Yoga is an ancient indian science involving and training the body as well as the mind. The Sanskrit word "yoga" means "union", a harmonious interaction between the physical and spiritual in all aspects of life. In the almost 5000 year old writings, the vedas, yoga was first mentioned in connection with Ayurveda. Yoga was developed to support health and train mental discipline.
The positive effects of a regular yoga practice are vast. From the reduction of stress to strengthening of the muscles, improvement of posture, and self esteem as well as strengthening of the back and the immune system.
Styles of Yoga
In this class we learn the basics of Vinyasa Yoga: different breathing techniques (Pranayama), Sun Salutations, classic postures and the union of breath and movement. The asanas are taught according to the level of the students and their individual needs with the teacher demonstrating the asanas for a clear understanding. The Yoga we practice in this class can be both calm and challenging; we practice with attention to learn the asanas properly and correctly. Yoga Basics is for anyone new to yoga. This class is specially designed for beginners but also serves as a powerful refresher for ongoing students who like to revisit specific aspects of their practice.
Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. Commonly referred to as “flow” yoga, it is sometimes confused with “power yoga“. Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and no two classes are ever alike. The opposite would be “fixed forms” such as Bikram Yoga, which features the same 26 postures in every class, or Ashtanga which has the same sequence every time.
The variable nature of Vinyasa Yoga helps to develop a more balanced body as well as prevent repetitive motion injuries that can happen if you are always doing the same thing every day.
As a philosophy, Vinyasa recognizes the temporary nature of things. We enter into a posture, are there for a while and then leave. While Vinyasa, or Vinyasa-Krama, dates back to the Vedic age—the earliest period of yoga thousands of years ago—it referred to a series, or sequence of steps, to make something sacred.
The movement practice of Vinyasa is said to begin with T Krishnamacharya who has had the largest influence on how yoga in general is practiced today. Put all this together and Vinyasa, is a breath initiated practice, that connects every action of our life with the intention of moving towards what is sacred, or most important to us.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.
A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body - the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.
Yin yoga stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles, and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility as the poses stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas. It also helps us to regulate the body's flow of energy.
Gentle Flow Yoga
Gentle flow or gentle yoga is a softer approach to Dynamic yoga. While the poses still flow together, the nature of it is much slower in pace and gentle in practice. It is the in between of keeping active while still maintaining that peaceful and enjoyable approach. There is less strain for mind and body.
This means it is available to many yogis who may struggle to do other forms of yoga. Whether they have limited capabilities, limited strength or flexibility, it can be adapted to suit everyone’s needs.
Restorative yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. If you take a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour. It is a completely different experience than most contemporary yoga.
The majority of yoga classes are an active practice in which you move from pose to pose, building heat and increasing your strength and flexibility in equal measure.
The general trend in yoga is toward more athletic and acrobatic styles of practice. During the long holds of restorative yoga, however, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. It's a unique feeling because props, rather than your muscles, are used to support your body. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress.
In restorative yoga, props are used extensively to support your body so you can hold poses for longer periods of time. Postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining.
Power Sculpt Yoga
Yoga Sculpt is a class that incorporates hand weights and high-intensity cardio bursts for a maximum calorie burning effect. You’ll recognize all of the postures from our other yoga classes. The hand weights add a new challenge to traditional yoga classes. Yoga Sculpt also incorporates cardio exercises to get your heart pumping and your blood flowing.