Hatha means Sun and Moon. It’s the traditional form of Yoga and focuses on postures or Asanas and breathing or Pranayama. Hatha classes are usually, beginner-friendly and great for toning your muscles and strengthening your body.
Founded by T. Krishnamacharya and the focus on a Vinyasa Class is again about flowing through your postures in tune with your breath. This is a more artistic style of Yoga and can be based on specific themes. This class style is good for beginners as well as advanced students.
Is more like aerobic yoga. There are often no pauses between poses and each move flows into the next. The poses are similar to that in Ashtanga Yoga but they are done more quickly with added focus on the Core and upper bodywork.
Founded by Sri K. Pattabi Jois is a set sequence of postures/ asanas that are focused on producing intense internal heat that is supposed to help you sweat and detox your muscles and organs. The word Ashtanga means “Eight Limbs” and encompasses a yogic lifestyle. If you are a beginner, make sure your Ashtanga class is beginner-focused.
This was developed by B.K.S Iyengar about 50 yrs ago and the philosophy here is to focus more on helping even those who are not as flexible in the beginning or have enough physical strength to achieve the pose with the help of Props such as Bolsters, straps, blocks and so on. In Iyengar Yoga you would usually hold a pose for up to a minute before moving to the next pose.
If you’re looking to combine yoga with some fun, Aerial yoga may be the perfect new experience for you. This practice provides an opportunity to explore traditional asana from the air and the ground with help from a fabric hammock. “Gravity will help you realign the body, while you have fun floating in the air,” says Delaney. “Flipping upside down might be scary at first but once you get the hang of it, you’ll feel free.” Warning: The following day, you may feel sore in muscles you didn’t expect.
Bikram (Hot) Yoga
This is one of the newest yoga techniques that was designed by Bikram Choudary in the 1970s. The key factor in this practice is the temperatures of 95 -105 Degrees Fahrenheit. The heat is supposed to help in improving flexibility and detoxification. It is usually 90 minutes long and has a set sequence of 26 postures that are done in a room that is hot.
Also known as Yoga for the joints rather than the muscles. Often the postures in this can start off as being very simple but holding the poses for a long period of time can make the stretch much deeper. Yin
Yoga works the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints, and bones. This is also, a deeply meditative yoga where you start to settle into the pose without doing much physical activity.
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