In Katonah Yoga, asana is seen as metaphor. How you move through a forward bend, for example, reflects how you move forward—or don’t—from day to day.
The goal of Katonah Yoga is a healthy body and greater consciousness. Poses are used to explore and free up your body, mind, and ultimately your life.
‚Vinyasa’ literally means ‘to arrange’ or ‘to place in a special way’. But often, it is translated as ‘flow. It refers to a carefully arranged sequence of asanas. Movement from one asana to the next follows the breath, resulting in a smooth, flowing class that become almost dance-like.
Vinyasa yoga is a general name for any flowing style of yoga. Although it has evolved from Ashtanga yoga over time and is based on the ‘surya namaskar’ (‘salute to the sun’) sequence, teachers develop their own sequences using variety of asanas and creative transitions.
By synthesizing traditional Hatha yoga postures and meditation with classical Hatha yoga postures, Inside Katonah Yoga provides a clear yet powerful understanding of the mechanics of the body while encouraging increased awareness of the self. The essence of all Hatha practice is the integration of body, mind and breath…. Using physical postures, breathing and meditation techniques.
It is both spiritually refined and eminently practical. It works for novices as well as advanced body workers. One needn’t have a mystical or “Eastern” orientation to benefit.