A new comer in the yoga industry, Moksha yoga, was introduced by Ted Grant and Jessica Robertson in the year 2004. This yoga type resembles Bikram yoga in the sense that it is performed in a heated studio resulting in it being called Moksha “hot” yoga. Though a new comer, Moksha yoga has been widely popular and accepted across countries like Canada, the United States and Switzerland. This yoga type is known for its strict standards for keeping their studios environmentally friendly using materials that aren’t harmful. So you can expect a Moksha yoga class to be free of those horrendously smelling plastic or rubber mats. Every sweaty 90 minute session of moksha yoga is designed in such a way that your muscles are stretched, strengthened and toned leaving you energized and relaxed at the same time. Moksha yoga lives up to the meaning of its name. Moksha means liberation in Sanskrit and after every Moksha yoga session, you will feel that all your stress and toxins have been flushed by the sweat and you will feel so liberated that it’s a wonder you can’t take flight after the class. Moksha yoga is a great way to stay physically, mentally and spiritually healthy. It comprises a set of forty poses that focus on every part of your body, restoring and maintaining their health.
Like most yoga types, Moksha yoga takes relaxation as an integral part of it. So it is expected of every Moksha yoga class to begin with the students relaxing in Savasana. This is then followed by the teacher setting a theme for the yoga class, like focusing on your breathing or strengthening the muscles of a particular part of the body. You will discover that when you are given a theme, or a goal to be precise, you will be able to execute the poses easily. This is what they call “Intention setting” in Moksha yoga, intentions that make accomplishments possible. Students are then asked to perform a series of postures in a standing position which can be held from just 10 seconds to even a minute. The benefit of this is that your strength and endurance are increased. Moksha yoga also includes a series of movements performed while sitting. They not only treat the lower back and relieve knee pain; they help you release stress as well. When you are asked to rest in Savasana again, you must know that your session has come to an end. The experience is so liberating and so challenging at the same time that we assure you; it won’t be just you waiting impatiently for another Moksha yoga session to arrive.