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Find your practice: yoga styles available in Beirut.

Summary: - Hatha: An umbrella for many types of classes, hatha yoga describes many physical types of practice that are generally slow-paced and focused on holding poses ("asanas") for a longer period of time.

- Hatha: An umbrella for many types of classes, hatha yoga describes many physical types of practice that are generally slow-paced and focused on holding poses ("asanas") for a longer period of time. Breath and relaxation are important elements of the class.

- Sivananda: Traditionally the most common style of yoga available in Lebanon, sivananda is a hatha yoga practice centered on 12 basic postures that increase strength and flexibility of the spine. The practice often uses chanting, deep breathing and meditation to encourage deep relaxation and relieve stress.

- Iyengar: Designed by influential yogi, B.K.S Iyengar, this style of yoga is all about the subtleties of each posture and holding positions longer than other practices. The focus is on skeletal and muscular alignment with the help of props: belts, blankets, blocks and chairs to name a few.

- Vinyasa Flow: A general term for many types of yoga classes, a vinyasa describes the set of postures in a "sun salutation" performed at the beginning of the practice and between holding other postures. It is a dynamic practice of coordinated breath and movement where one posture flows into the next.

- Ashtanga: The ashtanga practice is characterized by performing the same set of poses in sequence every class. Ashtanga (which means "eight limbs" in Sanskrit) is a physically demanding practice involving uninterrupted movement from pose to pose with vinyasas throughout. There are six ashtanga series and the poses are always performed in the same order.

- Power Yoga: Based on ashtanga, power yoga uses elements of the ashtanga series but varies the order and style of poses. It is designed to be an intense workout.

- Jivamukti: A meditative and very physical practice in the ashtanga style, jivamukti incorporates vinyasas with meditation, chanting, readings and music.

- Bikram: Often referred to as "hot yoga," bikram yoga is practiced at 38 degrees Celsius. The original practice consists of 26 poses but bikram classes often allow for variation. The heat is key to help loosen tight muscles and induce sweating to cleanse the body.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Jul 23, 2011
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