Types of Yoga

The two types of yoga that I teach are vinyasa flow and yin yoga. I also teach pranayama – yogic breathing technique. Read more below.

What is vinyasa flow?

Vinyasa is a type of yoga that links movement and breath to attain balance in the mind and body. From the Sanskrit “to place in a special way,” vinyasa aligns a deliberate sequence of poses with the breath to achieve a continuous flow. Inhalation is usually connected to upward, open movements, while exhalation is often tied to downward movements or twists. (Yogapedia.com)

Vinyasa flow is dynamic and the focus is on breath, fluidity, agility, strength and balance. As well as sun salutations, my vinyasa classes usually include elements of meditation, warrior poses, balances and inversions; and occasionally moon salutations. My dynamic vinyasa classes are great for stress relief.

What is yin yoga?

Yin is a slower-paced, more meditative version of the popular physical and spiritual discipline of yoga. In Yin yoga, the poses are held for a long period of time (typically three to five minutes or longer) to target the connective tissues (such as the ligaments) rather than focusing on the muscles. As a result, the asanas are more passive holds, with little muscular engagement. (Yogapedia.com)

Yin poses are designed to work on a deeper level – physically, mentally and emotionally. We stretch the muscles and connective tissues, improve the flexibility of our joints, balance the two hemispheres of the brain working with the meridian lines of the body as well as prana (the body’s vital energy).

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What is pranayama?

Pranayama literally means life force technique – it’s yogic mindful breathing great for expanding the lungs’ capacity, improving your respiratory, circulatory and immune systems! There are different types of pranayama, and the ones we usually practice in my classes are Savitri and Anuloma Viloma. Learn more about the importance of yogic breathing in my blog.