Designed for Everyone!
We are pleased to offer four styles of yoga each with varying intensities and a wide range of health benefits. Classic Bikram Hot Yoga | Yin Yoga | Unnata Aerial Yoga | Vinyasa Yoga
Please feel free to call at 478.454.8806 or visit the studio for a consultation, but the information below will help you decide the types of yoga that is right for you.
Bikram Hot Yoga, a form of hatha yoga, was developed by Bikram Choudhury with the aid of his Guru, Bishnu Ghosh. It was created with the beginner in mind, yet intended to challenge seasoned practitioners. The sequence, comprised of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, was specifically designed to provide a therapeutic routine that anyone can do, no matter their age, body type, or fitness level. At Harmony Hot Yoga, Pilates & Aerial Center, we offer a 90 minute Classic Bikram style class that delivers the maximum impact to your wellness.Each posture specifically nourishes something different in the body and synergistically contributes to the success of the next posture. The sequence stays the same day to day, class to class, so the body can change. Therapeutic benefits occur when breath, movement, alignment and stillness all come together in harmony. Bikram Hot Yoga was scientifically and medically engineered to systematically condition bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, tissues, organs, glands and internal systems. It gives them everything they need to maintain optimum health and function. Practicing Bikram Hot Yoga also increases lung capacity and helps us learn how to use oxygen more efficiently. We learn to control the breath through pranayama.With consistent practice, students will increase their flexibility, strength, focus, balance, and receive many other life-long benefits. This practice also helps counter both the physical and mental reactions to stress so you can live a better and more productive life. Committed practitioners often lead a long and vital life well into their 90’s and beyond.
“Yoga maintains youth long. It keeps the body full of vitality, immune to diseases, even at old, old age.
It’s never too late, it’s never too bad and you’re never too old or too sick to start from scratch once again” Bikram Choudhury
Unlike most other forms of exercise, Bikram Hot Yoga gives you energy and can be practiced daily. We recommend practicing at least 3 times a week to start reaping the amazing benefits listed below:
- Promotes weight loss
- Relieves stress, anxiety and tension
- Raises your energy level
- Builds stamina and strength
- Relieves back pain
- Speeds up the healing process related to injury
- Regulates cholesterol in the blood
- Supplies oxygen and nutrients to parts of the body that have been stagnant
- Eliminates toxins through your sweat
- Flushes the lymphatic system
- Strengthens the immune system
- Balances the endocrine system
- Improves the spine’s health
- Expands lung capacity
- Strengthens the heart
- Lubricates joints
- Strengthens bones
- Improves posture and spinal alignment
- Increases mental well-being and clarity
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Yin Yoga is a less intense and more meditative form of yoga that is practiced in a low heat environment. These 60 minute classes include a series of floor postures designed to stimulate circulation in the joints and improve flexibility. The postures are held in position for 3 to 5 minutes thereby allowing muscles to relax and connective tissue to gradually stretch. Yin yoga is also a great way to manage and control stress. Before or after a test or after a hectic day at work, Yin Yoga will allow you to center and focus on your well being and stimulate tons of positive energy.
Anyone can enjoy the benefits of Yin Yoga. Athletes wishing to improve range of motion and flexibility – Students who are stressing over a test – Senior citizens who want more energy and to slow the signs of aging – Working professionals who want to reduce stress and increase mental focus.
Yin Yoga focuses on the connective tissue. Why? Muscles account for about forty percent of the resistance against the body’s flexibility, while connective tissue accounts for about fifty percent. The intensity and physical benefits of Yin yoga practice depend on two variables: duration of the posture, and the temperature of the muscle. Postures are usually held for three to five minutes, but can be held for as long as twenty. Because of the long duration of postures, it is said that patience is another of the key values cultivated by Yin yoga.
It is usually recommended that Yin Yoga be practiced when the muscles are not yet warmed up. When the muscles are cold, they are less elastic, and more stress will be transferred to the connective tissue. However, this is a general rule and for some people, it is better to stay a bit warm while practicing. Because this style of yoga does not generate bodily heat, yin teachers recommend keeping the temperature of the room a little higher than usual. During yin asanas, muscles are relaxed to avoid tetany, or muscle spasm, which could result from engaging muscles for long periods.
Benefits of Yin Yoga include:
- Feeling calm and balanced
- Regulated energy levels (chi)
- Greater strength
- Improved health
- Lowered stress levels
- Greater stamina
- Flexibility of the body’s connective tissues and joints
- Slowed signs of aging
- Improved meditation
- Deeper relaxation
- Improved practice of Bikram or Vinyasa Yoga
Our Sunday Evening Candlelight Yin Class
This is a very special Yin Yoga class taught by certified yin yoga instructor, pianist, and engineer – Dewey Forrester. This class is designed to offer all of the incredible benefits of Yin yoga mentioned above, but the setting is one of stillness and prayer. Dewey plays his own piano arrangements of sacred hymns during the class to help create an environment where we can treat our bodies as temples – as God intended.
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Unnata Aerial Yoga
Aerial Yoga is a relatively new and fun practice that allows you to deepen your traditional yoga asana practice by using the hammock as a tool to relax, release, realign and rebuild the body. At Harmony Hot Yoga, Pilates & Aerial Center, we use only top quality professional grade Aerial Yoga Hammocks for this purpose. The hammock is used as a prop, like a block or strap, to help heighten awareness and provides the immediate benefit of spinal decompression. Once the body is properly realigned, you can expand your range of motion, increase your flexibility, release chronic tension and build strength. With the weight of the body partially or fully supported, along with the help of gravity, you can explore and create space in your bodies to improve your traditional yoga asana practice. Without the compression of the spine and joints, you can achieve properly aligned postures through relaxation rather than effort, therefore finding a more balanced and unencumbered expression of each pose. Our certified Unnata Aerial Yoga instructors are trained to keep you safe and comfortable so that you can have awesome Aerial Yoga experience! COME FLY WITH US!!
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Harmony Hot Vinyasa Yoga is a faster paced yoga flow where the postures are linked together in a series of movements that are synchronized with the breath. Much emphasis is placed on effective utilization of the breath as you transition into and out of the postures during the practice. The continuous movement from one pose to another, gives you an added cardiovascular benefit, which more traditional forms of yoga do not have. Since we practice Vinyasa Yoga at elevated temperatures, it is a much safer practice as the heat allows you go deeper into each posture with less risk of injury. The routine practice of Vinyasa Yoga can increase muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, and reduce levels of stress. This is another great class for detoxification as well!
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