Moksha Yoga

Definition - What does Moksha Yoga mean?

Moksha yoga is a form of hot yoga founded in 2004 by two Canadian yoga instructors, Ted Grand and Jessica Robertson. Hot yoga is a vigorous form of exercise yoga that is practiced in a heated studio. Although known as Moksha yoga in Canada, it is called Modo yoga in the United States and the rest of the world.

Moksha yoga includes more than 40 different poses with its foundation in traditional yoga. It offers a cardiovascular workout, yet reduces stress by calming the mind. The heated room is believed to detoxify the body through sweat and relaxes the muscles for safe stretching.

Yogapedia explains Moksha Yoga

Unlike the popular form of hot yoga known as Bikram yoga, Moksha yoga is not scripted, so classes vary. The options include Moksha flow (vinyasa), silent classes, classes with music, Ashtanga foundations classes, and even meditation and movement classes.

Moksha yoga is about more than exercise. There's a social responsibility aspect. Every yoga studio that practices Moksha yoga commits to offer one to three reduced-price classes (called Karma Classes) per week, with the proceeds going to organizations that support sustainability, holistic health and human rights. Beginning with the founding year, the Moksha yoga community hopes to have raised $5 million by their 15th year.

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