Yoga in Los Angeles, CA
Yoga comes from the Sanskrit, yog. This simply means, to unite! On the physical level, we are uniting mind, body, and breath. On the spiritual level, we are uniting individual consciousness with universal consciousness. Think of a wave merging with the Ocean. Yogic practices are ones that cultivate Unity, awaken Consciousness, and balance the mind/body systems within the individual for optimal functioning and longevity. Many practices and modalities fall under the heading of Yoga. Meditation is a form of Yoga. Breathwork is a form of Yoga. Service to other humans, devotion to deities, one’s personal diet, human relationships, reading and contemplation. These can all be forms/expressions of Yoga. In the West, we generally associate physical asana practice with the term Yoga. Asana literally translates as ‘seat’ in Sanskrit. We refer to yogic postures and movements collectively as asanas. These are performed in a specific manner, timing, and sequence. Yoga is one of humanity’s most ancient, globally utilized practices. Over the last few decades, it has burst into our mainstream culture as science is able to observe and measure its incredible benefits. Yoga positively supports our physical well-being, mental health, emotional stability, self-confidence, relationships, and the list goes on. The scientific community is helping the cause as it continues to observe and share its findings. People are less stressed, less anxious, naturally happier, more creative, and more fulfilled, when practicing Yoga! We offer in-person Yoga instruction in Los Angeles, CA. Virtual sessions are available Worldwide. Namastè
Yoga With Matthew
Group Yoga Classes in Los Angeles, CA I teach at Core Power Yoga. You can enjoy Yoga with me live! Check out my schedule and join our community! If you’re not already a member, Core Power Yoga offers your first week free!
For personalized Yoga instruction, I will curate a sequence that is designed to meet your skill level and specific needs. This can include a bundle package of yoga, breathwork, and meditation. Utilizing several practices at once is exponentially supportive of your growth. Let’s start the conversation! Schedule a free introductory call through the link below.
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Bikram Yoga is a proprietary system of hot yoga devised by Bikram Choudhury; it became popular in the early 1970s. Classes consist of a fixed sequence of 26 postures, practiced in a room heated to 105 °F (41 °C) with a humidity of 40%, intended to replicate the climate of India. The room is fitted with carpets and the walls are covered in mirrors; the instructor does not adjust the students, who are expected to adjust themselves. Choudhury’s teaching style was abrasive.
Bikram Yoga spread rapidly across America and the Western world, reaching a peak of some 1,650 studios in at least 40 countries in 2006. Choudhury attempted to copyright the Bikram Yoga sequence from 2011 but was ultimately unsuccessful. In 2016, facing lawsuits and accusations of sexual assault, Choudhury fled to India, leaving Bikram Yoga, Inc. to be run by others.
Hot Yoga is incredibly good for the mind, body, and soul. It stimulates circulation and detoxification in the body. It promotes both strength and flexibility. It sharpens the mind, deepens intuition, and expands awareness. The hot and humid atmosphere in this type of yoga class simulates the environment of India: the birthplace of yoga. Heated rooms provide the ideal atmosphere for relaxed muscles and flexible joints. The heat also has a meditative effect on the mind. Matthew Spangler teaches Hot Yoga in Los Angeles, CA with Core Power Yoga.
The term Vinyasa is derived from nyasa, meaning “to place,” and vi, meaning “in a special way.” This indicates that we are not “throwing our bodies around” but are bringing consciousness to each movement in each moment. “Vinyasa in its original meaning from the early Tantras is understood as the ‘sequence of consciousness,’ or how life unfolds from…the creative pulse of life.” Vinyasa can be defined as our external movements that are an expression of how we think and feel.
Synonyms: Continuous. Seamless. Integrated. Change. Rhythm. Evolve. Cycle. Connected. Movement.
Most forms of yoga in the West can be classified as Hatha Yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning your Ashtanga, vinyasa, Iyengar and Power Yoga classes are all Hatha Yoga. The word “hatha” can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation.
Hatha yoga is the overarching umbrella of yoga that encompasses most of the traditional styles, including Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Directly translated to “willful” or “forceful” in Sanskrit, Hatha yoga is the fundamental system of yoga that focuses on the pairing of poses or “asanas” with breathing techniques or “pranayama.”
Hatha yoga uses the practice of the poses to rinse out the body and build the physical strength and endurance required to spend long periods of time in meditation. Once the Hatha yoga practice is complete, the ideal mind-body harmony has been created to facilitate deep, relaxing meditation.
In today’s yoga community, the term “Hatha Yoga” is often used to distinguish classes that pair pranayama and traditional yoga poses. However, Hatha Yoga classes veer away from the rigorous breath-to-movement flows more commonly found in Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga, and focus on flowing the breath in static postures to be with them longer.
