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2700 N Hwy 17, Suite H
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
USA

843-323-8341

After 17 years of practice as a licensed massage therapist in Charleston, SC, Aija  (Atmah Ja) has assimilated a range of techniques—making her a specialist in the field of mind-body medicine, yoga, and meditation. Aija is one of the few therapists to offer cupping in Charleston, SC after having first encountered “fire” cupping while apprenticing with a Thai medicine man in Chang Mai,Thailand. While cupping has been around for centuries, it is currently trending because of its ability to produce dramatic healing effects in a shortened period of time!  

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Aija Yoga - North Mount Pleasant

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Greetings All... You asked and now, you got it... Two days of Rivertowne Country Club Yoga ~ all are welcome! Each day fills a need - Tues am 8:30 Yoga Restore is gentle therapy for the mind and body - for all levels. Weds 9:30 Yoga Invigorate is for powering the mind through the body using more vigor. The two classes balance each other and are perfect to do as a yin/yang combo ....take both days for $100 (members) $130 (non- Country Club members)! Wow!...

The classes run for 6 weeks and are a deal at single class $60 / $75 respectively ... if you miss your class day - you can drop into the other. ByoMat, 2Blocks & Strap! PLEASE NOTE TIME DIFFERENCE ON TUES 8:30 / WEDS 9:30 !!!!! If you're in the neighborhood or North Mount Pleasant area... and haven't tried it... Why not? Skip the 30 min drive to Coleman Blvd... and get to know your yoga community in your community.

Ive been teaching yoga for 2 decades and studied in India - yet teach with an open attitude that allows for everyone to experience yoga and the expression of the mind and body through your own belief system... Hope to see you! Contact me with any questions! atmahja@gmail.com / 843-323-8341

YOGA Restore 6 Weeks

~ Starting Feb 20 Tuesdays * 8:30-9:45 All levels $60 Members / $75 Non Members This class is designed to be gentle and restorative while at the same time increasing energy levels with deep breathing to rejuvenate the mind. Modified sun salutations and ample floor/mat work will focus on stretch/strength and will be gentle yet juicy on the joints. This is the perfect class for a beginner but also for an advanced student who is interested a more therapeutic and meditative practice. Tues & Weds 6 Weeks package Deal! $100 Members/ $130 Non members

YOGA Invigorate 6 Weeks

~ Starting Feb 21 Wednesdays * 9:30-10:45 Level: physically fit $60 Members / $75 Non Members This class is designed for students who desire to expand their practice in all areas and complexities. There will be a generous amount of flow and sun salutations with great stretch and strength. It will entail strength/cardio segments that will raise the heart rate and fire up muscles focusing on the mind and breath, finishing with a well earned savasana! This class is for an active person that that desires a physical challenge with a mantra of "Get strong/be calm"! Tues & Weds 6 Weeks package Deal! $100 Members/ $130 Non members

Celebrating My Namesake!

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What is in a name?

What is in a name? In numerology the number nine is a completion. This February marks nine years of my name change! From the time I was a child, I was always an outlier and certainly my adult life has been defined as such. My collegiate days took me to France and Europe having studied the language of love as my undergrad. There, I began challenging my notions of perception around our cultural boundaries as Americans and started to break through what is localized, familial, societal, as per how we are taught by our parentage. 

Having been a high school teacher for four years as the "Prof de Francais", like many in our education system, I was broken and uninspired and found limited creativity in teaching. The gravitational force that pulled me into holistic health and massage was born out of this professional rock bottom that I very thankfully reached!

In 1997 I was one of the first few students to study in Charleston at the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Therapy. There I fell in love with the body, anatomy and physiology and the workings of its organic structure.

I no longer lived in the box of expectations and began setting up a life of non-traditional standards and means. 

While cultivating my career as a therapist in Charleston, I untethered myself many times to explore world adventures for months at a time. Exploring Mexico, Guatemala and Belize as Mayan epicenters, I was astounded by the richness of the people, the natives, the temple structures and astrology that far succeeds our explanation. 

Traveling east, India was a second homecoming having studied yoga for eight years. India felt like my ancestry and I spoke their language. I was immersed in the sights and sounds of cattle, cars, pedi-cabs and thousands of moving parts! India sings all day with vibration from mosques to temples and the constant smells that flood the streets with incense and flowers are accented by the brightest of saris. 

The most poignant place I have traveled is the outpost in town of Gangotri, frozen most of the year, but opens in the spring as everything begins to melt. This for me was a pilgrimage of self. For many Indians, it is the most sacred place on earth where the glacier melts to become the sacred Ganges. In this town, I situated myself sleeping with the sounds of the river crashing just underneath my hotel room perched hovering its banks. 

