Yoga Therapy

"Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well- being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga." (International Association of Yoga Therapists)  
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Yoga Breathwalking

What do you get when you combine a simple exercise like walking, with the Art and Science of Kundalini Yoga? You get "Breathwalk", a system explored, tested and practiced by Yogi Bhajan, PhD., and Guracharan Singh Khalsa, PhD. Bhajan brought to the West in 1969, the system of exercises, breathing, hand positions and chanting known as Kundalini Yoga. These exercises are specific for certain mental, emotional and physical conditions, and extensive study has been done on the positive effects of Yoga on the glandular, endocrine and nervous systems of the Body. As Kundalini Yoga is heavily emphasized on synchronizing breathing and focus with sometimes demanding physical exercises, Bhajan and Khalsa modified a program for their students who lacked the stamina and flexibility for the traditional poses, so they could still reap the benefits. The Yoga Gurus developed "Breathwalk", a system of synchronizing walking with counted breathing and focus on mantra (sound.) This is reported to change the basic rhythm of the body on a systemic and cellular level, and can be practiced discreetly anywhere, anytime, even on a treadmill. Many who practice regularly report clarity of mind, better focus, increased vitality, and "Wellness of Being," along with relief from various health conditions.

Benefits of Yoga

One can set personal goals while practicing: to gain increased energy, discover a feeling of connectedness, to refined one's mental quality, mood control, and improve one's health issues.   Breathwalk can help to relieve the following: Anxiety    Stress    Hypertension    Depression     Impulsiveness     Emotional trauma    Back pain    Obesity    Work immune system    Fatigue   Moodiness    Poor circulation     Travel  stress     Inflexibility   Additive impulses Feeling overwhelmed     Low stamina     Reduced potency

Y.O.G.A. For Youth Curriculum

The Y.O.G.A.(Your Own Greatness Affirmed)for Youth curriculum was designed by Krishna Kaur Khalsa in California over sixteen years ago. (see   This program is designed to combat issues among youths such as stress, anger, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, poor concentration and obesity.  10 week courses are offered at sites such as schools, community centers, churches and youth facilities,..ect.   The classes teach youth, life changing skills using basic yoga postures, challenging physical exercise, breathing and deep relaxation techniques reducing compulsive behavior, lowers stress and increases mental and physical vitality.  Certified Y.O.G.A. for Youth Instructors are available in the Detroit area, please contact us if you are interested in booking Y.O.G.A. for Youth classes in Detroit, Michigan or donating to help bring classes to young people in need of support. Classes will be offered on and off site.

Yoga For Adults

Yoga for adults will be offered on and off site.  A schedule will be posted this fall.  Adult  Kundalini  Yoga classes for all fitness levels and experience.  Morning Sadhana schedule, to be announced.  A Schedule of Yoga classes will be announced.  All inquiries please contact: Darcia D. Cheeks (Paramdev Kaur)  @ 313-862-1938 


What is Yoga? 

The roots of Yoga were established in Egyptian, Indian and Mayan traditions. This art and science has been around for over 40,000 years.  There are over 22 types of yoga.  The word Yoga, comes from the biblical term to yoke.  The universal definition for Yoga is Unity.  Essentially it is about obtaining union with oneself, and one's consciousness.  Practicing yoga, using body movements, meditation and sometimes chanting (depending on the type of yoga), we have an opportunity to raise our consciousness.    The benefits are infinite.  There is an opportunity to become more flexible both mentally and physically,  allowing  ones spiritual essence to expand. There is also an opportunity for balance, clarity, cleansing and healing, if commitment, patience and practice are present.   Yoga is for everyone!  Just as long as you are breathing!  Yoga is a path, which begins when you start and you can start at any point.   Some examples of the benefits of yoga include the ability to relieve stress and anxiety,  strengthen the nervous system, stretch and build muscles, stimulate circulation,  cleanse the internal tissues, lose weight, conquer addictions and increase self esteem, focus and determination.

What is Kundalini Yoga and the Kundalini Energy.  

Kundalini Yoga is a science of self-awareness that was developed to raise energy that is coiled and trapped in our lower spine all the way up to glands in the brain.  Uncoiling this energy helps us to reach that higher awareness. The techniques of Kundalini Yoga can stimulate our organs, glands and all systems in the body.  At the Wellness Advocates of Detroit, the teachings are based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, who against the will of authorities in his native country in India, brought this technology to the United States to uplift and enlighten us. Kundalini yoga will include physical and breathing exercises, meditations, chants and sound. The chants will be stated in another language because it has been proven that the sound of the words that we will be chanting will be evoking a change within us. 

How does Kundalini Yoga compare to other types of yoga? 

There are many other types of yoga as mentioned earlier and they have different focuses. For example, hatha yoga focuses on cultivating the body, ashtanga yoga focuses on ancient philosophies, karma yoga focuses on actions without expectations, for example doing things for others.  Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness.  Kundalini Yoga emphasizes awareness and most of the practices are done with the eyes closed, where in other yogas the eyes are usually open.  Kundalini yoga  utilizes proven formulas of yoga sets that yoga teachers cannot alter, to assist in reaching a higher consciousness faster, compared to other yogas. 

What is the meaning of Sadhana? 

Sadhana means a practice of self-discipline that allows us to express the infinite within ourself.  According to Yogi Bhajan, "it is a scientific way to live."  It is a time each day to notice the patterns that lead away from higher consciousness and to transcend those patterns.  Sadhana is a conscious activity.  This ritual is done before sunrise.  It is optimal to complete the ritual in 2 ½ hours every morning., before the rise of the sun or between 4 - 7 a.m.  Then, we can face the day with surging energy.  It is done to heighten and sustain wisdom, commitment  and consistency (steadiness).
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Free Kundalini Yoga class at the Hazel Park Library. Certified yoga instructor, Darcia Cheeks, will help you ease into Kundalini Yoga. No experience is necessary. Bring a mat or towel to class. Classes are free.  Address: 123 East Nine Mile Road, Hazel Park, MI 48030 Dates: Consult the Hazel Park Library Calendar for dates or call 248-546-4095.

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