Yoga

Yoga

In this fast-paced and demanding modern life, yoga emerges as a timeless practice that offers a multitude of benefits for the mind, body, and spirit. Beyond the physical postures, it is a journey of self-discovery, promoting balance, mindfulness, and a profound sense of well-being.

Yoga at Boundless Body and Wellness is for Everybody and Every Body!

Whether you are just beginning or are a seasoned yogi, the practice of yoga invites you to embark on a journey of holistic wellness.

The practice of yoga was gifted to us thousands of years ago, the earliest presence being somewhere around 250,000 BCE. The original practitioners of yoga knew there were many benefits to this practice, however the full physiological benefits have only been recognized recently.

How Yoga Can Benefit You?

Yoga can be one of the tools that you use to find a moment of tranquility and balance. Beyond its physical postures, yoga offers a holistic approach to health, blending the mind, body, and spirit.

Physical Well-being:

Yoga encompasses a wide array of postures and movements that promote flexibility, strength, and balance. Each pose has a purpose – engaging different muscle groups and enhancing overall physical fitness. Regular practice can lead to improved posture, increased muscle tone, and enhanced joint health through increased synovial fluid that lubricates the joints. Yoga can help to reduce pain from scoliosis and strengthen the muscles that support the spine.

These are things that do not happen overnight; this growth happens with time. When practiced safely, yoga can help heal injuries and reduce some chronic pains. At Boundless, we make it a point to offer modifications to make the poses more accessible, which helps build strength and endurance.

Mental Clarity and Focus:

The union of breath and movement in yoga fosters mindful awareness, allowing participants to be fully present in the moment yet expanding beyond the mat, promoting mental clarity and heightened focus in daily life. The meditative aspects of yoga contribute to stress reduction, aiding in better emotional regulation and mental well-being.

Stress Reduction and Relaxation:

In our hectic lives, stress has become an unwelcome companion. Yoga provides a sanctuary for relaxation, incorporating techniques such as deep breathing and meditation to soothe the nervous system. Regular practice can significantly reduce stress levels, promoting a sense of calm and balance.

Trauma and Emotional Release:

Trauma and strong emotions such as anxiety and depression can greatly benefit from consistent practice in yoga. Yoga helps to engage the parasympathetic nervous system, taking us out of the fight or flight stress response which lives in our emotional brain (amygdala). It further activates our thinking brain (prefrontal cortex). As a result, practicing yoga as little as once a week can help to regulate breathing, reduce inflammatory response, decrease depression and anxiety, and expand our body’s ability to hold emotion and stress.

When we experience trauma, the prefrontal cortex tends to go blank and the amygdala lights up. Sometimes trauma that is big enough or consistent rewires the brain to act out only from the emotional brain. When we are triggered by said trauma, the brain reacts as if the trauma is happening in real time. The connection of mind/body/spirit aspect of yoga combined with neuroplasticity (our brain’s ability to change) allows yoga to help to reset the brain from the trauma, so you are living in the now with ease.

Balanced Energy:

Yoga believes in the concept of balancing energy centers or chakras within the body. Through specific poses and meditation, practitioners aim to align these energy centers, fostering a sense of equilibrium. This balance is thought to contribute to overall health and vitality.

Improved Sleep Quality:

The relaxation techniques inherent in yoga, particularly towards the end of a session, prepare the body and mind for restful sleep. Regular practice has been linked to improved sleep quality, making it an excellent remedy for those grappling with insomnia or irregular sleep patterns.

Community and Connection:

Yoga classes provide a supportive community where individuals share their wellness journey. The sense of connection and shared intention fosters a positive environment, promoting a sense of belonging and support. At Boundless Body and Wellness, we welcome all to participate and encourage you to come as you are.

At Boundless Body and Wellness, we take your health seriously…but with some fun and enjoyment! Along with yoga, we have all the tools to help you live in balance and harmony with your body. We encourage you to make yoga a welcome addition to your daily life and self-care!


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Yoga FAQs

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a holistic practice that originated in ancient India. It encompasses physical postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), meditation, and ethical principles aimed at promoting overall well-being and harmony.

What are the benefits of practicing yoga?

Yoga offers numerous benefits, including improved flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, mental clarity, relaxation, and enhanced overall physical and mental health.

Do I need to be flexible to do yoga?

No, you don’t need to be flexible to start yoga. Yoga is accessible to people of all fitness levels and body types. Regular practice can gradually increase flexibility.

How often should I practice yoga?

The frequency of practice depends on individual goals and schedules. Ideally, practicing yoga 2-3 times a week can yield noticeable benefits. Consistency is more important than intensity.

Is yoga only for women?

No, yoga is for everyone. It is a practice that benefits both men and women, regardless of age or fitness level. Many athletes and people of all backgrounds incorporate yoga into their routines.

Can I practice yoga during pregnancy?

Yes, prenatal yoga is a specialized form of yoga designed for pregnant women. It can help with relaxation, flexibility, and preparing the body for childbirth. Angela is a certified pre and postnatal yoga instructor and can modify classes for you. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise routine during pregnancy.

Do I need special equipment for yoga?

Generally, all you need is a yoga mat. Some styles may use props like blocks, straps, or blankets to aid in certain poses. We offer the use of these props at Boundless. Comfortable clothing that allows for movement is recommended.

Can yoga help with stress and anxiety?

Yes, yoga is known for its stress-relieving and anxiety-reducing effects. The combination of physical postures, breathwork, and meditation can help calm the nervous system and promote mental well-being.

Is there an age limit for practicing yoga?

No, there is no age limit for practicing yoga. People of all ages, from children to seniors, can benefit from yoga.

Can yoga help with back pain?

Yes, yoga can be beneficial for relieving and preventing back pain. Certain poses and stretches can strengthen the back muscles, improve posture, and enhance overall spinal health.

