SID MONTZ YOGA
Sid Montz was introduced to Yoga, Tai Chi and Buddhist Meditation in 1987 in La Jolla, Ca while studying at University of California San Diego.
He continued his yoga studies at Yogaworks (Los Angeles) where he became a RYT-500. Sid went on to study Yin Yoga with internationally acclaimed Master Yoga Teacher Bernie Clark at Semperviva Yoga in Vancouver. While studying with Bernie Clark, Sid found his true calling as a yoga teacher.
Sid was accepted to the Sarah and Ty Powers Insight Yoga Institute to further his teaching interests integrating Yin/Yang Yoga, Buddhism and Transpersonal Psychology into a skillful practice to balance the body, heart and mind. He is also a certified Restorative and Yoga Nidra teacher.
While Sid trained, practiced and taught in many Buddhists traditions over the years, his primary teacher is Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hahn. Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his pioneering teachings on mindfulness, global ethics and peace.
In the lineage of the Japanese Sensei, Mikao Usui, Sid is a practicing Reiki Master. Usui, the founder of the Reiki Healing System, was guided by his devoted Buddhist and martial arts practices to rediscover this ancient healing modality. Reiki is the natural life force energy that supports the body's innate ability to heal by restoring balance and harmony to a person's entire being: physically, mentally and spiritually.
Sid is on faculty at Tree Academy for Creative Arts, New Technology and Social Justice which is a new, innovative non-profit school for 6th through 12th grade students in West Hollywood, CA. He happily teaches the mandatory courses for all students in mediation and yoga.
Deeply curious at heart, Sid encourages clients to get to know and honor their bodies and minds where they are today. In his offerings, he likes to guide students through an empowering, lighthearted and meditative practice, giving the students the opportunity to relax and reconnect to their true nature.
Paul Grilley - Yin Yoga: The Functional Approach, Chakra & Meditation
Elise Browning Miller - Yoga for Scoliosis Level 1 & 2
Annie Carpenter - SmartFlow- Psoas, Pranayama & Deep + Safe
Carrie Owerko - Form, Fluidity & FUNction
Jillian Pransky - Restorative Yoga
Judith Lasater - Certified Relax & Renew Level 1 Teacher (restorative yoga)
Rod Stryker - Para Yoga Nidra
Curious at heart, Sid encourages students to get to know & honor their bodies where they are today. In his classes, Sid likes to guide students through an empowering, meditative and lighthearted practice, giving the students opportunities to deepen their connection to their body, mind and spirit.
Sid is RYT-500 Yoga Teacher specializing in Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra & Meditation.
Sid teaches at and is part of the staff at Studio Be, Zen Yoga West Hollywood, M Power Yoga (New Orleans), & Fitness SF (San Francisco). He also offers private classes, pop up classes and workshops.
WHAT IS REIKI?
Reiki is an energy healing treatment that works holistically; on the whole body, mind and spirit.
Not a system of religious beliefs, Reiki is simply a relaxing treatment that allows natural healing vibrations to transmitted through the hands of a Reiki practitioner (acting as a conduit) to the body of the recipient.
The purpose of a Reiki treatment is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, balance subtle bodies energies and support other medical modalities including traditional therapies.
When the body is brought back into energetic balance, it can innately heal itself.
WHAT IS YIN YOGA?
A more meditative approach to yoga, its goals are awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
It is not intended as a complete practice in itself, but as a complement to more active forms of yoga and exercise.
YIN YOGA PRACTICE
In Yin Yoga, we hold mostly passive poses for about two to five minutes to work into our connective tissues.
The more we work our fascial system and deep tissues, the less dense and tight our bodies become as we age. Movement and stretching hydrates fascia which literally helps slow the aging process.
SOME BENEFITS OF YIN YOGA
Calming and balancing to the mind and body
Regulates energy in the body
Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips
Lowering of stress levels
Better lubrication and protection of joints
More flexibility in joints & connective tissue
Release of fascia throughout the body
Help with TMJ and migraines
A great coping for anxiety and stress
Better ability to sit for meditation
Balances internal organs and improves flow of chi.
WHY RESTORATIVE YOGA?
"We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative Yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely. During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure and the improvement of immune function, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, and the reduction of muscle tension and generalized fatigue."
- Judith Hanson Lasater
A restorative yoga class typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax by activating your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest).
Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends.
Yoga Nidra roughly translates to "yogic sleep" and is a powerful meditation technique where you will be guided into a state of deep relaxation while maintaining awareness.
Classes are designed to move you through a few gentle yoga postures to relax and settle the energies of the body.
Followed by a comfortable and supported Savasana (resting pose) for 30-40 minute of Yoga Nidra. Releasing physical, mental and emotional tension experience the opportunity to leave class feeling rested, restored and inspired.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
Thich Nhat Hanh
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