Yoga classes at the Oasi in Levanto
Are you missing your yoga routine while travelling in Cinque Terre or having free time while on holiday you wish to give it a try?
At the Oasi, we partnered with Erica Cariello, a 250-hour RYT-certified Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation teacher, to offer you the best possible yoga classes!
Erica is a 250 hour RYT certified teacher of Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation; she followed training in Hatha Yoga in Bologna under the guidance of Piero Casanova, following the traditional teachings of Yogrishi Vishvketu, and in Restorative Yoga with Giovanna De Paulis, in Milan.
Her teaching style is rooted in tradition but is also open to more contemporary interpretations; her practices are holistic, introspective and reactivating.
The lessons she offers are suitable for all levels, both from beginners to more advanced students, combining asana sequences, breathing and a long final relaxation, to make body and mind feel good.
Overview of Erica's classes
€ 20 / person
A 1-hour yoga group class in the garden - every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 PM.
* yoga mat, towel, water and infusions always included
€ 70 / one person - € 90 / couple
Yoga Private Class in the garden - every day at any time, booking 24h ahead.
* yoga mat, towel, water and infusions always included
Benefits of yoga
Yoga is an excellent practice for both the body and the mind; it offers peace and mindfulness to its lovers and helps them get through daily stress.
If you’re a yoga practitioner, you already realised some of the benefits of yoga, such as sleep quality improvements, a great sense of relaxation and ease, and a more responsive body. But if you’ve ever tried telling a newbie about the benefits of yoga, you might find that explanations like “it increases the flow of prana” fall on deaf or sceptical ears and, most of the time, have them laugh.
So, let's see what a few of the actual science-confirmed yoga benefits are.
Builds muscle strength & betters your bone health
Strong muscles look good but protect us from arthritis and back pain and help prevent falls in older people.
But weight-bearing exercise also strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis. Yoga’s ability to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol may also help keep calcium in the bones.
Perfects your posture
Like a bowling ball, your head is big, round, and heavy. When it’s balanced directly over an erect spine, it takes much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it. However, move it several inches forward, and you start to strain those muscles. Hold that forward-leaning bowling ball for eight or 12 hours a day, and you’re no wonder tired.
Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the standard inward curves in your neck and lower back. This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.
Increases your blood flow & your heart rate & drops your blood pressure
Yoga gets your blood flowing and more oxygen to your cells, which function better. Yoga also boosts levels of haemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues. And it thins the blood by making platelets less sticky and cutting the level of clot-promoting proteins in the blood. This can lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes since blood clots often cause these killers. Regularly getting pressure, you might benefit from yo lower sides of people with hypertension, published in the British medical journal The Lancet states that after three months, Savasana was associated with a 26-point drop in systolic blood pressure and a 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure.
Improves your flexibility
Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind doing a backbend. But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible.
You’ll also probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear.
Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown & protects your spine
Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” cartilage areas that aren’t usually used. Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out, and a new supply can be soaked. Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads.
Spinal disks—the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves—crave movement. That’s the only way they get their nutrients. If you’ve got a well-balanced asana practice, you’ll help keep your disks supple. Long-term flexibility is a known benefit of yoga but remains incredibly relevant for spinal health.
Relaxes your system & helps you focus
Yoga encourages you to relax, slow your breath, and focus on the present, shifting the balance from the sympathetic nervous system (or the fight-or-flight response) to the parasympathetic nervous system.
Studies have found that regular yoga improves coordination, reaction time, memory, and IQ scores. People who practice Transcendental Meditation demonstrate the ability to solve problems and acquire and recall information better—probably because they’re less distracted by their thoughts, which can play over and over like an endless tape loop.