What is Yoga?
The practice of Yoga originated in India thousands of years ago, as a way to achieve balance between body, mind, and spirit. When practicing yoga the focus is on both the physical position of the body, called asana (or posture), as well as the awareness of breath and conscious thought. By focusing our attention on our breath during yoga practice, we slow down our busy thoughts and become more present in each moment.
Benefits of Yoga
Regular yoga practice offers numerous benefits to body, mind, and spirit, including:
- Toning and strengthening
- Increasing flexibility
- Improves respiration and strengthens the diaphragm
- Improves concentration
- Promotes relaxation
- Builds internal and external awareness
- Facilitates improved health.
Variations of Yoga at Evolve
Hatha yoga is the most widely practiced type in North America and is excellent for beginners. It is gentle with slow and smooth movements, and the focus is on holding poses for up to 5 breaths and integrating your breathing into the movement. It's a great introduction to yoga as it incorporates many different asanas, as well as pranayamas and chanting. . Hatha is a great way to stretch, work your muscles, get in touch with your body, relax, and decrease stress.
Ashtanga yoga, or power yoga, is an ancient system of yoga taught as an aggressive workout where you move quickly from one pose to another to build strength and endurance. There is little emphasis on meditation with Ashtanga, and at the end of the session you will feel more like you have completed a traditional weight-training or callisthenic workout than you would with any other type of yoga.
The Sattva Inspired class is built around the idea of flow – linking breath and movement help find depth. You will move with breath to increase both strength and flexibility in this dynamic practice while becoming more in-tune with and aware of your entire body, then end the class with breathing techniques to leave you feeling energized yet balanced.
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