A Hatha-style yoga that emphasizes looking for the good in all things and all people. Each student is honored for his or her individual practice, whether just beginning or well advanced. Classes open with an invocation and are centered on a theme grounded in the heart and leading to spiritual connectivity; poses respect the grand purpose of yoga, postural alignment, and balancing external and internal energy.
An ancient form of yoga that stakes a recent claim to being the inspiration for power yoga, it follows a six-set series of postures (asanas). The individual asanas are connected by the synchronization of movement and breath (vinyasas). This results in improved circulation, a fit body, and a clear mind. Ashtanga Yoga is made up of eight limbs; four are devoted to external cleansing and four are devoted to internal cleansing.
Bhakti Flow Yoga
Branded by Rusty Wells, Bhakti Flow is a fusion of Ashtanga and Bikram. Deep rhythmic breathing in conjunction with movement is emphasized. The room is heated, class opens with a breathing exercise, and each student is encouraged to dedicate the practice to a loved one. Traditional Bhakti is the yoga of devotion and is based on meditation.
Performed in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40 percent to 50 percent humidity, a series of 26 postures is repeated with each class in the same order. Bikram is designed to stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons and to replenish the entire body with fresh, oxygenated blood. Classes are 90 minutes.
Developed to deal with modern stress and challenges, this active series awakens the senses. Attempting to invoke a sense of freedom within, teachers invite classes to breathe into every cell of the body while holding postures for long periods.
A combination of focusing on postures and breath control (pranayama) to send energy through the channels of the mind and to the chitta, the sense of self or being. "Hatha" is used in the West as an overarching term for physical yoga and usually encompasses two or more styles of yoga.
ISHTA stands for the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda. It recognizes that each student has a unique practice so itï¿½s been designed to blend postures, breathing, and meditation techniques suited for each individual. Practices range from slow movement through postures to more vigorous series that promote sweating out toxins.
Focuses on detail and fine-tuning alignments of the muscular and skeletal system. To achieve precision, positions are held for much longer than they are in most yoga practices. Injuries are accommodated in this yoga through the use of blocks, blankets, belts, and chairs.