YogaYoga is a philosophy and science of life that developed in ancient India. The word "yoga" literally means yoke or union. The study and practice of yoga unifies the body, mind, and spirit and incorporates the flow of the life force, or "prana." The student of yoga develops a sense of integration and balance through the practice of postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), and other techniques including meditation.
The primary style of yoga studied and practiced at Quakertown Wellness and through the Silver Lotus Training Institute is referred to as Svadhyaya Yoga™ which combines elements of contemporary body-mind psychology with hatha yoga. The intention of Svadhyaya Yoga™ is to advance each student's understanding of the self and to promote the integration of body, mind and spirit. It is a therapeutic style in which poses are adapted to fit the abilities and needs of individual students. The practice of this style of Yoga utilizes the fundamentals of Yoga practice and philosophy to discover your true nature which lies within and to promote health and wellness.
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Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga which involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. This process produces an intense internal heat creating a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
Commonly regarded as the physical component of the yogic path, Hatha Yoga aims to retain the vitality of the body, slow the decaying process, and decrease the chance of disease by naturally cultivating the body. Inspired by the teachings of Sri Swami Sivananda, a typical Hatha/Sivananda class begins with every student resting in relaxation pose, moving into breathing exercises, preceding with rounds of sun salutations and warm-up exercise before moving into the standard program of 12 basic poses.