We offer a variety of styles with the ultimate goal of a community-centered studio driven to bring health and wellness practices to all.
A modern offshoot of traditional Hatha yoga, Ashtanga vinyasa takes a particularly rigorous form, in which the dynamic play between polar energies - be they solar and lunar, masculine and feminine, expansive and contractive - are expressed and harmonized. Harnessing the expansive generosity of the breath, in Ashtanga we trace a line between effort and ease, strength and passivity, invigoration and exhaustion.
Ashtanga is informed by three fundamental principles - the tristhana - by virtue of which the practice transcends mere exercise, attaining the state of a moving meditation. The first principle, vinyasa, directs that each movement take place with focused intention, in union with an inhalation or exhalation, in a flow of ujjayi pranayama (breathing with sound) which forms the backbone of the practice. The second principle, bandha, guides us to engage internal physio-energetic “locks” - primarily mula bandha (the root lock) - in order to elicit the power of kundalini, the Goddess, who resides at the base of the spine. Finally, the principle of drishti - or “gazing point” - provides the eyes and the mind with a point of focus in each posture, aiding in the adoption of a meditative state and facilitating balance and poise.
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga descends from the tradition of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya - the “Father of modern yoga” - through his student, Pattabhi Jois, who formalized the practice into several series of increasingly challenging postures. Our classes at YoS will draw upon the first two of these series: yoga chikitsa (“yoga therapy”), which is concerned with the purification and strengthening of the physical body; and nadi shodana (“nerve cleansing”), which acts upon the nervous system and begins to bridge the gap between gross and subtle, preparing the way for the later branches of traditional ‘eight-limbed’ (ashtanga) yoga.
Dharma Yoga is a modern interpretation of classical Eight-limbed or Hatha-Raja Yoga, deeply rooted in ethical precepts that includes elements of flowing Vinyasa, inversions and held poses that will help you to discover concentration, meditation, abiding contentedness and deep healing relaxation.
Dharma Yoga was created by Sri Dharma Mittra in 1975. The physical posture practice (Asana) tones and invigorates the body and mind, leading to enhanced flexibility, strength, balance and concentration.
Breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditative techniques regulate the heartbeat, de-stress the nervous system and calm the mind. Guided deep healing relaxation or Yoga Nidra relieves stress, slows down the thoughts, calms the mind and recharges one’s physical body. A complete practice that will lead to radiant health, a peaceful life and, eventually self-realization. Dharma Yoga is traditional, yet contemporary — perfect for the fast-paced world of today.