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Anusara Yoga:

john_headshot_miami_2009Anusara (a-nu-sar-a), means “flowing with Grace,” “flowing with Nature,” “following your heart.” From Anusara.com, Founded by John Friend in 1997, Anusara yoga is a school of hatha yoga which unifies a life-affirming Tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness with Universal Principles of Alignment. Anusara yoga is growing quickly all over the world with over 250 certified teachers, 750 licensed Anusara-Inspired yoga teachers, thousands of teachers in training, and hundreds of thousands of students world-wide. Anusara yoga now has a presence on every continent throughout the world, excluding Antarctica.
Anusara yoga's remarkable growth 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 celebratory vision sets the basis for a yoga school in which the harmony and joy of a tightly knit community of highly trained teachers and fun-loving students is exalted. This community feels like it has the tightness of a family, yet the looseness of a merry band of bohemian artists.

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Ashtanga Yoga

pattabhi_joisFrom Ashtanga.com, Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga recorded by the sage Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta, an ancient manuscript said to "contain lists of many different groupings of asanas, as well as highly original teachings on vinyasa, drishti, bandhas, mudras, and philosophy" (Jois 2002 xv). The text of the Yoga Korunta "was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900's by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during the duration of his studies with Krishnamacharya, beginning in 1927" ("Ashtanga Yoga"). Since 1948, Pattabhi Jois has been teaching Ashtanga yoga from his yoga shala, the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (Jois 2002 xvi), according to the sacred tradition of Guru Parampara [disciplic succession] (Jois 2003 12).
Ashtanga yoga literally means "eight-limbed yoga," as outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. According to Patanjali, the path of internal purification for revealing the Universal Self consists of the following eight spiritual practices; Yama [moral codes], Niyama [self-purification and study], Asana [posture], Pranayama [breath control], Pratyahara [sense control], Dharana [concentration], Dhyana [meditation], Samadhi [contemplation] (Scott 14-17).

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Deep Relaxation (Yoga Nidra)

Yoga Nidra is "Yogic Sleep". This is a form of deep relaxation is practiced commonly as part of the ashram life in India. This is the ultimate way to relax and according to the Yogi's should be practiced daily.

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Forrest Yoga

ana_forrestFrom ForrestYoga.com, Ana Forrest, creator of Forrest Yoga, has a unique and powerful philosophy and approach. Ana has spent 30 years developing Forrest Yoga specifically to address Our People's (current day) stresses and challenges, both physical and emotional. Forrest Yoga uses intense pose sequences, compassionately taught, to develop skills in awakening each of the senses. It teaches you to bring aliveness, using breath, into every cell of your body, igniting your passion for living.
The pillars of Forrest Yoga are Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit. Forrest Yoga helps you connect to your core - getting strong and centered. It uses heat, deep breathing and vigorous sequences to sweat out toxins. The long holds in the pose progressions help you flush, oxygenate and rejuvenate every cell.

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Freedom Style Yoga

erich_headFreedom Style Yoga was developed by iHanuman Yoga Teacher, Erich Schiffmann. From his website and book, Moving Into Stillness, "Remember, Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. The practice of yoga is the practice of meditation - or inner listening - in the poses and meditations, as well as all day long. It's a matter of listening inwardly for guidance all the time, and then daring enough and trusting enough to do as you are prompted to do..."

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Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga ( Ha -"Sun", Tha - "Moon", Yoga - "Union") is the term used to describe the physical practices of yoga, including asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), mudras (symbolic or ritual gestures), kriyas ( purification techniques), yogic diet, and yoga nidra (yogic sleep or deep relaxation). Remember that the practice of yoga is comprised of the eight limbs ( Yama [moral codes], Niyama [self-purification and study], Asana [posture], Pranayama [breath control], Pratyahara [sense control], Dharana [concentration], Dhyana [meditation], Samadhi [contemplation].

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Integral Yoga

gurudev50From Sri Swami Satchidananda, "The goal of Integral Yoga, and the birthright of every individual, is to realize the spiritual unity behind all the diversities in the entire creation and to live harmoniously as members of one universal family. This goal is achieved by maintaining our natural condition of a body of optimum health and strength, senses under total control, a mind well-disciplined, clear and calm, an intellect as sharp as a razor, a will as strong and pliable as steel, a heart full of unconditional love and compassion, an ego as pure as a crystal, and a life filled with Supreme Peace and Joy."
- HH Sri Swami Satchidananda
Integral Yoga® is a synthesis of the various branches of Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga.

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Iyengar Yoga

gurujiFrom the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States: Yoga is for everyone. No one is too old or too stiff, too fat or thin or tired. A Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher can guide students of all ages and physical conditions to an experience of yoga, which is safe, accessible and rewarding.
Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors are held to an unusually rigorous standard. Only after years of training and evaluation do they become certified. Iyengar Yoga teachers modify the classic asanas (yoga postures) for individual students with the use of props -- such as blocks, blankets and belts. Props allow for a deeper penetration into the posture, as well as a longer stay.

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Scaravelli Yoga

From iHanuman Yoga Teacher Darlene Bink:
vanda2Vanda Scaravelli came to Yoga late in life, after the death of her husband. She had the fortunate opportunity to study Yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar and with T.K.V. Desikachar. She studied with these two incredibly gifted Yoga Masters for several years.
Eventually, Vanda came to a point in life where she began to explore Yoga on her own. She was looking for a way to feel more comfortable in the poses. She discovered by grounding heavily through whatever part of her body was touching the earth, and having an effortless breath, the spine would lengthen naturally as a result. This well-rooted connection with the earth allows the earth's energy to freely move throughout the body. A wonderfully fluid wave-like motion moves through the spine, creating space, freedom, and lightness. The breath is an easy breath, never forced. Inhaling in stillness, and exhaling with the flowing movement of your body.
This approach works nicely with the natural movement of one's body in relation to gravity and breath awareness. There is a large focus on releasing into gravity and allowing the body to relax and finding the ease in the pose. It is quite liberating. Your mind becomes focused and your body, free of tension.

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Teen Yoga

christy_brockiHanuman Yoga Teacher Christy Brock has pioneered the field of teaching yoga to teens and training teachers to teach yoga to teens. With 15 years of study and teaching yoga, Christy is E-RYT 500 certified through Yoga Alliance and attended Piedmont Yoga Studio’s Advanced Studies 18 month program. Christy has traveled to Pune to study with the Iyengars.

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Traditional Thai Massage

thai-massageTraditional Thai Massage is the perfect compliment to your yoga practice because it allows you to experience deeper and even more relaxed states of yoga.

Traditional Thai Massage (TTM) is an ancient healing art of Thailand practiced for as long as Yoga has been practiced in India. TTM is fantastic for general fatigue and sluggishness in the body and for helping to move the energy through the body. If you are are feeling stuck it is wonderful for unblocking energy. Just like yoga, but for two.

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Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa literally translates as nyasa - "to put or place" and vi - "in a special way". Therefore, Vinyasa Yoga typically involves a series of poses placed together in a specific way. It is a very popular form of yoga that is associated with the ashtanga vinyasa yoga style and can encompass many styles and levels of yoga practice.

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