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Yoga: A More Gentle Approach

Yoga is a Systematic ScienceSwami Rama
Yoga is not a journey of attainment or achievement. Yoga teaches us to live in our bodies with more appreciation, acceptance, compassion, awareness, and skill; and to fully embody our body with greater overall ease. Yet,yoga is so much more than just the physical postures. It’s a practice – mind, body, and spirit. Yoga teaches us how to quiet and clear the mental noise and clutter, to cultivate peace, and although there is certainly a spiritual side to yoga, it is not a religion and you don’t have to have any particular set of beliefs to benefit from it. Take what you want and leave the rest.
The physical practice of yoga asana moves the joints through a larger range of motion than most people use, systematically working every part of the body, creating awareness, and targeting certain muscles, joints, organs, and systems – physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally, and metaphysically.
Yoga is not a “one-size-fits-all”. It’s not even a “one–size–fits-most”!  It doesn’t run in Small. Medium. Large. Yoga is personal. It’s some-asanas (yogic postures)-fit-you – or rather – all-asanas-fit-you-in-some-way.  Adapt postures to fit your body rather than trying to fit or squeeze your body into what you think it should look like or some ‘ideal’ posture.
“So how does yoga fit me?”
A therapeutic yoga class is a particularly effective practice for those recovering from or living with injury, illness, or dis-ease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, Restorative yoga (supported postures),gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.
Yoga can have therapeutic effects on those suffering from anxiety, depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Dystonia, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, arthritis, headaches, and insomnia – just to list a few.
My aim is to bust the stereotype of what people think yoga should look like or is and to make yoga accessible for every body.
My classes are fun, they’re inspiring, empowering, creative, and some can be challenging. I invite you to join a class and experience yoga for yourself!
For more information, class schedule, class descriptions, or questions visit:
Ahimsa – Yoga With Keri on Facebook
ph#(815) 312.2830
Ahimsa – Yoga with Keri
Ahimsa: non-violence/non-harming
Keri Knutson – yoga teacher, Official Yoga Instructor of the Rockford IceHogs, Rockford native, and 20 year practitioner of yoga, Keri is trained in and currently teaches Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and chair/therapeutic yoga in Rockford/Rockford area. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of traditional Hatha and Raja Yoga, Anusara, Bhakti, Iyengar, and Integral Yoga – focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She also teaches several workshops and events throughout the year and is an activist for implementing yoga in schools and working with those who live with chronic conditions, injury, illness, and dis-ease.
Keri, a nature and animal lover, enjoy spending her free-time outdoors, reading, devoting time to her own yoga and meditation practice, and traveling