All of our methods at Pranavah Yoga are a form of Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga, the medieval” limb of yoga, in Sanskrit means Sun “Ha” and Moon, “Tha.” Hatha Yoga is a discipline that harnesses the Sun and Moon energy currents inside and outside the body to invoke the powerful Kundalini force. The journey of Hatha Yoga is taught systematically from the physical form to the subtle, without form. In addition to asana practice, Hatha Yoga has developed kriya techniques for cleansing the physical, mental and emotional bodies, and pranayama, breathing techniques to quiet the mind and balance the energy currents within/out the body. Hatha Yoga begins by purifiying and toning the physical body. Discipline and a nutritionally healthy and physically adept body are the prerequisites for dharana (concentration) & dhyana (meditation): delving deeper into higher emotional and mental states. Hatha Yoga cultivates discipline & concentration that sows the seeds for meditation for the yoga practitioner. One’s ability to concentrate and meditate allows for the sadhaka to spontaneously experience a blissful state, absorbed in the One: Samadhi. All of our yoga practices at Pranavah Yoga are a form of Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is like the Latin language of Yoga. Various forms of yoga teachings have evolved from the original Hatha practice. We owe our present day yoga practice to an ancient sage named Patanjali. In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, he describes the eight limbs or branches that make up the tree of Hatha Yoga: ethical discipline, self-discipline, physical firmness and ease, breath awareness, inner awareness, concentration, meditation & Samadhi: Moksha or freedom & liberation from the confines of the personality.
Hatha Yoga physical practice disciplines and trains the mind & body. Once we make the mind & body healthy and strong, we take that discipline and learn more advanced yoga practices to harness the mind, such as pranayama, self study, concentration & meditation, seeking liberation from the chains of the personality and physical. Hatha is a term that refers to a body of yogic practices that combines posture (asana), breath control (pranayama), and seals and locks (bhandas) as a means of stilling the mind. It is the beginning of one’s yogic journey. There are different types of Hatha Yoga available in our studio listed below:
Ashtanga Yoga is a set of sequential asanas developed by Pattabhi Jois, the guru of Ashtanga Yoga.
Iyengar Yoga is ever evolving. In Pune, India, the Iyengar & his family continue to teach in fresh and exciting ways.
TKV Desikachar is the son and student of the legendary Sri T. Krishnamacharya, and the founder of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM).
Sri Dharma Mittra developed and refined a style of yoga that was taught to him by his guru, Sri Swami Kailashananda Maharaj. Dharma Yoga is a classical form of Raja Yoga, or the path of introspection.
Pranavah Vinyasa Flow is a breath-synchronized movement system characterized by rhythmic pace and dynamic flow. The student is taught Ujjayi breath; Drishti: external, focused-steady gaze; and Bandhas: energy conservation locks. Each Vinyasa teacher designs a series of breath-connected asanas /postures that focus the mind and challenge the body
Jivamukti Yoga, inspired by Sharon Gannon and David Life, is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings, Jivamukti Yoga is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as “seat, connection” – relationship to the Earth. Earth implies all of life. Citing Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which states that asana should be sthira and sukham, Jivamukti Yoga maintains that one’s relationship to others (asana) should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness (sukham).
Our Pranavah Silent Yoga class is a silent flow, a meditation in motion. The class moves in sync, as a collective one, following the teacher. The synergy of breath and motion is powerful and unavoidable.
Keeping the breath based Vinyasa Yoga as our staple, our Hot/Warm Yoga classes focus on the synchronization of breath and movement. In a hot/warm environment muscles, ligaments, and tendons may stretch more than in a temperate environment.
Our Core Pilates Fusion is a high energy, body sculpting, full body work out. It is inspired by Joseph Pilates, Body Sculpting, and Core Training. We use weights, big and small balls, bands, magic circles, and your own body weight as resistance. This class will keep you burning calories long after the class is over!
Pranavah Method of Prenatal Yoga helps new and expectant mothers to prepare their mind and body for labor and birth, and or labor and recovery. This class helps expectant and new mothers to maintain muscular strength, promote good posture & alignment and learn movements that are essential to self-care throughout the pregnancy and postpartum.
Kundalini Yoga is another form of Hatha Yoga that uses hatha and kriya techniques to cleanse the mindbody system and purify the energetic body.