HATHA AND VINYASA FLOW
This style of yoga has been hugely popular with urbanites since sequences are stitched together in a flow like experience. Vinyasa means a gradual progression or a step-by-step approach that systematically and appropriately takes a student from one point and safely lands them at the next point. It is sometimes described as the “breathing system,” or the union of breath and movement that make up the steps. This style of class will certainly provide for a robust workout and energises you to the core.
This style of yoga takes on the principles of the traditional roots of yoga. Asanas (postures) are held for longer periods of time teaching us to practice with purpose and mindfulness. The sequence looks at opening all energy points whilst maintaining a calm and steady pace with the breath throughout this practice. Hatha yoga is grounding and promotes the practise of union in mind, body and spirit.
Pranayama is the formal practice of controlling the breath. This breath work is the founding principle behind all styles of yoga taught in order to improve one's yoga practice, staying connected for a mindfulness based practise.
This style incorporates two styles of yoga, each practiced in two sequences. The class incorporates a few gentle yin like asanas to stretch the tendons and ligaments, prepping them for the yang part of the class primarily working on muscle tissue. Yin Yoga is slow paced whereby we learn to relax in an asana for 2-3 minutes (sometimes longer in a traditional Yin class), promoting deep tissue (and fascia) stretching .
YIN YANG YOGA
This styles takes on the principles of yang yoga. This practice is cardio based and core instensive using more variations of asanas in order to give the body a physical workout. The health benefits are immediate, stiulating bloodflow and energy by twisting and elevating heart rates. Ideal for improving stamina and strength.
Back problems / Hernias
Builds muscle strength
Mitigate against arthritis
Protects your spine
Better bone health
Increases blood flow
Drains your lymphs
Lowers blood sugar
Improves symptoms of asthma
Preparation for meditation
- and most importantly -
makes you happier!
As you read all the ways yoga improves your health, you probably noticed a lot of overlap. That’s because they’re intensely interwoven. Change your posture and you change the way you breathe. Change your breathing and you change your nervous system.
This is one of the great lessons of yoga: everything is connected - your hipbone to your anklebone, you to your community, your community to the world. This interconnection is vital to understanding yoga. This holistic system simultaneously taps into many mechanisms that have additive and even multiplicative effects. This synergy may be the most important way of all that yoga heals.
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