Hatha yogis can expect an accommodating practice full of static postures, mindful breathwork and a manageable pace. This dynamic allows for a greater focus on alignment and mindful breathing, making the practice accessible to yogis of all levels, especially beginners. Matthew Spangler teaches in-person Hatha Yoga in Los Angeles, CA. Virtual Sessions available Worldwide. Namastè
Power Yoga is a fitness-based vinyasa practice. An offshoot of Ashtanga Yoga, it has many of the same qualities and benefits, including building internal heat, increased stamina, strength, and flexibility, as well as stress reduction. Teachers design their own sequences, while students synchronize their breath with their movement. The original Power Yoga was developed and founded by Beryl Bender Birch, but is now a term used to describe many vigorous vinyasa styles. If you live in Los Angeles, CA, Matthew teaches at Core Power Yoga! Virtual Sessions are available Worldwide. Inquire Within, Namastè
Roots in Ashtanga Yoga
Ashtanga is a dynamic, physically-demanding yoga practice synchronizing breath and movement to produce internal heat to purify and strengthen. It builds core strength, tones the body, and makes you sweat. Power yoga takes its cue from Ashtanga.
In traditional Ashtanga practice, you hold each pose for five breaths. Power yoga typically moves through the postures faster, creating a more intense physical experience and increased heart rate.
While other yoga styles may focus more on flexibility and meditation, in power yoga, you are constantly lifting and holding your body weight. This practice builds strength and endurance in the entire body, and tone and firm arm structure.
Leave Feeling Energized
Most yoga practice sessions leave you feeling calm, relaxed, and peaceful. Power yoga sessions tend to leave practitioners feeling calm and happy, but also energized and ready to take on challenges.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Vinyasa Yoga connects one posture to the next using the breath. This can be thought of as linking or flowing into postures which is sometimes why it’s called “Flow Yoga”. The opposite of this would be an alignment-based class where students engage with a posture, explore it for a period of time and then “break the posture” by coming out.
“Transitions” are what connect one posture to another in Vinyasa. They are the in-between part. What is not always appreciated is that transitions are considered postures themselves. To move in a more graceful, connected way, allot just as much time developing skill in the transitions as you do in the asana.
Vinyasa is synonymous with movement. Moving in and out of postures is the obvious movement but even in stillness Vinyasa is represented by the beat of your heart and inhale/exhale of your breath.
Move with the breath. Breath initiates the movement of Vinyasa which is why you’ll hear it referred to as a “breath-synchronized” practice.
Ujjayi Breath is the breathing technique used. It is done by inhaling and exhaling in a rhythmic manner through the nose. The overall sensation is one of relaxation.
Vinyasa practice generates heat and can add a cardiovascular component not always present in other forms of postural practice. Matthew Spangler teaches Vinyasa Yoga in Los Angeles, CA. Virtual Instruction available Worldwide. Namastè
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is known for its ability to ease stress and promote relaxation. In fact, multiple studies have shown that it can decrease the secretion of cortisol, the primary stress hormone. Many people begin practicing yoga as a way to cope with feelings of anxiety. Interestingly enough, there is quite a bit of research showing that yoga can help reduce anxiety. In addition to improving your mental health, some studies suggest that practicing yoga may reduce inflammation as well. Inflammation is a normal immune response, but chronic inflammation can contribute to the development of pro-inflammatory diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
From pumping blood throughout the body to supplying tissues with important nutrients, the health of your heart is an essential component of overall health. Studies show that yoga may help improve heart health and reduce several risk factors for heart disease. High blood pressure is one of the major causes of heart problems, such as heart attacks and stroke. Lowering your blood pressure can help reduce the risk of these problems.
Improve Your Quality of Life
Some research also suggests that incorporating yoga into a healthy lifestyle could help slow the progression of heart disease. Yoga is becoming increasingly common as an adjunct therapy to improve the quality of life for many individuals. Some studies show that yoga may have an anti-depressant effect and could help decrease symptoms of depression. This may be because yoga is able to decrease levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that influences levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter often associated with depression.
Chronic pain is a persistent problem that affects millions of people and has a range of possible causes, from injuries to arthritis. There is a growing body of research demonstrating that practicing yoga could help reduce many types of chronic pain.
Poor sleep quality has been associated with obesity, high blood pressure and depression, among other disorders. Studies show that incorporating yoga into your routine could help promote better sleep. Though the way it works is not clear, yoga has been shown to increase the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness. Yoga also has a significant effect on anxiety, depression, chronic pain and stress — all common contributors to sleep problems. Migraines are severe recurring headaches that affect an estimated 1 out of 7 Americans each year. Traditionally, migraines are treated with medications to relieve and manage symptoms. However, increasing evidence shows that yoga could be a useful adjunct therapy to help reduce migraine frequency. All in all, Yoga practitioners enjoy therapeutic benefits on the levels of mind, body, and Soul.
Matthew Spangler teaches Group Yoga Classes with Core Power Yoga in Los Angeles, CA. You are warmly invited (encouraged) to come and take a class. Community is a powerful and irreplaceable resource as you continue upon your Spiritual Journey. Personalized instruction is an option that goes a long way in providing you with the attention and specificity that will accelerate your growth as a Yogi. Inquire Within, Namastè
Get Started Today
Now is the time to take action. Yoga is an ancient practice, overflowing with modern relevance. Your yoga practice is a sacred time and space for you. It’s an investment in yourself. As you deepen and strengthen your relationship with yourself, that is what you get to share with the world. That is what you offer in your relationships. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Fill up your cup with Yoga and let the benefits Flow!