APOLLO BEACH – Jeanne Shanin of Ruskin will be teaching a Me and My Chakras yoga series starting Aug. 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Shore Bliss Yoga in Apollo Beach.
Shanin, who teaches classes under her spiritual name, Sevapreet Kaur, said each of the classes in the eight-week series will explore a different chakra or energy center. Students will use Kundalini Yoga and meditation.
Shanin said a student can even be hyperactive or intense and still engage successfully in the practices of yoga and meditation.
“People have the preconceived idea that meditation should be blissful and that if they have an active mind, then they can’t meditate,” Shanin said. “This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The purpose of meditation is to cleanse the mind of all the subconscious garbage that distracts you from seeing the truth of your being – who you really are when you remove all the self judgments and false beliefs we manage to accumulate over time.”
Shanin said when students sit quietly and turn their focus inward, they become aware of their thoughts.
“Have patience and compassion for yourself,” she said. “Allow the mind to go through its antics while remaining firmly planted and you will experience something.”
Shanin said many of her students are baby boomers or retirees who benefit from being a part of a supportive yoga community.
“You are only as young as your spine is flexible,” she said. “Older adults who practice yoga can reap many benefits, including increased joint movement, lowered blood pressure and improved sleep. It helps increase flexibility, improves balance, builds strength and promotes an overall sense of well-being.”
She said yoga and meditation can also decrease depression and help with brain function.
“There is Kundalini Yoga meditation called Kirtan Kriya, which has been studied and proven to increase blood flow in the brain and improve memory after just eight weeks,” she said, adding the findings were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
For people who are worried that yoga involves strange poses and wrapping their bodies up in to pretzel shapes, she said anyone can do Kundalini Yoga.
“It is a practice meant for householders, for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of holding jobs, raising families and managing businesses,” she said. “It is a path for everyone who would like the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of our times. All you need to be able to do to gain benefit is breathe and move at a pace that suits your level of flexibility and endurance.”
Ultimately, the goal is to achieve happiness and spiritual fulfillment in order to live a life of excellence, according to Shanin.
For more information about Shore Bliss Yoga, 118 Flamingo Drive, Apollo Beach, call (813) 758-3930 or (813) 748-4036.