FLOW: BREATHE DEEPLY, DO YOGA
WHAT IS YOGA?
The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, which means “to bring together” the spirit and physical body. Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines.
Yoga is a popular activity for athletes, children, and seniors. Yoga can be adapted to suit all levels of fitness. There is healing in Yoga that goes far beyond physical benefits. Yoga has been proven to lower blood pressure and increase strength and flexibility. Yoga energizes your body and calms your mind.
STYLES OF YOGA
Fluid, acrobatic yoga done in a an apparatus similar to a hammock that supports your body. Popular in Yoga studios and gyms
A system based on hatha Yoga founded by John friend. Each class begins with an invocation or centering as a devotional recognition of the grace-bestowing universal power of Spirit within and around us. The class moves into different poses weaving in a theme of spirituality or enlightenment.
A style of yoga popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois. It is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian Yoga. The practice is made up of six series of Poses. It is typically vigourous and meant to challenge your body.
Baptiste Yoga was founded in the 1940′s by Walt Baptiste and through his son Baron, it has evolved into a practice that holds true to the spirit of its creation while remaining accessible to anyone today. The physical aspects of Baptiste Yoga style are inspired by the hatha yoga teachings of Krishnamacharya and his students Iyengar and Desikachar, whom Baron Baptiste studied with personally from a young age.
The Baptiste Yoga practice and programs are designed to empower you with the focus, training and insight you need to achieve consistent results in the most important areas of your life. A potent physical yoga practice, meditation practice and active self inquiry are used as tools of transformation. Baptiste Yoga is based on a Vinyasa (flow). You move through poses with Sun Salutations, a Balance sequence and Floor work. This is Hot Yoga, also known as Power Vinyasa Yoga. It is challenging and accessible for all bodies and levels. I am a certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher. I practice Baptiste Yoga.
I know that transformation is possible with this work.
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The foundation of for other styles of Yoga.
Traditional Hatha Yoga is a holistic path that includes disciplines, physical postures (asana), purification procedures, breathing (pranayama), and meditation. Hatha practiced in the West consists of mostly physical postures and is also recognized as a gentle introductory yoga for people new to yoga.
A class emphasizing healing the body and mind through use of supported postures. One of the oldest forms of yoga, it’s for a person who loves technical intricacies and is also great for people who are new to yoga or have any concerns with their health or physical limitations. Created by B.K.S Iyengar
The focus is on meditation and breathing. This practice is intended to wake up the kundalini energy coiled at the base of your spine while activating chakras (energetic centers in the body), as well as detox the body and mind. Founded by Yogi Bhajan.
Believed to be the oldest form of Hatha yoga, and thought to be the ideal method of physical conditioning for prolonged meditation. You use props and gentle movement. There are long holds that require that you focus and release all effort from the muscles. Deep physical work and meditation
What to wear
In more physical types of yoga and especially in hot classes, expect to sweat. Wear clothes that dry quickly, wick moisture away, and will keep you as comfortable as possible to get the most out of your yoga class. Fabrics with stretch will help you feel most comfortable as you move from pose to pose. Whatever you choose to wear to class, you should be able to move freely and feel good. No shoes requires. Practice in bare feet.
Yoga props and blocks
Yoga blocks and straps are great tools for beginner to seasoned yogis. Some styles of yoga, such as Iyengar, require more use of yoga props Sit on a yoga block with your legs crossed to help open your hips up and meditate comfortably. Most Yoga studios will have Blocks and Straps available for your use or you can purchase your own.
You’re going to be spending a lot of time up close and personal with your mat. Yoga mats come in a variety of colours, sizes and thicknesses. Are you a traveling yogi? Look for thin travel mats that fold up so you can take your Downward Facing Dog on the road. Take time to choose the perfect mat for you. Your mat will impact your practice in various ways. Often Yoga Studios will allow you to “try on” a mat for one class before you purchase it. Also ask other students about their mat – and feel it out.