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Emily Brantner

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Location: Montreal, Quebec

Favorite books: 

The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele
The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle
Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L Weiss


Favorite warm drink of the moment: 
Chai latte :)

Languages: English, French

Next adventure: Van Life

About Emily

Hi there, my name is Emily! I am currently based in Montreal, Canada. My passion for yoga began in the summer of 2019. Since then I have been able to deepen my relationship with myself through my personal practice. My goal for each class I teach is to bring into harmony heart, mind, and body, for each of my students. In addition to yoga some of my other passions include rock climbing and Chinese medicine. Looking forward to practicing with you!

Yoga is an ancient practice that involves physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation techniques. Regular practice of yoga can provide numerous physical and mental health benefits. Here are some of the main benefits of yoga:

  1. Reduces Stress: Yoga can help reduce stress levels and promote relaxation, which can lead to improved mental health and well-being.

  2. Increases Flexibility: Practicing yoga postures (asanas) can help increase flexibility and range of motion in the body, which can reduce the risk of injuries and improve overall physical health.

  3. Improves Strength: Many yoga postures require holding the body in challenging positions, which can help improve strength and muscle tone.

  4. Enhances Breathing: Yoga incorporates various breathing techniques (pranayama), which can improve lung capacity and promote relaxation.

  5. Boosts Energy: Yoga can help boost energy levels and improve stamina, which can help individuals feel more alert and focused throughout the day.

  6. Improves Mental Health: Yoga can help improve mood, reduce anxiety and depression, and promote overall mental health and well-being.

  7. Supports Heart Health: Regular practice of yoga can help lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, and improve overall heart health.

  8. Enhances Mind-Body Connection: Yoga can help improve the connection between the mind and body, which can lead to improved self-awareness and mindfulness.

Overall, practicing yoga regularly can provide numerous physical and mental health benefits, and can promote overall well-being and quality of life.

beginner yoga poses

Here are some beginner yoga poses that are great for those who are new to yoga:

  1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana): Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. Keep your weight evenly distributed between both feet, and engage your abdominal muscles. Take deep breaths in and out, and focus on grounding yourself.

  2. Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): Begin on your hands and knees, with your hands shoulder-width apart and your knees hip-width apart. Lift your hips up and back, keeping your hands and feet in place. Your body should form an inverted V-shape. Press your heels down towards the floor and relax your head and neck.

  3. Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II): Stand with your feet wide apart, and turn your right foot out to the side while keeping your left foot pointing forward. Bend your right knee so that it is directly above your ankle, and extend your arms out to the sides. Look out over your right hand. Repeat on the other side.

  4. Tree Pose (Vrikshasana): Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. Shift your weight onto your left foot and lift your right foot off the ground. Place your right foot on your left inner thigh, and press your foot into your thigh while pressing your thigh back into your foot. Keep your hands at your heart center or extend them overhead.

  5. Child's Pose (Balasana): Begin on your hands and knees, with your hands shoulder-width apart and your knees hip-width apart. Lower your hips back towards your heels, and extend your arms out in front of you. Rest your forehead on the floor and take deep breaths.

Remember to always listen to your body and work within your own limits. If you feel any pain or discomfort, ease out of the pose or modify it to make it more comfortable for you.

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