The yoga taught by Marie Muscatello at SportsFocus Physical Therapy, PC is known as Hatha Yoga in the Himalayan tradition. Marie earned her yoga teacher certification by amongst other things, successfully completing 200 hours of training and testing at the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo.
Although yoga is a 2000 year old Eastern philosophy for successful living, in the United States yoga is most often used to describe the performance of various physical poses or “asanas”. These asanas or postures, were created to align and move your muscles, joints and bones while promoting the appropriate, free flow of our subtle energy or prana though the many energy channels of our body. Yoga is considered a mind-body type of complementary or integrative medicine practice aimed at improving, maintaining or restoring our holistic health and well being.
The “ha” of Hatha is translated as meaning "sun" and the “tha” as meaning "moon." This refers to the balance of masculine aspects— sun, active, hot,—and feminine aspects— moon, receptive, cool—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a practice that uses physical movement, breath and relaxation as a path toward creating balance and uniting seeming opposites, it is a practice of harmonizing our currents of feeling, thinking, willing, and acting until they are in balance. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also earn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.