Sacramento Yoga Center / Yoga Styles

Yoga Styles

The following styles are offered through the Sacramento Yoga Center. To find out more about a particular style or class, please contact the instructor offering the course. Each instructor brings their own unique training and experience to the practice.

Ananda Yoga Gentle YogaGentle ViniyogaGentle VinyasaGong Meditation & Kundalini YogaHatha YogaHealthy Aging Yoga KundaliniKundalini En Espanol Laughter Yoga Senior Yoga Yin Yoga

Ananda Yoga

This gentle yoga combines breath awareness, affirmations, and yoga postures to move from body awareness through energy awareness to, finally, silent, inner awareness. The use of affirmations while in the asanas is a distinct feature of Ananda yoga. This yoga style was developed by an American, Donald J. Walters, known as Swami Kriyananda. He devoted 45 years of his life to studying the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Ananda yoga is a powerful spiritual practice, not merely an exercise regime. This gentle and highly effective approach is suitable for all ages, all body types and helps you feel relaxed, revitalized, and uplifted.

Taught by Sandi

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Gentle Yoga

Viniyoga is an ancient Sanskrit term that implies differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application. The American Viniyoga Institute uses the term Viniyoga to refer to an approach to Yoga that adapts the various means and methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of each individual - giving each practitioner the tools to individualize and actualize the process of self-discovery and personal transformation.

This approach to yoga was developed by Gary Kraftsow from the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar of Madras, India. There are four points that characterize the main difference between the Viniyoga approach and most other forms of asana practice:

  1. Repetition & Stay
  2. Function over Form
  3. Breath & Adaptation
  4. Sequencing

Taught by Sandi.

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Gentle Viniyoga

This yoga uses gentle movement and breathing techniques to revitalize and energize the body while releasing deeply held tensions. Yoga practice improves both physical and mental health -tuning body systems for improved digestion, respiration, circulation, and elimination -while improving your ability to focus and relax the mind.

Taught by Mae and Shannon

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Gentle Vinyasa

Vinyasa gentle style yoga practice incorporates yogic philosophy & teachings with the physical practices of asanas and pranayama. Classes are structured to appeal to those who have never done yoga before as well as for the experienced practitioner desiring a gentle, revitalizing class. The class focuses on the mind, body, spirit connection.

Taught by Bob.

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Gong Meditation & Kundalini Yoga

The gong is a natural extension of the mantra and music, fundamental to Kundalini Yoga. Creating non-ordinary and transcendent states of consciousness by suspending the thought-producing activity of the mind, true healing on all levels is possible.

The unpredictable, non-linear, complex vibration of the gong allows deep-seated physical tension in the muscles to relax, the nervous system to be repaired, and the glandular system to become balanced. The mind relaxes and clears, relieved temporarily of the constant pressure of the mind's content. Subconscious habit patterns (including addictive behaviors) can be broken up, the chakras become open, balanced, and awakened. A link to the transcendent self can be realized.

After 35-40 minutes of basic Kundalini Yoga and breathing exercises, relax and surrender to the sound of the gong, which varies anywhere between soft, pulsating tones and "build and release" cycles, in which the sound volume builds to a high level and releases with one or more "thunderbolt strikes". Be prepared for a truly wonderful and transporting experience!

Taught by Manvir.

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Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga focuses the practitioner's attention on proper alignment while increasing strength and flexibility in the physical body as well as focus and calm in the mind. The meaning of Yoga is union; thus, yoga is the union of mind, body, and breath with the result of stability, ease, and meditation in action. The asanas, or physical postures, and their variations are grouped into standing poses, twisting and forward bending poses, back extension poses, and restorative poses. Usually the class will focus on one of these categories each week.

We work with the body as it is today, adapting yoga postures to meet individual needs. Yoga tones and strengthens muscles, alleviates pain and improves posture. Together, we cultivate grace, fitness and poise. Each pose is an expression of yourself, for your self.

Taught by Linda Nueva and Karen.

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Healthy Aging Yoga

A gentle and focused approach supporting balance, mobility and joint health. Seated modifications available for those unable to access the floor. Start where you are. No prior yoga experience necessary.

Taught by Linda Roye.

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Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini yoga was introduced to this country in 1968 by Yogi Bhajan. This ancient form of yoga combines active movement and stretching with many specific breathing techniques (pranayama). Facilitating circulation throughout the spinal column, exercise sets (kriyas) are combined with sound vibration (mantras), hand positions (mudras), and body locks (bhundas), in order to enhance their effectiveness. In so doing, they serve to dissolve energy blockages within the energy matrix of the body, creating a natural, meditative, blissful state of mind.

One not need be particularly flexible or athletic to enjoy the profound benefits of Kundalini yoga; all that is required is the sincere willingness to try one's best while respecting your comfort levels and physical limitations.

In the words of Yogi Bhajan: "Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity and it is the art to experience Infinity in the finite."

Taught by Manvir.

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Kundalini Yoga En Espanol

Sus classes son una combination de ejercicios (kriyas y ashanas), tecnicas de respiracion (pranayamas) concentracion mental, meditacion, relajacion, musica, mudras y mantras para una armonica integracion de cuerpo, mente y espiritu. Son clases sanadoras, generan alegria y activan en profundos niveles de conciencia, despertando el enorme potencial aun dormido en muchos seres humanos.

Taught by Har Anand Kaur.

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Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga (Hasya Yoga) is an innovative wellness practice developed by Dr. Madan Kataria - an Indian physician from Mumbai - that is practiced by thousands of people all over the world. Laughter Yoga is a total health elixir that takes care of physical stress, mental stress and emotional stress all at once. There is no need for pills or pricey therapy sessions when you do Laughter Yoga! This simple yet profound practice reduces stress, boosts your immune system, improves heart health and oxygenation of your blood, helps overcome depression, decreases pain and so much more! Hasya Yoga combines unconditional laughter exercises with deep yogic breathing and includes meditation and relaxation as well. It is a super fun way to feel connected to yourself and others, and to relax. A good laugh wrings the old energy out of your body to make space for fresh, new energy, creativity and joy to flood in. You will leave a session feeling relaxed and quite energized! Laughter Yoga is also an opportunity to restore our natural states of relaxation, joy, acceptance, forgiveness and compassion, and therefore promotes world peace. Classes are open to all regardless of fitness level. Just bring a playful attitude! The more the merrier... so bringing friends is encouraged. Laughter is the best medicine after all and you'll want to share it!

Taught by Siri Ajeet.

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Yin Yoga

Yin yoga invites you to slow down and create space for stillness. Focusing on the connective tissues of the body, postures are held 3-5minutes allowing joints, energy and fascia to release. This class is mainly floor work, using as many props as needed to create as little effort as possible while holding poses

This is an all levels class, those new to yoga, advanced students and everything in between.

Taught by Moriah.

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