"What you think, you become".

- Buddha

1. YAMAS

(Ethics)

  • Ahimsa: Non-harm

  • Satay: Truthfulness

  • Asteya: Non-stealing

  • Brahmacharya: Moderation

  • Aparigraha: Non-hoarding

2. NIYAMAS

(Observances)

  • Saucha: Cleanliness

  • Santosha: Contentment

  • Tapas: Self discipline

  • Svadhyaya: Self study

  • Isvara-pranidhana: Surrender

3. Asana

(Postures)

Mindful positioning of the body, connecting mind and spirit  to create strength, flexibility, balance, and focus. 

4. Pranayama

(Breath control)

Breathing practices help us understand the mind, breath, emotion connection. The breath is our greatest tool and the many pranayama practices help us harness it's power. 

5. Pratyahara

(Sensory withdrawal)

Quieting the senses. Turning our attention away from the external world of what we see, hear, think, and feel, and drawing the attention inward toward the universe within. 

7. Dhyana 

(Meditation) 

Observation and reflection. Dropping all the efforts and letting go. De-concentration. Simply being without effort, distraction, or interruption. 

8. Samadhi

(Enlightenment)

Becoming One. Unity. Tranquility. Fulfillment. Spiritual illumination. 

Peace.

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Ayla Bedford 

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Davi Michl

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Rylee Bedford

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Alex Gosa

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The LYQC Story

When I was in high school there was this thing called "the senior dream". We were told to DREAM BIG, as we carefully considered our plans for the future. At that point I was barely going to graduate. My grades were impeccable, but my life was a mess. I didn't know where I was going to live or what I wanted to do, much less have any kind of grand dreams and plans for my life. There were only a few things I was really certain of. I knew that I definitely wanted to be my own boss, and that suffering was cyclical; hurt people, hurt people. 

They gave us little white paper clouds to write our dreams on and staring at that paper my mind went from completely blank, to the exhilarating idea of opening a wellness center for local women and children. I had no idea what that looked like, or what it would take, but I did know that there was most certainly a need for a safe place for people to heal and to learn about themselves and how to end their own cycles of suffering, and that if I put my mind to it, I could build that.

A few months later I made a last-minute decision, took a scholarship opportunity in St. Louis, and totally forgot about that dream. 

I thought surely a change of scenery would heal all my woes but once again, there go I. The first yoga class I ever took was a free class offered in the campus rec hall. My best friend made me go check it out with her. I was reluctant, but the magic of this practice immediately swept me off my feet. I remember walking out of that first class feeling something for the first time possibly ever: peace. Then I got in my car, checked my phone, and it all dissipated and I was back to harsh reality.

A few more years spent spiritually bankrupt and suffering, I came crying back to the yoga mat seeking relief....and found it!

What I love most about this practice is that, if you breathe and have a body, you can do yoga. Yoga is truly for every body. Reading, researching, and seeking out model teachers, I soaked up as much as I possibly could, and in the spring of 2018 I completed my first Yoga Alliance Certified 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Our teachers warned us of the hardships of opening and running a brick and mortar yoga studio, and I listened, but I knew that's what I wanted. I wanted to create a safe space for people to work on themselves and heal. 

Today I maintain a daily practice, as well as offer affordable public yoga classes 5 days/week from my own studio in Davenport, Iowa. 

I believe Living Yoga Quad Cities was born from an old dream that has manifested into reality, into this yoga studio, this community, this safe space to come and heal.  

So, welcome! 

I'm happy you're here. The world could use a lot of healing right now. 

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Ayla B.Cornett Bedford

General Yoga Knowledge

 

 

Yoga History

The word "yoga" was first mentioned in the oldest sacred text known to man, the Rig Veda. The Vedas were a collection of sacred texts used by Brahmans, the Vedic Priests of Northern India some 5,000 years ago. The ancient yogic practices, were developed slowly over a long period of time by the Vedic Priests and Rishis (mystic seers) who documented their findings in another collection of more than 200 scriptures known as the Upanishads. The most historic of these yogic texts being the Bhagavad Gita, composed approx. 500BCE. These ancient texts teach us to internalize the ancient practices of sacrifice, to sacrifice the ego through self-knowledge, action (karma yoga) and wisdom (jnana yoga). 

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of Yoga 

Yoga Vocab 

  • Vinyasa - "to place in a sacred way" or a method of yoga where movements form a flowing sequence in coordination with breath. 

  • Namaste - A greeting of mutual respect

  • Savasana - "corpse pose" or final resting pose

  • Om - The vibration of the universe

  • Shanti - "peace" 

  • Asana - Sanskrit word for "seat" or pose

 

  • Yoga - "yoke" like that which binds the oxen in a field. Yoga is the union of breath and body and mind and spirit 

 

  • Mantra - The repetition of a sound, word, or short saying. 

  • Mudra - symbolic hand gesture

 

  • Sanskrit - The language used in yoga, originating from the sacred texts of the mysterious sage Patanjali.  ​

 

  • Bikram Yoga - A specific sequence of 26 postures practiced in a room heated to 104 degrees Fahrenheit as taught by Bikram Choudhury.

 

  • Power Yoga - Various spinoffs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga used for exercise. 

6. Dharana

(Focus)

Intense concentration and attention on a single point. We may use an object, candle light, an energetic center in the body, or a repetitive sound such as a mantra or chant.  Focus naturally leads to meditation.

Mantra

The repetition of a sound, word, or short saying used as a form of meditation. 

Examples:

  • "I love you, I love you, I love you"

  • "Thank you, thank you, thank you"

  • "Om shanti shanti shanti, Om shanti, shanti, shanit"

  • "Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu" 

    • Translation: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.  ​

  • "I am" Affirmations. I am: love, peace, serenity, strong, intelligent, able, compassionate, patient, kind, honest, authentic, brave, powerful, etc.