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"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states."
- Carol Welch

Studio Yoga

In a typical yoga class, students place their mats facing the front of the room (often identifiable by a small altar or teacher’s mat) in a loose grid. You will need some space in certain poses so it’s best if you place your mat a few inches away from your neighbor. Students often perform gentle stretching or sit in meditation while waiting to begin. Depending on the teacher, there may be breathing exercises or a short meditation at the start of class. This will be followed by warm-up poses, more vigorous poses, then stretches and final relaxation called Savasana. At any time during a class you may take Child’s Pose if you need to rest.

Online Yoga

If you are unable to attend a yoga studio, there are other options out there. Online yoga classes are an inexpensive way to practice on your own time with a smart phone, iPad, or computer. Both the online classes and beginner DVDs are great with fitting a yoga practice into your schedule and they can practiced in the comfort of your own home. If you are interested in beginning your journey as a member of Gates To Yoga Online Studio, click here!

 

Yoga Poses Directory – A list of poses with step by step instructions for beginners and those experienced in yoga.

 

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Why Practice Yoga?

Stress Relief
Pain Relief
Better Breathing
Flexibility
Increased Strength
Weight Management
Improved Circulation
Cardiovascular Conditioning
Focus On The Present
Promotes Inner Peace

"Movement is the song of the body."
-Vanda Scaravelli

Styles Of Yoga

Hatha Yoga – A slow-paced introduction to yoga poses with focus on breathing and meditation.

Purpose: To introduce beginners to yoga with basic poses and relaxation techniques.
Benefits: Relieves stress, provide physical exercise, improves breathing.
Good for: Beginners and those who seeking to learn the basics of yoga

Restorative Yoga – A yoga practice for mental, physical, and emotional relaxation. A gentle practice that will hold poses for a certain amount of time, similar to Yin Yoga.

Purpose: Relaxation of the mind and body.
Benefits: Balances the nervous system, healthy immune function, physiological health.
Good for: Beginners or those looking to relax and de-stress.

Iyengar Yoga – Focuses on bodily alignment with different props such as straps, blocks, bolsters to assist in strengthening the body.

Purpose: Strengthen and bring the body into alignment.
Benefits: Improves balance, speeds up recovery from injury, builds bodily strength.
Good for: Beginners & those with injuries seeking to learn correct alignments in poses

Kundalini Yoga – Classes include meditation, breathing techniques, and chanting as well as yoga postures. A more spiritual and philosophical approach in yoga than other styles.

Purpose: Gain understanding of the mind/body connection.
Benefits: Inner guidance, emotional balance and neutral mind, deep relaxation.
Good for: Beginners and those seeking to enhance their meditation experience

Vinyasa – Breath synchronized movement with an emphasis on Sun Salutations.

Purpose: Link the breath with movement while strengthening and toning the body.
Benefits: Improves strength & flexibility, tones abdominals, reduces risk of heart disease.
Good for: Beginners and experienced yogis seeking to strengthen their bodies

Ashtanga Yoga – An athletic and physical style of yoga that follows specific sequences of the same poses. Ashtanga also aims to match the breath with movement.

Purpose: Increase strength and improve one’s spiritual self.
Benefits: Relieves stress, improves coordination, helps with weight loss.
Good for: Experienced yogis looking to maintain strength and stamina

Hot Yoga – Performing yoga exercises under heated and humid conditions to increase an individual’s flexibility in the poses. Similar to Bikram Yoga.

Purpose: Flush out toxins and deeply stretch the muscles.
Benefits: Enhances flexibility, cleanses the body, weight loss.
Good for: Experienced yogis looking for a challenge to push themselves. Other styles not mentioned: Yin Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Acroyoga, Jnana Yoga, Viniyoga, Power Yoga.

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