Yoga Styles

YIN YOGA

 

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—three to five minutes or more per pose is typical. Its teaching in the Western world, beginning in the late 70s, was founded by martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink. Yin-style yoga is now being taught across North America and in Europe, in large part due to the teaching activities of Yin yoga teachers and developers Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.

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. As a more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to life a universal, interconnecting quality.

ASHTANGA VINYASA/MYSORE

 

Ashtanga Vinyasa is an ancient breathing and movement system of Yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta. This ancient text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900’s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during the duration of his studies with Krishnamacharya, beginning in 1927.

The Mysore style of yoga asana practice is the original way of teaching yoga within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern Indian city of Mysore. The class is not “led” as a whole but rather all instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting. Students practice their own portion of the fixed Ashtanga sequence of asanas at their own pace. The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instruction.

Each student is given their yoga routine according to their ability. Newer and beginner students tend to have a much shorter practice than do those with more experience. As one gains more strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional asanas are given to the student one by one. The sense of the word “given” in this context comes from how the practice is taught in India, where a yoga practice is something that a teacher gives to a student as a spiritual practice. In general, the next asana in the sequence should be added/taught/learned only after obtaining stability in one’s last asana. Traditionally, practice takes place every day except for Saturdays and full & new moon days which occur about twice monthly.

KUNDALINI YOGA

 

In Kundalini Yoga, we are working to release energy. In doing so, we have to avoid the mistake of focusing too much on the physical aspect of posture. If we become preoccupied by what our bodies can do, the flow of energy becomes restricted. Therefore we start by accepting and enjoying what we are able to do at each moment with joy and love. In Kundalini Yoga, we are always improving and refining ourselves. Just relax and enjoy the process rather than looking to the outcome.

 

Kundalini Yoga is a supreme technology to awaken your awareness and take you into your original Self. It is a natural unfolding of your own nature. It teaches you how to gain a strong immune system, vital glands, a strong nervous system, good circulation, and an awareness of the impact of your habits. Kundalini Yoga is the fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between the body, mind and the soul.

 

Typically are the dynamic exercises, the focus on the breath and the use of mantras (sound). Using special combinations of different yoga techniques results are being achieved fast and consciously.

 

Kundalini Yoga is for everyone. It offers a huge variety of different techniques and guidelines suitable for any person in any situation. Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of the householder, designed for people who have daily responsibilities and live busy lives. This yoga will help and support you to become more effective, efficient and authentic in whatever it is you do.

HIIT YOGA

 

A compact and intense 45 minutes class to build strength, burn fat and calories, increase your heart and end with a sweet savasana.

VINYASA FLOW

 

Vinyasa flow yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes that originated from the ashtanga lineage. This style is sometimes also called flow or dynamic yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a “dance”. There is no fixed form of asana’s and sequences vary from gentle, fluid to powerful.

Teachers like Shiva Rae, Baron Baptiste, Sharon Gannon and Brian Kest shaped the vinyasa flow field. Each teacher has its own style and every class is different and sometimes music is used to support the practice.

MEDITATION

 

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and to develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind and induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content. Meditation helps to clear the mind and to ease health concerns, such as high blood pressuredepression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way and may also involve repeating a mantra. Meditation directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as “being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself.

JIVAMUKTI YOGA

 

The Jivamukti Yoga method is a proprietary style of yoga created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984.

 

Jivamukti is a physical, ethical, and spiritual practice, combining a vigorous hatha yoga, vinyasa-based physical style with adherence to five central tenets: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsā (nonviolence, non-harming), nāda (music), and dhyana (meditation). Animal rights, veganism, environmentalism, and social activism are also emphasized. Jivamukti Yoga has developed a reputation as the chosen yoga style of many celebrities

YOGA NIDRA

 

Yoga Nidra, which literally means “sleep of the yogis,” is a systematic method to allow a complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. During the course of Yoga Nidra, it seems as if you are a sleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level. It is a state between sleep and wakefulness. The body relaxes while thinking withdraws. It is a state of consciousness without words, without thoughts, images, feelings or sensations. You will come into contact with your inherent wisdom, intelligence and intuition. To be able to relax completely, it is important to release the inner tension, emotions and thoughts.

YOGA THERAPY

 

Yoga therApy is an emerging field in response to the popularity and effectiveness of yoga for healing.

 

The Yoga Therapy Class is therapeutic in itself, focusing the attention on stress-related physical, and emotional symptoms, It covers all aspects of Yoga Therapy, movements with the breath, therapeutic asanas, restorative yoga with Pranayama and Yoga Nidra.

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