Barbara Dametto: Yoga Instructor, Sound Healer, Expressive Arts Practitioner
Helping People Cultivate Self-Awareness, Confidence and Creativity
to Live With Joy and Purpose.
BREATHE TRUE YOGA
The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit language and means to yoke or unite. In other words, yoga aims to unite the mind and the body into a harmonious and balanced non-dual state. Yoga also refers to the union between the individual self and the Divine self; whether we call that God, Great Spirit, or All That Is. Yoga does not promote any particular religion, rather, it is a system aimed to help individuals achieve their highest sense of self and their fullest potential. Developed in India more than 5,000 years ago, yoga consists of a series of poses (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama) that are held anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. The techniques can be achieved by anyone regardless of their state of health as it can be as gentle or vigorous as the person desires. The ultimate goal of yoga is to prepare the body to be able to sit quietly in meditation for long periods of time.
The science of yoga is vast and over the years has been divided into several branches. Most include the same fundamental poses but differ in terms of how vigorously they are executed, the length in which each pose is held, the emphasis on breath, and how much spiritual content is incorporated into the practice.
Here at Breathe True, I offer one on one (private) classes at my home studio in Guelph. I am happy to design and teach a class specifically for you. I also teach Zoom yoga classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings at 10 am. Classes are open to everyone and are drop-in (no formal commitment) and cost $10 per class.
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"Inhale and God approaches you.
Hold the inhalation and God remains with you. Exhale and you approach God.
Hold the exhalation and surrender to God." ~Krishnamacharya
"Yoga is the uniting of the mind, body and spirit in order to become balanced and whole. It is about obtaining physical well being, self-realization, inner peace, and freedom from the fluctuations of the mind."
~ Barbara Dametto
The main branches of Yoga can be described as follows:
Hatha Yoga is the most practical form of yoga and is the best-known yoga in the West. In the compound word Hatha, "ha" means sun and "tha" means moon. This refers to the balance of male and female or any other set of opposites. In yoga, this concept refers to bringing the body into a state of balance by developing both sides of the body. It also refers to bringing together both hemispheres of the brain so that our logic and intuition are both equally balanced. Hatha yoga involves a system that combines physical postures with breath and relaxation exercises. These techniques benefit the vital organs, glands and nervous system while strengthening the body, balancing the mind and developing consciousness. This is the form of yoga used to stimulate the 1st chakra.
Jnana Yoga involves the study of sacred scriptures and meditation used to acquire knowledge and self-awareness. This is the form of yoga used to stimulate the 2nd chakra.
Pranayama Yoga works with specific breathing techniques used to stimulate the nervous system, calm the mind, release stress and weed out negative thought patterns. In Sanskrit "prana" means energy and "yama" means to lengthen or control. This is the form of yoga used to stimulate the 3rd chakra.
Karma Yoga works through selfless action and service. This is the form of yoga used to stimulate the 4th chakra.
Raja Yoga works with mastery of the mind. This branch involves meditation, affirmations and visualization techniques aimed to discipline the mind over the body and the will over the mind. In Sanskrit "Raja" means king or supreme. This is the form of yoga used to stimulate the 5th chakra.
Yantra Yoga is one of the least known branches of yoga. It has to do with the study of numbers, sacred geometry, symbols, colours and mathematics in order to influence the mind and focus concentration. Through time cycles, a personal calendar can be made to determine how the energies of the chakras affect us by the day, month, year, and life cycle. This is the form of yoga used to stimulate the 6th chakra.
Mantra Yoga is the repetition of mental or vocal sacred sounds, words or phrases. When chanted rhythmically it is called ‘japa’. The word mantra comes from the Sanskrit root ‘manas’ which means ‘mind’ and ‘trai’ which means to ‘liberate’ or ‘protect’. Mantra yoga is considered to be one of the oldest and highest forms of yoga. This is the form of yoga used to stimulate the 7th chakra.
Laya or Kundalini Yoga works through awakening and raising the body's latent energy in the base of the spine and moving it upwards through the 7 energy centres known as the chakras. This involves a combination of Hatha postures with breathwork and meditation. This is the form of yoga used to stimulate the 8th chakra.
Bhakti Yoga works through love and devotion. This branch often involves devotion towards a preferred deity, guru or prophet. It is also the study of astrology and astronomy or any other inquiry of cosmic or universal energy. This is the form of yoga used to stimulate the 9th chakra.
"Kindness, compassion, and deep listening are some of the qualities I have noticed while working with Barbara. Her wisdom and insight are gifts she shares freely. I recommend taking an opportunity to work with this Blessed Being!!" Jenny L.
"Joining Barbara’s class is an instant breath of fresh air. Her kindness, compassion and acceptance is a feeling of warmth. She guides us through the program with thorough explanations while taking us gently into an enlightened space. I feel blessed to have found her." Marg S.
"All of Barbara Dametto shows up as she delivers yoga lessons that never fail to engage students in an in-depth journey through yoga tradition and philosophy. In 20 years as a yoga student, I have rarely encountered a teacher who is so inspired by the very spirit of yoga! Her class is an experience that is both deeply personal and universal, as Barbara guides you through each branch of yoga with profound wisdom to help you discover the brilliant gems each one contains. Truly a life-affirming experience! Leanne F.
"Barbra tailored my very own personal yoga flow, she was very helpful with making sure the yoga poses and breathing techniques were done properly to avoid any injuries. Thank you for opening up your space, I greatly appreciated it." Monique Y.
"Barbara is a wise and inspirational yoga teacher who blends a perfect balance of movement and breath with compassion and joy. I look forward to her classes so I can continue the healing stretches and energy work that leads to a healthy body and mind."