| Yoga The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root “Yug” which means to join Yoga literally means yoke or union and speaks of the union of the individual spirit with the universal consciousness.
Hatha Yoga Pronounced Hot-ta Yoga. Ha means “sun” tha means “moon” and is often referred to as the yoga of “opposite pairs.” Hatha is the most commonly practiced style of yoga in the U.S. today it is a low-impact exercise, combining different asanas, or postures with deep breathing technique to promote flexibility, balance and relaxation.
Vinyasa Vinyasa means breath synchronized movement. The asanas are learned, and then we practice moving in and out of the poses on an inhale or an exhale, linking poses together in a flow. Physically, vinyasa builds and maintains heat in the body, which will help allow the body to release toxins and also helps to stoke the digestive fire. Mentally, as we become mindful of the breath, while performing asanas, we cultivate focus and concentration, and a quieting of the senses, which leads to a calm mind.
Gentle Yoga Yoga that is modified to become assessable to anyone by the use of props and either a chair or a sticky mat. Simple, gentle movements with priority given to the breath will help remove causes of discomfort and instability, while building strength and improving range of motion. Pranayama Breathing exercises
Ujjayi Pranyama Is the superior breathing to use while practicing yoga asanas (postures). This breathing practice creates a soft resonating sound as the breath is drawn through the back of the throat on its way down into the lungs. This breath is very useful to keep you in the present moment and helps you to breath more fully, allowing you to lengthen out the inhale and the exhale.
MantrasThis is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of practice, usually in the original Sanskrit. Chanting Mantra stills the mind as it uplifts, inspires and nurtures us.