Yoga & Meditation Classes
Our Centre Salt Cave Halotherapy & Wellness Centre offers Yoga & Meditation Classes on certain days and times and appointments are essential. This special service allows you to take advantage of a combination of Yoga & Meditation and Salt Cave Halotherapy, which may have additional benefits for you. If you wish to attend our Yoga & Meditation Classes, we need a minimum number of 2 (TWO) clients at any one time to enable us to provide this service. Most of structures at our Salt Cave Halotherapy & Wellness Centre have been made from Himalayan salt rock blocks. All of the Himalayan salt rock that we use has been retrieved from the world’s best organic Himalayan salt caves. You will get benefits of the Himalayan rock salt by having any sessions in our premises. The Himalayan rock salt attracts positive ions from you and gives or replaces negative ions. Our staff have been trained and are highly competent in Yoga & Meditation Classes.
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India. Yoga is generally referred to as one of the schools or systems of philosophy (darśana) and yoga is usually described in connection with other words, such as “hatha-, mantra-, and laya-,” referring to traditions specialising in particular techniques of yoga. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.
The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions but most likely developed around the 5th and 6th centuries BC. The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga practices is unclear, but varyingly credited to Hindu and Buddhist Religions.
The ultimate goal of Yoga is moksha (liberation), although the exact definition of what form this takes depends on the philosophical or theological system with which it is conjugated.
Meditation practice involves engaging in an activity that directs the mind to single point of focus, using breathing techniques or imagery in order to feel a state of calmness. It allows one to recognize the flow of thoughts and sensations without becoming involved with these factors, eliminating outside distractions to achieve a sense of higher awareness. The English meditation is derived from the Latin meditatio, from a verb meditari, meaning “to think, contemplate, devise, or ponder”.
The history of meditation extends from the 6th to 5th BCE centuries in the Confucian, Taoist Hindu, Nepalese, Chinese, Buddhist, and Jain cultures. The history of meditation is intimately bound up with the religious context within which it was practiced. Some authors have even suggested the hypothesis that the emergence of the capacity for focused attention, an element of many methods of meditation, may have contributed to the final phases of human biological evolution. However; meditation is not limited by specific cultures and extends to modern world and western cultures in the current times.
Meditation has been considered as a “new age treatment” and in recent years it has developed as a main stream practice by both traditional and alternative medical providers.
Principles of “Yoga”:
- A disciplined method for attaining a goal.
- A technique of controlling the body and the mind.
These are core principles of yoga but variations of these principles have developed in various forms over time.
In the Hindu Vedas and Buddhist scriptures, Yoga has been described as:
- Yoga, as an analysis of perception and cognition.
- Yoga, as the rising and expansion of consciousness.
- Yoga, as a path to omniscience.
- Yoga, as a technique for entering into other bodies, generating multiple bodies, and the attainment of other supernatural accomplishments.
Evidence through clinical trials
There is no much literature out there that describes the benefits of Hath Yoga; especially clinical trials and case and control studies. A review was conducted in 2010 on the use of Hatha Yoga for treating depression. The findings from this preliminary research suggests that Hatha Yoga may be effective in the management of depression. Both the exercise and the mindfulness meditation components may be helpful.
Hatha Yoga and Specific Physical Health Conditions.
1. Back pain
There is evidence that Hatha Yoga may be effective in the management of chronic, but not acute, low back pain. The results of another study on the efficacy of Hatha Yoga therapy for chronic low back pain showed that at around 24 weeks the Hatha Yoga group had statistically significant reductions in functional disability, pain intensity, and depression compared to a standard 6-months medical treatment. It was also concluded from this study that there was a significant trend in the Hatha Yoga group decreasing their use of pain medication compared that of the control group.
2. Blood pressure
Although some evidence exists to suggest Hatha Yoga might help people with high blood pressure, overall this evidence is too weak for any recommendation to be made, and little is known of the safety implications of such an approach.
Practice of Hatha Yoga may improve quality-of-life measures in cancer patients. It is unclear what aspect(s) may be beneficial or what populations should be targeted. Hatha Yoga has no effect on the underlying disease.
5. Menopause-related symptoms
6. Paediatric conditions
A 2009 systematic review concludes that there is insufficient evidence to support the use of Hatha Yoga for any indication in the paediatric population. No adverse events were reported, and most trials were positive but of low methodological quality.
7. Rheumatic disease.
Only weak evidence exists to support the use of Hatha Yoga as a complementary therapy for helping people with rheumatic diseases, and little is known of the safety of such use.
8. Mind-body connection
The therapeutic benefits of yoga have been discussed by van der Kolk, who explains that because regulation of physical movement is a fundamental priority of the nervous system, focusing on and developing an awareness of physical movement can lead to improved synchrony between mind and body. This is beneficial, he says, especially for those suffering from psychological conditions such as depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (the focus of van der Kolk’s work), because an improved sense of connectedness between mind and body give rise to enhanced control and understanding of their “inner sensations” and state of being.
9. Hatha Yoga and mindfulness
Yoga is a core component of the Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program. Drawing from recent research on the mental and physical benefits of practicing yoga, positive psychologists have begun to look deeper into the possibilities of utilizing yoga to improve life for people even in the absence of disease.
