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Nah-Ray Yoga 2 of 2

My brother Michael and I came up with the name. Greeks say Na! A slang word for hey, or what, or other things I won’t mention. Again, well rounded in everything I try to do, why not the name. East meets Greek. I live in Greek town U.S.A. It is a small town in Florida called tarpon Springs. Only here do the Greek people in this community understand the slang word Na-Ray. I made it my own by calling my personal practice Nah- Ray yoga. Namaste-Ray of light. East meets West and Greek. Now I am well rounded just like they taught me in school.

I am now able to bring my practice into the teaching world. Nah-Ray Yoga is born. A style, a feeling, a dance, a practice, a name altogether as one.

Nah-Ray yoga is a well rounded fitness program that incorporates strength training with flexion, core work with cardio, and breath work with guided meditation all in one hour. I thought I could only do one or the other.  A belief is a thought you keep on thinking. I have it all!  There goes my ego again. East meets west and Greek and I did not have to give up anything.

Nah-Ray Yoga can be adjusted to all age groups.  Seniors citizens can build their bone density while working on chair pose.  High school students love to use their feet as their hands.  It is all so much fun. My classes can have one student or 30. It doesn’t matter. It’s about what we do right then and now. I love switching it up. I like changing things around in class, just like in my personal practice. Be well rounded, do different things, shake it up, and have fun.

So now I’m telling you student yoginis, have fun with your personal practice. Make it your own style, your own feeling, your own dance. Bring it together and start teaching the world just like the rest of us. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Something for everyone?

May the Ray of Light in me honor the Ray of Light within you Namaste!  Nah-Ray!

All contents Copyright 2012, Nah-Ray Yoga and Springs Wellness LLC. All rights reserved. Christine Saris LMT, Yoga Instructor, Springs Wellness LLC. Christine Saris has been teaching yoga since 1995. Christine is a graduate from Sarasota School of Massage since 1999.


Nah – Ray Yoga

Every yoga teacher has a style of teaching that is unique to their own. It begins with a personal practice. Your personal practice. A practice is something you do for you. As you practice, a style is born. As you practice, a feeling is born. As you practice more, a dance is born. As you practice, breathing becomes one with the feeling and the dance and the style, and before you know it, you want to teach it to the world. You want to teach everything that is new and exciting and so very you.

That is what happened to me. My practice started in a gym. Yes, I’m a gym rat. I didn’t want to go to the gym and then do yoga. In all my years of high school, college, massage school and yoga school, all teachers teach the well roundedness of learning. They would say, “We want you to be well rounded so you can experience and take with you the knowledge to be healthy, happy, and successful.” I wanted that too, but this time in my practice. I wanted to include my strength training with flexion, my cardio with breath work, and my cool down with meditation, all of it. Oh! My beautiful ego. I’m still working on that too.

Choppy at first, I start. Push up. Chattaranga. Plank? Hold.  Boat. Crunch.  Wait! East meets West. I get on the big ball in the gym. I put my feet on the ball, hands on the floor, and do plank.  Then chatteranga then plank. Hold…. Hummm. I think I’m on to something here. I add some music. Rock and roll? Maybe.

I squat and jump. Goddess squat! Exhale down. Jump inhale up I think “jumping Goddess”. Now I’m laughing. How truly one we are. East does meet West. So then if I do downward dog, plank chatteranga, cobra, and back to down ward dog 25 times, I’m working up a sweat. Vinyassa flow. Ok. So now I’m having fun.

There are all kinds of yoga styles. Power yoga, astanga yoga, hot yoga etc., But this one is mine. This is my personal practice. This is my gym rat self to my yoga self. This is my Greek American yogi self to the name I call my practice, and now to the class that I teach. Nah-Ray Yoga. Namaste-Ray of light.

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