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Yoga Instruction Terminology

Yoga is a type of low impact, meditation-focused exercise that is linked to breathing. Yoga is suitable for all types of people, including the elderly and pregnant women. Many gyms and recreational centers offer yoga instruction classes with highly qualified instructors who are used to working with people of varying degrees of fitness. All a person needs to attend a yoga class is a yoga mat and bendable, breathable clothing. Since the yoga movements and positions will take place on the mat, make sure the mat is comfortable. Listed below are some common terms associated with yoga.

  • Hatha Yoga – This yoga is meant to represent opposite energies, such as hot and cold, or water and fire. It is performed using structured breathing and maintaining poses that are of varying degrees of difficultly.
  • Bikram Yoga – A type of yoga advocated by Bikram Choudhoury, also called hot yoga because the exercises of often done in hot rooms or studios where the temperatures are kept at 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Classes last for exactly 90 minutes and consist of maintained several postures.
  • Kundalini Yoga – Perhaps one of the most misunderstood yoga, Kundalini yoga is a yoga that focuses on breathing and raising awareness. It takes strict training to be adapt at Kundalini yoga, which needs complete relaxation of all body parts. It does not focus so much on different postures and poses as it does on breathing.
  • Ashtanga Yoga – Also called Raja Yoga, this type of yoga is linked to Hatha yoga. While Hatha yoga requires different poses, Raja yoga focuses on breathing and meditation to obtain liberation.
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    Pratique Therapeutic Yoga
    4027 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
    Pratique provides a warm and supportive environment to promote health and well-being through yoga. Classes are customized to the needs of the individual, with personal attention from an experienced talented teacher.
    (412) 728-2625
    The Knead to Relax
    1928 Centennial Dr, Windber, PA 15963
    (814) 266-1511
    Yi Yoga
    510 Diamond Blvd, Johnstown, PA 15905
    (814) 255-5266
    Sunflower Yoga Studio
    580 Philadelphia St Ste 104, Indiana, PA 15701
    (724) 388-6327
    East Coast Health & Fitness
    250 W Hamilton Ave, State College, PA 16801
    (814) 234-9400
    Lila Yoga Studios
    103 E Beaver Ave Ste 6, State College, PA 16801
    (814) 531-5452
    Lotus Center Yoga
    129 S Pugh St, State College, PA 16801
    (814) 231-0111
    Movement Arts Studio
    140 Kelly Aly, State College, PA 16801
    (814) 237-0037
    Metta Yoga of Dubois
    17 N Brady St, Du Bois, PA 15801
    (814) 299-7050
    Moonglow Yoga
    534 W Otterman St, Greensburg, PA 15601
    (724) 420-5270
    Yoga Massage & Body Work Center
    5 E 3rd St, Lewistown, PA 17044
    (717) 248-8100
    Yoga Flow
    4606 William Penn Hwy, Murrysville, PA 15668
    (724) 733-5038
    Yoga Flow
    4604 William Penn Hwy, Murrysville, PA 15668
    (724) 733-5038
    Loughner Massage and Yoga
    4100 Monroeville Blvd, Monroeville, PA 15146
    (412) 372-2304
    Loughner Massage and Yoga
    2545 Mosside Blvd Ste 4, Monroeville, PA 15146
    (412) 372-2304


    When people want to relax, they often turn to yoga. Yoga is comprised of exercises that promote control of the body and mind. This Hindu discipline focuses on training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight. People interested in learning this gentle form of exercise can take yoga instruction, often offered at fitness centers and independent facilities such as yoga studios. Yoga is made up of varying positions, poses, breathing exercises, meditation, and muscle stretches. The focus is on teaching balance and achieving personal tranquility through a system of poses and postures, such as inversions, core strengthening poses, twists, and standing yoga poses. The origins of pre-classical yoga can be traced back to the Upanishads, which were written between 1000-5000 BC. But exact dates and origins are largely unknown. This spiritual ritual involves a mat, the appropriate clothing, and some intense concentration. Looking for a yoga instruction class near you? Look in the phone book for ads, or check fitness center or yoga studio listings on the Internet. Some classes are even offered free of charge at senior centers and schools. Yoga focuses on postural alignment of the spine and other bodily components. Instructors skilled in this art form can teach students how yoga and Buddhism can work together, along with varying levels of meditations and poses to practice. The great thing about yoga is it can be done anywhere. So once you learn the basics, you can practice the art of yoga at home and experience its health and wellness benefits immediately. Some yoga instructors offer prenatal classes for pregnant women. Classes range from beginner to advanced, and some classes are offered on spiritual retreats. The workout level you choose depends on your ability and personal preferences.
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