Ananda: energization and affirmation
Ananda Yoga is a classical approach that integrates
the physical, mental, and spiritual. It includes asana
(postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation,
and yoga philosophy. It was developed by Swami Kriyananda
who studied and was influenced by the teachings of
Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a
Yoga. Ananda yoga is a gentle yoga practice with emphasis
on safety and alignment, relaxation in the midst of
effort, and awareness. Unique aspects of Ananda yoga
are Energization Exercises and asana affirmations.
Anusara: flowing with grace
Anusara yoga is a school of hatha yoga which integrates
the tantric philosphy of intrinsic goodness with its
Universal Principles of Alignment. Anusara can be
categorized into three parts, the Three A's: Attitude,
Alignment, and Action. One of Anusara's intentions
is to create kula, a community of people who have
chosen to gather because of like-mindedness.
Ashtanga: eight limbed yoga
For those who want a serious workout, ashtanga yoga
offers a fast-paced series of sequential poses beginning
with sun salutations. Students move from one posture
to another in a continual flow and link movements
to breath. This physically demanding yoga was developed
by K. Pattabhi Jois to build strength, flexibility,
and stamina. Power yoga , made popular by Beryl Bender
Birch, is based on ashtanga.
Bhakti Yoga: foster loving devotion
Bhakti Yoga is the path of love and devotion to a personal
form of God. “Bhakti” means loving service, and “Yoga”
means to “link up” with God. This practice includes
the chanting of sacred mantra (meditation sound) and
the study of scripture and yoga philosophy. Bhakti
Yoga is seen by many yogis as the culmination and
goal of all yoga practices. It is not a religion but
rather the true essence of any religion whose aim
is to love and serve God.
Bihar School of Yoga/Satyanada Yoga
Teaches you foundation yoga practices progressing
to higher yoga appropriate to your level, needs and
capabilities. A complete system of yoga for all ages,
suitable for kids, teens, (& special needs), adults:
pre & post natal, corporate & seniors. Group
& private classes, workshops, seminars available
at our or your location, wholistic, fitness, sports
centers, hospitals, schools, temples, churches, shelters,
housing developments; taught systematically, scientifically,
gently, compassionately, knowledgeably as all aspects
of yoga: poses (asana), shatkarmas (detox series),
pranayama (breathing practices), relaxation practices
(pratyahara), concentration practices (dharana), pre-meditation
& meditation practices (dhyana); lifestyle &
diet; from all branches of yoga: hatha, raj, gyana,
karma, bhakti, nada, mantra, kundalini; from the major
philosophies that contain yoga: Vedanta, Samkhya,
Tantra, Upanishads; Systematized by Swami Satyananda
Saraswati, disciple of Swami Sivananda Saraswati of
Rishikesh, in the lineage of Shankaracharya &
Dattatreya. Benefiting body, mind, energy, emotions,
behavior, spirit. Harmony of head, heart & hands.
Bikram: 90 minutes, 26 postures
Bikram Choudhury developed this hot yoga practice.
Be prepared to sweat as the room temperature is up
to 100 degrees. The sequence is always performed in
the same order, 26 postures that aredesigned to cleanse
the body and the mind from the inside out. It's quite
Classical Hatha Yoga
Classical Hatha Yoga is a gentle style of yoga exercise that
is easily adapted to any age or ability. It is therefore
particularly suitable for children, the elderly, pregnant
women, and those recovering from illness or injury.
This style was introduced in the United States in
the 1940s by Indra Devi, a student of Krishnmacarya
and his first Caucasian and female student. She taught
that Hatha Yoga prepares the body to be a perfect
vehicle for the spirit within. This asana practice
involves breathing, alignment, strengthening, toning,
stretching, relaxation, and meditation. It emphasizes
awareness of the body and respecting our own physical
limitations to achieve the greatest benefit without
harm or injury.
Dharma: enlightened movement and breath
Dharma Yoga is an inspiring and festive blend of Buddhism
and traditional hatha yoga, a great workout for body
and soul. Founded by Keith Kachtick in 2003, Dharma
Yoga uses vinyasa flow, restorative yin poses, inversions,
Thai yoga massage and guided meditation as way to
nurture each student’s intuitive wisdom and
potential for awakening.
Hatha Yoga is a term that refers to a wide range of yoga
styles, many of which have been given other names
(such as Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram, Ananda, Kripalu,
Sivananda, Viniyoga, and so on). Hatha Yoga is a branch
of yoga that focuses on physical health and well-being
and recognizes the body as the vehicle of the spirit.
“Ha” means sun and “tha” means
moon, representing the duality in this world (day/night,
hot/cold, male/female, etc.) and the need to maintain
balance and harmony for good health and well-being.
