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Styles of Yoga

Depending on what you are looking for, there is probably a style of yoga for you. It may be confusing when you go to a yoga studio because there are so many class names. Two of the most popular styles in the United States are vinyasa and hot yoga, but what is the difference? First of all, what is yoga? At its very core, yoga means “union.” As we know it today, yoga is generally a physical practice that unifies breath and movement. It offers the opportunity to slow down, observe your thoughts, and move mindfully. So, how do you decide which style is right for you? Let’s explore a few. By far, the most common style you will find in the United States in Vinyasa, which means “flow.” In a typical vinyasa class, the teacher will lead students through several postures which move – or flow – from one…

Celia Cruz

Ursula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso is better known by her stage name, Celia Cruz. She was famed for her electrifying stage performances. During her career, she was the recipient of an amazing twenty-three gold albums. Often called, The Queen of Salsa, she was referred to by Leila Cobo of Billboard Magazine as “indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban and Latin music”. She was one of four children born to working class parents in a poor Havana neighborhood. She often sang her family to sleep at night. Her father longed for his daughter to become a teacher and Cruz did enroll in the National Teachers’ College. She left the school soon after enrolling to pursue a music career that went on to last many decades. She hit it big in 1950 when she was tapped to sing backup for famed…

Angelica Hale and Eva Bolando

Angelica Hale is taking America by storm with her amazing voice and spunky stage presence. Angelica won the hearts of the judges and audience members on the hit TV show, America’s Got Talent, singing a stirring rendition of Andra Day’s, Rise Up. There’s more to this pint-sized voice than mere power and poise, though. Audra is a survivor of a bacterial lung infection that quickly escalated and developed into double pneumonia. The pneumonia caused her to become septic and nearly claimed her life when she was a mere four years old. Left with severely destroyed kidneys, Angelica was placed on life-support for two weeks. After spending that time in intensive care and a total of eighty days in the hospital, the preschooler finally went home to her family. Her struggle for a life of normalcy continued over the next year and a half as she underwent hemodialysis followed by…