Monthly Archives: January 2011

What is Vinyasa?

Vinyasa is derived from the Sanskirt term nyasa, which means “to place,” and the prefix vi, “in a special way”. Sri Krishnamacharya, the father of modern day yoga, defined vinyasa as any cycle with a beginning, middle or end. It is also described as progressive sequences that unfold with an inherent harmony and intelligence. Vinyasa…
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What is this word “Namaste”?

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. "Nama" means bow, "as" means I, and "te" means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means "bow me you"…
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What is prana?

Prana can be described as the life force. In China it is called “chi” and here in Hawaii it is called “mana”. It is the energy in which all of life is based from. It is described as our inner power and strength, breath, respiration, our spiritual essence. It is a complex phenomenon with its…
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What are the benefits of yoga?

Brings balance and harmony to the body, mind and spirit. Helps with strength, flexibility range of motion and balance. Calms the mind, Reduces stress and anxiety. Revitalizes the body and mind. Slows heart rate. Lowers blood pressure. Increases circulation. Strengthens and tones muscles. Helps to detoxify system. Improves function of internal organs. Balances muscular system.…
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