Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yoga Begins with Breathing Practical course. Easy to follow the instructor! I did not realize how breathing adds to our ability to handle life in general. The core to addressing life is learning how to breath and breathing takes the negativity out of life. UI will learn this course.
Date published: 2021-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Learning Yoga I like the course.There are explanations and exercises that are beneficial to all.
Date published: 2021-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT INTRO TO YOGA I had at many times tried yoga and I was familiar with a lot of the practice but I found this to be a great explanation of yoga. The classes where well taught and the the different practices were useful. Highly recommended to any one with an interest in yoga and want more info that you just can't get at the gym or online.
Date published: 2020-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heidi is a true yoga professional Throughout these courses, Heidi shares professional level knowledge about the practice of yoga. In my experience with yoga classes of all types, this information is an integral part of a well developed practice. The why’s and how’s presented are done with respect to many types of yoga practice and along with practice of new techniques, we felt educated in a way that made sense. Five stars.
Date published: 2020-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Commitment to a Healthy Mind & Body This course is well - paced. It is even better than I imagined it could be. The focus on breathing is amazing and so necessary during the current days of a pandemic. I love that the course has no judgement of the participants... just encouragement to healthy habits. Just do it - it fulfills intent like magic! The instructor is brilliant in demonstration and explanation.
Date published: 2020-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is an excellent course I have done yoga for years but am not an expert. This course explained much of the rational for Western Yoga. The instructor is very good but I would not recommend this as a course for someone who wanted an aggressive fitness program.
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sampler I found the course to be an excellent survey of secular yoga practices with enough techniques and detail that my special needs daughter has been able to perfrom some of the techniques to her benefit.
Date published: 2020-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent presentation Detailed and very informative
Date published: 2020-04-29
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Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body
Course Trailer
Western Yoga
1: Western Yoga

Explore the roots of hatha yoga, the form of yoga widely practiced in the West. Focus on the three principles of hatha yoga-breath exercises, physical postures (called asanas), and meditation-which promote a healthy mind and body. Get started with some simple yoga exercises....

34 min
Yoga Begins with the Breath
2: Yoga Begins with the Breath

The tension we accumulate every day tightens the muscles in the upper body, making it hard to breathe. Practice a mini yoga class that highlights mindful breathing to relieve this stress. Then add three new asanas to your yoga routine: warrior 2, bound angle, and downward facing dog.

27 min
Yoga and Pain Relief
3: Yoga and Pain Relief

Consider some key tools used in yoga to address physical pain: attention to breath and sensation, release of chronic muscle contractions, and healthier movement patterns. Practice asanas for each of these pain reduction techniques-including a chest opener, yoga pushup, plank, and staff pose.

27 min
Yoga for a Healthy Heart
4: Yoga for a Healthy Heart

Yoga can lead to a healthier heart by providing a transition from a more sedentary lifestyle to a more active one. Trace the steps that will help you gradually build your yoga practice. Learn two new breathing exercises together with asanas that include warrior 1, knee-to-chest, and bridge.

29 min
Yoga and Addictive Behavior
5: Yoga and Addictive Behavior

Discover how yoga and attention to the body's sensations can aid in breaking the vicious cycle of addictive behaviors. Perform patterned breathing, side bends, cat/cow, downward dog, lunges, forward fold, and reclined twist. End with savasana, the traditional closing posture in a yoga practice.

34 min
Yoga for Depression and Anxiety
6: Yoga for Depression and Anxiety

Examine how mindful, moving yoga can help interrupt the physical and psychological habits that lead to depression. Focus on sun salutations, a series of movements and poses linked by one breath per move. Perform the classic sun salutation, and then Surya namaskar A and B.

29 min
Iyengar Yoga
7: Iyengar Yoga

In the first of five lectures on different styles of yoga, experience a beginner sequence of Iyengar yoga. Named for pioneer yoga teacher B. K. S. Iyengar, this practice makes extensive use of props. Practice nine essential asanas, with optional props such as a wall, chair, strap, and blocks....

31 min
Power Yoga
8: Power Yoga

Transition to a more aerobic form of yoga-power vinyasa-in which a sequence of poses is strung together at an energetic pace. This is the form of yoga taught in many health clubs and gyms. Try a challenging flow, modifying the poses where appropriate for your level of fitness.

29 min
Yin Yoga
9: Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a complementary practice to a yang form, such as power yoga. The goal is very simple: Assume a shape with your body, relax with gravity, and rest in stillness. Unwind with yin poses that gently stretch your connective tissues, including tendons, ligaments, and fascia.

27 min
Anusara Yoga
10: Anusara Yoga

Explore the spiritual dimension of yoga through an Anusara practice, which combines the Iyengar system of alignment with elements of Hindu spirituality. After a Sanskrit invocation, follow a sequence of asanas that emphasizes awareness of energy flow and muscle action in your body.

32 min
Forrest Yoga
11: Forrest Yoga

Developed by American yoga teacher Ana Forrest, Forrest yoga is known for helping people deal with emotional issues, trauma, and addiction by creating a calm and untroubled internal state. Discover a new way of tuning into your feelings, using many techniques and postures you have already learned.

34 min
Everyday Yoga
12: Everyday Yoga

Draw on the poses and routines presented in the course to develop a personalized yoga routine that will work for you in the everyday realities of 21st-century life. Keep sight of three principles: Breathe deliberately, move in non-habitual ways, and pursue mindful awareness....

34 min
Heidi Sormaz

Yoga can have a transformative effect on your body and mind, helping you move from disease to ease in the ways that you breathe, move, and think.


Yale University


Certified Yoga Instructor

About Heidi Sormaz

Dr. Heidi E. Sormaz is the founder, owner, and director of Fresh Yoga LLC in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale and the University of California, Berkeley. She taught psychology at Yale, San Francisco State University, and Albertus Magnus College. Dr. Sormaz obtained the highest teaching credentials from both Forrest Yoga and Yoga Alliance.

In her academic work, Dr. Sormaz is an expert on the influence of arousal and attention on performance, the effects of anxiety on thinking, stress management, and performance in pressure situations. Her publications include the book Performance under Pressure: Managing Stress in the Workplace, published by HRD Press, and the article "Meditation Can Reduce Habitual Responding," published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Dr. Sormaz was awarded the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Award from Case Western Reserve University and the Wilhelm Wundt Award at the Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference.

In addition to teaching yoga in her own studio, she has presented workshops and teacher trainings at conferences and studios across the United States, including Kripalu and the Esalen Institute. Yoga Journal featured Dr. Sormaz on its list of "teachers who are shaping yoga's future" from across America.

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