Vinyasa Yoga- The word “vinyasa” can be translated as “arranging something in a special way,” like yoga poses for example.
In vinyasa yoga classes, students coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next. Ashtanga, Baptiste Yoga, Jivamukti, Power Yoga, and Prana Flow could all be considered vinyasa yoga.
Vinyasa is also the term used to describe a specific sequence of poses (Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog) commonly used throughout a vinyasa class.
Hatha: The word “hatha” can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation.
All Levels flow are designed to warm your body with some gentle stretching and Sun Salutations. The teacher will give modifications for each Level from the beginner to the advanced, when you want to be challenged in each asana. A perfectly balanced practice of standing, twisting, balance, seated and supine poses.
Yin Yoga- One of the benefits of Yin Yoga is this experience of coming out of the asana. We learn what it will be like when we are ninety years old! We gain a new respect for our grandmother, and what she is going through, and we resolve to put off that inevitable day of decrepitude as long as possible. After a deep, long-held hip opener, it may feel like we will never be able to walk again – but be assured the fragility will pass.
Many of these asanas will be familiar to experienced yoga students. However, these students will notice that the name is different in the yin tradition – this is deliberate. The pose may look the same, but the intention is different. The yin pose of Swan looks identical to the yang pose of Pigeon, but in Pigeon, as in most yang poses, the muscles are the targets. In a yang pose, we engage the muscles and stretch them. In the yin practice, we relax the muscles; we aim our intention into the joints and the deep tissues wrapping them, not the more superficial tissues of the muscles or skin.
There is no consensus in the world of yoga on naming asanas. Even in the yang tradition you will come across different names for the same postures and different postures sharing the same names. This is also true in the yin tradition; different names abound. The ones shown here are the names more commonly used but they are not universal. Where two names are common, both names are given, but we have not attempted to be exhaustive.
Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury or overcome emotional depression and anxiety that are caused by traumatic events such as divorce, loss of job and death of a beloved.
It is known that restorative yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables automatic control of the body. As such, the regular nervous system will be at rest, and the muscles will become more relaxed. Constant practice of restorative yoga will make your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and help you achieve optimal health.
Deep Vinyasa Flow is a style similar to Forrest yoga. Derived from some aspects of Sivananda yoga, along with attention to alignment and use of props found in Iyengar yoga, and the heat and flowing sequences of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. Deep Vinyasa Flow incorporates abdominal exercises to tone internal organs and strengthen the lower back, and a number of poses using a folded over and rolled up yoga mat.
Deep Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes are conducted in a warm room (85 °F or 29 °C) and begin with pranayama, then move through seated poses and abs before arriving on to the “hot part” of the class that might involve sun salutations, standing poses, inversions, backbends and other asanas that build up to a number of more challenging “apex” poses. The intensive poses are sustained, some from 8- 10 deep breaths. Be prepared to sweat!
Slow flow yoga is a meditative flow that practices slowing down by using a slow steady breath, holding postures, transitioning smoothly, and opening gently and mindfully with the ability to move deeper into one’s body and self. It’s a practice that builds strength, and each movement is initiated by slow controlled inhales and exhales. The more students are encouraged to lengthen and smooth out the inhale, the more the lungs stretch, the nervous system calms, the body begins to lengthen, and the students experience yoga.
Prenatal Yoga- Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Prenatal yoga will help you Improve sleep, Reduce stress and anxiety, Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth, Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, headaches and shortness of breath.
Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent.
Power Yoga is a fitness-based vinyasa practice. An offshoot of Ashtanga Yoga, it has many of the same qualities and benefits, including building internal heat, increased stamina, strength, and flexibility, as well as stress reduction. Teachers design their own sequences, while students synchronize their breath with their movement. What to expect some intense flowing yoga with a minimal amount of chanting and meditation and a lot of sweating.