Kripalu is a style of yoga that uses pranayama (breathwork), development of a quiet mind, and the practice of relaxation. The defining point is its emphasis on following the flow of life-force energy, practicing compassionate self-acceptance, and developing witness consciousness.
By linking each movement with the breath, Vinyasa yoga seeks to quiet the mind through connection with the body. It’s emphasis on the breath and using sun salutations as transitional movements aim to create a deeply meditative class in which postures feel almost like dancing. Self awakening yoga, which uses primal movements to release tension in the body, is also incorporated.
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This class focuses on relaxing into poses. Many of the yoga poses ask for strength and flexibility and indeed, strength and flexibility are helpful in beginning a yoga practice. However, this class uses blankets, bolster pillows and gently encouraging words to shape the body into the poses. Mindful breathing and moments of silence round out this refreshing and deeply relaxing class, erasing stress and moving the body and mind towards balanced health.