpen your concentration
- Heighten intuition and creativity
- Improve flexibility and muscle joint mobility
- Correct postural issues
- Strengthen the spine
- Ease back pain
- Improve muscular-skeletal conditions – including strained knees, tight shoulders and neck, swayback and scoliosis
- Increase stamina
- Improve balance and coordination
- Stimulate the glands of the endocrine system
- Improve digestion and elimination
- Increase circulation
- Improve heart conditions
- Improve breathing disorders
- Encourage weight loss
- Optimize immune response
- Decrease cholesterol
- Regulate blood sugar levels