Yoga at SKA


Often people want to try yoga but are hesitant for many reasons. Often it is because they do not think they can do it, or think they are not flexible enough, or even in some cases, think it is too passive for them.   I always tell people that yoga can be taught many different ways and if they are interested in practicing yoga, they should do some research first in the different styles, then go try a class. Some  yoga classes are for people are looking more for the fitness aspect of yoga only, while others accommodate those who are looking for a more “yogic” experience.  Some of the different styles include:

  • Bikram. …
  • Hatha. …
  • Hot Yoga. …
  • Iyengar. …
  • Restorative
  • Vinyasa
  • Yin
  • Tao

The style yoga  taught at Shaolin Kempo Academy is Vinyasa flow, which means we work on connecting the breath to the movement and the movements flow from one to the next almost like a dance. We also incorporate elements of Yin Yoga,  a slow-paced style of yoga with poses, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—five minutes or longer per pose is typical.

The interesting aspect of Vinyasa is the variety of ways in which it can be taught.  When I first started taking Vinyasa I took it as a power yoga class.  Power yoga incorporates Pilate-type exercises into the flow and the combination makes for a great workout.  However, after teaching my own power class for several years, I found that the students my classes preferred a more traditional style Vinyasa that uses traditional asanas (postures) and almost no Pilate-type exercises as part of the practice.  Many in my classes also wanted a class that was more relaxing so I began leading a gentle flow Vinyasa class in additional to the traditional class and this is also when I began incorporating Yin yoga postures in the practice.

Regardless of the style you would like to try or that you decide you like, you can pretty much guarantee that you will reap the benefits of a regular practice. Some of the benefits of a regular yoga practice include strengthening and lengthening your muscles, more energy, less pain, better sleep, better posture, and better circulation to just name a few.


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