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The word Yoga means "to join or yoke together." It brings the body, mind and spirit together for an experience of wholeness. There are six branches of Yoga:

  1. Bhakti Yoga is the path of devotion - the Yoga of devotion. Yogis who practice Bhakti Yoga see the Divine in everyone and everything they encounter. This leads them to develop love, acceptance and tolerance for all. Bhakti Yoga teaches a person to have a devotion to the Divine and all things through devotion to life and love.
  2. Raja Yoga means "royal". Raja Yoga is the path of Yoga that focuses on meditation and contemplation. It is based on the Eight Limbs of Yoga (below) which was written about in the Yoga Sutras. This Yoga path teaches deep self respect through self mastery. The self here is honored. Raja Yoga believes that the universe exists for the self, granting the self an illusion of it being the centre which results to self respect and respect for all creatures. Raja Yoga is also referred to as the "King of Yoga", majority of its practitioners live in spiritual or religious orders.

    The Eight Limbs of Yoga are:

    1. Yama (restraint),
    2. Niyama (observance of purity, tolerance and study)
    3. Asana (physical postures and movements)
    4. Pranayama (breath control)
    5. Pratyahara (preparation for meditation)
    6. Dharana (concentration)
    7. Dhyana (meditation)
    8. Samadhi (surrender to the sublime)

  3. Jnana Yoga is the path of Yoga that deals with wisdom and knowledge - the Yoga of the mind. Jnana Yogis pays tribute on one's intelligence. They try to surpass limitations by unifying intellect and wisdom. Jnana Yoga tries to obtain existence beyond doctrine and ideological controversies by accepting all philosophies and religion. It also uses an open, rational and curious mind in studying the spirit.
  4. Karma Yoga believes that your present situation is based on your past actions. Karma Yoga is the path of service; the energy of action and reaction. This path requires one to be selfless. Performing a selfless service is the essence of Karma Yoga or consciously choosing a future that is free from negativity and selfishness knowing that one's life is a consequence of one's past actions. Karma Yoga practices try to change one's action toward the good - good words, good thoughts, good deeds, in order to change the destiny of one's soul. By being selfless, one changes their consciousness which leads to a change in destiny.
  5. Tantra Yoga is the path of sacred action and perhaps the most misunderstood path. Some may think of Tantra Yoga as sorcery, witchcraft, magic spell or some mysterious formula. Most people perceive Tantra Yoga as sexual. Tantra is the knowledge concerning Tattva (Truth) and Mantra (specific syllables). It is the utilization of purposeful action to respectfully experience the sacred in everything we do. It aims to expand our awareness in all states - whether awake or asleep. Tantra Yoga practitioners must have purity, humility, devotion, courage, dedication, love, faithfulness, contentment, dispassion, non-covetousness, and truthfulness.
  6. Hatha Yoga is the path of Physical Yoga - the Yoga of Postures and is the most known branch of Yoga. Hatha is a Sanskrit word; "ha" meaning "sun" and "tha" meaning "moon". It is translated as the part of Yoga that brings union to the opposite currents in the body; the positive (sun) and negative (moon). Hatha Yoga uses Asana (physical postures and movements), Pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation to bring the body, mind and spirit into whole health. It considers the body as the vehicle for the soul.

    Asanas were specifically designed to bring energy to particular parts of the body bringing whole health to our body, mind and spirit. Practicing Hatha Yoga fills the body with life force and frees the mind and spirit. Regular daily practice of these three components of Yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.

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Weekly Hatha Yoga Class

A Hatha Yoga class is starting Monday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. for 10 weeks, April 25 - July 4. Registration costs $120. This is a "high maintenance and attention" class with an 8 people maximum and all equipment provided.

Monthly Hatha Yoga with Yamuna Body Rolling Workshop

A series of new Hatha Yoga and Yamuna Body Rolling workshops one Saturday each month 10 - 1:00 p.m., begins April 30 and continues monthly May 28, June 25, and July 23. Each workshop costs $49 and can be attended separately. It is also a "high maintenance and attention" class with an 8 people maximum and all equipment provided.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is a modification of Hatha Yoga Asanas to allow for and work with existing limitations while still experiencing the benefits. Limitations can include recent or old injuries, overall stiffness and fear. These limitations are important to acknowledge and respect on the way to whole health; they often hold information about other parts of us. If you have these limitations it wise to work with a Yoga teacher who is patient, knowledgeable and that you trust. Practicing regular Restorative Yoga will aid in restoring the body to a state of whole health.

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Pre-natal Yoga

Pre-natal Yoga is a modification of Hatha Yoga Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing), Dyana (meditation) and toning (sound) for the specific needs of pregnant women. Pregnancy is a special time; there are general guidelines to note and most important to learn to tune in to your own messages of what feels right in any moment, in and out of class. Women are individuals and have individual needs that require attention - so Pre-natal Yoga isn't the same for all women.

Successful Pre-natal Yoga balances the physical, mental/emotional and spiritual needs women have before, during and after pregnancy. Being pregnant is a beautiful time to build community and connections while using Yoga to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit.

Yoga for Pregnancy

At Pomegranate Community Midwives
2647 West Hastings Street
604-255-5556

This class is designed for women in all stages of pregnancy. By practicing body awareness, gentle postures, guided breathing and meditation you will enhance your tools for comfort, strength and flexibility: yours and "baby's".

We learn to access our intuitive wisdom as we experience the power and beauty of pregnancy. Relaxed and renewed - we explore pregnancy and prepare for your birth experience with confidence.

No previous Yoga experience is necessary.

$149.00 12-week session
April 24 to July 10
Mondays 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

To find out more, contact us

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Corporate, On-Site Yoga

Root Movement's corporate program incorporates visual, audio and kinesthetic learning and can be tailored to suit any group of employees and management. We encourage participant assessment and administrative criteria.

Ideally our Corporate Yoga curriculum follows a three part program with 10 - 20 people in each class.

Part I - The Basics

Part II - On-going development of whole health

Part III - Addressing specific problem areas

Root Movement's Corporate Yoga program can be customized to suit employees and management; fees can be covered in whole or in employee partnership and arranged according to number of employees, hours or sessions. We encourage participant evaluation and management criteria.

To find out more contact us.

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