Styles of Yoga

Iyengar Yoga

Viniyoga

Flow Yoga

Kundalini Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Jivamukti Yoga

 

The Center for Yoga offers various styles of yoga, providing students a means of selecting the right class. Each genre offers various levels to ease beginning students into a yoga practice as well as providing challenges for those who seek more. The main styles of yoga taught are Iyengar Yoga, Viniyoga, Flow Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. We also offer special fun classes in AcroYoga and PoleYoga. We also have classes on the Great Yoga Wall and much, much more!

 

IYENGAR YOGA

 

Iyengar Yoga Pose

Iyengar Yoga is a highly refined approach to the practice of yoga. Precise alignment, use of props as teaching tools, and modifications of poses according to individual needs are the traditions foundation. Iyengar Yoga is a form of classical yoga as developed and refined by yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. This method utilizes alignment and breath to create integrated action and awareness. Because of the nature of this guidance, the practice of yoga is made accessible for people with a wide range of physical capabilities. The benefits of practicing this tradition of yoga include physical health and vitality, mental clarity and emotional serenity.

 The hallmarks of Iyengar yoga are:
  • Precision in the poses, utilizing specific anatomical detail to create correct alignment. 
  • An orderly, systematic progression of poses to develop the student's ability both within a class, and from class to class. 
  • The use of props as teaching tools and aids, allowing students of varying abilities to work in the poses with integrity and alignment. 
  • Highly developed teaching methodology including the precise use of language, demonstration and teaching of specific points of action in a pose, and individual correction and adjustment of students. 
  • A complete approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation, bringing the practitioner physical health and vitality, mental clarity and wisdom, and emotional serenity and poise.
 BKS Iyengar

BKS Iyengar is widely considered to be one of the world's greatest living yoga masters and, more than any other single person, responsible for the huge popularity of yoga in the West. His seminal work Light on Yoga is the most published book on yoga ever written. In 2004, Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He is also considered to be the pioneer in the use of props and making modifications in the poses to accommodate the needs of the student. 

For more information about Iyengar Yoga visit the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.

VINIYOGA

 
Viniyoga Girl Viniyoga is a comprehensive and authentic transmission of the teachings of yoga including asana, pranayama, bandha, sound, chanting, meditation, personal ritual and study of texts. Viniyoga ™ (prefixes vi and ni plus yoga) is an ancient Sanskrit term that implies differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application.

Viniyoga™ is an approach to Yoga that adapts the various means and methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of each individual - giving each practitioner the tools to individualize and actualize the process of self-discovery and personal transformation. This approach evolved out of the teachings of the contemporary yoga sage Sri Krishnamacharya (1888 -1989) as refined by his son T.K.V Desikachar of Madras, India.


There are four main points that characterize the difference between the Viniyoga approach and most other forms of yoga practice:
  • The emphasis on breathing as the main medium for movement in asana, and the science of adapting the pattern of breathing in asana to produce different effects.
  • The emphasis on function rather than form in asana practice, and the science of adapting the forms of the postures to achieve different results.
  • The use of repetition into and out of postures in addition to holding postures.
  • The refined art and science of combination, which allows teachers to create sequences of different orientation, length, and intensity to suit the intention and context of each practice.
Viniyoga methodology uses each aspect of yoga practice, as needed by the individual to foster a sense of good health on multiple levels. These levels can be structural/muscular, physiological, cognitive, psycho-emotional, spiritual, and/or varying combinations of all of them.

Viniyoga is the science of appropriate application of yoga practice. This approach is uniquely suited to adapt practices to meet the needs of any individual or group context. Viniyoga methodology provides challenging, multi-layered, developmental practices for the healthiest and most athletic student, as well as gentle therapeutic practices for students with health issues.

Adapted from the American Viniyoga Institute website.


