Moksha yoga was founded in 2004 by Jessica Roberts and Ted Grant. This style of yoga is performed in a room heated to approximately 100 degrees. The classes are 90 minutes and consist of 40 postures. Guided by Moksha certified teachers, the poses are strengthening and toning. In the United States the name Moksha yoga was changed to Moda yoga in 2013, but it is still called Moksha yoga in Canada and the practice remains the same. As with any new exercise program, consult your doctor first.
Each Moksha yoga class begins and ends with Savasana, or corpse pose. Simply lay on your back and allow your legs and arms to fall naturally to the side. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Savasana performed at the beginning of class allows you to prepare for class by slowing down. Performed at the end of class, corpse pose allows the body time to recuperate.
After the first Savasana, you'll move into standing poses. Some of standing poses included are forward bends, triangle pose, tree pose, warrior one and two poses, eagle pose, dancer's pose, powerful pose, prayer twist, runner's lunge and downward facing dog pose. All of the standing poses build strength and balance.
The seated poses in Moksha yoga include back bends, twists and leg and hip stretches. One seated pose in particular, pigeon pose, is an intense hip opener, done toward the end of class. From a seated position, bend your left leg and bring your left foot close to your pelvis. Stretch your right leg straight behind you. Press the top of your right foot into the floor and square the hips. The pose is held for a minute on each side.
In addition to savasana, there are a few other poses performed while lying down in Moksha yoga. Wind relieving pose massages the colon and hips. While laying on your back, hug your right knee in toward your chest. Hold for one minute and repeat on the left side. To finish, hug both knees in, holding for another minute. Other lying down poses include thread the needle pose, cobra pose and bridge pose.