Yoga classes conducted by experienced instructors aim to stretch the body, tone the muscles, and achieve peace of mind
What You'll Get
- Five Yoga Classes
- 10 Yoga Classes
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Vinyasa Yoga: Going with the Flow
Vinyasa yoga is a major influence at this studio. Check out Groupon’s rundown of a few key terms to learn what to expect.
Vinyasa: Sanskrit for “to place in a special way”—like “the arrangement of notes in a raga, the steps along a path to the top of a mountain, or the linking of one asana to the next,” as yogini and author Shiva Rea has poetically put it.
Breath-synchronized movement: one possible definition of vinyasa yoga. If you wrote out a sequence of poses, it might read: breathe in, upward-facing dog; breathe out, downward-facing dog; breathe in, look toward your hands; breathe out, step with your right foot between your hands. While there’s not necessarily a strict 1:1 breath-to-movement ratio, vinyasa-style classes do tend to hold fewer long poses than, say, hatha-style classes.
Sun salutation: This sequence of poses starts and ends standing, and in between incorporates chaturanga dandasana, which flows from a plank pose into upward-facing dog (which actually more resembles a seal posing on a rock) and then downward-facing dog (bend at the hips and touch the ground so that your legs and upper body form roughly a 90º angle). In between are many other possible moves—and even the basics can be modified depending on ability—but all variations are unified in their ability to warm up all the muscles and keep the sun from adjusting its thermostat to ““broil.”” For that reason, classes that don’t include at least one sun salutation are rare.
Ujjayi breath: a powerful, controlled expulsion of air through the nose that’s produced from the diaphragm and makes a whispering sound in the back of the throat. The instructor may incorporate these breaths to physically warm up the body and keep up a rhythm to the changing poses.
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About Lion Heart Yoga
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? Lion Heart Yoga classes focus on making the body-mind-spirit connection through the moving flow of vinyasa and postures to build strength and flexibility. Breath-work, or pranayama is also incorporated to calm the nervous system allowing life force energy to feed the cells of our body while also helping us to achieve mental peace and clarity. What makes the Lion Heart Yoga class a true yoga experience is the emphasis on the mental “letting go” allowing us to not only transform our bodies, but also our minds, shifting our spirit and entire being into a place of openness and freedom.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? When I realized the importance this practice can have on each of us individually, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally -and how it can have a profound effect on how we treat each other, impacting society as a whole, I knew that as a teacher I wanted to share this amazing and enlightening, transformative practice with as many people as possible.
What do you love most about your job? Seeing how my students respond to the experience they have during a yoga class. Over time, I love seeing, not just how they become stronger and more flexible, but also how they seem more centered and calm.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer? The best reactions I've gotten are from my students who tell me how yoga has changed their lives, how they acknowledge that this practice is not just for life, but for a great life.