Hot Yoga:Hot yoga is performed in

a heated room using varying temperatures and yoga poses. A Bikram yoga room is set at a minimum of 105° Fahrenheit with about 40 percent humidity, performing 26 prescribed asanas. Both forms of heated yoga help to speed up metabolism and improve circulation. Integral:A gentle style of yoga brought

to this country in 1966 by Sri Swami Satchi- dananda. Classes are structured to balance physical effort with relaxation, and include breathing practices, chanting and both guided and silent meditation. Integral yoga is suitable for beginners and helpful for more advanced students that wish to deepen their physical and spiritual awareness. Iyengar: Noted for precise alignment

and symmetry of postures, the develop- ment of balance and the use of props such as blocks, balls and belts, the Iyengar style of yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, based on his exceptional understanding of how the body works. Poses are held longer than usual. Iyengar is a good style for beginners, but can challenge seasoned practitioners, as well. Kundalini: A powerful, enlightening

style that incorporates mantras (chanting), meditation, visualization, breathing and guided relaxation with precise postures. According to Hindu philosophy, kund- alini is a concentrated form of prana, or life force, represented by a coiled, sleeping serpent said to reside at the base of the spine. When breath and movement awaken the serpent (energy), it moves up the spine through each of the seven chakras (energy centers) of the body, bringing energy and bliss. Once a closely guarded secret in India, kundalini yoga was first brought to the West in 1969, and has been known to help with addictions and releasing endorphins in the body. Kundalini will not appeal to everyone and should be practiced under the supervision of an experienced teacher. Prenatal: Tis yoga style is specifi-

cally tailored for pregnant women during all stages of pregnancy. Its combination of stretching, focus and breathwork make it ideal for improving strength and decreas- ing stress levels in preparation for child- birth. It might also alleviate pregnancy-re- lated headaches, nausea and back pain.

Restorative: Distinguished by the

use of props, this form of yoga aims to relax the muscles, calm the mind and open up the body through slow movements and passive stretching.Maintaining balance and holding gentle stretches for up to 20 minutes is made easier through the use of blocks, bolsters and blankets that support deep relaxation. SUP: An acronym for stand up pad-

dleboard, SUP yoga can be practiced on a lake or other calm body of water. Hatha and vinyasa asanas are employed with the intention of challenging the practitioner to distribute their weight to maintain balance. Benefits include improved core strength, circulation and balance. Svaroopa:A style that helps each stu-

dent discover their bliss. Te Sanskrit word svaroopa means “the true nature of being”, and Svaroopa yoga is sometimes called the yoga of alignment and compassion. Attention to align- ment in specifically chosen poses helps to soſten the body’s connective tissues and ease spinal tension. Blocks and bolsters may be used to allow for deeper muscle release. Te style

is suitable for beginners and useful for those recovering from injury. Viniyoga: A transformative, slower

and more individualized form of yoga that emphasizes gentle flow and coordi- nated breath with movement, Viniyoga is holistic in its approach and teaches the student how to apply the yoga tools of poses, chanting, breathing and meditation. Function is stressed over form in this style. Viniyoga is recommended for beginners and seniors, as well as those in chronic pain or healing from injury or disease. Vinyasa: A challenging style that

matches breath to movement. Vinyasa yoga poses incorporate alignment principles and are woven together in a flowing prac- tice that is both intense and dance-like. Translated from Sanskrit, Vinyasa means “without obstacle”. Te style is best suited to energetic, physically fit students. Yin: Developed by yoga teachers Pau-

lie Zink and Paul Grilley to improve joint mobility and flexibility through holding asanas for up to five minutes or longer, yin yoga complements more intense practic- es such as Bikram, increases circulation in connective tissue and fosters inner

stillness. Please note: Te contents of this Yoga

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