Styles of Yoga

Yin Yoga:

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. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light our universal, interconnecting qualities. The large majority of Yin Yoga poses take place on the ground (seated, kneeling, prone, supine) and there are but very few standing poses.

Hatha Yoga:

In Hatha Yoga you will get a gentle but most traditional introduction to a large variety of basic and beginner-friendly yoga postures. You probably won’t work up a sweat in a hatha yoga class, but you should end up leaving the class feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed. ‘Ha’ meaning Sun and ‘Tha’ meaning Moon, Hatha Yoga balances out the Ying and Yang aspect of Yoga, the forceful and the peaceful. The traditional form of Hatha Yoga is characterized by holding the yoga postures (asanas) for a prolonged period of time, and followed by a meditative relaxation time of the same length. Within each posture, there is a strong focus on correct alignment, proper breathing and focused concentration.

Ashtanga Yoga:

Ashtanga (Vinyasa) Yoga is a style of yoga codified and popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century which is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian Power Yoga. Ashtanga Yoga is characterized by the synchronization of breath and movement, meaning that one moves from posture to posture with each in- and exhale respectively. An Ashtanga Yoga Class follows a strict sequence of poses, and offers three different levels of sequences: for beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners.

Aqua Yoga:

Aqua Yoga is the most comprehensive set of adaptations of classic yoga practices in water. Aqua Yoga offers the benefits of stretch, relaxation and deep breathing with buoyancy and water resistance. It is accessible to all irrespective of age, fitness, previous experience of yoga and swimming competence. Initially developed as aqua-natal yoga, Aqua Yoga makes full use of the properties of water for fitness, wellbeing and therapeutic applications.

Corporate Yoga:

Corporate yoga by definition is when businesses take advantage of yoga classes at their office environments. This is seen as a positive contribution to employees as it has invaluable benefits such as: increasing general health, improving the perceptions of their job, stimulate the brain functionality, therefore producing more quality work, generally invigorating the mind and body to stimulate and encourage a positive aura around the workforce. This is also a good way to enhance team-building.

Yoga for Athletes:

Yoga is for everyone, athletes included. Yoga works on strength, flexibility, balance, agility, endurance, core, and overall strength, among other things. Any athlete could benefit hugely by adding yoga to his or her training. No amount of weight-lifting with free weights will give you the strength that consistently holding up your own body weight will. Practicing yoga increases flexibility and ease of movement, therefore increasing range of motion. Flexibility in general also helps to prevent injury. Balancing poses in yoga improve overall balance in everything you do, preventing falls and injury. The endurance that the ease of yoga gives you lends to endurance sports like running, triathlons, and Iron Mans. When you learn to tune into your body and mind, everything can be a meditation—sports included. Yoga also helps you learn how to pace yourself: slow and steady, in it for the long haul. Almost everything you do in yoga works on your core strength. Strong core equals a healthy back and a healthy body. Yoga helps strengthen all of the little stabilizing muscles that people tend to miss in other physical workouts and are vital in protecting your joints and spine (among other things). Yoga also helps put athletes back together after injuries. Again: You’re tuning into your body and giving it the care it wants and needs. Yoga also elongates all of the muscles that athletes spend so long contracting, so it is a great counter-action.

Yoga for Kids:

Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s noncompetitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children.

Meditation:

Meditation is a practice where we use certain techniques, to focus the mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. Meditation is used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception and wellbeing. There are a variety of meditation types including Yoga Nidra, Trataka and Chakra Meditations.