"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 and tips for beginners and those experienced in yoga. Please note, you will need a membership to receive full access to our yoga poses directory.



Why Practice Yoga?

Helps to relieve stress
Relieves some aches and pains
Promotes our breathing
Gives us a focus on the present moment
Increases our Flexibility
Creates more strength in our body
Improves the circulation in our body
Helps in having good weight management
 Gives us a sense of inner peace and contentment

"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.