Mountain Yoga

Hatha Yoga, Svaroopa® Yoga, Mountain Yoga –
What’s the Difference?

Hatha Yoga is what most Americans think of when we say “yoga”. Hatha Yoga is a path of yoga that uses the body. Other paths of yoga include Karma Yoga, the yoga of selfless service (like Mother Theresa); Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion (to God or guru); and Jnana Yoga, the yoga of contemplation and meditation.

Various masters have developed many styles of Hatha Yoga. Each style is based on classical yoga practices and postures that are described in ancient yoga texts. What distinguishes each style from the others is the personal experience and understanding of the master who developed that
style. Some yoga teachers call what they teach Hatha Yoga, because they do not teach any one of these styles specifically. They may have developed their own way of teaching based on training from several schools. It is a good idea to ask your teacher about his or her training.

Svaroopa® Yoga is a style of Hatha Yoga that was developed by Rama Berch, founder of Master Yoga Academy in La Jolla, CA. Svaroopa® Yoga approaches the classical practices quite differently from other styles of yoga. I choose to teach this style because it uncovered and released places that were stuck in my body and because it reliably provides relief to my students. I teach Svaroopa® Yoga because it’s easy to do, it feels good, and it works!

Mountain Yoga, conveniently located in the North Main Professional Park at 135 North Main St, Rutland, is uniquely and beautifully appointed for the practice of yoga, meditation, and yoga therapy. Yoga can be done anywhere, but one derives so much more from the practice when
the space is clean and warm and there are enough props to make anyone’s body feel good in
the poses.

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