How a Portlander Launched a New Style of Yoga

Kinetik Yoga creator Kelly Suttell breaks down her alternative to Bikram.

By Tuck Woodstock June 24, 2016 Published in the Health Annual: Summer 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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Many people consider hot yoga synonymous with Bikram yoga, the 26-pose static stretching sequence practiced at more than 600 studios worldwide. Others might think of sweaty downward dogs and warrior poses in a vigorous vinyasa flow. But at Hot Yoga for Life on NE Fremont (and in Beaverton), students explore two totally new sequences: an alternative hot hatha sequence, and a dynamic, strength-building class called Kinetik. Kinetik creator Kelly Suttell told us more.

“Bikram is a very good introduction into Hatha yoga, because the poses are relatively accessible. However, I’ve realized that the Bikram series is missing a few key components: it does not exercise all ranges of mobility; it does not strengthen the upper body or arms; and it focuses more on flexibility of muscle groups rather than strengthening.

“Kinetik will include poses that are familiar, such as lunges, downward-facing dog, plank pose, chair pose, and table pose, but make the poses creatively complex by adding dynamic strengthening aspects. It also requires intense concentration, because some of the movements demand great coordination and balance. The result strengthens both body and mind.”

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