10 Ways Yoga Works in 2015

With 2015 fast approaching, it’s time to reflect on your fitness goals for the new year. Whether you want to get in shape, start a yoga practice, finally nail that arm balance you’ve been working on, or simply find some peace of mind, here are 10 ways yoga works in 2015:

  1. Vinyasa. This vigorous style of yoga links breath and movement through a sequence of Sun Salutations and postures. The smooth, continuous flow deepens your breath, increases endurance, and tests the edge of your balance and flexibility. Vinyasa, as translated from sanskrit, means “to place in a special way”. Sometimes it’s used as a noun when a teacher says “move through a vinyasa” referring to Sun Salute A (plank, chaturunga, up dog, down dog). These classes are best if you’re already physically active, comfortable with the basic yoga postures, and appreciate a healthy sweat. Check your studio’s schedule, or try this class on myyogaworks.com with a 2 week free trial. YW_TTP_6_3_1421369
  2. Iyengar. Named after master Sri. B.K.S. Iyengar, this slower paced class focuses on classic postures and utilizes props to gain a deep awareness of correct alignment and precise actions in the body. It’s appropriate for anyone – regardless of age, degree of health, or other perceived limitations. In addition to building strength and flexibility, Iyengar yoga can help increase your ability to focus, observe, be present, and relax. Classes often involve the use of props (wooden blocks, belts, blankets, bolsters, etc.) to aid in the proper alignment of the pose. This helps makes it possible for people of all ages, body types, and levels to access the poses. Check your studio’s schedule, or try this class on myyogaworks.com with a 2 week free trial. YW_TTP_6_3_1421220
  3. YogaWorks. Our signature classes balance precise instruction and alignment with breath and fluid movement. Classes are carefully themed to deepen the students’ experience of yoga. A flow of Sun Salutes and postures are skillfully sequenced, and modifications are used to individualize the practice for each student. YogaWorks signature classes are paced moderately to vigorously depending upon the level. As a beginner, you can start with Level 1 and gradually build up to more advanced levels as your practices grows. Check your studio’s schedule, or try this class on myyogaworks.com with a 2 week free trial. YW_TTP_6_3_1421008
  4. Pilates. If you’ve always envied the flawless, upright carriage of ballet dancers, you’ll love how Pilates creates long, lean muscles. The slow, targeted movements are excellent for improving back problems and body awareness. The movements focus on building core or ‘powerhouse’ strength as the key to good posture and a healthy back. Pilates provides total body conditioning to increase strength, flexibility and endurance. Check your studio’s schedule, or try this class on myyogaworks.com with a 2 week free trial. Pilates_Mat-028
  5. TRX®. Reach your strength and endurance potential with circuit training that integrates strength, flexibility and cardio. Utilizing TRX Suspension Trainers, Gliding Discs, and one’s own body weight among other tools, these classes will help you create an efficient, lean body. Check your studio’s schedule for TRX® class offerings. Sculpt-003
  6. BarWorks®. Increase balance, strength and flexibility with this total body workout that integrates ballet barre work with simple, precise moves. Some classes utilize a bar, some do not, but all provide the same leg-shaking workout. Check your studio’s schedule, or try this class on myyogaworks.com with a 2 week free trial. Sculpt-046
  7. DanceWorks®. Let loose, break out your dancing shoes, and get your cardio on with high-energy, conscious movement dance classes that build heat, strength & flexibility. Check your studio’s schedule for DanceWorks® class offerings.Sculpt-081
  8. Meditation. Cultivate awareness of the present moment, body, breath, emotions, and thought through conscious relaxation. Meditation has been shown to decrease stress, boost focus, reduce age-related cognitive decline, increase compassion and self-acceptance, help you sleep, fight depression, lower blood pressure… and more! Check your studio’s schedule, or try this class on myyogaworks.com. YW_TTP_6_4_1422174
  9. Yin Yoga. In Taoist philosophy, the qualities of Yin are dark, calm, passive and deep. Based on these principles, Yin Yoga uses passive postures held for longer periods of time to allow for deep opening in the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis and spine. Holding Yin poses allows you to sink into the pose, get to know where you may be feeling resistance, and listen more closely to your body and mind. It can be practiced by any level of student and is very beneficial for increasing flexility in muscles surrounding the joints (such as the hips) that tend to lose mobility. Yin Yoga can be practiced by any level of student. Check your studio’s schedule, or try this class on myyogaworks.com with a 2 week free trial. YW_TTP_6_3_1421386
  10. Urban Zen. Started by Donna Karen with the mission to bring the care back into healthcare, Urban Zen classes are perfect if you’re recovering from an illness, or just need to be treated with TLC. Lead by trained integrative therapist, classes include restorative poses, reiki, breath awareness, healing oils and meditation.Reclining_Virasana_1044

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