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How to choose the right yoga class

There are many different yoga classes and styles and picking the right fit can be overwhelming.  Here is a guide to help choose the right class that fits your specific needs.

Beginner Level Vinyasa Class:

Description: Vinyasa classes are designed to introduce yogis to the foundational postures. In a Power Vinyasa-style class you will hold postures for 3-5 breaths and get opportunities to flow through these postures connecting your breath to each movement.

Who Should Attend: Yogis who are new to their practice. If you’d like to learn the foundational poses or focus on improving your alignment, this is the class for you. Experienced yogis will also enjoy the challenge and intensity of flowing through class at a slower pace.

Helpful Tip: Set up your mat in a spot with a clear view of a mirror. Being able to check your alignment is very helpful when first beginning a regular yoga practice.

Advanced Vinyasa Class: 

Description: Advanced Vinyasa classes build off of postures that students learn in beginner level classes. Expect to explore some advanced postures, try on some arm balances, inversions and get sweating. At CorePower Yoga, this class is taught in a heated room, which allows your body to stretch deeper and sweat out toxins.

Who Should Attend: New yogis should experience 5-10 beginner level Vinyasa classes before stepping into an advanced class. For more experienced practitioners, familiar with foundational yoga postures, this is the class for you.

Helpful Tip: Most advanced Vinyasa classes allow time to explore inversions. Let the instructor know if you’d like a little extra help learning a particular inversion, and they’ll be happy to give you some pointers.

Hot Yoga

Description: Hot Yoga is a series of 26 postures performed in precise order. It is set to music and practiced in a room heated to approximately 105 degrees. Hot Yoga stimulates the mind and shapes the body by incorporating strength and balancing postures.

Who Should Attend: This class is appropriate for students of all levels.

Helpful Tip: While it’s important to drink plenty of water before any class, it’s especially important before Hot Yoga. Drink up!

Yoga Sculpt

Description: Yoga Sculpt is a total body workout set to energizing music and designed to sculpt and tone every major muscle group. Free weights are added to a vinyasa sequence, creating resistance and intensifying each pose. Strength-training exercises such as squats, lunges, and bicep and tricep curls are incorporated to build lean muscle mass.

Who Should Attend: Those ready for a physical challenge, looking to sweat and burn calories. It’s important to have a good understanding of foundational yoga postures, so it’s recommended to have a few vinyasa classes under your belt before going to Yoga Sculpt.

Helpful Tip: Grab two sets of weights before class starts – one light set and one heavier set. If a posture is too challenging, switch to a lighter weight. If you’re up for the added challenge, use the heavier set.

Yin Yoga

Description: Yin Yoga classes focus on gently stretching and healing connective tissue through a series of holding postures. These postures never require strain or struggle and are similar to versions of relaxation and stretching poses practiced in other yoga classes.

Who Should Attend: Everyone. This low-impact style is suitable for all students.

Helpful Tip: This class is incredibly relaxing and is the perfect class to prepare you for bed.

Hot Yoga_Hotel Palomar

Things Are Heating Up This Summer With Free Hot Yoga

564365_280004572104409_440054043_n The hot yoga craze is hotter than ever, so why not use the Arizona heat to get your sweat on? Head to the pool at Hotel Palomar every Monday this summer for a hot yoga flow class lead by a local instructor.

Enjoy sweeping views of Downtown Phoenix while you sculpt your summer figure. Stay after the class to enjoy happy hour food and drink specials at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden.

Hot Yoga is every Monday from 7 – 8 p.m. and runs through Labor Day on September 2. The class is free and open to the public. Complimentary underground parking is also available.

Bikram Yoga - Scottsdale Living July/August 2011

Bikram Yoga Works Every Part Of The Body, In A 100-Degree Room

Bikram yoga works every part of the body and increases one’s health — all while in a 100-degree room

Yoga reshapes and constructs the body from the inside out. Therefore, the body needs to be heated to be more flexible so it can be reshaped.

And Bikram yoga does just that, unlike any other form of yoga out there.

Bikram yoga, created by Bikram Choudhury, consists of 26 different postures with two sets of each. It is performed in a heated room for 90 minutes and is said to improve emotional, physical and mental health.

The most noticeable difference between Bikram and other forms of yoga is the temperature. Bikram yoga is always performed in a room heated at between 104 and 110 degrees with 40 percent humidity.

The beauty of Bikram is that the order of the 26 postures is universal. No matter what class you go to, you will always spend the first 45 minutes in the standing position working on your heart rate, cardio, balance and strength. The second 45 minutes will be spent in postures that work on your spine and nervous system.

Bikram is designed to help work every part of the body, including muscles, bones, joints, tendons, glands, ligaments and organs.

The order of the positions is especially designed so the body eases into each position and is ready for the different muscles the position works.

“You’re not just thrown into some crazy posture that you’re not warmed up to,” says Andrea Griego, owner of the Bikram Yoga Institute in Scottsdale. “You always know what to expect.”

Bikram is one of the safest yoga practices because of the intense training instructors must go through, which includes completing a nine-week training that requires more than 500 hours of study with Choudhury in order to ensure his methods are properly taught.

During a class, instructors move about the room to make sure students are in the proper form in order to prevent injuries.

While the demographic of Bikram devotees 10 years ago was mostly women, Griego’s school now sees an almost even ratio of men to women.

According to Griego, there are more and more men doing Bikram as more athletes are learning its benefits.

“Athletes are coming in and realizing it helps the longevity of performance in whatever they are doing,” Griego says.

Aside from getting in shape, Bikram has additional health benefits. Bikram helps cure chronic ailments and relieve high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, back pain, diabetes, herniated disc, scoliosis, insomnia, stress, migraines, depression and anxiety.

For those who have never tried Bikram before, the Bikram Yoga Institute welcomes students of all levels to learn and benefit from this form of yoga. The majority of the school’s students range between 30 to 50 years old, but as more athletes are getting into Bikram, there is an increasing number of younger people starting to join.

There are many different reasons why people start Bikram, but everyone benefits from it.

“If they are consistent with their practice they will receive a benefit,” Griego says. “We want people to come in and do their best and have fun with it.”

For those interested in taking a class, the Bikram Yoga Institute has several different rates. The best deal for starters is the $30 for 30 days of unlimited yoga. Classes can also be purchased per class at $17, or you can purchase unlimited month passes starting at $155.

For more information about Bikram Yoga Institute’s schedules and rates, visit www.bikramyogainstitute.com or call (480) 946-2116.

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Bikram Yoga Institute

7620 East Indian School Road, #115
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 946-2116