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Brief History of yoga: 

Yoga goes back 5,000 years ago from the heart of the Himalayas, through a long journey the practice eventually made it's way to L.A. where we are now exposed to a wonderful verity of yoga styles. 

Yoga states that there are four main yoga paths: 

Jnana - The study of philosophy (existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, language). However, it is your own self-study, what you choose to present to yourself and how you choose to apply it. Mediation can bring on this knowledge. 

Karma - Serving others without any expectation coming to them, helpless act. 

Bhakti - Devotion, rituals, worship, song. 

Hatha - Physical practices - mediation, breathing, and movement. 



" It's not about the tight yoga pants and fancy mats, yoga is truly a lifestyle. "

 #vitalitywithinthebody #mindfulness #livingthroughtheheart #lettinggo

#flexibility #strength #flow #empowerment #findwhatworksforyou

Yoga Styles

Hatha: Physical exercises, guided by control gentle breathing. Complete flow. The Sun Salutation is a popular sequence for Hatha yoga. 

Iyengar: Similar to Hatha, with implied focus to the asanas (poses). Each pose is strictly alignment based to get the asana just right. Props can be used such as straps, blocks, blankets, bolsters, and chairs. 

Kundalini: Tapping into the primal energy within the body that is said to be located at the base of the spine. Singing, meditation, chanting, and direct mental focus is all applied. 

Ashtanga: Intended to be a daily practice incorporating a specific sequence of asanas, pranayama (breath) and vinyasa. Incorporating strength, flexibility, and stamina 

 Vinyasa: Each class holds its own style and uniqueness. Vinyassa is all about flow, incorporating asanas together so that there is a soft transition between them. These classes are usually gentle, to fast paced depending on the style of the instructor. 

Bikram: Designed by Bikram Choudhury, put together a series of 26 poses and two breathing techniques that are to be repeated throughout a 90 minute class. It can get pretty warm!

Yin Yoga: A style of yoga that is slow - paced and where you tend to hold asanas for a longer period of time. For beginning it can range from 45 seconds to two minutes. More advanced yin practices can go up to five minutes. 



Restorative yoga: A sequence that typically involves 4-6 yoga poses throughout the whole class. Relaxing the body and staying in the asanas at least for 5 minutes. Props like bolsters, blankets, and blocks are used to keep the body relaxed. This can be a wonderful experience! One of my favorites! 

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