Yoga with Julie Emmons Yoga is a practice that uses postures, breathing, and focused attention to achieve a state of equanimity. In all classes, we use the principle of vinyasa (linking breath and movement) to focus our attention. For example: (inhale) raise arms over head, (exhale) fold forward, (inhale) come back to standing, (exhale) lower arms to the side. Classes will include sun salutations to warm the body, standing postures to build strength, balance, and flexibility, and seated/floor work to integrate and calm the nervous system. Most postures can be modified to either decrease or increase the intensity of the practice. Yoga is an individual practice, the goal of which is to bring awareness to the body, mind, and emotions. It is not a competition, and there is no perfect pose. Everybody is unique -- each breath and each practice is an opportunity to inquire, to explore, and to open.