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At Empower Yoga, we're dedicated to empowering YOU through Health, Wellness, and Fitness. We are Northville's premier yoga studio and offer a variety of yoga classes and yoga workshops for the beginner to the advanced practitioner. Click here for more class information.






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  •  Great studio, awesome people, wonderful energy! All the classes are great but I really enjoy Julie and Bashi's slow burn classes.
    ~ Jessica Szarama Seaman 
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  •  Great studio, awesome people, wonderful energy! All the classes are great but I really enjoy Julie and Bashi's slow burn classes.
    ~ Jessica Szarama Seaman



Overcoming Anxiety Through Yoga

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Overcoming Anxiety Through Yoga

Standing in a Fierce Warrior pose, sinking further into that lunge, feeling the cool breath as you inhale through your nose, focusing your gaze over your fingertips – there is not enough capacity for other thoughts in that moment. Experienced yogis have long known about the centering benefits of holding your body in a yoga posture, while focusing on breath, both keeping you firmly rooted in the present.

Yoga combines physical postures while partnering breath work and meditation, and is being recognized and prescribed as therapy for anxiety concerns. Anxiety often catches an individual in the loop of replaying the past, and worrying about the future – neither of which is beneficial. By breaking the repeating cycle of past and future worries, your time on the mat in the present is helping in alleviating anxiety.

Recently it seems that every newscast brings another tragedy. It is easy for anyone to become anxious or overwhelmed at the state of the world. Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous, restless or tense, trouble sleeping, and having difficulties concentrating. Anxiety can also create physical symptoms, such as muscle tension and headaches. A yoga practice will help to keep your body flexible and strong, while relieving tension and stress, and moving you to balance.

We’ve heard many times, “Your yoga practice begins the moment you roll up your mat.” We can relate this to the morning news, or whatever may be affecting you, and overcoming those anxieties. Your yoga practice will give you the additional tools to face those daily challenges as they arise, and to focus on your present and building your best you.

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What is Child's Pose?

Childs Pose
Balasana (Bah-LAHS-anna), or Child’s Pose, is a restorative pose in your yoga practice. It is meant to gently stretch your lower back, hips, thighs, knees and ankles, while it also relaxes your spine, neck and shoulders. To come into Child’s Pose, start by kneeling on the floor, bringing your big toes together, tops of feet flat on your mat, and widen your knees to hip distance apart. Sit back on your heels and as you exhale, lengthen your spine and lower your torso down to rest on your thighs. Your forehead will come to your mat, with your arms reaching in front of you, palms facing down.

Increases the blood circulation to your head, which can reduce headaches.
Massages your internal organs.
Calms the mind and central nervous system, helping relieve stress and tension.
A restful pose that allows you to come back to your breath.

Tuck a cushion between thighs and shins to ease the stretch on tight hips or knees.
Fold a cushion under knees for additional comfort. It may also help reduce strain on your knees by drawing them closer together in your pose.
Bring your arms back along the sides of your shins, palms facing up, to rest tight shoulders.
Build a cushion or bolster under the chest, to ease the stretch on the lower back.
Place a block or blanket under the forehead, bringing the earth closer to you, cushioning the head and neck.

We are frequently encouraged to come to Child’s Pose at any point in our practice where we need a moment to come back to our breath. Every time we step onto our mat, we bring a different body, and any judgment or comparisons should be released. Honor and listen to your body’s needs, and never hesitate to take Child’s Pose in any class. See you on the mat!

Namaste ~