Packed for the 20 kilometer one-way trek, I prepped myself for an overnight journey with a nights rest at an extremely minimalist ashram just on the edge of this earthly~spiritual convergence of space and time. Hiking alone, I took it all in and made it a very soulful and meaningful journey every step of the way. I am not Hindu so arriving at the mouth of the Ganges did not hold religious significance for me; it was more so the symbol of what we are as spirit becoming physical.

This sacred place and India touched me and is a significant part of my evolution. My name change is a reflection of all of the years leading to this trip and is an ongoing journey. I translate Atmah Ja as Soul~Sister keeping it animated and effervescent. Over time, friends and family found a nick name in A-ja and hence Aija was born. 

I write this to share - there are different names and stories written in all of us, alter-egos and people we dreamed and desired to be or may still become. Life is a pilgrimage and unfolding who we are is a journey that was written into my destiny. I am so grateful to have you all as a part of this experience and certainly - my work is a centerpiece of who I am and what it allows me to be!

Very sincerely yours, 

A t m a h J a ! ~ A i j a

Anti-aging and Exercise, how HIIT Affects the Mitochondria similar to Laser Therapy

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Well this year came in with a glorious snow fallen bang, didn't it, and I have been loving the winter wonderland!

Its been an exciting new year with our historic snowfall – so let's take nature's cue and have a big bang in our lives –right? Our love affair with nature is that it is not a constant; it is an ever changing variable that is the backdrop of our mood and energy levels. So with the dynamic global changes and weather patterns we have the opportunity to really move mountains!!!!!

As we welcome the NEW YEAR – I look forward to sharing and creating a more dynamic conversation with you.

For me, the bar is high for health and wellness and I elevate the bar for you!

My desire in all of my sharing is for everyone to experience the highest degree of health and wellness in the body and understand OUR own impact on illness, degeneration and disease as we are the “movers and shakers” of our body, literally making it every day by what we EAT AND THINK as the two most powerful variables! These are things I share all of the time.

For all of us Aging is a BIG DEAL. Of course we desire to maintain a youthfulness of body, mind and spirit –and so how do we achieve this as the years tick upward and onward and the aches and pains shift from occasional to chronic?

New studies on health, aging and exercise are focusing on the Mitochondria and this is precisely what we target with Laser Therapy!

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Do you remember the mitochondria from our way back biology days?... It is the energy source that creates food or energy for each cell to function. Well as we age, the energy-generating capacity of our cells' mitochondria slowly decreases. (Using laser therapy enhances mitochondrial function and regenerates/rejuvinates cellular tissue.)

But what the study found is that high-intensity interval training yielded the largest benefits at the cellular level. The younger volunteers in the interval training group saw a 49% increase in mitochondrial capacity WHILE the older volunteers saw an even more dramatic 69% INCREASE!!!!!!

Here's what the study found about high intensity training, exercise …

  • Encourages the cell to make more RNA copies of genes coding for mitochondrial proteins and proteins responsible for muscle growth.
  • Boosts the ribosomes' ability to build mitochondrial proteins, increasing muscle protein content.
  • Reverses the age-related decline in mitochondrial function and proteins needed for muscle building.
  • Increases in mitochondrial protein synthesis and muscle hypertrophy.

Exercise's ability to transform these key organelles could explain why exercise benefits our health in so many different ways. Muscle is somewhat unique because muscle cells divide only rarely. Like brain and heart cells, muscle cells wear out and aren't easily replaced. Functions in all three of those tissues are known to decline with age. "Unlike liver, muscle is not readily regrown. The cells can accumulate a lot of damage," Nair explains. (Laser therapy helps to eradicate cell damage) However, if exercise restores or prevents deterioration of mitochondria and ribosomes in muscle cells, there's a good chance it does so in other tissues, too. Understanding the pathways that exercise uses to work its magic may make aging more targetable.

SO what exactly is high interval intensity training?

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Exercise is done in bursts of short interval phases of rest and activity. The body pushes everything to the maximum effort say 30 seconds to a few minutes at 80-90% of maximum heart rate with a recovery period that may last equally as long. “A high-intensity workout increases the body's need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery,” says Eric Salvador, NASM, NSCA, head instructor at The Fitting Room in New York City. “This afterburn effect is referred to as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) and is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady-state workouts.”

From an adaptative perspective we are requiring the body to stay fit for survival and CELLULARLY IT RESPONDS!

Awareness Advice from the trenches ~
I have seen a lot of injury from people coming from HIIT classes. You become exhausted quickly and lose proper form. The exercise may be too strenuous and you can't keep up and get injured. Build yourself up to your maximum and give yourself a break if you are a beginner. If you are doing HIIT at home on your own, on the contrary, you may need to push yourself a little more to get your heart beat faster to achieve the full impact.

So getting vigorous exercise seems to be the most effective way to bolster health. "There are substantial basic science data to support the idea that exercise is critically important to prevent or delay aging," says Nair. "There's no substitute for that."