We want our students to get the most out of every class, and grow and progress within their practices through an approach that recognizes each person as a unique individuals with a body, mind and character. Our approach to yoga is the classical one: Students develop a posture, or asana, steadily and comfortably. This means we emphasize self care and mindfulness throughout each class.
Student are active participants in each class, and no one is left behind due to physical limitations. Every “body situation” is different just as each day is different. Instead of prescribing a one-size-fits-all approach we encourage our students to explore their practices and find approaches that work best for them. We help our students explore, adjust their practices, try new things, and find what works best for each individual.
Roughly defined, there are two major branches of yoga in India which have come over to the Western world, the Northern and Southern branches. We take our inspiration and guidance from both of these great yoga traditions of India.
The Southern branch includes the schools of Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Vini Yoga and its American offshoot, Vinyasa Yoga. These schools carry and develop the teachings of Trimulai Krishnamacharya and T.K.V Desikachar out of Mysore, India.
The teachings of the Northern branch, connected more strongly to the mysticism and spirituality of the Himalayas, have been brought to the Western world through the teachings of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh and his disciples, as well as through the Himalayan Institute established by Swami Rama. From this Northern tradition, in collaboration with Swami Sivananda, Bikram’s teacher Bishnu Ghosh, widely known in the West as Bikram’s guru, developed the yoga method practiced in hot yoga studios around the world.
The practice of doing one pose at a time, with meditative awareness and full attention comes from the Northern Indian branch. Many of the deeper and more creative postures are associated with the Southern India tradition, where the physical side of yoga has been most emphasized. These two branches have informed the practical method we used at our studio.
The practical method of the Core 26 class come from the Northern India tradition, while incorporating the insights of the Southern masters as well. The Intermediate and Advanced Asana classes tend to incorporate practices and methods from the Southern branch, while Hot Yoga Dynamics (HYD), Yoga Nidra, and Pranayama classes are largely influenced by the North Indian style.