The Power of “GENTLE” Yoga

ALL YOGA should be GENTLE”. 

Gentle does not necessarily mean “EASY”

In the path of yoga, giving proper training and discipline, one progresses with time. With continuous practice, not only the body but also the mind as well as the nervous system become stronger.

Once we strengthen the “tangible” aspects of our bodies, then, and only then, the practice of yoga can become more intense, however, ALWAYS GENTLE. Gentle means that one listens to one’s body and approaches the asanas gradually, as if “asking the body for permission” and never imposing. Being gentle is powerful and is the sure way to ongoing progress. One can achieve a very difficult and advanced pose in a “gentle” way.

The fact is that the word “asana”, literally from the Sanskrit, translates as “comfortable pose”, which means that ALL yoga poses, no matter how hard they may initially seem, eventually with practice, they become comfortable. (If you’ve practiced yoga long enough, you know exactly what I mean.)

It is important to know that more than 5000 years ago, the complexity of yoga poses was intended to be transformative, restorative, and healing as preparation to deeper practices – some of which are stillness, and meditation.

However, nowadays, yoga has become a “trend”, a “sport”, and a competition. Who can do the hardest pose? Who can do the most complex inversions? How can I create the most sweat possible?

Therefore, people approach it at as a physical challenge exerting and pushing themselves in order to “get it right”, entering into it with the “no pain -no gain” state of mind – many times hurting their bodies in the process.

On the other hand, many individuals find the so-called beginning practices of yoga too advanced for them so they don’t find the courage to ever begin, and if they do, they get discouraged, scared off, and pretty soon they quit.

Also, our lifestyles demand that we spend a lot of time in a sitting position (in front of a screen) –weakening the skeleton and muscular systems.

Conversely, from a sedentary sitting position, we stand up directly into walking and running (in the case of those who practice sports) –causing a strong high impact to the cold and weak back muscles and its nerve endings.   These are the main reasons why people suffer from back muscle spasms, herniated disks, lower back pain, and other sorts of injuries.

Further, demands related to finances, work, relationships, and other situations, constantly challenge our sense of well-being. Our lives are loaded with stressors. Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, as well as mental disorders like depression or anxiety.

In response, VeroYoga is now offering a “gentle” program that is all inclusive and accessible to everyone.  Gentle yoga classes attempt to meet yoga students “where they are”.

This is a style of yoga for people who don’t have the flexibility, coordination, and strength which photos of yoga poses typically portray.

This is a program that I’ve opened by popular demand as an essential complement to a rigorous athletic training, as a great antidote to stress, as well as for those who are looking to restore physical health,  to achieve emotional stability, and to regain energetic balance.

In Gentle VeroYoga classes, we move the spinal column to its four different directions to re-align the spine and to develop strength and flexibility to the back muscles structure.

We hold poses; we breathe deeply, and transition slowly through the sequence, to achieve a state of freedom from muscle stiffness and mental burdens.

The sequence is designed to reach deep into the finest fibers of the body, promoting blood circulation, oxygenation, and motion to areas that are otherwise, stagnant and dormant. All the organs of the body receive a soft and yet firm compression which stimulates their function and activates the secretion of healthy body fluids. Moreover, because the movements are non-repetitive and involve the whole body, the different centers in the brain and its glands also receive oxygenation and stimulation. I could go on and on because the list of benefits of GENTLE yoga is endless.

These classes are safe, effective, compassionate, in a non-competitive environment that is welcoming to all.

Gentle VeroYoga is intended to be restorative and to support those who need to address muscle tension, stress, injuries, anxiety, insomnia, as well as any other condition. These classes will provide healing and a profound sense of relaxation, benefiting your whole well-being.

CLASS SCHEDULE: Tuesday and Thursday

CLASS TIME: 8:30 – 10:00am

LOCATION: Community Center Village of Key Biscayne
10 Village Green Way
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

MORE INFORMATION305-365-5483

 Stretch and tone the body, improve agility and balance, and draw the focus inward to calm the mind. You will leave these VeroYoga classes feeling renovated, alert and relaxed.

Beneficios y Respuestas Acerca del Yoga

ENGLISH: It is an honor to perform the Sun Salutation in celebration of the International Yoga Day (June 21)  for CNN in Spanish. Read the article  (Spanish) to learn the depth and extent of the benefits of this healthy millennial practice. I hope this article inspires you to deepen your yoga practice! ESPANOL: Un honor […]

LIVE VeroYoga Classes during COVID-19

 VeroYoga – LIVE Classes during COVID-19

Let us keep up with our practice, let’s stay together “virtually”.

