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Calasanz Creates Own Brand of Yoga

Calasanz Physical Arts might be known for its vigorous martial arts instruction classes, but there is a quieter, more serene side at the expansive studio. On Thursday nights, students gather in a room to practice Pau Fa Yoga, a physical fitness program that combines martial arts applications, known as bunkai, with the style, grace and fluidity of yogic stretching techniques and the serenity of meditation.

Calasanz, the single-named founder and owner of the studio that bears his name, created Pau Fa Yoga. It consists of "no contact" routines in which practitioners learn to maneuver in a defensive manner while being constantly challenged with new and exciting movements selected from the katas of karate, kung fu, wing chun and Chinese boxing.

"It gives you a really strong inner focus, a deeper concentration on what your body is doing and how it moves," Calasanz said, noting that the routines work the entire body with special emphasis on the core.

For more information on Pau Fa Yoga, call 203-847-6528, visit the dojo at 507 Westport Ave., Norwalk, or check out its website .

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