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Classes that Come Alive at Ranjana's Yoga and Bodyworks

By Elisha Neubauer

Yoga has become a growing trend over the last decade, with many new followers flocking to the practice, but in Dallas, they've been ahead of the crowd for years. Their very own local studio, Ranjana's Yoga and Bodyworks, was the first studio in the area back in 1969. Now, just shy of fifty years, Ranjana's studio has blossomed into quite the popular locale.

With so many years of experience, it's safe to say that Ranjana Pallana has a good grasp on what has made the activity rise in popularity over time. "Everybody is stressed out and looking for a way to help themselves," she explains. "They found that in Yoga." There are many benefits to practicing Yoga that narrowing down the list was hard to do. "Yoga helps stretch the muscles, strengthens and conditions them," details Pallana.

She continued on, describing how actively practicing Yoga opens up the fascia and helps create stronger bones. "There are a lot of weight bearing postures involved in the practice," Pallana tells us. "Every posture you do needs full attention of mind and breath. This way mind stays calm and breathing technique puts the body in parasympathetic condition, calming the mind body and at the same time supplying lots of oxygen to the body and brain."

Pallana has a deep rooted belief that every person is a one of a kind, gifted individual. She celebrates this individuality in her practice, especially when it comes to her instructors and classes. Her website proudly states that there aren't any definite formations to her studio's classes. "Classes are diverse and mixed to accommodate all levels," announces her posted teaching philosophy. "Each class is a unique experience made up of the teacher and the students who are present, and as such it is difficult to truly categorize the classes, as is the Western way."

The studio does present several different options for class styles, however, listing Yoga, Tai Chi, and Meditation as the course classifications. If you're anything like us, you may be uncertain as to what differentiates these genres of available practices. Don't worry, we asked.

"Tai Chi is a Chinese art of creating and maintaining health," clarifies Pallana. "It consists os slow mindful movements of the body. It helps to strength bones, create better balance. Meditation creates calmness, activates parasympathetic nervous system, which should be a norm for us." As she described the two practices for us, she insisted that most people are in fight or flight mode, burning the candle at both ends, which is a surefire way of getting sick. "If people would get involved in YOGA and Tai CHI practices, the world would be a better place to live in," she declared. "Everybody will be Happy."

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