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Health and Wellness with 
Amanda Fedor, CC,RYT,B.S. 
Life Coaching and Yoga

What is Yoga?
Yoga, by definition, is the union of the body, the mind and the spirit. It seems as if it focuses more on the individual, but it also refers to the union of the self to the whole. What is the self, and what is the whole? I see it the following way: we must do our inner work to such a degree that we begin to know ourselves so deeply that the self is no longer separated from the whole.
Yoga is:
- A system of yoga poses, breath, ethical conduct, self-awareness and meditation which helps us to find harmony and balance, release self-inhibiting thoughts, and improve our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being
- A system of personal growth, a spiritual discipline, not a religion, with its roots in ancient India
- Yoga poses and breathwork are intended to rejuvenate and bring into balance our endocrine, circulatory, nervous sytems and musculature.
- Through asana practice, we can attain a balance of body, mind, and spirit, for optimum physical, mental, and spiritual health.
- We are stimulating energy centers in our body so that our energy becomes balanced and flows more naturally and creatively.
- The cultivating of our vital life force through asana, breathwork, meditation and self-awareness, to be able to live up to our highest potential
- We are cultivating steadiness, ease, and presence of mind, during and between asanas. 

Benefits of Yoga
Relieves stress, centers and grounds, calms and relaxes
- Improves focus and concentration
- Improve energy, poise, self-awareness and confidence
- Increase strength and flexibility of muscles and strengthens the bones; increases mobility
- Improves posture 
- Strengthens the back and the core, and relieves back pain
- Stimulates the internal organs and glands
- Lowers blood pressure
- Stimulates flow of lymph and drains fluid from the legs and lungs
- Improves breathing
- Beneficial for digestion, constipation, ulcers, acid reflux, and IBS
- Alleviates menstrual cramps, has beneficial effect on the uterus
- Improves immune function
- Lessens depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD
- Rejuvenates and brings into balance the nervous, endocrine and vascular systems, and the musculature
- Can prevent osteoporosis, and beneficial for existing osteopenia and osteoporosis
- Beneficial for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

-I am beautiful
-I am peaceful
-I honor my body
-I surrender to God
-I am perfect the way I am.

The Power of the Breath
-“Pranayama is 100 times more powerful than Asana,” Yogi Amrit Desai explained. The breath has power to improve all functions of the body including respiratory system, digestive system, glandular and nervous system. Breath gives resistance to disease, great calmness and increased productivity. The breath gives increased intelligence, mental clarity, concentration, intuitive capacity and creativeness. Pranayama gives you the ability to move into deep stages of meditation giving enhanced unity of the mind and body. It gives intense effects on emotions, reactions, physical and mental state of being. The breath can be used to protect us from negative or self-destructive thoughts. Pranayama can assist in weight management, smoking, or any self-destructive habits. It is the breath that gives us life, joy, balance of mind, body and spirit.