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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Yoga Saipan

Omji Santhosh is a longtime yoga practitioner with over a decade of yoga teaching experience. (Contributed Photo) Yoga is a new trend these days. Everyone has heard of yoga. It has to do with being slim and flexible, right? But what is yoga? What does yoga mean?

The word “yoga” means unity or oneness in Sanskrit. Yoga is an ancient science from India and traditionally practiced for spiritual reasons. Today, yoga is more about the science of right living. Practically speaking, yoga is a way of balancing and harmonizing the body, mind, and emotions. Modern yoga focuses on “asana”—holding your body in a posture.

Yoga is a practice that people of all walks of life can benefit from, no matter your age or fitness level. Many people think they must be fit and flexible to do yoga; that is a misunderstanding. The only “requirement” is curiosity and enthusiasm to examine your body and mind.

In the beginning, most people need to practice yoga poses until body awareness is developed. How long this takes depends on your personality and dedication. When your body and mind complex has been moving in a certain direction for long time, learning a new practice requires patience and training until your body and mind accepts this new direction. Part of practicing yoga is to develop mental strength and discipline that you carry onto other aspects of life. 

The yoga scriptures list thousands of yogic techniques. Practices should be selected according to the individual’s background, temperament, and lifestyle. A competent yoga teacher can help greatly in guiding a student to practice at a suitable pace, develop their own practice, and avoid injuries.

The Saipan Yogi

Ni’Lala Spa in Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan has started yoga classes by Omji Santhosh. Omji is a longtime yoga practitioner with over a decade of yoga teaching experience. Born and raised in India, Omji has studied closely with many yogis since his teenage years, and has dedicated his life to yogic study, yogic lifestyle, and sharing yoga with others.

Omji focuses on the practical application of traditional yoga science to modern living. Yoga is especially helpful in reducing stress. Omji’s classes welcome beginners with no experience, yet challenges regular practitioners of yoga as well. Omji’s motto: no matter you are in your life, you can benefit from yoga.

Yoga classes at Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan:

- Monday to Sunday: 8am to 9am

- Monday to Saturday: 5pm to 6pm

There is a $6 fee for drop-ins or a $50 per month membership.

Yoga teacher-training, personal training, and group classes are available.

Contact Omji via email at omjisanthosh@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.yogasaipan.com. (PR)

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