The key to connecting with your mind, body and spirit through yoga is to match your practice with your personality and your physical needs. There are so many different styles and flavors of yoga—from a rigorous and sweaty Vinyasa class, to an alignment-based, heart-opening Hatha class, to the gentle, soul-awakening Yin class—each style gives you a different way to connect with the ancient wisdom and magic of yoga.
Vinyasa is a continuum of movement and expression that draws from the discoveries of hatha vinyasa yoga, tantric and somatic movement systems in order to experience yoga as a living art form for a vibrant, expressive life.
Its foundation is the recognition that supreme consciousness is the reality of everything. Every breath, sound, texture, or felt sense is a key to awaken to our true nature.
A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body - the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.
Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures.
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 is one of the traditional styles of yoga and practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation.
In Yoga Nidra, the practitioner remains in a state of light withdrawal of the 5 senses (pratyahara). Four of the senses become internalised or withdrawn, and only the hearing still connects to the instructions. During a session, the practitioner rests comfortably in savasana (lying on your back), as you are guided through steps to achieve the highest level of relaxation.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind.
Many meditation practices and techniques encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things.
By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being.
Yin and Yang have relative qualities present in everything. Yin is more internal, passive, cooling and downward. While Yang is more external, dynamic, warming and upward.
Yin Yoga is a slower practice where poses are passively held for longer, Yang Yoga in contrast refers to a more active practice working on the (Yang) muscles and blood flow, building strength, stamina and flexibility.