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Gentle Yoga

 

Gentle Yoga represents an adaptation of traditional Hatha Yoga poses, creating a practice that people of any age, size, or physical condition can do.

The gentle yoga postures are very different from physical exercise.  They emphasize 
relaxation as well as awareness of tension.  It is resting  in the pose with deep breathing that 

Gentle yoga is very different from physical exercise, emphasizing relaxation and gradual development of body awareness.  This awareness allows the practitioner to relax deeply during each pose, to breathe deeply, and to develop physical health and deep-seated calm.  

routine

available, accessible and doable for any size, age and physical condition. 

The whole purpose of Gentle Yoga is movement: the more you move, the more you will 
be able to move.  You don't need to hurt yourself in the interim trying to get into a stretch the 
way it's "supposed" to be done.  The premise of Gentle Yoga is that a little is better than nothing, 
so it really doesn't matter if you have a full range of motion at the outset.  Gentle Yoga postures 
are not only a series of physical positions, but also exercises in mental awareness.  The yogi 
(yoga practitioner) is deliberate in every movement, feeling every muscle.  Only through 
conscious awareness of one's body can tensions be felt.  Once felt, they can be eliminated by a
systematic yoga program. 
The gentle yoga postures are very different from physical exercise.  They emphasize 
relaxation as well as awareness of tension.  It is resting  in the pose with deep breathing that 
develops the physical health and calms the system.  One must never strain or use force to reach 
the prescribed position. 
Physical health, however, also has an effect on the mind and does create certain attitudes.  
For example, anxiety can induce tense stomach muscles; a bent spine or slumped shoulders may 
be a sign of resignation or depression.  A stubborn attitude may cause one’s neck to tighten up 
while anger or upset may cause the breath to quicken and the heart to race.
Therefore, changing an aspect of the physical can deeply affect the mental state. Yoga 
postures which emphasize breathing and relaxation improve physical health, help to stabilize the 
emotions and create positive mental attitudes.  The postures also promote the free flow of energy 
throughout the nervous system.  They assist in the elimination of toxins and poisons from the 
joints and other body parts where these foreign elements tend to settle, sometimes permanently.  
Yoga postures exert a beneficial pressure on various glands and internal organs, flushing and 
stimulating them.  Even a little practice can produce amazing improvements in general health. Gentle Yoga With Naomi 
Teacher Training Manual 
 
Copyright  2008 Judith Enterprises
17
The core of Gentle Yoga includes relaxation in between poses.  Most importantly, with 
the completion of a yoga session there is a progressive relaxation in which all parts of the body 
are tightened and then released, creating the feeling of renewal and rejuvenation in the 
body/mind/spirit.  From this state, a deep healing can begin; this is the basis for refreshing and 
long-lasting benefits to the entire system
teGentle Yoga represents an adaptation of the traditional Hatha Yoga poses.  It makes a 
routine available, accessible and doable for any size, age and physical condition. 
The whole purpose of Gentle Yoga is movement: the more you move, the more you will 
be able to move.  You don't need to hurt yourself in the interim trying to get into a stretch the 
way it's "supposed" to be done.  The premise of Gentle Yoga is that a little is better than nothing, 
so it really doesn't matter if you have a full range of motion at the outset.  Gentle Yoga postures 
are not only a series of physical positions, but also exercises in mental awareness.  The yogi 
(yoga practitioner) is deliberate in every movement, feeling every muscle.  Only through 
conscious awareness of one's body can tensions be felt.  Once felt, they can be eliminated by a
systematic yoga program. 
The gentle yoga postures are very different from physical exercise.  They emphasize 
relaxation as well as awareness of tension.  It is resting  in the pose with deep breathing that 
develops the physical health and calms the system.  One must never strain or use force to reach 
the prescribed position. 
Physical health, however, also has an effect on the mind and does create certain attitudes.  
For example, anxiety can induce tense stomach muscles; a bent spine or slumped shoulders may 
be a sign of resignation or depression.  A stubborn attitude may cause one’s neck to tighten up 
while anger or upset may cause the breath to quicken and the heart to race.
Therefore, changing an aspect of the physical can deeply affect the mental state. Yoga 
postures which emphasize breathing and relaxation improve physical health, help to stabilize the 
emotions and create positive mental attitudes.  The postures also promote the free flow of energy 
throughout the nervous system.  They assist in the elimination of toxins and poisons from the 
joints and other body parts where these foreign elements tend to settle, sometimes permanently.  
Yoga postures exert a beneficial pressure on various glands and internal organs, flushing and 
stimulating them.  Even a little practice can produce amazing improvements in general health. Gentle Yoga With Naomi 
Teacher Training Manual 
 
Copyright  2008 Judith Enterprises
17
The core of Gentle Yoga includes relaxation in between poses.  Most importantly, with 
the completion of a yoga session there is a progressive relaxation in which all parts of the body 
are tightened and then released, creating the feeling of renewal and rejuvenation in the 
body/mind/spirit.  From this state, a deep healing can begin; this is the basis for refreshing and 
long-lasting benefits to the entire systemGentle Yoga represents an adaptation of the traditional Hatha Yoga poses.  It makes a 
routine available, accessible and doable for any size, age and physical condition. 
The whole purpose of Gentle Yoga is movement: the more you move, the more you will 
be able to move.  You don't need to hurt yourself in the interim trying to get into a stretch the 
way it's "supposed" to be done.  The premise of Gentle Yoga is that a little is better than nothing, 
so it really doesn't matter if you have a full range of motion at the outset.  Gentle Yoga postures 
are not only a series of physical positions, but also exercises in mental awareness.  The yogi 
(yoga practitioner) is deliberate in every movement, feeling every muscle.  Only through 
conscious awareness of one's body can tensions be felt.  Once felt, they can be eliminated by a
systematic yoga program. 
The gentle yoga postures are very different from physical exercise.  They emphasize 
relaxation as well as awareness of tension.  It is resting  in the pose with deep breathing that 
develops the physical health and calms the system.  One must never strain or use force to reach 
the prescribed position. 
Physical health, however, also has an effect on the mind and does create certain attitudes.  
For example, anxiety can induce tense stomach muscles; a bent spine or slumped shoulders may 
be a sign of resignation or depression.  A stubborn attitude may cause one’s neck to tighten up 
while anger or upset may cause the breath to quicken and the heart to race.
Therefore, changing an aspect of the physical can deeply affect the mental state. Yoga 
postures which emphasize breathing and relaxation improve physical health, help to stabilize the 
emotions and create positive mental attitudes.  The postures also promote the free flow of energy 
throughout the nervous system.  They assist in the elimination of toxins and poisons from the 
joints and other body parts where these foreign elements tend to settle, sometimes permanently.  
Yoga postures exert a beneficial pressure on various glands and internal organs, flushing and 
stimulating them.  Even a little practice can produce amazing improvements in general health. Gentle Yoga With Naomi 
Teacher Training Manual 
 
Copyright  2008 Judith Enterprises
17
The core of Gentle Yoga includes relaxation in between poses.  Most importantly, with 
the completion of a yoga session there is a progressive relaxation in which all parts of the body 
are tightened and then released, creating the feeling of renewal and rejuvenation in the 
body/mind/spirit.  From this state, a deep healing can begin; this is the basis for refreshing and 
long-lasting benefits to the entire system

 

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