How long does a typical yoga session last?

The duration of a yoga session can vary but we offer 60 min classes and 90-minute workshops at Boundless Body & Wellness in Arvada.

Can yoga help with insomnia?

Yes, practicing yoga, particularly relaxation techniques and gentle postures, can help alleviate insomnia. The calming effects of yoga can promote better sleep patterns and improve the quality of sleep.

Is it okay to eat before a yoga session?

It’s generally advisable to avoid heavy meals immediately before yoga. However, a light snack an hour or two before a session can provide the necessary energy without causing discomfort during practice.

Can I do yoga if I have injuries?

In many cases, yes. However, it’s crucial to inform your yoga instructor about any injuries or health concerns before the class. They can offer modifications to ensure a safe practice and prevent further injury.

What is the importance of breath control (pranayama) in yoga?

Pranayama focuses on controlled breathing techniques. It helps calm the mind, improve lung capacity, and enhance the flow of life force energy (prana) throughout the body. It is a vital component of yoga practice.

Can yoga be a substitute for cardiovascular exercise?

While yoga offers cardiovascular benefits, it may not be a complete substitute for traditional cardio exercises like running or cycling. Combining yoga with aerobic activities can provide a well-rounded fitness routine.

Is yoga a good option for stress relief in the workplace?

Yes, many companies offer workplace yoga programs to help employees manage stress and improve overall well-being. Short, office-friendly yoga sessions can be effective in reducing workplace-related tension and boosting productivity.

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Remember, yoga is a versatile practice, and the key is to find what works best for your individual needs and preferences. Always listen to your body and practice at your own pace.

Amber Stevens

(She/Her)

Owner, Licensed Massage Therapist & Health Coach

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"Amber is absolutely fabulous, feel so much better after seeing her!" - Pam F.

 

Amber Stevens, your guide and dedicated wellness professional. She believes in the body and mind’s natural ability to heal – if given the right tools and support. Trained as both a massage therapist and holistic health coach, she will help you create a completely personalized road map to health that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals. Amber loves the outdoors taking inspiration from nature, random acts of kindness, Hippocrates and Dr. Seuss. Oh – and Calvin and Hobbes of course.

Winner: Best of the Best Arvada 2018, 2019, 2021 & 2023 – Massage Therapist & Health Coach

Amber was featured on Voyage Denver, Go Solo, CanvasRebel, and Shout Out Colorado.

Amber is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach through the Medical Examiners Association. She received her training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge health coach training program where she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s leading health and wellness experts. Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health.

She is further trained as a Mindful-Based Eating Awareness (MB-Eat) Instructor through the MB-Eat, National Institutes of Health’s evidence-based program offered by Andrea Lieberstein and Founder, Jean Kristeller.

She also graduated from the Colorado School of Healing Arts through their 700-hour program covering all essential massage modalities. I expanded my massage education in prenatal massage. I am an insured practitioner through the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) organization where I also participate in continuing education opportunities.

She completed the Z Health Essentials program to focus on and improve the connection between the brain and body as informed from a neuroscience perspective.

She is a Level 1 Certified Myofascial Release Therapist through Fascial Integrative Therapies.

Amber is also a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Sleep and Stress Resiliency Coach.

Additionally, she is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).

Recently, Amber has enjoyed a position as an Enrichment Educator for the Nutrition Therapy Institute.

Amber is the Author of Food, Feelings, and Freedom: The End to Emotional Eating and is an international speaker on the subjects of emotional eating, mindful eating, stress management and overall well-being.

Tracy Schmidt

(She/Her)

Licensed Massage Therapist

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Tracy is a passionate bodyworker who has been helping people feel the best they can for over 20 years.  She uses a mix of neuromuscular, deep tissue, Swedish and other massage techniques in an intuitive and collaborative way to help transform your tight spots into ones that flow. She will share her findings with you and provide a plan to continue your healing between sessions.  Tracy is inspired by nature-flowers and trees, by the hum of bees and calls of birds, by animals of all kinds; by music, and by the kindness and joy that lives in people’s hearts. Heart connections with animals and people are what make this life worth living!

Tracy Schmidt is a Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist. She received her training at the Colorado School of Healing Arts, and graduated the 680 hour program covering all essential massage modalities.  Most recently, Tracy received her certification as a Trauma Touch Therapist from the Colorado School of Healing Arts. She is an insured practitioner through Beauty and Bodywork Insurance.

"Boundless is absolutely wonderful! I did a massage with Tracy, and it was by far the best massage I've ever received. The therapists here are great about working with your goals and adapting the style of massage and technique to what you need and what they decipher from working with you. It's actually adaptive, not just a massage where you say you want more work on a certain area and they just spend 5 more minutes doing Swedish there. Highly recommend, and will be back!" - Merritt C.

Autumn Miller

(She/Her)

Licensed Massage Therapist

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Autumn has practiced massage for the past 7 years, specializing in therapeutic deep tissue massage. She uses a blend of techniques, including trigger point therapy, neuromuscular work, swedish, and hot stones. Autumn has recently graduated with a BS in pre-nursing, and a BA in psychology, and is currently working toward blending her knowledge of psychology principles into her work as a therapist, and hopes to soon become certified in Trauma Touch therapy. She is passionate about working with clients to achieve their wellness goals and finding personalized self-care practices for each individual’s unique needs. 

Autumn received her massage training at the Healing Arts Institute in Fort Collins, CO, where she completed 600 hours of training before becoming licensed. She also received her BA and BS at Western Colorado University in Gunnison Colorado.  

"Autumn is amazing, only massage therapist I will see from now on. I have seen many massage therapists in the area since I grew up in Arvada and she is by far the best." - Aly