Yoga Styles

The Vinyasa method is a flowing, dynamic form of yoga, whose very first origin stems from the traditional Asthanga method. In Sanskrit, “vinyasa” means “to place in a special way” and translated into a yoga asana practice it means to let your movements flow with your breath.

Through this flow of movements, you will be able to cultivate balance, flexibility, strength and endurance as well as develop a sense of well-being and inner stillness.

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The Jivamukti method – “liberation while living” – integrates the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of yoga. Classes center on a monthly theme, explored through “dharma talks”, Sanskrit chanting, reflections on the modern relevance of yoga scripture, music, asanas (postures or poses), pranayama (breathing), and meditation. The largest portion of the class consists of asana practiced as vinyasa.

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Yoga meditation is the art and science of systematically observing, accepting, understanding, and training each of the levels of our being, such that we may coordinate and integrate those aspects of ourselves, and dwell in the direct experience of the center of consciousness. This mind-body approach to well-being, combining relaxation, breathing techniques, and guided visualisation – reduces stress and anxiety, and can be integrated into your everyday life.

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Yin is a style of yoga that encourages release with poses, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time. Often seen as the ideal complement to more dynamic forms of yoga, it gives us a chance to be still and “let go” via the deep connective tissues of the body (vs. the superficial tissues), aiding physical, energetic, mental and emotional flexibility and helping regulate the flow of energy in the body. Many view it as the perfect antidote to stressful urban lifestyles.

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One of the oldest and most practiced forms of yoga, Hatha Yoga can generally mean all physical yoga practices as a whole or it can mean what is more commonly explained as an asana class, which involves a slower pace with longer holds in each posture. There are many styles of Hatha Yoga. Some use a specific series of postures while some may use props such as blocks or belts to assist a posture or maximize a stretch.

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One of the oldest and most practiced forms of yoga, Hatha Yoga can generally mean all physical yoga practices as a whole or it can mean what is more commonly explained as an asana class, which involves a slower pace with longer holds in each posture. There are many styles of Hatha Yoga. Some use a specific series of postures while some may use props such as blocks or belts to assist a posture or maximize a stretch.

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Pranayama means the extension or the control of breath. It belongs to one of the tenets of a yoga practice. They are breathing exercises which clear the physical and emotional obstacles in our body to free the breath and so the flow of prana (life energy). Most kinds of pranayama are practised sitting down with an upright spine. The idea is for the breath to be smooth and even and not strained even after breath retention. Benefits include reduced breathing rate, improved blood circulation, and a general feeling of peace and blissfulness.

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Bhakti Yoga is one of the paths of Yoga, which focuses on love and devotion to a higher source. It is a path of surrender, self-realisation and having oneness with everything. It comes from the root of the Sanskrit word “Bhaj”, which largely means to experience unconditional love. In a more modern sense, a bhakti yoga practitioner can practice Bhakti Yoga through prayers, Kirtans or Bhajans.

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Prenatal Yoga is extremely helpful for expectant mothers who would like to go into their pregnancies with calmness and gratefulness. Prenatal classes usually help mothers to feel strong and supple throughout the pregnancy, also teaching them techniques to keep their pelvic floors healthy and ready for birth. It is also a good way to continue to feel healthy and well during this beautiful period.

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Kids Yoga involves easy yoga postures and mindfulness techniques for children. Classes will involve breathing, postures and meditation exercises, as well as imagery and relaxation methods. Classes are always interactive and creative!

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