Precautions / Warnings:
- When first starting yoga, you may feel some initial stiffness. This will dissipate as you become used to the various movements and postures.
- As previously mentioned, do not attempt any movement or posture you are not comfortable with. Stretching should be gentle and within your personal limit. Consult with your yoga teacher, naturopath, or other health practitioner to determine a pace and program to meet your needs.
- If you have high blood pressure, avoid inverted postures, such as head and shoulder stands. If you are recovering from surgery or have recently had a back injury, consult with your naturopath or other health practitioner before beginning yoga.
- Pregnant women should avoid some movements and postures.
There are 2 sets of contraindications (permanent and temporary):
- The unstable mind, mental disorders and epilepsy.
- Organic heart disease.
- Malignant tumors.
- Infections of the musculoskeletal system.
- Severe spinal injuries and recent head injuries.
Temporary Yoga Contraindications:
- Chronic diseases exacerbation period.
- Body overheating or over-cooling, as well as having bodily temperature above 37 degrees or below 36.2 by Celsius.
- After taking a lot of medicines or drugs.
- The postoperative period.
- Severe fatigue.
- Increased intraocular and intracranial pressure.
- Violations of the vestibular apparatus.
Also avoid doing yoga if under the following conditions:
- If you were in the sauna or steam room less than 4 hours ago.
- Have taken meals less than two hours ago.
- If you are under some serious condition or your body is too weak, so that it requires rest.
- If you are into professional sports (this can be arguable).
- You can practice yoga and breathing exercises in adapted forms if you are pregnant, under the following conditions. Special attention is paid to pranayama, relaxation exercises for the whole body (especially the muscles of the abdomen and uterus), and joint exercises. The routine is based on the trimester, and is generally very soft.
- Menstruating, the practice should be more lenient; avoid intense twisting, backbends, power asanas and standing postures. But if you feel unwell, abandon the practice completely.
- Hypertension, if you want to do inversions, do them only under the guidance of an experienced yoga teacher.
- Vegetative-vascular dystonia, the morning routine is recommended that include standing poses and inversions.
- Spine diseases, including Osteochondrosis, scoliosis, etc. Avoid postures with forward bends from standing or sitting position.
- Arthritis and arthrosis, only therapeutic yoga is advised.
- Neuroses and chronic fatigue syndrome, do mild asanas, focusing on deep relaxation, as well as the breathing exercises.
- Varicose veins, avoid postures with balancing on one or both legs, and poses with legs pressing against the wall.
- Digestive disorders, in case of ulcer and other diseases of the digestive system, avoid twisting poses, and poses with a pronounced effect on the abdominal area.
By knowing these contraindications for yoga poses, you will be able to judge – at least preliminary – whether you can go for yoga now (or some of its poses) or not.
Indications for Meditation Classes:
- Immune function, i.e. AIDS, Cancer.
- Stress reduction.
- Anxiety and depression.
- Chronic pain.
- Early childhood abuse.
- Memory and energy improvement.
- High Blood Pressure.
- Back pain.
- Panic disorders.
- General well-being.
No contraindications for Meditation Classes:
Since meditation is a gentle form of activity, focusing on inner awareness, there are no contraindications. It is recommended that the individual not meditate during a meal or when highly fatigued. Additionally, it is important with stress-related disorders that individuals recognize that meditation is not an alternative to medical treatment. As always, the individual should consult with their physician before entering a program if they are being treated for a particular injury, disease, or disorder.
What do I wear for Yoga & Meditation Classes?
Wear comfortable clothing when you come to the centre. The salt air will not harm your clothing, nor will it leave a noticeable residue. You will be given time to change before you go for treatment. Protective outwear like head cap & shoes cover is available and will be provided, need to wear before you enter Salt Cave. We request that you avoid wearing scented body lotion or perfume before or during the therapy, as maybe some of our clients may have allergy. We also request that you are mindful of others in the therapy room and always cover your mouth and nose if coughing or sneezing. Please avoid being very loud and please do not bring your mobile phones in the therapy room. The mobile phones should be placed on silent mode in your bags if you wish. We don’t have locker system, you will be responsible for your valuable stuff & organise accordingly. No eating or drinking is allowed inside the therapy room. We play standard music for you’d like to hear it during the Yoga & Meditation Classes. You are welcome to bring your own music to enjoy using your ear plugs.
Yoga & Meditation Classes charges
- Yoga & Meditation Class with Salt Cave Halotherapy for 1 person: $100 per 60 minutes session.
Booking for “Yoga & Meditation Classes” please contact us and will get back to you as soon as possible.
Click on the link below to download the enrolment form. Please download the form, read the information on it and bring it with you when you come for your session. You can sign it but if you have any questions we are happy to answer it for you before you sign it. Alternatively you can get the form at the centre and you can complete it before your session.
We are open: 10 am- 7 pm: Mondays to Sundays (including public holidays)
We are based at:
11 / 326 Sunset Road, Windsor Park, North Shore, Auckland 0632, New Zealand.