Hot90 (Bikram) Yoga
Hot90 is a sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises practiced in a heated room. It is specifically designed to work the entire body, using heat to stretch deeper, prevent injury and flush unwanted toxins. Each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints needed for the next posture. This yoga series stimulates the organs, glands and nerves and systematically moves fresh oxygenated blood to 100% of the body helping to restore all systems to a healthy working order.
Bikram, with the help of his guru Bishnu Ghosh (one of the greatest and most influential yoga masters of the past century and brother of Paramahansa Yogananda), scientifically designed this 90 minute program to deliver total health through the balancing and strengthening of every system in the body in order to prevent illness and injury, promote weight loss and limit the effects of aging. The series is dynamic and exhilarating. The series of postures combine skills of concentration, patience, determination and self control that increase mental clarity and reduce stress. The room is heated to warm your muscles preventing injury and allowing for a deeper workout.
The Hot90 series is suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Be prepared to sweat and have fun!
Why the heat?
Yoga changes the construction of the body from the inside out, from bones to skin and from fingertips to toes. So before you change it, it helps to heat it up to soften it, because a warm body is a flexible body. Then you can reshape the body any way you want.
Hatha Yoga flushes away the waste products, the toxins of all the glands and organs of your body. It provides a natural irrigation of the body through the circulatory system, with the help of the respiratory system. It brings nourishment to every cell of your body so that each one can perform it’s function and keep your body healthy. Bikram Yoga also employs heat to further that cleaning process: When you sweat, impurities are flushed out of the body through the skin.
Practicing yoga not only increases our supplies of oxygen, but it also teaches us how to use that oxygen properly – we learn to control the breath through pranayama.
In Yin Yoga postures are held for three to five minutes, applying moderate stress to the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. They are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. Improve flexibility, organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being with a regular practice.
A more meditative approach to yoga, Yin aims at cultivating awareness of one’s inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality. During the long holds of the poses, teachers will typically explain the physiology and anatomy of poses, including the location of the meridian lines being affected, as well as give informal dharma (yoga philosophy) talks. Yin Yoga is a wonderful complement to more active forms of yoga and exercise. While Bikram Yoga strengthens the hips and low back, Yin Yoga promotes flexibility in the hips and low back.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Vinyasa is an active form of yoga in which movement is linked with breath. This is a fun and dynamic style of yoga, and the postures typically flow from one to the next, hence it is often referred to as Flow Yoga. Vinyasa builds upper body strength, as many poses are based on variations of sun salutations. Focus is also given to the strengthening the core muscles. Each Vinyasa class is unique and different, challenging you in a new way every time. Try your hot yoga workout in a new way – come ready to move laugh!
Based on the Ashtanga Primary Series of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, this 60-minute asana practice is designed to condense the 2-hour Primary Series into a set sequence structure of varying poses. Each week we will have a specific focus towards the end of the practice (i.e. inversions, arm balances, or mediation) designed to give the practitioner the opportunity to explore the Primary Series. In addition, several of the branches of this 8-Limbed Path will be explored throughout practice including asana, pranayama, and pratyahara (sensory withdrawal) all culminating in a short, powerful meditation.
Gentle does not mean easy. This class focuses on mobilizing joint ranges and works to find optimal muscle lengths. Classes focus on problem areas like necks, shoulders, wrists, hips and lower backs, areas where pain arises due to the habitual non natural way in which we hold and use our bodies. The class moves slowly and is easy to follow. Alternatives are always given if something proves too hard. Room not heated for this class.