Toronto, get ready to say "ommmmm" in a whole new way.
As announced this morning, the city will welcome the first Toronto Chopra Yoga Centre, a 6,500-square-foot space dedicated to yoga, meditation and wellness at some point before January 2013. The centre will located in the city's Harbourfront neighbourhood.
“We’re very excited about bringing Chopra Yoga to Toronto, which has a vibrant community of wellness educators and individuals seeking a deeper understanding of mind-body health,” said Dr. Deepak Chopra in a press release.
Chopra, who is trained as a doctor, is known across the world for his teachings on meditation and the healing power of yoga as related to health, going beyond the spiritual aspects to tie it to physical changes.
As Chopra himself wrote on The Huffington Post last year, "Many people report that yoga gives them an overall feeling of wellbeing. But research shows that it may also help alleviate specific kinds of pain, including migraine headaches, lower back problems, arthritis and pain during childbirth."
The only other Chopra Yoga Centre in North America opened in Vancouver in January 2012, an ideal fit for "yoga-crazed Vancouver," according to CTV News.
For Torontonians, however, the focus is more on stepping out of "busy city lives," according to the press release, with classes that include everything from "Candle Light Meditation" to "Yoga Barre."
Membership is now open for the studio, starting at $153 per month — more information can be found at choprayoga.com/toronto.
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The movements of yoga will carve out a long, lean, strong, and confident body.
All those deep breaths reset your mind back to its natural state: calm, focused, and sharp.
All the focusing inward illuminates our behaviors and tendencies. The same habits we have on our mat are the ones we have in our lives. We see this, and we gain the freedom of choice. Who do I want to be? We get to create or re- create ourselves each day. Regular practice gives you a clear mind and the inspiration and courage to be constantly expanding and improving your life.
When your brain is "on yoga" your neurological system is brought back into balance and is conditioned to steer you naturally toward a healthy lifestyle. Our bodies are constantly rewired to make whatever we practice get easier. When we practice healthy, balanced living we get more healthy, balanced living.
When there is tension in the body and mind, your intuition gets buried and your body switches to survival mode. Your yoga practice makes space in your body physically, releases tension, and calms your mind, making room for your intuition to float to the surface and guide you.
Creative juices start to flow when your body and mind begin to release mental blocks. Creativity doesn't like to come out when there are stressors, whether from physical tension or mental cloudiness. When the stress melts away, creativity can come out to play.
Yoga is the practice of getting connected. However you choose to view your spirituality, when you practice yoga, you remember that we all are connected, here to help each other, and that we have so much potential when we are kind to others