What is Yoga?
The ancient rishis (seers) were the original masters of all Vedic sciences. These visionaries understood that good health is needed towards the path of Self- realization. If the body is neglected it becomes an obstacle in spiritual practice. Anyone who has practiced meditation either a master or a novice, anyone can see how difficult it can be to sit still for periods of time without feeling discomfort and fatigue. Both Yoga and Ayurveda are mutually supportive and offer many ways to prevent and heal a wide variety of disorders as well as to cleanse and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit.
At Holistic Xchange, Inc., all of our skilled instructors say the same thing: Our Yoga classes are for all ages, skill levels, body types, abilities spiritual backgrounds and flavors! You can rest assure and feel comfortable knowing that Yoga is a personal practice. This means, if you are trying to hard in a pose your not doing yoga.
We encourage you to try everyone’s classes. Some classes are an60 minutes while others are 90 min. Each instructor has their own great personality, personal take on their class yet rest assure they all have this in common- A passion for yoga!
Below is a list of Yoga styles, a brief history of each style and a list of the instructors who are versed in that style. See YOU in Yoga!
Hatha Yoga- Betty Viorel, Joanne Rasmussen
Restorative Yoga- Betty Viorel
Vinyasa Flow Yoga- Megan Thiele
This modern form of Yoga was founded by John Friend in 1997. Anusara yoga is a school of hatha yoga, which unifies a life-affirming Shiva-Shakti Tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness with Universal Principles of Alignment.
Hatha Yoga is a slow- paced stretching class focusing on the breath. The simple breathing excersizes mixed with some seated meditation makes a great combination for those who need to learn to relax and relive stress. This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga.
- Betty’s class includes sound vibrations (om), breathing practices, gentle poses and conclude with 15 minutes of deep relaxation
- Katie’s class include many traditional yoga poses, relaxing stretches, and a short meditation.
Inyengar Yoga (A Form of Hatha)
A form of Hatha Yoga, it focuses on the structural alignment of the physical body through the development of asanas. Through the practice of a system of poses, it aims to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and well-being. This discipline is considered a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life which in turn can help promote total physical and spiritual well-being.
- Joanne’s classes are patterned after B.K.S. Inyengar’s teaching he brought to the United States in the 60′s. First the class listens to a recording by Thich Nhat Hahn who teaches the importance of breathing for five minutes. Next the class will practice their breathing for five more minutes while stretching. The remainder of the class is spent doing a set of poses which is repeated for six weeks to facilitate healing.
Restorative (Yin) Yoga
David Spiegel, M.D., author of Living Beyond Limits, reports, “In medicine, we are learning that physical problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, can be influenced by psychological interventions, such as relaxation training. Indeed, the Food and Drug Administration issued a report recommending these non-drug approaches as the treatment of choice for milder forms of hypertension. Mind and body are connected and must work together, and this should be a powerful asset in treating medical illness.”
Recommended Props for Restorative Yoga: The more your body is supported in poses the deeper the sense of relaxation. With props it is easier for the body to get into certain poses, and thus, surrender to the pose. Essential props include:
We ask that you bring plenty of blankets, pillows and any Yoga props that you may have at home to work with during each Restorative class. This not only ensures that each student has enough props but it also helps you learn to use your props at home in your own Restorative practice.
- Betty’s classes poses are done using as many props as necessary to allow the body to completely relax and restore itself. Each pose is held 10-15 minutes. The class concludes with 15 minutes of deep relaxation.
Vinyasa Krama Yoga is a root form of Ashtanga Vinyasa. Yoga that employs the Vinyasa technique of “connecting postures,” but does not use the six series of postures specific to the Mysore Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system, as outlined by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 1927 at the age of 12. Anusara for example is a Vinyasa style Yoga practice. Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This technique is sometimes also called Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.
Vinyasa’s strength is in its diversity. There is no single philosophy, rulebook, or sequence that teachers must follow, so there is a lot of room for individual personalities and quirks to come through. This makes it essential that you find a teacher you enjoy and can relate to. If you enjoy having things a little loose and unpredictable and like to move, Vinyasa is probably right for you.
- Joshua’s class includes the precision of Iyengar, the commitment of Ashtanga, and the joy of Anusara–he often teaches an active Vinyasa style class.
Ashtanga Morning Asanas:
Start the morning off with a gentle but enlivening set of asanas, poses and a closing shavasana (meditation) that will invigorate your day and set your focus. Appropriate for all levels. Some flow, and some holding poses.
Always focused on alignment, appropriateness of movements and use of modifications and props.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is a powerful, energetic, and challenging form of Hatha yoga. Students will learn postures (asana), breath control (pranayama), and meditation techniques. In Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, postures link together to form flowing sequences. Deep thoracic breathing and meditation are practiced through each posture. Flow yoga is appropriate for generally healthy individuals. Students through continued practice will achieve greater flexibility, strength, stamina, and improved overall well being and health. Before starting any exercise program, please consult your medical professional.