mastering the monkey mind


a functional approach to yoga leads to targeting the benefits of asanas and movements, exploring modifications and accepting limitations in our bodies rather than searching a traditional or aesthetic form

by applying technical and anatomical cues, students are encouraged to correct their alignment and understand the mechanism of the postures as well as their own body, leading to a healthy physical progression and body awareness, preventing injuries and – most importantly – having fun and feeling great in their skin

functional yoga with jessica

yoga teacher RYT 550 – medical doctor

vinyasa flow yoga

“FLY vinyasa flow yoga is a focused, creative and intelligent flow style, with an emphasis on alignment, form and safety. It can be easily adapted to different levels and different tempos. The classes can either have a general theme, including a little of all the different categories of poses, or they may be thematic with a deeper focus on one specific area of the body. Injury is fairly common when practicing Ashtanga or Vinyasa Yoga, mainly because the practice moves quite fast and challenging poses are performed repetitively. In FLY Vinyasa Yoga we make every effort to teach correct and safe alignment, skilfully offering options and modifications interwoven in the practice, so students can adjust to their own level of practice within the context of the class.” – frog lotus yoga international

yin yoga

“On the other side of activity is stillness. On the other side of control is surrender. On the other side of agitation is peace.  yin yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and vigorous yang yoga styles – the other half of yoga. Postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a positive stress on the deep layers of connective tissue. Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, muscles, fascia and increases body awareness and is supposed to prevent degeneration in myofascia, bones and joints by stimulating and hydrating the tissues. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. Working on the “Yin-side” produces a wonderful feeling of contented quietude and calm vitality in body and mind. And as this practice emphasizes stillness and silence, Yin Yoga prepares both the body and the mind for deeper experiences in meditation.” – josh summers


“We all face stressful situations throughout our lives, ranging from minor annoyances to more serious worries. No matter what the cause, stress floods your body with hormones. Your heart pounds, your breathing speeds up, and your muscles tense. This so-called “stress response” is a normal reaction to threatening situations, honed in our prehistory to help us survive threats like an animal attack or a flood. Today, we rarely face these physical dangers, but challenging situations in daily life can set off the stress response. We can’t avoid all sources of stress in our lives, nor would we want to. But we can develop healthier ways of responding to them. One way is to invoke the “relaxation response,” a technique first developed in the 1970s at Harvard Medical School. The relaxation response is the opposite of the stress response. It’s a state of profound rest that can be elicited in many ways. With regular practice, you create a well of calm to dip into as the need arises in every day situations and life.” –  harvard health publishing


“The goal of meditation is to go beyond the mind and experience our essential nature—which is described as peace, happiness, and bliss. Meditation is a practical means for calming yourself, for letting go of your biases and seeing what is, openly and clearly. It is the means for discovering all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the center of consciousness within. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or on the events taking place around you. But as anyone who has tried to meditate knows, the mind itself is the biggest obstacle standing between ourselves and this awareness. The mind has a mind of its own. But when meditation deepens and the mind no longer distracts you, you are no longer caught up in its endless churning – you are mastering the monkey mind …. ” – yoga international

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