Honoring the Practice of Yoga

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As we get ready to celebrate International Yoga Day on June 21, take a look at this ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’is from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practiced in schools, studios and community centers and offers something for all yogis, from Pr-K to seniors and everyone in between. 

The Types. From hatha to hot yoga, there is a practice for each person. Hatha, is a gentle introduction to basic yoga postures while Ashtanga is a rigorous style of yoga that follows a specific sequence of postures. Bikram and hot yoga features a similar structure only in a heated room. Iyengar is meticulous style dedicated to proper alignment, Restorative yoga is all about relaxation and rejuvenation and Vinyasa smoothly transitions from pose to pose, linking breath to movement.

The Benefits. If you're a passionate yoga practitioner, you may have noticed you're sleeping better or getting fewer colds or simply feeling more relaxed. It can also improve your balance while releasing tension and even lowering blood sugar. But don’t discount yoga, it is still a workout that will help increase strength, agility and flexibility. Click here to see all 38 benefits from Yoga Journal. 

The Class. Ready to take to the mat? Check out Vinyasa and Vino, a special event happening at FlowFitness on Thursday, June 20th at 6:30pm – 8:00pm. All levels are welcome to this special class lead by Flow Fitness Yoga Instructor, Paula Goodwin RYT. Any stress, tension or anxiety will melt away as you increase flexibility while listening to live acoustic guitar by Mike Goodwin. Plus, the class will finish with light refreshments. Click here to learn more and sign up now!