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Yoga is a Sankrit word which means "to unite", "to yoke", or "union".  Through the practice of yoga, one unites the physical, mental, energetic, emotional, and spiritual levels of one's self.  It is belieded that through this union, an individual can improve and heal themselves.  This improvement occurs as one obtains more knowledge about themselves, and the needs of their body, mind and spirit.  From this knowledge, one can achieve and maintain a well-balanced physical, mental, and spiritual health.  Therefore, yoga represents a holistic science of self-improvement and healing.  

Joy Esler in yoga pose
A Well-Rounded Yoga Practice


By understanding the background and philosophy of yoga, one can develop a greater awareness of the subtle changes that can occur on and off the mat.  Therefore, a well-rounded yoga practice not only includes an understanding of the basic postures, breath work, and meditation, yet also a foundation in the principles of yoha.  At Lotus Center of Healing, LLC we strive to provide a brief education on one of these principles in the beginning of each class to enhance the students' experience.  


Types of Yoga


Yoga is like a tree which has many branches.  Each of these branches presents a type of style of yoga.  At Lotus Center of Healing, LLC  we practice several forms of Hatha yoga which is one of the main branches of yoga.


Hatha yoga represents the yoga of physical well-being.  Most forms of yoga that are practiced in the United States fall under this category.  "Ha" in Sanskrit represents "sun", and "tha" represents "moom".  Therefore, Hatha yoga united the polarities or opposites within ourselves.  This is accomplished by combining asanas (physical postures), pranayama (breath), and meditative relaxations.

What are the Benefits of Yoga?
  • Improves Posture
  • Boosts Concentration and Mood
  • Enhances Flexibility
  • Builds Strength
  • Improves Lung Capacity 
  • Reduces the symptoms of Back Pain, and Arthritis
  • Relieves Stress
  • Supports Weight Management
  • Improves Cardiovascular Function 
What to Expect in a Yoga Class
Whether you are new to yoga, or have been practicing for years, all are well in our yoga classes.  Regardless of your level of experience, one can rejuvenate the body, relax the mind, and refresh their connection to the universe.  All of which is accomplished through:  a brief education, body and breath awareness, basic breathing techniques, warm-up stretches, series of classical Hatha yoga postures, and deep meditation or relaxation.  Modification of the postures are offered to address the needs and experience of the students.  Additionally, the techniques and proper alignment of the postures are provided to ensure each students' health and safety.
Classes range from 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours long, and are offered in a group setting, or through private instruction.
Yoga Class Schedule
We offer private instruction, and YogAcu Workshop.  Please check our Workshops and Retreats page for more information.    
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