As our complicated lives are in a constant state of motion, it’s always refreshing to step off the merry-go-round and get grounded.
The Jamar Enlightenment Center in Palm Beach Gardens offers just that – an inner retreat with their Beginner’s Yoga Series that took place this past fall.
“Most are surprised how much they needed it and how good or relaxed they feel at the end,” said Jamar Caudy, owner and spiritual director. “They can expect to sleep better after their very first class. We carry so much accumulated tension that it becomes common to believe that it is normal. It is usually only in its absence that we become aware of how much we were holding.”
Not poised about your pose? Don’t worry; Caudy said the class is open to participants of all levels.
“They can be as gentle as they can stand or as active as they care to. Most have a belief that they need to get flexible or in shape before they come to class – silly but a popular notion. No experience is necessary and we start where we start; any beginning is a good beginning.”
The beginner’s class offers a complete introduction to yoga, and it’s also a great refresher for those with past yoga experience.
In this class, students will learn warm-ups, yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation techniques as their foundation. They will also get schooled in listening for and releasing emotional, spiritual and physical trauma or holding patterns stored in the body. Yoga helps the body, mind and emotions working together.
“This is a long list but the most popular part by far is the 15-20 minutes of guided relaxation,” said Caudy. “We end each class with it; it’s an area that [people] really excel at. Most have challenges in their bodies whether they realize it or not. That is to be expected and kind of the point of the practice anyway. To heal, maintain, recover or strengthen the body in a safe and caring environment.”
Sorry you missed it? Don’t be. Another session is about to start on Nov. 10.
The Jamar Enlightenment Center is located at 4595 Northlake Blvd., Suites 107 & 111 (Villa Palma Plaza) in Palm Beach Gardens. For more information and a complete list of ongoing classes, visit www.jamarcenter.com or call (561) 630-2280.