At Yoga South, we are thrilled when we hear feedback from our yogis with respect to how the practice of Yoga has helped them with different aspects of their lives.
We are proud to relate the experience of transformation via one of our regular practitioners.
Why do yogis flock to James Kigar’s class? Try the sensory environment he creates.
The class is without distraction.
His voice is mellow, soothing and modulated, lending itself to the vinyasa flow and helping keep you focused within. His words stay on the practice with few, if any tangential remarks to get you out of the zone.
He plays music, an important component in a yoga class that some teachers neglect. The balance/movement system is located in the inner ear. Music, when it’s appropriate enhances balance and the body’s smooth flowing movement. Typically, the music he plays is without words, unknowingly a distraction as it focuses you outward instead of inward. Nor is the music typically the fast, irregular beat of pop music that other teachers play and which drives the body rather than settles it, the opposite of what you want in a yoga practice. And driving music makes the body want to move with the beat, which is antithetical to a yoga flow and hold. Most of the music he plays has a strong, pounding drum beat. This beat gets inside your bones to create bone conduction that vibrates in the inner ear where the balance system is located and drives the smooth, flowing cadence of the movement. A strong drumbeat is the ideal music to play in a yoga class.
Lights are dim so they don’t compete with the other senses, namely hearing, balance and movement. At the same time, there is enough light to see your body as balance, unless you are in the Cirque de Soleil is dependent on vision.
His adjustments are deep and strong, placing your body in the correct position and getting you deeply in touch with every sinew within you and greatly enhancing body awareness — a major reason why yoga is so therapeutic. Because he uses such muscular force, you feel strong input into your joints and muscles. Called proprioception, this input releases the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin to put your nervous system in balance. Call it ProprioProzac!
The room itself has an expansion and ambiance that creates peace and calming to help you stay in the zone. Thank you Kelly.
The end result is a peace and calming, at times a bliss not commonly found following other intense workouts. Keep it up James for many years to come!
Sharon (Sherry) Heller
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