Workout fads come and go, but truly no other exercise program is as sustainable as Yoga. It's been around for more than 5,000 years, and for a very good reason. Yoga works, and it works quickly to tone, sculpt, shape and strengthen the body, mind and spirit.
Yoga does more than simply burn calories and create beautifully toned muscles. It's a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing, meditation and powerful relaxation practices.
There are more than 100 different forms of yoga. Some are fast-paced and intense. Others are gentle and relaxing.
Examples of the most popular styles include:
A set series of rigorous poses, combined with a special breathing technique and strong focus. Music is usually not played, and classes are often self guided with a teacher overseeing individual practice. Classes are typically unheated. Perfect for the athletically focused student. Appropriate for Levels 2 - 3.
Also known as "hot yoga," it's a series of 26 challenging poses, performed in a set manner, in a room heated to a high temperature. Music is typically not played, and classes are often taught by a teacher coaching type approach to the practice. Perfect for type A’s. Appropriate for Levels 1 – 3.
A series of sweet poses that flow smoothly into one another in gentle and relaxing manner, usually accompanied by music. Classes are typically unheated. A great place to start for beginners, injured, out of shape or aging students. Appropriate for Levels 1 - 3.
A type of yoga that uses props such as blocks, straps, bolsters, and chairs to help move the body into the proper alignment. Poses are instructed from a technical perspective, with a strong focus on form and technique. Music is typically not played. Classes are unheated. Appropriate for Levels 1 – 3.
A series of passively held poses supported with the use of comfortable props. Deeply relaxing, poses are held for 10 minutes or more, inducing a sleep like state for deep rest, healing and contemplation. Classes are typically unheated, and accompanied by music. Perfect for those experiencing stress, injury or illness. Appropriate for Levels 1 - 3.
A faster, higher-intensity practice that builds strong muscle, focus strength and endurance. Creative sequences are often accompanied by music. Classes can be heated or unheated. Perfect for the athletically focused student. Appropriate for Levels 2 - 3.
A series of poses that flow smoothly into one another in a dance like manner, usually accompanied by music. Classes are typically unheated. Perfect for those looking for a medium intensity workout. Appropriate for Levels 1 – 3.
A series of long held, passive, seated poses that are meditative in style. Unlike other types of yang style yoga, this type is about stretching the connective tissues and joints of the body, and stimulating the flow of Chi. Classes are usually accompanied by music, and unheated. Perfect for those who wish to unstressed and challenge the mind. Appropriate for Levels 1 - 3.