Practiced regularly, any yoga will tone muscles, increase flexibility, promote inner peace and provide a "feeling of being put together." Anna K. Rose tries to take it further with Triadic Heart Yoga, an ancient mode that blends the physical with the contemplative to "open powerful energy in the heart."
Teaching at Ashland Tennis & Fitness Club, Rose takes her students through a series of poses that demand some serious physical energy (bring a sweatband!). At the same time, students listen to soothing Indian music and respond to suggestions, such as "blend the feminine and masculine in your heart" or "find that six-pointed star in your heart" or "focus on the upward, pointed triangle in your heart."
It's decidedly not your basic, gym-based yoga class, and after some weeks with Triadic Heart Yoga, students are familiar with such visualizations.
Molly Ochoa, who has practiced yoga under Rose for five years, notes, "Philosophy with yoga creates a heart-filling experience. The basics of philosophy make it easy to apply the yoga to life experience and relationship with all beings."