Hatha Yoga includes not just the practice of asanas
(postures) but also pranayam (breathing exercises)
and guidance for good diet, hygiene, ethics, and other
lifestyle habits. The ultimate goal of Hatha Yoga
is to keep the body healthy and the mind clear in
order to prepare one for the deeper yoga practices
of meditation and spiritual inquiry so that we are
not distracted by an unwell or distressed body or
a restless or agitated mind.
Integral: complete system for personal transformation
This school of yoga is associated with two prominent
figures: developer Swami Satchidananda, the man who
taught the crowds at Woodstock to chant “om”
for peace, and his student, Dr. Dean Ornish, who uses
integral yoga as part of his treatment of heart patients.
Integral yoga places almost as much emphasis on pranayama
(control of breath) and meditation as it does on postures.
Iyengar: precision and alignment
B.K.S. Iyengar developed this yoga style, which stresses
understanding the body and how it works. Students
focus on symmetry and alignment, using props —
such as straps, blankets, wooden blocks, and chairs
— to achieve postures. Each pose is held for
a longer amount of time than in most other yoga styles.
Teachers of this discipline must go through an intense,
long, and rigorous training program.
Kripalu: being compassionate
Kripalu emphasizes proper breath, alignment, coordinating
breath and movement, and “honoring the wisdom
of the body.” Developed by Yogi Amrit Desai,
kripalu takes the student through three stages beginning
with the steady practice of postures (stage one),
then holding the postures longer and developing concentration
and inner awareness (stage two), and finally surrendering
to the body’s own wisdom (stage three). Ultimately
kripalu leads to the experience of meditation-in-motion
— actually doing postures spontaneously and
Kundalini: yoga of awareness
Developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness,
kundalini yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual
practice. Passive and active approaches help to awaken
the kundalini, through meditation, pranayama and yoga
Sivananda: encouraging a healthy lifestyle
Developed by students of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh,
India, Sivananda Yoga emphasizes a five pointed approach.
Proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation,
proper diet, and positive thinking and meditation.
The asana (postures) practice is based on 12 basic
poses, and Sivananda classes usually also include
chanting, breathwork, and meditation.
Satyananda Yoga (TM):
Is 360 degrees of yoga for those interested in the
higher and deeper aspects of yoga who have a foundation
of Bihar School of Yoga practices and have attended
BSY classes for over a year or more. All aspects of yoga are taught: poses (asana), pranayama (breathing practices), relaxation, concentration, meditation practices (pratyahara, dharana, dhyana), mudras (gestures for retaining energy), bandhas (redirecting energy); yoga physiology; from all the branches of yoga: hatha, raj, gyana, karma, bhakti, mantra, nada, kriya (kundalini); from major philosophies that contain yoga: Vedanta, Samkhya, Tantra, Upanishads. In deference to Swami Satyananda Saraswati who systematized all the yogic sciences * Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati named it Satyananda Yoga (tm). * Swami Swatmarama systematized Hatha yoga only; Patanjali systematized Raj yoga (yoga sutras) only. Satyananda Yoga (when practiced appropriately) brings about the balance of body, mind, energy, higher mind, spirit; Allows us to live a life in equanimity and harmony with the environment and ourselves; Improves the quality of our lives; A life that imbibes not the negative around us, but the positive; the "Harmony of Head, Heart & Hands".
Tantra: expanding consciousness
The word tantra is a combination of two processes,
‘tanoti’ and ‘trayati’, meaning
expansion and liberation. The root ‘tan’
stands for the word tanoti and the root ‘tra’
stands for the word trayati. The word tanoti means
to stretch, to extend, to elaborate, to expand. The
word trayati means to liberate, to free, to separate.
Tantra is a process of expansion and finally absolute
freedom in the highest existence. This is possible
for everyone - all personality types - from sinner
to saint, through disciplined yoga practices which
use mantra, yantra & mandala, under the strict
guidance of a realized, living guru for safety, &
yoga teachers under guru's instructions. Yoga sadhana
from Tantra philosophy is the easiest & quickest
method to experience, transform & to transcend.
Viniyoga: breath with movement
This gentle form of flow yoga places great emphasis
on the breath and coordinating breath with movement.
Viniyoga’s flowing movement or vinyasa is similar
to ashtanga’s dynamic series of poses, but is
performed at a greatly reduced pace and stress level.
Poses and flows are chosen to suit the student’s
abilities. It teaches the yoga student how to apply
the tools of yoga — asana, chanting, pranayama
(control of breath), and meditation — in individual
practice. Developed by T.K.V. Desikachar, the son
of Krishnamacharya (teacher to some of the great yoga
instructors including Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois),
viniyoga places less stress on joints and knees since
postures are done with slightly bent knees. Viniyoga
is considered excellent for beginners, and is increasingly
being used in therapeutic environments.