What Does Yoga Mean?
Yoga means union. Yoga is said to be for the purpose of uniting the mind, body, and spirit. This ancient science offers a direct means of stilling the natural turbulence of thoughts and restlessness of body. We offer a variety of yoga styles. Our yoga classes are taught with awareness and inclusion for beginners and experienced students. Our classes are a great place to start learning about yoga or to take your practice to a deeper level.
Anyusara Yoga is a relatively new form of yoga (1997), which pairs strict principles of alignment with a playful spirit. Postures can be challenging, but the real message of Anyusara is to open your heart and strive to connect with the divine in yourself and others.
Anyusara Infused Yoga – Anyusara Yoga is a powerful hatha yoga system that unifies a Tantric philosophy of intrinsic Goodness with Universal Principles of Alignment. Anyusara Yoga’s remarkable popularity is due in large part to its uplifting philosophy, epitomized by a “celebration of the heart,” that looks for the good in all people and all things. Consequently, students of all levels of ability and yoga experience are honored for their unique differences, limitations, and talents. This life-affirming vision sets the basis for a yoga system in which the harmony and joy of a tightly knit community is exulted. Not only is Anyusara Yoga an elegant system of alignment principles and non-dual philosophy, but it is also a wonderful community of highly trained teachers and fun-loving students. Suitable for beginners. (non-heated)
Focuses on coordination of breath and movement and it is a very physically active form of yoga.
Sometimes referred to as yoga for the joints, not the muscles, it directs the stimulation normally created by the asana into areas deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues. Yin Yoga works the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints and bones. A significant characteristic is the long held, passive nature of the postures. While initially this style of yoga may seem passive and “soft,” it can grow to be quite challenging as you learn to hold the postures for longer and longer duration. A beginner can start out finding a pose and gently moving out of it soon after. A more experienced yogi can hold the poses from five to twenty minutes.
The Eightfold Path of Yoga
- Yama (moral conduct) – noninjury to others, truthfulness, nonstealing, continence, and noncovetousness
- Niyama (religious observances) – purity of body and mind, contentment in all circumstances, self-discipline, self-study (contemplation), and devotion to God and guru
- Asana – right posture
- Pranayama – control of prana, the subtle life currents in the body
- Pratyahara – interiorization through withdrawal of the senses from external objects
- Dharana – focused concentration; holding the mind to one thought or object
- Dhyana – meditation, absorption in the vast perception of God in one of His infinite aspects — Bliss, Peace, Cosmic Light, Cosmic Sound, Love, Wisdom, etc. – all-pervading throughout the whole universe
- Samadhi – superconscious experience of the oneness of the individualized soul with spirit
Gloria “Glo” began teaching yoga in 2005. She has studied several styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Flow, Anusara, YogaFit and Yin Yoga. Gloria completed a 200-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher Training Program recognized by Yoga Alliance in 2006 through yogahOMe, and two hundred hours in Anusara Yoga. Glo continues to be inspired by the teachings of Katy Knolwes and Sianna Sherman. She has deepened her studies with Rod Stryker of Para Yoga, Sianna Shermon of Anusara Yoga, Betsey Downing of Guardian of the Heart Studio in Sarasota, Florida and other senior Anusara Teachers. >> Learn More