The word "Yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root "yuj". It is believed to have origins in the northern region of India more than two thousand years ago and embraces a wide range of styles and disciplines. It was developed as a spiritual tool to clear the mind, strengthen the body and flourish the soul. Its philosophy is about complete awareness of the body, mind and spirit connection enhancing and balancing our life energy.
Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines.
Everyone! Men and women of all ages and professions; pregnant women (before and after giving birth), college students and young teenagers. Hatha Yoga helps with stress, enhances mobility of joins and muscles (minimizing join inflammation and chronic pain); increases blood flow circulation (cardiovascular and circulatory health), physical strength and flexibility that includes muscle tone and bone alignment. It enhances vitality and energy, it is a wonderful fitness and health approach for people who suffer pain associated with arthritis, headaches, back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome.
There are many different styles of yoga — some more strenuous than others. Prenatal yoga and hatha (gentle) yoga are the best choices for pregnant women. If they're not an option, talk to the instructor about your pregnancy before starting any other yoga class.
Be careful to avoid Bikram yoga, commonly called hot yoga, which involves doing vigorous poses in a room heated to 100 to 110 F (38 to 43 C). Bikram yoga may raise your body temperature too much, causing a condition known as hyperthermia. In addition, ashtanga and other types of power yoga may be too strenuous for women who aren't experienced yoga practitioners.
Hatha Yoga (Sanskrit: हठयोग, also called haṭhavidya (हठविद्या), is a branch of yoga. The word haṭha means "force". The asanas series (postures/positions) of Hatha Yoga strengthen and correct our body alignment. It enhances the breathing (pranamaya) while at the same time empty the busy mind. This style of yoga allows personal transformation for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It is one of the most effective stress-reducing practice.
Hindu tradition believes that Shiva himself is the founder of hatha yoga. According to legend, Lord Shiva is credited with propounding hatha yoga. It is said that on a lonely island, assuming nobody else would hear him, he gave the knowledge of hatha yoga to the Goddess Parvati, but a fish heard the entire discourse, remaining still throughout. The fish (Matsya) later became a siddha (one who has attained perfection and bliss) and came to be known as Matsyendranath. Matsyendranath taught hatha yoga to his disciple Gorakshanath and to a limbless man, Chaurangi. Hatha Yoga Pradipika mentions many other famous hatha yogis. Hatha yoga was thus passed down in disciplic succession.
Vinyasa yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you to flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or an exhale.
The literal translation of vinyasa from Sanskrit is "connection," according to Ellen Stansell, PhD, RYT, and scholar of yogic literature and Sanskrit. In terms of yoga asana, we can interpret this as a connection between movement and breath.
A cat-cow stretch is an example of a very simple vinyasa, because the spine is arched on an inhale and rounded on an exhale. A sun salutation sequence is an example of a more complex vinyasa. Each movement in the series is done in time with an inhalation or an exhalation.
This style allows for a lot of variety, but will almost always include sun salutations.
Expect movement, not just stretching. Whether the class is fast or slow, includes inversions, or is very alignment-oriented will depend on the individual teacher and the particular style in which he or she is trained. Some classes include some warm up stretches at the beginning while others launch straight into standing poses. Some very popular yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Jivamukti, and CorePower make use of the vinyasa method. If a class is simply identified as vinyasa it may make use of aspects of any number of traditions. The one thing you can be sure if is the flow between poses.
Yoga Sculpt is Yoga's flow with weights, is a true total body workout, yogis sculpting their bodies in this class pack in plyometrics, cardio, yoga, and weight-lifting all in one hour!
Yin Yoga is a fantastic compliment to a vinyasa practice or other physical activities. This down-tempo yoga style focuses on long holds designed to open and stretch your body, bringing balance to everyday life and activity. While Yin Yoga is a passive practice, the poses will reach the deep connective tissues and fascia. Come to Yin Yoga to reset your body, energy and week.
“Healing & Restorative Yoga Class” The perfect class for people experiencing joint pain, lower back and knee pain, or muscular inflammatory disease such as fibromyalgia. Traditional yoga poses will be taught by a specially trained instructor using blankets, bolsters and blocks.
In general, Yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity that also has important psychological benefits due to its meditative nature. As with other forms of exercise, yoga can increase muscle strength, improve flexibility, enhance respiratory endurance, and promote balance. Yoga is also associated with increased energy and fewer bodily aches and pains. Finally, yoga is associated with increased mental energy as well as positive feelings (such as alertness and enthusiasm), fewer negative feelings (reduced excitability, anxiety, aggressiveness) and somatic complaints.
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