Designed for Everyone!
We are pleased to offer four styles of yoga each with varying intensities and a wide range of health benefits.
Bikram Yoga | Vinyasa Yoga | Hatha Yoga | Yin Yoga
The information below will help you decide the types of Yoga that is right for you, but please feel free to call us at 478.454.8806 or visit the studio for a professional consultation.
Bikram Yoga, a form of Hatha Yoga, was developed by Bikram Choudhury with the aid of his Guru, Bishnu Ghosh. It was created with the beginner in mind, yet intended to challenge seasoned practitioners. The sequence, comprised of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, was specifically designed to provide a therapeutic routine that anyone can do, no matter their age, body type, or fitness level. At Harmony Total Wellness, we offer a 90 minute Classic Bikram style class that delivers the maximum impact to your wellness. Each posture specifically nourishes something different in the body and synergistically contributes to the success of the next posture. The sequence stays the same day to day, class to class, so the body can change. Therapeutic benefits occur when breath, movement, alignment and stillness all come together in Harmony. Bikram Yoga was scientifically and medically engineered to systematically condition bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, tissues, organs, glands and internal systems. It gives them everything they need to maintain optimum health and function. Practicing Bikram Yoga also increases lung capacity and helps us learn how to use oxygen more efficiently. We learn to control the breath through pranayama. With consistent practice, students will increase their flexibility, strength, focus, balance, and receive many other life-long benefits. This practice also helps counter both the physical and mental reactions to stress so you can live a better and more productive life. Committed practitioners often lead a long and vital life well into their 90’s and beyond. Come Sweat With Us!
“Yoga maintains youth long. It keeps the body full of vitality, immune to diseases, even at old, old age.
It’s never too late, it’s never too bad and you’re never too old or too sick to start from scratch once again” Bikram Choudhury
Unlike most other forms of exercise, Bikram Yoga gives you energy and can be practiced daily. We recommend practicing every other day to start reaping the amazing benefits listed below:
- Promotes weight loss
- Relieves stress, anxiety and tension
- Raises your energy level
- Builds stamina and strength
- Relieves back pain
- Speeds up the healing process related to injury
- Regulates cholesterol in the blood
- Supplies oxygen and nutrients to parts of the body that have been stagnant
- Eliminates toxins through your sweat
- Flushes the lymphatic system
- Strengthens the immune system
- Balances the endocrine system
- Improves the spine’s health
- Expands lung capacity
- Strengthens the heart
- Lubricates joints
- Strengthens bones
- Improves posture and spinal alignment
- Increases mental well-being and clarity
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Vinyasa Yoga is a faster paced Yoga flow where the postures are linked together in a series of movements that are synchronized with the breath. Much emphasis is placed on effective utilization of the breath as you transition into and out of the postures during the practice. The continuous movement from one pose to another, gives you an added cardiovascular benefit, which more traditional forms of Yoga do not have. Since we practice Vinyasa Yoga at elevated temperatures, it is a much safer practice as the heat allows you go deeper into each posture with less risk of injury. The routine practice of Vinyasa Yoga can increase muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, and reduce levels of stress. This is another great class for detoxification as well! Come Flow With Us!
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Hatha Yoga is an open level Yoga class that incorporates static holds of postures, breathwork, and meditation to facilitate muscle engagement, breath awareness, and a deeper connection to the present moment. With more focus on control and less focus on flow between postures, this class highlights strong alignment and pose specific progressions. Hatha Yoga is practiced at a slower pace than Vinyasa Yoga. This 60-minute classes will be taught at ambient temperature. Come Align With Us!
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Yin Yoga is a less intense and more meditative form of Yoga that is practiced at ambient temperature. These 60 minute classes include a series of floor postures designed to stimulate circulation in the joints and improve flexibility. The postures are held in position for 3 to 5 minutes thereby allowing muscles to relax and connective tissue to gradually stretch. Yin Yoga is also a great way to manage and control stress. Before or after a test or after a hectic day at work, Yin Yoga will allow you to center and focus on your well being and stimulate tons of positive energy.
Anyone can enjoy the benefits of Yin Yoga. Athletes wishing to improve range of motion and flexibility – Students who are stressing over a test – Senior citizens who want more energy and to slow the signs of aging – Working professionals who want to reduce stress and increase mental focus.
Yin Yoga focuses on the connective tissue. Why? Muscles account for about forty percent of the resistance against the body’s flexibility, while connective tissue accounts for about fifty percent. The intensity and physical benefits of Yin Yoga practice depend on two variables: duration of the posture, and the temperature of the muscle. Postures are usually held for three to five minutes, but can be held for as long as twenty. Because of the long duration of postures, it is said that patience is another of the key values cultivated by Yin Yoga.
It is usually recommended that Yin Yoga be practiced when the muscles are not yet warmed up. When the muscles are cold, they are less elastic, and more stress will be transferred to the connective tissue. However, this is a general rule and for some people, it is better to stay a bit warm while practicing. Because this style of Yoga does not generate bodily heat, Yin teachers recommend keeping the temperature of the room a little higher than usual. During Yin asanas, muscles are relaxed to avoid tetany, or muscle spasm, which could result from engaging muscles for long periods. Come Stretch With Us!
Benefits of Yin Yoga include:
- Feeling calm and balanced
- Regulated energy levels (chi)
- Greater strength
- Improved health
- Lowered stress levels
- Greater stamina
- Flexibility of the body’s connective tissues and joints
- Slowed signs of aging
- Improved meditation
- Deeper relaxation
- Improved practice of Bikram or Vinyasa Yoga
Rejuvenate The style of yoga taught in this class will vary depending on the instructor, but this class will always be relaxing and leave you feeling refreshed! Rejuvenate will incorporate elements of Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga & Meditation. Rejuvenate is excellent for stress management! Come Breathe With Us!