In these challenging times that we are living, we need our yoga practice, relaxation, meditation, and breathing training to assists us in ALL ASPECTS OF OUR WELL-BEING. During this time, we are offering you an option to keep up with your yoga practice by providing VeroYoga Online – LIVE Broadcast Sessions.

We’ll meet “live” daily in “real-time” and you’ll have the chance to ask questions and make comments. You’ll be able to watch and follow the VeroYoga session from any location through your internet-based device. GET YOUR PASS below!

Starting MONDAY MARCH 16, Six Sessions will be broadcast weekly based on our existing schedule. (times are based on EST)

Monday Multi-Level 1 – (8:30 am – 10:00 am)

Tuesday Gentle VeroYoga – (8:30 am – 10:00 am)

Wednesday Multi-Level 1 – (8:30 am – 10:00 am)

Thursday Gentle VeroYoga – (8:30 am – 10:00 am)

Friday Multi-Level 1 – (8:30 am – 10:00 am)

Sunday Multi-Level 2 – (9:30 am – 11:00 am)


Session Options


Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an email message with your subscription information.

Believe – Overcome – Empower

 Give Your CHILD and TEEN the Gift of Yoga –

VeroKIDS ; Tuesdays 6:30 pm
VeroTEENS; Wednesdays 7:00 pm
Teacher Nicole Mavris
KEY BISCAYNE COMMUNITY CENTER

VeroYoga KIDS – TEENS

VeroKIDS and VeroTEENS:
Multiple Clinical Researchers have found that kids and teenage students who practice yoga scored better on psychological tests screening for anxiety, depression, and mood imbalances than the teens that did not.
How amazing is that?

Check out the 5 top benefits for KIDS and TEENS: 

1. Physical Benefit: Yoga builds strength and core stability, increases flexibility, coordination and balance, and helps students’posture rebound from a day hunched over a desk
2. Educational Benefit: By practicing living in the moment on the mat, yoga can help teens mentally refocus on the task at hand, and improve concentration.
3. Emotional Benefit: yoga encourages self-love and self-acceptance – especially powerful for teens struggling with body image and self-esteem.
4. Mental Benefit; With the stress and anxiety of exams, placement tests, speeches and all of the other pressures that plague high school kids today, yoga offers an outlet for stress.
5. Social Benefit: Yoga is non-judgmental, therefore it breeds social connection and it will help teenagers become more compassionate for one another.

 

 GENTLE VeroYoga:
Tuesday- Thursday 8:30 am (90-minute class). This style of yoga is appropriate from beginners to advanced, including athletes in need of deep muscle restoration, people in search of stress-relief, seniors, pregnant women, as well as anyone dealing with injuries or specific ailments (some examples are: fibromyalgia, scoliosis, anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, asthma, arthritis). Stretch and tone the body, improve agility and balance, and draw the focus inward to calm the mind. Since it is a great antidote to stress, you’ll leave these GENTLE VeroYoga classes feeling restored, alert and relaxed. Enjoy the practice of mindful movement combined with controlled breathing.

 

Happiness Is Within Ourselves

As the Chair of the Global Yoga Community Board for the World Happiness Summit (@WOHASU) 2017, I was able to meet many inspiring and amazing like-minded people from all over the world. All of them came to Miami, to share their professional knowledge on the various ways to achieve personal, social and global happiness.

However, there was one particular person that I felt really impressed by. Not only  I admired his wisdom and knowledge but more so, how transparent and obvious was his inner joy. I felt very honored to meet and spend some time with Dr. Saamdu Chetri, Director of the Gross National Happiness (GNH) @GNHCentreBhutan of the Kingdom of Bhutan.  He was one of the main guest speakers at the World Happiness Summit and shared with us all, how to find the true meaning of HAPPINESS.

For those of you unable to see him at WOHASU summit, here is a short and extremely inspirational “Vimeo” video/documentary from Bhutan, that summarizes the essence of his many presentations at the WOHASU event, and most important,  illustrates the core of HAPPINESS.

I hope you enjoy this documentary and feel encouraged to find contentment and satisfaction within the infinite blessings of your own life.

Bhutan: Finding the Happiness Within from Rules of the House on Vimeo.

Also, I am sharing with you a small video segment of my daughter Sol and I are singing with Dr. Saamdu Chetri – a simple and yet powerful song to remind us to slow down and to stay happy in the midst of the rushing pace of every day. (take this song with you and sing it through the day)

Pasos para tu bienestar

¿Quieres sentirte alegre? ¿Deseas conquistar tus objetivos?  Mucha gente me pregunta cómo pueden hacer para convertirse en personas positivas, exitosas y aumentar su potencial personal  para lograr una vida plena y satisfactoria. Mi respuesta es simple: para lograr la vida que tu deseas es indispensable cultivar hábitos positivos. Solo así, lograras conseguir un alto estado de satisfacción personal.

