June 18, 2017

Yoga Styles

IMG_1841The practice of yoga targets the mind, body and spirit and offers physical as well as mental benefits.

Studies suggest the health benefits of yoga include reduced blood pressure, improved cardiovascular health and decreased chronic neck and lower back pain, to name a few.

Combined with deep breathing, yoga movements help relax the muscles of the body and decrease stress and tension, thereby resulting in a positive state of mind!

The types of Yoga I teach:

Root (fundamentals):

Yoga Root is for everyone- from the beginner to the seasoned practitioner. Whether you are just starting out your yoga practice or a seasoned yogi looking for a slower practice.

The fundamentals of Yoga enable you to increase or decrease challenge levels in your practice.

Flow yoga: 

Flow Guided: If you are looking for a dynamic and challenging Vinyasa yoga practice but would like the teacher to completely guide you through it, this one is a must try! The sequences are fun, the music is inspiring and you focus on breathing, balancing & strengthening.

Flow: Same as Flow Guided but this a dynamic Vinyasa practice that empowers you to flow at your own pace. You are guided some & then given time some free movement time on your mat.

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga (primary series):

The term “Ashtanga” itself means “eight limbs,” and includes yoga poses and breath as two of its eight limbs.

“Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga” is considered the modern-day form of classical yoga, popularized by Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century. It is a set sequence of postures where most are held for 5 breaths each. Emphasis is on “ujjaie” or victorious breath that sounds like the ocean wave, which means your breath serves as your music! In addition, to energize your practice, you activate your “bandhas” or energy locks that involve contraction of the pelvic as well as the lower abdominal muscles.

The primary series short form includes Sun Salutations A and B, 19 standing postures and 21 seated postures.

In addition, poses from the intermediate series are sometimes included for added challenge, once the student gets comfortable with primary series.

Surrender (Yin yoga): 

Yin yoga is a slow-paced format where poses are mostly done seated or on your back. You stay or meditate in each pose for 3 to 5 minutes with some longer holds to target the “fascia” or the connective tissues — the ligaments, the joints and the bones — rather than the muscles.

Doing so increases flexibility and mobility in the joints and hips, regulates energy and calms the mind and body to provide stress relief.

Room temperatures

  • Heated classes are at 95 degrees
  • Warm classes are at 85 degrees
  • The rest are anywhere between 75-85 degrees
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