Yoga

Yoga is a great way to stretch out and lengthen your muscles, whether you’re currently training for a race or following a regular exercise routine. Email sonya.mazumdar@uspto.gov to meet up with the yoga group.

There are additional benefits to practicing yoga, such as stress relief, flexibility, weight management,
and inner peace (..and we know we need a lot of that!)

Here are some descriptions of 4 very popular types of yoga:

Hatha:
Traditional hatha yoga is includes disciplines, postures (asana), purification procedures (shatkriya),
gestures (mudra), breathing (pranayama), and meditation.
Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via asanas, purification practices, controlled breathing,
and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation.
Asanas teach poise, balance and strength and are practiced to improve the body’s physical health and
clear the mind in preparation for meditation.

Ashtanga:
Ashtanga yoga is is composed of eight limbs: yama and niyama, which are ethical observations;
asana; pranayama, which is breath control; pratyahara, which is sense withdrawal; dharana, which
is concentration; dhyana, which is meditation; and samadhi, which is a high state of concentration,
mastery of the mind.

The eight limbs are more precisely viewed as eight levels of progress, each level providing benefits in
and of itself and also laying the foundation for the higher levels.
Daily or regular practice is highly emphasized in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

Vinyasa:
Vinyasa Yoga turns static asanas of Hatha Yoga into a dynamic flow.
The length of one inhale or one exhale dictates the length of time spent transitioning between asanas.
In effect, attention is placed on the breath and the journey between the asanas rather than solely on
achieving perfect body alignment in an asana, as is emphasized in Hatha yoga.

Throughout a practice, this specific breathing style is maintained in alignment with movements.
The steady cycle of inhales and exhales provides the practitioner with a calming, mental focal point.
Additionally, vinyasa yoga creates internal heat, which leads to purification of the body through
increased circulation and sweating.

Bikram:
Bikram yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga
techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s.

Bikram’s classes run exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing
exercises. Silence throughout the practice is paramount.
Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F with a humidity of 40% and is the most
popular form of hot yoga (a series of yoga poses done in a heated room).

Here are some studios local to the USPTO campus

Hatha/Vinyasa/Ashtanga:
Pure Prana
100 South Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA
(703) 836-7873
pureprana.com

River’s Edge
300 Montgomery Street
Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314

PIES
50 South Pickett Street #223, Alexandria, VA
(703) 887-9574
piesfitnessyoga.com

Dahn Yoga Alexandria
1630 King Street, Alexandria, VA
(703) 684-7717
dahnyoga.com

Mind the Mat
Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga
2214 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA
(703) 683-2228
mindthemat.com

Radiance Yoga
110 King Street, Alexandria, VA
(703) 535-8282
radiance-yoga.net

Bikram Yoga:
Bikram Alexandria
5416 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA
(703) 212-9642
bikramalexandria.com