At Yallayoga, we believe that like any other technology, Yoga is for everyone. It’s our mission to train, teach and educate each student about the technology of yoga so that they can live a more comfortable life, one that exudes laughter and compassion.
At YallaYoga, we offer:
• Weekly Group Yoga Classes
• First Time Yoga Group Class (once a month)
• Private Yoga Classes
• Private at Home Classes
• Specialized Yoga Workshops
• Corporate Yoga Workshops
• Yoga Retreats (including healthy meals and tips)
• Yoga Programs (for training & development)
• Yoga Teacher Training
• Yoga Accessories (Mats, Blocks, Belts, Eye Pillows)
• Yogic Food (Catering & Delivery Service Vegetarian and Vegan Food)
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YOGA AS A LIFE STYLE
One consistent theme that threads through the yallayoga experience we offer- is a taste of the yogic life style and philosophy. We offer an array of services; from yogi tea and vegetarian meals to loose fitting yogi clothes, music and accessories.
We place great emphasis on collaboration, sharing and learning and we seek to create a community of yogis and yoginis by offering communal meals, womens’ circles and retreats.
We are connectors – and we will connect you with the yoga studio, retreat, training program and teacher that is right for you, locally or internationally.
The Types of Yoga we offer:
Hatha yoga is somewhat of a generic term that encompasses most of the common types of yoga practices in the United States. Hatha yoga includes physical postures and exercises and most will also include the other traditional components of yoga practice, including deep relaxation techniques, breathing practices (pranayama) and meditation and mind-body awareness practices that cultivate mindfulness, as well as the psychology and philosophy of yoga.
Because of the rapid growth of yoga practices, the offerings of different styles have become diversified, as does anything that becomes popular. Compare, for example, the variety of cars available today compared to when they were first introduced. As a result, you will find departures from the traditional multifaceted, multicomponent yoga instruction, which include varying degrees of inclusion of components other than postures and exercises. In fact, many yoga traditionalists have decried the appearance of yoga instruction that includes only physical postures and exercises solely for the purpose of physical fitness. They view this as an insult to the profound goals and deep philosophy inherent in traditional yoga practice. I am personally not concerned that yoga as a whole will be permanently denigrated by such limited yoga practice, although it is clear that traditional yoga practices will certainly provide more benefit to the practitioners. For beginners I always recommend the more comprehensive traditional styles that include meditation practices, especially for those that are looking for health and clinical benefits. It is possible that those starting with limited forms of yoga practice may ultimately gravitate towards a more traditional and fulfilling form of yoga practice, and some of these individuals may never have been attracted to the full traditional practice styles as their first experience with yoga. Below are descriptions of some of the more well-known styles and their major distinguishing features.
The term vinyasa refers to the alignment of movement and breath, a method that involves a flow of movements or “asansas.” The length of one inhale or one exhale dictates the length of time spent between asanas. Asanas are then held for a predefined number of breaths. Attention is placed on the breath and the journey between the asanas rather than solely on achieving the correct body alignment
This is the form of yoga that I practice. Kundalini Yoga is an ancient form of yoga that has only been practiced in the west relatively recently. In 1969, Yogi Bhajan founded 3HO Foundation (the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) to introduce this yoga practice to a broader population. Because there are other organizations that practice a form of Kundalini Yoga, this style is specifically referred to as “Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.” It is a comprehensive style that incorporates all of the traditional elements of yoga practice with an emphasis on inner psychological and spiritual growth as well as physical health. It is a popular style in North and South America and Europe and although it can be a vigorous practice, it is one that is safe and can be adapted to practitioners of all levels of expertise including special populations and patients with specific disorders.
Kundalini Yoga classes are one hour in length and often the postures/exercises and breathing techniques are combined together during the practice. A rapid, energizing breath technique called
Breath of Fire is often used during classes and is a distinguishing feature in this style. There are also a wide variety of specific meditations practiced in Kundalini Yoga that often combine hand and arm postures, a breath technique and a specific mantra and each of these is claimed to have specific benefits. A Kundalini practice always begins with an opening chant called the Adi Mantra, which is
“Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” chanted three times, and should be done before any Kundalini practice including the meditations and practices in this book. This is perhaps followed by a few warm-up exercises to stretch the spine and improve flexibility. The main sequence of poses at the heart of the class is taught in exactly the order originally taught by Yogi Bhajan and is followed by deep relaxation in corpse pose (shavasana). A Kundalini Yoga class may often end with a meditation and is finished with a closing song.
Ashtanga Yoga is a style introduced by yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures and is a vigorous practice intended to produce internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. It includes a sequence of poses that incorporate breath regulation called vinyasas. The breathing style used in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is ujjayi, a relaxed diaphragmatic breathing, characterized by an ocean sound which resonates in the throat. This specific breathing style is maintained throughout the practice along with one’s alignment with movements. The steady cycle of inhales and exhales provides the practitioner with a calming, mental focal point. The vinyasas and ujjayi together create internal heat, which leads to purification of the body through increased circulation and sweating. Another major principle of Ashtanga Vinyasa is the bandha, or muscle locking/contraction, which focuses energy in the body and is closely tied to the breath.
Sivananda yoga, one of the world’s largest schools, was taught and promoted in the West by Swami Vishnu-Devananda and named for his teacher, Swami Sivananda. Sivananda yoga follows a set structure that includes five elements: pranayama (deep, conscious breathing to reduce stress); classic asanas (poses that help develop a strong, healthy body by enhancing flexibility and improving circulation); relaxation (easing worry and fatigue); proper diet(eating simple, healthful, vegetarian foods); and positive thinking (considered one of the true keys to achieving peace of mind and eliminating negativity from our lives). This style is therefore a comprehensive traditional yoga practice. Vishnu-Devananda wrote one of the contemporary yoga classics, The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, which was first published in 1960.
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