Rana Waxman Yoga

Q and A along the path









 “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens” , Carl Jung

F(requently) A(sked) Q(uestions) – keep them coming!

Q: What is Yoga?

A: YOGA is an ancient system of integration. The word itself means to UNITE. Any person in his or her own way, much like an art form, can practice it with amazing life results. YOGA is a mind/body/spirit discipline.

For the BODY, YOGA can be a workout, to free oneself from physical tensions and create strength, resilience and stability while for the MIND, a way to work-in, to free oneself from internal obstacles and create the clarity necessary for inner strength, resilience, and stability. The result is a happy SPIRIT, able to glide through life’s twists and turns with ease and confidant, inspired, inner guidance.

Q:  Yoga ? Yoga Therapy?

A: Yoga is a system.  The term Yoga Therapy is used when the practices of the Yoga system are geared to the individual, which typically happens in a one-one setting.  In a group environment Rana gives options for different levels.  It is useful before starting a group, to have a one-one session, where Rana evaluates your posture and movements and can give you a list of modifications which may help you enjoy the group environment or may indicate your best option is with individual attention.

Rana’s Therapeutic Yoga Program is a format designed and inspired by almost 2 decades of teaching and practicing yoga therapy, and it meets the needs of the student where they are.

Q: Do I need to be flexible to practice yoga?

A: This is the best reason to begin as yoga does help increase your flexibility. Start now!

Q: I’m looking for a deep stretch but not able to get there on my own.

A:  After your first assessment, you will love a one-on-one yoga stretch! It is deep and therapeutic and you get to relax while I stretch you out in a personalized yoga flow!

Q. The magazines show really complicated positions -is that the goal, it looks discouraging.

A. The goal of Yoga practices is to tame the mind. Here’s the principle set forth in the sutras:

Sutra 1. 2-yogash citta-vrtti-nirodah Yoga occurs when the field of consciousness is liberated from its patterned spinning’s. Then the mind rests in clarified stillness devoid of any conditioned bias.

Yoga postures are designed to decongest the body, they are practiced with sustained attention to one’s breath, and a devotional aspect that allows the individual to cultivate their spiritual center. Regular practice can promote physical, mental and emotional strength and stamina.  A posture can be prescribed therapeutically, or contra – indicated for you.  This is why it is always helpful to be assessed.

Q.How can I FEEL BETTER through YOGA?

A. Regular practice of YOGA will help you FEEL BETTER by
*Increasing strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance
*Lubricating joints, tendons, ligaments
*Improving overall mood and energy level
*Working out tensions in the body
*Preventing disease
*Detoxifying the body and delaying the ageing process
*Helps control overactive emotions
*Decongesting the toxins from the organs glands and deep tissues

Q. How can I THINK BETTER through YOGA?

A. Regular practice of YOGA will help you THINK BETTER by
*Harnessing the power of your mind
*Improving memory
*Improving communications skills and creativity
*Decreasing the effects of stress through its meditative aspect
*Helps create focus and inner balance
*Quiets mind so one becomes freer to make better decisions
*Peace of mind creates efficiency and productivity

Q.How can I LEAD A BETTER LIFE through YOGA?

A. Regular practice of YOGA will help you LEAD a BETTER Life by
*Teaching self-mastery
*Access inner resources of confidence and inspiration
*Improves performance
*Long -lasting sense of inner happiness an positive outlook
*Access intuition
* Free-spirited ness that translates into being centered during stressful situations

Q: What style of Yoga do you teach?

A. Rana gears the practice to the student and encourages understanding of the eight limbs of Yoga practice and the integration of what you learn into practical methods for dealing with daily life. Rana has studied many methods, and come up with a few unique ones through the years.  Rana is comfortable with a balanced practice which is inspired by Yapana® Yoga: vinyasa – a flowing practice of postures linked through breathing practices, alignment focused doing postures held with support to open structures, strengthen, tone, heal imbalances, and restoratives which really allow the student to develop flexibility and a sense of relationship to what is going on – you just don’t get that by moving quickly.  Rana also feels that a relaxation practice is fundamental to health.  Meditative awareness, cleansing techniques and concentration exercises are typically taught as well as tools the individual can use to manage their stress and cope with challenges. Some of these can be found on her Yoga Mind cd

Q. Who have you studied with?

A.  Some of Rana’s teachers include Dr. Madan Bali, Doug Keller, Leeann Carey, Jules Mitchell, Donna Farhi, Eric Shchiffman, Monica Voss, Judith Lasater, Hart Laser, White Lotus, TKV Desikachar. Rana continues to learn from her students and has an extensive formation in massage therapies as well.

Q. Eight limbs?

A. The core of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is an eight-limbed (ashtanga) path that forms the structural framework of yoga. Upon practicing all eight limbs of the path it becomes clearer that no one element is elevated over another in a hierarchical order. Each is part of a holistic focus, which eventually brings a sense of wholeness to the individual as they find their connectivity to the divine.

In brief the eight limbs, or steps to yoga, are as follows:
Yama: Universal morality
Niyama: Personal observances
Asana: Body postures
Pranayama: Breathing exercises, and control of prana
Pratyahara: Control of the senses
Dharana: Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
Dhyana: Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
Samadhi: Union with the Divine

Q: Where are you located?

A: At the Queen Elizabeth Heath Complex, by appointment only

Q: I want to practice yoga at work; what do I need to do to make it happen?

A. All you need is space for it and participants, feel free to contact Rana for details.

Q: Do you teach private yoga classes?

A: Yes I do specialize in teaching private one-one classes.

Q. Do you teach group classes?

A. I am often asked this. I specialize in private classes though often have contracts for small private groups or particular programs, or corporate groups. Contact me any time to see what is being offered. My new schedule is up!

Q. I can never relax.

A. Sometimes the key is approach, sometimes, consistent practice.  Rana can teach breathing and relaxation methods during a one-one yoga session that will be meaningful and helpful to you. If it isn’t something you have practiced, it makes sense that it will feel new but the results are transformative, start soon! So many health benefits!

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