YogaFit vinyasa yoga is part of the ongoing evolution of yoga in the West. Yoga originated in India thousands of years ago as a philosophical system that incorporates psychological and physical practices. These practices created greater health, mental awareness, and balance in practitioners of yoga. As yoga evolved and expanded, several different “types” of yoga emerged. YogaFit is part of the hatha yoga tradition and is a vinyasa style. Hatha is a Sanskrit word that means several things. It literally translates to “force” or “physical”. It is broken down into ha and tha. Ha represents the qualities of masculine, solar, or energizing. Tha represents the qualities of feminine, lunar, or relaxing. The word hatha invokes the balance of opposites.
Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj. Yuj means “yoke” or “union” of the mind, body, and spirit. Hatha yoga is the union of opposites through physical practices. Ancient yoga practitioners used the system of hatha yoga as preparation for long periods of sitting. Therefore, many hatha yoga movements focus on the lower body, especially the hips, hamstrings, and back. Almost all styles of yoga share the same poses. In YogaFit, we use these poses to help create balance in the body, and to complement the activities of our daily lives.
YogaFit classes involve linking several poses together to create strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. The technique is called vinyasa, which means, “to place in a special way.” I create classes that effectively work all parts of the body equally, with each pose flowing safely into the next. It is highly complementary to other styles of yoga.
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