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Kundalini Yoga Boston

March 10, 2012 | I’ve been traveling and away from Los Angeles for almost three months now. I’ve had both enjoyable and challenging experiences. I’ve met beautiful, inspiring people. I’ve been living in the moment, planning for the future, growing tremendously and generally having a blast. But there were a few things I left behind in LA that were missed during that time. One of them was Yoga West, the birthplace of...

Yoga West Teacher Training 2011

May 18, 2011 | Several years ago, a close friend recommended I take Kundalini Yoga classes at Yoga West to get me out of the darker period I was in. I’ve been going as often as I could ever since. Many programs and workshops are offered at Yoga West in addition to the normal weekly schedule, but one program surpasses them all – the Yoga West Teacher Training. The Yoga West Teacher Training Team is made up of the most...

What is Viniyoga

March 1, 2011 | Viniyoga yoga is a gentle yoga style that has been developed by Sri T. Krishnamacharya and his son T.K.V. Desikachar. A descendant of the legendary 9th century yogi Nathamuni, Krishnamacharya’s Viniyoga is firmly rooted in his lifetime scholarship of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Viniyoga encourages the student to practice the posture work so that it follows the appropriate movement for the individual’s body and...

What is Pregnancy Yoga

February 28, 2011 | Yoga has been used for centuries to help center a person and relive stress. In many countries yoga for pregnancy is considered the only option. Yoga can be a great way to stay flexible, relive stress and prepare for birth. By using, stretching and cultivating the muscles for birth, you inherently make birth easier. The muscles are prepared by the yoga to do their job efficiently in labor. Not to mention the glorious...

What is Power Yoga

February 28, 2011 | Power yoga is a general term used in the West to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. Most power yoga is closely modeled on the Ashtanga style of practice. The term “power yoga” came into common usage in the mid 1990s, when several yoga teachers were looking for a way to make Ashtanga yoga more accessible to Western students. Unlike Ashtanga, power yoga does not follow a set series...

What is Kripalu Yoga

February 28, 2011 | Kripalu is a gentle hatha yoga practice with a compassionate approach and emphasis on meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation that overflows into daily life. In a Kriplau class, each student learns to find their own level of practice on a given day by looking inward. The classes usually begin with breathing exercises and gentle stretches followed by a series of individual poses and final relaxation. At the...

What is Jivamukti Yoga

February 28, 2011 | Jivamukti means “liberation while living.” This modern style of yoga emerged in 1984 from one of New York City’s best-known yoga studios. Founders David Life and Sharon Gannon incorporated their study of ashtanga yoga with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois with spiritual teachings, placing special emphasis on how to apply yogic philosophy to daily life. They named this yoga practice “Jivamukti” because they wanted the student...

What is Iyengar Yoga

February 28, 2011 | Iyengar Yoga, created by B. K. S. Iyengar, is a form of yoga known for its use of props, such as belts, blocks, and blankets, as aids in performing asanas (postures). The props enable students to perform the asanas correctly, minimizing the risk of injury or strain, and making the postures accessible to both young and old. The development of strength, mobility, and stability are emphasized through the asanas. Iyengar...

What is Anusara Yoga

February 28, 2011 | Anusara yoga is a modern school of Hatha yoga grounded in a Tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness, that was started by John Friend in 1997. Friend was a popular teacher in the Iyengar yoga style and, for a number of years in the 1990s, a member of the board of the Iyengar yoga organization, before he left and founded what he called Anusara yoga. Friend continues to take an active role leading the expansion of the school...

What is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

February 25, 2011 | Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient system of yoga popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois. Pattabhi Jois began his yoga studies in 1927 at the age of 12, and by 1948 had established an institute for teaching the specific yoga practice known as Ashtanga Yoga. Ashtanga yoga literally means “eight-limbed yoga” in Sanskrit as outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. According to Patanjali, the...
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