Yoga

Yoga refers to set of disciplines that includes meditation, breath control, and specific postures. The physical side of yoga, called asana, appears in the form of poses and stretches. These movements combine with breathing and meditation techniques to form a yoga practice. Students that repeat their practice can experience increased flexibility, better posture, and stress relief.  Check out your teacher's bio to learn what kind of yoga they teach.


Indian in origin, yoga is a practice influenced by Hinduist, Buddhist, and Jainist traditions. While we can trace its influence, determining its origin can be difficult. Even the 4th century Bhagavad Gita (”Song of the Lord”) describes yoga as an ancient practice. 

 Half Spinal Twist Asana

Half Spinal Twist Asana

Since these early days, many schools of yoga have appeared, each with unique benefits. At Portland Movement Arts we specialize in Hatha yoga, a school about building physical and mental strength. It’s a style you may recognize, as it has influenced many forms of modern yoga. We also offer courses in Vinyasa and core yoga. These are more active and athletic styles that provide an aerobic experience.    

Yoga is a great system if you want to achieve greater body awareness and flexibility. Other benefits include improved respiratory health, cardio and circulatory health, and protection from injury. Check our schedule to see which styles and courses are available for you. If you’re new to yoga, Yoga Level 1 is a wonderful place to start.  

For students interested in learning more about yoga and its history, click any of the following resources:

Yoga Wikipedia Page
A Beginner’s Guide to the History of Yoga
14 styles of yoga explained 
American Osthetpathic Association 

 The child's pose asana, arms outstretched.

The child's pose asana, arms outstretched.