Bikram Yoga studio's suggestion that you bring a towel to class is not to be taken lightly. In fact, you might want to bring two, just in case. Bikram is a form of Hatha yoga (what we know as physical yoga) practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. The instructor guides you through 26 stretching postures and breathing exercises while you bend, contort and sweat -- a lot.Read more »
InThe Heart and Science of Yogaby Leonard Perlmutter you'll find easy-to-learn meditations, prayers and teaching stories from the world's great spiritual traditions. It features breathing practices, a user's guide for the mind, techniques for accessing intuitive wisdom, an introduction to ancient Ayurvedic health principles and a holistic program of easy, gentle exercise.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yogaby Deepak Chopra brings spirituality back to yoga. It shows how the Seven Spiritual Laws play a crucial role in yoga's path to enlightenment while providing readers with a wealth of meditation techniques, mantras, breathing exercises and yoga poses. InMoving Toward Balanceauthor Rodney Yee outlines an eight-week program of basic yoga postures, meditation and breath awareness intended to lead practitioners toward physical, emotional and psychological balance. Each lesson is illustrated with full-color photographs. Each pose is shown with variations to accommodate different levels of strength and flexibility.Read more »
Aerial yoga is on its way to becoming a trend in the area similar to the fitness regime of AntiGravity Yoga, which is popular in cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. It's been featured on "The View" and labeled by www.msn.com as one of the top fitness trends. There are no licensed establishments for that trademarked exercise in Michigan, but there have been about 13 inquiries from around the state, a few near Detroit, said Christopher Harrison, creator and founder of AntiGravity Inc.Read more »
It’s about so much more than the physical practices. After all, asana is just one of the eight limbs of yoga outlined by the sage Patanjali. The goal of yoga isn’t to get your foot behind your head, although that can be a small, novel benefit of long-term practice. The goal of yoga is to find out who you are. So, start where you are, whatever your particular needs, strengths and limitations. And be realistic: Just because yoga is for everyone doesn’t mean we all belong in a Bikram or Ashtanga class, especially at first. With a little searching, it’s actually pretty amazing what a wealth of specialized Dallas yoga classes are out there. Prenatal yoga is available practically everywhere yoga is taught. But, for example, there are also yoga classes specially tailored for people recovering from cancer, people struggling with depression and addiction issues, people with back injuries. Specialized classes like these often focus more on breathing and meditiation, making for a more well-rounded yoga practice.Read more »
All puns aside, the “hottest” new health and wellness trend to hit Preston Street in the last two months has been hot yoga. It’s just what it sounds like: a series of traditional yoga postures, but practiced in a room that is heated up to 38 degrees Celsius. Participants say they get a much deeper stretch than they would with regular yoga and generally feel invigorated after the routine. “It’s a great all-around physical workout. You feel energized at the end of a class, but you feel calm, relaxed, focused, and a little more clear-headed,” says Tracy Koert, a co-owner and teacher at Moksha Yoga Ottawa.Read more »
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