Okay guys. It's time to come clean....I love gentle yoga. I've had an obsession with Jill Zepezauer's Viniyoga-based class at Yoga House since I moved to The 'Dena. I started taking it after I injured myself in my first and last "hot" yoga class -- the things we do for pre-branding :) I know what you are thinking, "Sweating to the oldies with the Silver Sneakers", but it's not the case at all. Jill is a quirky, fun-loving gal who makes you work and you don't even realize it.
Just to let you guys know a little about Viniyoga here is the latest from Wikipedia:
Viniyoga is a Sanskrit word that has multiple meanings. The root viniyuj means "to use", "to employ", "to do", among other senses.
The word appears in the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, where sutra 3.6 says that the application of the practice of saṁyama takes place in stages.
The term viniyoga has been used by T. K. V. Desikachar to describe his approach to utilizing the tools of yoga, in particular his conviction that yoga practice should be adapted to fit the individuality and particular situation of each practitioner
The thing I love about Viniyoga and gentle yoga is that anybody can do it. To me, the point of it is listening to your body, doing what you need to do to accomodate yoga for your body and habits (especially with the stress that modern life puts on your body), and tuning in instead of seeking escapism through that "workout yoga" high.
Who do you recommend this class to? I recommend it to anyone who has injuries, is new to yoga, wants to work on pranayama (breath), someone who wants to feel good - that's why I dig it :)
Who wouldn't be in to it? Folks who want to do yoga to lose weight, anyone with a short attention span (although it would probably be good for them), people who prefer vinyasa flow and weightbearing.
My favorite pose? Parighasana (Gate Pose) - please check out Yoga Journal's instructions for this pose at: http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/1704_1.cfm
Anybody want to join me for her class this Friday at 11:00am?