Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Its Yoga Kids Classes Ages 3-8 in Rincon, Puerto Rico

It’s Yoga, Kids® classes are specifically developed and modified appropriately by level, and are taught using a fun and dynamic system of practicing poses joined together by breath and flowing movement. Each student is unique. In order to maximize their yoga experience, we integrate Harvard University educator Howard Gardner’s theory of “multiple intelligences”. This theory identifies seven types of intelligences, or different ways in which students learn. While having fun, kids discipline themselves in areas of strength, balance and concentration. Over time, these skills are applied in everyday life. 

Its Yoga Kids Class Ages 3-8 
Saturdays 11:30am-12:15pm @ La Paz Rincon, Puerto Rico
Cost: $10 per class
$1 for mat rental
Contact: Vivienne Miranda
www.patriamassageandyoga.com

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Gift certificates now available!

Now available for purchase online at patriamassageandyoga.com

Perfect for birthdays, day spas, baby showers, anniversaries  and on and on.

Call 787.315.9697 for information or email patria.massage@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Vibration and the effects in the body

Not only is vibration a powerful healing force in a hatha yoga practice, but in receiving massage, vibration can penetrate the underlying layers of muscle tissue to release tension.  In energizing massage treatments, such as ayurvedic Indian head massage, the oil used focuses on your constitution (dosha) and the rhythmic techniques bring the pita (universal healing energy/life force) up.  Leaving you relaxed and energized at the same time.

Purpose

Bodybuilding.com notes that vibration is used to stimulate the blood flow in the underlying area, which in turn helps drain off any waste and debris that accumulated during the massage. Vibration also relaxes the superficial muscles, so the therapist may use vibration to warm up the body before performing deep tissue bodywork.

Timing

Bodybuilding.com notes that vibration usually comes at the end of the massage session. Vibration provides the client with a small jolt of energy. By performing vibration at the end of the session, the therapist helps prevent post-session drowsiness.

Scar Tissue

The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies points out that vibration is used in tandem with friction to help break up adhesions and scar tissues. The therapist will dig into the client's scar tissue with their fingers using the friction technique. Once the scar tissue starts to break up, the therapist will perform vibration to the area to bring blood to the area and dislodge any tissue waste that was created.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pranayama & the Puerto Rican Blue



As I move through my fourth season here in Rincon, I think of how blessed I have been to be so close to the ocean and how when I was back visiting family in Quito, Ecuador at 10,000 feet above sea level, I never missed it more.

These waters of the Caribe have a healing power, a flow, a rhythm that can’t be replaced by any antihistamine; it works as a natural netty treatment for those into panchakarma of aeurvedic medicine. For surfers, it can serve as their connection with that higher energy or as my husband Ricardo says “I go to church every day, I sit in silence with the greater being and ride its waves with respect and joy”.

So having this respect and love for the ocean and all of her beauty, I came to think how my yoga practice of Pranayama has allowed me to find a deeper bond with her. As a lover of snorkeling, especially at the Reserva Tres Palmas, I find that I feel one with the reefs, exploring the detail and listening the coral fish crunch away, as they sway from side to side by using my breath. In order to do this, I control my exhales to last as long as possible and sustain my inhalation, allowing me to free float or go deeper until it’s time to come back up for air. Something I know my back home California Abalone divers can appreciate since tanks aren’t allowed and the best Abalone tend to be under those deep rocks between the seaweed forest.

Sustaining your inhalation, prolonging your exhalation, sounds a lot like Pranayama Ujjayi and Kumbhaka yogic breath, and that it exactly what it is. Controlling that internal breath, slowing your heart rate, controlling the mind activity will allowing the breaths to be smooth, strong and more potent. I’m sure the tank divers joining our local Taino Divers crew on their excursions to Desecheo or the snorkelers chilling with Katarina Sail Charters know a thing or two about this, but for those first timers who tend to use up their tank fairly quickly, not allowing them to get their full days’ worth, here’s an exercise that may just help you soak in that Puerto Rican blue:

Close your eyes for a moment

Exhale all of the old oxygen out of your lungs, feeling your lungs contract as your belly button folds inwards

Slowly, relaxing your shoulders, opening your chest and elongating your spine, inhale smoothly through your nose, expanding your belly button outward (you can count the length of your inhalation if it helps)

As you sustain that breath, without tensing your body, become aware of your heartbeat, which tends to become amplified under water

When you feel the urge to exhale, allow the breath to release out of your nostrils or mouth slowly lasting longer than your inhalation for about 3 to 4 seconds.

You can practice this either before you move into the water from the boat or from the shore. You can practice this upon meeting eye to eye with a manatee or sea turtle or maybe even a whale if your are that blessed. Join your heartbeat with that graced animal of the deep and be one of this healing medium we live in connection with. You an practice this on your way home on the flight, reminding of your new friends, the sand between your toes, the sun on your back and current swaying your from side to side.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

FOR A STRONG YOGA MAMA - PREGNANCY YOGA



Always on the lookout for my yoga mama to get her flow on here's a wonderful pocket routine to keep in your car, bag or desktop for inspiration in your daily practice. A strong, breathing and balanced pregnancy = a strong, breathing and balanced baby. Circle your baby with love and light mama, here we go.

Monday, January 9, 2012

YOGA and listening to your body without doing harm

What have I learned in my return to yoga after having given birth to my two sons? That my practice needs to emphasize healing and rather than pushing my limits, recognizing those limits in my body and helping myself to grow in my practice with humble respect.

Here is a recent article from the New York Times talking about just that.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/magazine/how-yoga-can-wreck-your-body.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=yoga&st=cse

I can't say it more in class but always repeat it to myself "Listen to your body and allow your breath to guide you through the movements with a smooth lengenthing and release. Observing the differences between the two sides of your body and taking a step back when your body gives signs of a certain movement being too much."

Blessings on your journey through this wonderful ocean that is yoga.

come join me at La Paz Rincon for my class in Sampoorna Hatha Yoga. An evening practice emphasizing restoration, release and meditation using breath.