Yoga: Pose of the Soul

Above: Astavakrasana (Eight-Angle Pose) Health & fitness | 19 Feb, 2011 |

Yoga is a form of exercise that uses slow movements and stretching. It is good for increasing flexibility & balance, relieving stress and relaxing. Yoga has been used as a meditation technique for thousands of years.

As you exercise, you meditate on what your body is feeling and try to be “one with the universe.” The following photos showcase some of the Arizona’s yoga instructors and students.


woman doing a yoga pose on the beach

Alicia Beale demonstrates Kapotasana (King Pigeon Pose) — Photo: Edgar Cardenas


Alicia Beale’s love of movement as well as her spiritual longings have been constant threads throughout her life. She began practicing yoga at the age of 10 — learning from VHS tapes. Throughout her life, she has been involved in choreography, dance, and ballet and is also a certified teacher of Tai Chi.  Alicia teaches a blend of Ashtanga, Vinyasa and power yoga classes, infused with her own philosophy based on everything from Taoism to Wayne Dyer.



woman on railroad tracks doing yoga pose

Jenn Chiarelli demonstrates Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose) — Photo: Sandey Tenuto


Jenn Chiarelli‘s journey began through the art of dance. She pursued her dream of becoming a professional ballerina when she joined the Cleveland San Jose Ballet as one of its youngest members. Jenn discovered yoga when one of her colleagues took her to her first class in California. Soon after, she began her study and practice of yoga. Jenn teaches a Vinyasa flow class that integrates her background as a dancer and her love of yoga.

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