Zen Soul Balance
is now offering their sound yoga classes all over San Diego County. Zen Soul Balance, ZSB, is a company whose vision is to bring a lifestyle that embraces the unity of body, mind and spirit for optimal health and wellness. The classes, held at sanctuaries, and various yoga studios, offer both Yin and Restorative Yoga with Sound Healing to expand consciousness of body and planet.
Yin and Restorative Yoga are introspective practices that offer a chance to turn inward and nurture the calm, quiet center that is innate in all of us. Postures are floor based, seated or reclined, with holds from 3-7 minutes. In Yin Yoga, the longer holds slowly relax the muscles to allow the deeper, connective tissues that wrap muscles and form joint capsules to be safely and therapeutically stretched, stimulated and strengthened. Restorative Yoga focuses on restoring bodies with particular ailments and helps an unhealthy body, or an injured body, restore itself back to health. It promotes deeps relaxation
through passive stretches while supported by props. Both styles of yoga require an appreciation and general understanding of the infinite complexity of human anatomy.
Sound Healing, or Sound Therapy, described in the NY Times, are vibrations of a human voice or objects resonating to help with meditation, stimulate healing, and entrain brain waves to states of relaxation. Sound Healing enhances Yin and Restorative Yoga, releasing stress and reducing physical and emotional pain. According to Zen Soul Balance, practicing yoga on a weekly basis is beneficial to prevent injury, release stress, and expand flexibility, while developing mindfulness and heightened levels of consciousness.
Zen Soul Balance is run by Jeny Dawson and Mark Carter. Both are Registered Yoga Teachers as well as Certified Hatha Yoga Instructors. Dawson is certified in Yin Yoga and Yoga for Children with Special Needs, and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Nutritional Therapist. Carter has training in sound bowls and holds a certificate in Sound Healing as well as a Certificate of Doctoral Studies in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. They are based in San Diego and are now leading weekly yoga, sound healing, mindfulness/meditation and nutrition classes for yoga studios and corporations all over the county and abroad.
” I was profoundly influenced by my younger sister, Olivia, and her struggle with cerebral palsy,” says Dawson. ” ZSB was birthed as a means of caring for people from all walks of life, who desperately want to live above physical and mental dis-ease but don’t know where to begin or what to do.”