Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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Ashtanga: Yoga has been used to mean union, union between body, mind, and heart. It is a philosophy and a lifestyle, which is meant to bring the practitioner vibrant health by way of physical postures, breathing, and internal awareness. In yoga we work physical postures (asana), movements synchronized with the breath (vinyasa), gaze points (drishti), and internal awareness (bandhas). The practice of primary series (known as Yoga Chikitsa or Yoga Therapy) is designed to cleanse and purify the entire body. Each posture has specific benefits. By synchronizing breath and movement we build internal heat which purifies the body by releasing toxins as well as beneficial minerals and hormones. The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system places emphasis on the breathing and moving synchronicity first and foremost. Strength, flexibility, and stamina are developed equally through this practice. Ashtanga Yoga benefits body, mind and spirit. It is a challenging series that purifies, strengthens, detoxifies and aligns the body, combining the benefits of Yoga and Exercise. This information was taken from the website www.befityoga.com with permission from Bobbi Misiti Classes consist of ...

A gentle moving yoga class focusing on relaxing flow and gentle breath. This class will help to calm the mind, relax the body and improve your overall physical and mental well-being. Great for beginners and those seeking a more meditative practice.

Self practice with an Instructor assisting you. This class is taught as Ashtanga Yoga is taught in India, you are not cued through the class, you do your yoga practice while an instructor is present to assist you—this is the best class to get individual attention during the class setting, it is the preferred form of practice!

Power Yoga:
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advance yoga student this class is for you. Power yoga is a general term used in the West to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to yoga. Power Yoga is an inclusive training program that blends strength with flexibility, endurance, balance, coordination and concentration. It yields strong, fluid movements that require a focus of the mind and the body that is both challenging and invigorating. This class mixes the east (yoga) and the west (pilates and traditional strength training) with a special emphasis on the quality of movement.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga:
A creative, vigorous form of yoga, linking breath, body and mind, Vinyasa means connecting. Expect some uplifting music during the asana practice and a deep relaxation at the end. We do three different sun salutations, standing pose sequences and balances, forward bends, hip openers, arm balances, spinal twists and inversions. Pranayama (breath work) will be introduced.

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