Haz “clic” en la foto para ver mi última entrevista con CNN. Aquí comparto contigo herramientas poderosas para que enfoques tu energía en alcanzar tu máximo potencial en diferentes aspectos de tu vida – fisico, mental, emocional, espiritual.  Al cultivar hábitos positivos lograras aumentar tu optimismo, fortalecer tu voluntad, y convertirte en la mejor versión de tu ser. Eventualmente, descubrirás lo importante que es enamorarte de tu propia vida.

La felicidad puede llegar como una bendición, pero frecuentemente ES UNA CONQUISTA. Og Mandino dice: “Alegrate al saber que TODAS las grandes hazañas se logran un pequeño paso a la vez”. ¡TOMA LOS PEQUEÑOS PASOS PARA SALIR ADELANTE! Ya verás que ellos hacen una gran diferencia.

La verdad es que no hay herramienta más potente que decretar tu intensión diariamente y concentrar tu atención  en cultivar nuevos hábitos con el fin de fortalecer tu cuerpo, calmar tu mente, alcanzar ecuanimidad emocional y paz espiritual.

Déjame saber cómo te va con estas herramientas.

Te Abrazo con Amor y Gratitud

VERONICA VIDAL –

VeroYoga

Choose Happiness

Are You Ready To Choose Happiness?

Hello to My Dear Yoga Friends and Family.

I am Veronica Vidal and I feel very honored to be the Chair of the Global Yoga Community Board for The World Happiness Summit  (Miami, FL March 17-19, 2017). I am super excited to invite you to become part of this unique movement.

Happiness is a choice and every choice begins with a challenge.

Come take the journey to experience a deeper dimension of awareness in discovering the wisdom of happiness from our extraordinary group of world leaders and presenters. They will take us on a 3-day journey to understand how the 6 key elements of well-being  —Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, Physical, Mindfulness—shape how we perceive and achieve happiness. Together, we will explore ways of reaching higher levels of consciousness through meditation, introspection, yoga and proactive listening. Our journey will also include mind-awakening forays into realms of food, fitness, life coaching, positive psychology and much more.

Make Your Plans To Be There!

GET YOUR PASS: Use promo code “VEROYOGA” (all caps) to receive an additional 10% savings when registeringregister for the 3 Day World Happiness Summit.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS for  School Teachers, Students, Coaches, Yoga Instructors, Wellness and Health Professionals see special rate. Remember to use the “VEROYOGA” discount code and receive an additional 10% savings.

WIN A FREE PASS – participate in a contest to WIN your 3-day pass for WOHASU. All you have to do is Engage Your Social Media in “What Makes You Happy Contest”Click here for more information.

Also, since yoga is one of the main tools to get happier, see what we have in store for you!

SRI DHARMA MITTRA will lead TWO sessions at the summit. Creator of the “Master Chart of 908 Poses” and with a half-century of teaching, he has become worldly known as “The Teacher of Teachers” and “The Rock of Yoga“.

Session 1 – Dharma Yoga Vinyasa Practice
Session 2 – Psychic Development Techniques

DAILY YOGA AND MEDITATION SESSIONS 

CURATED BY LULULEMON

7:00 – 7:30 am Morning Meditation:

  • Day 1 – Danielle Mika Nagel
  • Day 2 – Jodi Carey
  • Day 3 – Sharon Aluma

7:30 am – 8:30 am Yoga Practice:

  • Day 1 – Stephanie Snyder.
  • Day 2 – Pablo Lucero.
  • Day 3 – Paige Elenson & Patrick Kiragu

5:30 pm Mindful Closing:

  • Day 1 – Danielle Mika Nagel
  • Day 2 – Jodi Carey
  • Day 3 – Sharon Aluma

6 Benefits of Down Dog

Downward dog is a deceptively challenging posture that requires lots of strength, and because it involves using the entire body, you can feel its effects from head to toe.

Choosing Compassion

To me, being vegetarian is an aspiration to live as kindly and compassionately as possible. It’s an ongoing process. Nobody is perfect. We cause harm just by living on this planet, but we can all aspire to be mindful and conscientious and to continue making improvements.

Vero’s Lentil Soup

As promised, here is my very simple and favorite vegan recipe. After a good yoga practice and when the weather feels cold, there is nothing more comforting than a hearty homemade vegan soup.