FLOW YOGA

 
Flow Yoga Woman

Vinyasa or Flow Yoga refers to breath-synchronized movement. One asana (yoga pose) flows into the next, allowing your breath to guide the movement. The transitions between asanas are smooth and dance-like. Attention through the movement is focused on the journey, where the transitions between postures (the spaces in-between) become opportunities to pay attention to create harmony in mind, body and spirit. Our offerings range from classes that focus on a slower pace, exploring healthy movement,to more dynamic flow. The goal is not necessarily to think of progress in your practice by “moving up” to the next level. Instead, we encourage you to find options that inspire, challenge and feel good to you! The majority of classes are ongoing, offered on a "drop-in" basis. If you are dealing with any health conditions or injuries, we recommend exploring our more alignment-focused classes or one-on-one lessons before venturing into flowing-style classes, so that you can learn which modifications will help keep your practice safe and enjoyable.

The hallmarks of Vinyasa or Flow Yoga are:

  • Breath in conjunction with body movements.
  • Creative & exploratory sequences that are intuitively derived.
  • While alignment is taught within the poses, there is less usage of props.
  • Building of internal heat, usage of Ujjayi breath, energetic locks (bandhas) and focal points (drishti).
  • Movement to guide you into greater wellness, flexibility, strength, and balance and assist healing through internal cleansing. 
Flow Yoga Jois

Vinyasa Yoga developed as an offshoot of the Ashtanga Yogasystem, established by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). Jois was first exposed to yoga when he was 12. He learned from Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the guru who also taught BKS Iyengar. Ashtanga, which literally means eight limbs, is characterized by fluid movements that involve distinct, but precise, breathing while holding varying postures. His influence and global following greatly assisted in the popularity of yoga today. Many different styles of yoga fall under the "Vinyasa Yoga" heading. These can include: Power Yoga, Flow Yoga, Anusara, and Jivamukti.



KUNDALINI YOGA

 
Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness. Becoming aware of one's potential and tuning into our radiance. Classes bring an integrated system of physical postures and movement, breathing methods, sound and meditation. This is a unique experience for all levels of students.

The hallmarks of Kundalini yoga are:

  • The primary objective is to awaken the full potential, namely to prosper and excel in all that we do.
  • Yoga sets (kriyas in the exact sequence taught by Yogi Bhajan) are an orchestrated pattern of movements, sound, breath, mudras, concentration and meditation that guide the energies of the body and the mind to create personal growth and healing.
  • Meditation is integral to the practice and may involve breath patterns, sound, eye focus, hand and arm postures, and movement. This supports those new to meditation who find silence and stillness challenging.
  • Kundalini yoga classes consist of 1. Tuning-in, 2. Yoga set, 3. Relaxation, 4. Meditation, 5. Closing.
  • Kundalini yoga classes engage and challenge each student at their own level and thus are doable by everyone.
  • Kundalini yoga is a system for the householder, meaning it fits into a busy life with family, work, and play, and thus the changes you want to affect in your life happen much more quickly than in other styles of yoga.

 Kundalini Yoga Bhajan

Yogi Bhajan (1929-2004) touched the hearts and opened the minds of people in all walks of life. He taught Kundalini Yoga openly to the public for the first time in history. Yogi Bhajan’s motto was “If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.” He left a legacy of over 30 books and 200 manuals, videos, and CDs and was the driving force behind 19 thriving corporations. For more information visit the Kundalini Research Institute.

JIVAMUKTI YOGA

 
Hatha Yoga

Jivamukti Yoga is described as a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. Jivamukti Yoga is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as 'seat, connection'  and relationship to the Earth. Earth implies all of life. Citing Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, which states that asana should be sthira and sukham (consistent and happy). Jivamukti Yoga maintains that one's relationship to others, (asana) should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness. This is an idea that, when put into practice, can dismantle our present culture, which is based on the notion that the Earth and other animals exist for our benefit. The asana practice becomes more than a set of exercises to keep fit, it becomes a way to improve one's relationship to all others and thus lead to Enlightenment and the realization of the oneness of being.

 

Iyengar Yoga

Viniyoga

Flow Yoga

Kundalini Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Jivamukti Yoga