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Yogatomics Training and Wellness Centre in Stonington, USA Uses Healing Sound to Bring Twist in Traditional Yoga Practices

James Conlan has brought therapeutic yoga, done in an anti-gravitational trapeze

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Cleanse the mind with yoga
Cleanse the mind with yoga. Pixabay
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  • James Conlan produces percussion-based healing sounds called thermoacoustics
  • Hot yoga is performed in a room heated to 90 degrees with 40 to 60% humidity
  • They need to purge and cleanse and surrender a little bit

Mystic, Stonington, Connecticut, USA, August 19, 2017:  James Conlan, the owner of Yogatomics Training and Wellness Center in Mystic village which is in the town called Stonington. It is revolutionizing the way people do traditional yoga. He specializes in therapeutic yoga which is done with the help of an anti-gravitational trapeze. He produces percussion-based, healing sounds that he calls ‘theracoustics’, which vibrate through the body during practice. It’s a whole new way of practicing it, literally turning oneself upside down and can prove to be more beneficial as well.

He is a percussionist and teaches classes with about 40 different instruments. According to The Westerly Sun report, Conlan said: “When people are on their mats practicing, I’m playing the singing bowl or the djembe or a shaker instrument or something that correlates with what’s happening in the classroom, and they can feel the vibration through their bodies in different yoga postures.” The djembe is a goblet-shaped drum.

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Yogatomics Training and Wellness was opened by Conlan, 49, in 2015 in collaboration with Mystic Shala Yoga. The two studios have separate entrances, one is in the front and another one in the back of 80 Stonington Road in Mystic and the spaces connect with a 4,000-square-foot complex on the second floor that includes a large outdoor deck. Amy Zezulka, the owner of the shala, is also Conlan’s wife, and he helped her to design and build her yoga studio, where he also teaches.

The shala began in 2006, is an official Baptiste Studio following the tenets of the Baron Baptiste Power Vinyasa method (a type of hot yoga performed in a room heated to 90 degrees with 40 to 60% humidity).

“People feel cleaner, more detoxified after a hot, sweaty yoga class. It also challenges the mind more because you’re thinking, oh my god, I’m sweating, oh my god, it’s so hot in here — we’re really working on calming our minds in the practice,” he said.

Conlan has studied with Baron Baptiste (is a yoga instructor, has trained extensively in all the major traditions of yoga) for five years, it began in 2008. He probably has about over 1,000 hours directly with Baron Baptiste and has thousands and thousands of hours teaching. That’s not all; he also practices and teaches meditation.

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He calls Yogatomics, which has an atomic-style logo design- the arts and sciences division of the shala, with om in the middle.

Conlan said, “I teach teacher training over here, we have meditation over here, hand-drumming, the yoga trapeze, massage therapy. It’s there to provide more service to our existing clients at Mystic Yoga Shala but also to introduce a whole new client base with the services that we offer like we have the cool temperature, more gentle classes, and the meditation aspect.” They provide a well-balanced space to their clients.

Yoga is an antidote to the fast pace of today’s technology
Yoga is an antidote to the fast pace of today’s technology. Pixabay

Conlan said he discovered his passion for yoga after bartending for 13 years at Mohegan Sun. He was one of the original employees in 1996. “I was there for so long but I was tired of the lifestyle, tired of being inside in that environment, I’m more of nature’s child,” he said. Before that, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an avionics technician. He said that yoga is an antidote to the fast pace of today’s technology.

Conlan said that in our age of information and digital world, it’s very important to maintain a barefoot practice because the pace of the world is moving so fast and a lot of people are being drawn to this practice because they can’t keep up with all the information their mind is trying to absorb. They need to purge and cleanse and surrender a little bit and that’s what this practice is all about.

All the people who want to learn yoga from him, his advice to them- “Just drop your fear and walk in the door for the first time, put out your hand and say hello.” It’s that easy to take the first step towards the healthier you. He said that fear is the most challenging part of any yoga practice. “Most people fear what they don’t understand and that fear is what keeps them from trying something new. The whole point of this practice is to shed that fear and the first step is to walk in the door and get on a yoga mat,” Conlan said.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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Yoga Face-toning May Compete With Fillers, Face-lifts

"The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of aging," he said in an email.

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Yoga face toning is an effective way of reducing the signs of ageing. VOA
  • Yoga face toning may take over botox and face lifting procedures.
  • 27 participants noted changes in their faces after weeks of this experiment.
  • It is still a matter of discussion if this method can reverse ageing or not.

In his toolbox of Botox, fillers and plastic surgery, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, noninvasive anti-ageing treatment: facial yoga.

Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-aged women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 weeks.

Facial exercises are healthier than surgeries. Pixabay
Facial exercises are healthier than surgeries. Pixabay

The results surprised lead author Alam, vice chair and professor of dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

“In fact, the results were stronger than I expected,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s really a win-win for patients.”

Participants included 27 women between 40 and 65, though only 16 completed the full course. It began with two 90-minute muscle-resistant facial exercise-training sessions led by co-author Gary Sikorski of Happy Face Yoga in Providence, Rhode Island.

Participants learned to perform cheek pushups and eye-bag removers, among other exercises. Then they practised at home.

Improvements noted

Dermatologists looking at unmarked before-and-after photos saw improvements in upper cheek and lower cheek fullness, and they estimated the average age of women who stuck with the program as significantly younger at the end than at the start.

Face yoga is a healthier substitute to surgical procedures. Pixabay
Face yoga is a healthier substitute for surgical procedures. Pixabay

The average estimated age dropped almost three years, from nearly 51 years to 48 years.

Participants also rated themselves as more satisfied with the appearance of their faces at the study’s end, Alam and colleagues reported in JAMA Dermatology.

“Now there is some evidence that facial exercises may improve facial appearance and reduce some visible signs of ageing,” Alam said. “Assuming the findings are confirmed in a larger study, individuals now have a low-cost, non-toxic way of looking younger or augmenting other cosmetic or anti-ageing treatments they may be seeking.”

The exercises enlarge and strengthen facial muscles to firm and tone the face, giving it a younger appearance, he said.

Happy Face sells instructional worksheets — promising smoother skin, firmed cheeks and raised eyelids — for $19.95. DVDs cost $24.95.

Some skepticism

But not all dermatologists are rushing to promote the videos or the exercises.

Dr John Chi, a plastic surgeon and professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, said the study raises more questions than it answers.

“The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of ageing,” he said in an email.

Chi, who was not involved with the study, said he would recommend facial yoga to patients who found it relaxing and enjoyable but not for the purpose of facial rejuvenation.

“While the premise of facial exercises to improve the facial appearance or reverse signs of ageing is an appealing one, there is little evidence to suggest that there is any benefit in this regard,” he said.

Chi said facial yoga had not been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed scientific studies. Asked whether procedures such as face-lifts, Botox and fillers had been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed studies, he replied: “Great question. Attempts to do so have been made in the scientific literature with variable levels of scientific rigour.”

Alam agrees that his study raises additional research questions, such as whether the exercises would work for men and how much time people need to commit to doing the exercises for them to be optimally effective. He would like to see a larger study. VOA