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Exercises performed under hot and humid conditions. “Hot yoga” is used to describe any yoga or yoga-inspired fitness styles that use heat. Typically leads to profuse sweating. The purpose for the heat in hot yoga varies depending on the practice or the individual. Some hot yoga practices seek to replicate the heat and humidity of India where yoga originated, while some forms use heat to enhance health benefits.
Slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time (for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body (the tendons, fascia, and ligaments) with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
The word haṭha literally means “force” and thus alludes to a system of physical techniques. In the 20th century, hatha yoga, particularly asanas (the physical postures), became popular throughout the world as a form of physical exercise, and is now colloquially termed simply as “yoga.”
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“I returned to Yoga primarily because of a knee injury and an inability to perform high impact exercise. My knee is much improved and so is my body as a whole. I will not give up this time I’ve set aside for myself.”
“I am a over 50 and yoga has helped me maintain a “youthful” outlook. Yoga practice gives me friendship, exercise of mind and body, and a refreshing burst of energy to carry out into my daily routine. I look forward to the weekly sessions and can’t imagine yoga not being part of my life.”
“In this fast paced and sometimes unsettling world we live in coming to the Yoga center allows me to bring my mind, body and soul back into balance. I couldn’t do without it and the effort I receive from wonderful teachers.”