The Common Styles of Practice

It is my opinion that most people probably need a balance of more than one style of practice and that we should go with what feels right for us on a given day. Still or moving, yin or yang maybe some balance of the two extremes with in one week or at different times through out our lives as our physical needs and desires change.

Yoga is far more than the physical practice and a well rounded yoga class will include breathing practice and meditation/relaxation and also work with the energy centres of the body.

Hatha Yoga

Many styles of yoga are derived from Hatha Ha meaning”sun” and the meaning “moon. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is one of the most influential texts of Hatha yoga.

One pose at a time is practised and time is spent there. Alignments are very important building flexibility and strength and working on stability of joints. Working toward balance and uniting opposites.

Ashtanga Yoga

Is a fast-paced, flowing series of sequential postures as prescribed by yoga master K. Pattabhi Jois, who was an early student of Krishnamacharya’s. There are six series of asanas that increase in difficulty, allowing students to work at their own pace. Asanas are connected by the breath and are linked with sun salutations. Most classes taught focus on the Primary Series. Often students work at there own pace with the help of a teacher not all classes are guided.

Vinyasa Flow

This yoga is popular its fast-paced, fluid movement between poses. A combination of Ashtanga yoga and power yoga. Vinyasa yoga is actually like Ashtanga but with flows of postures that are not fixed to a routine. leaving space for creativity and customizing to all levels of students, it offers what most people expect from an exercise class. But a cleaver teacher can build in work on other aspects making it in to a more rounded class. It’s a great workout, it’s typically not overly spiritual, and you see in your body right away.

Iyengar Yoga

practised with great attention given to the precision of form and timing of movement and breath.using props, such as belts, chairs, blocks, and blankets, to help accommodate different students needs. Iyengar Yoga was developed in Pune, India by BKS Iyengar, who had polio and he used yoga to help him with his condition he was a student of Krishnamacharya’s

Viniyoga

Means yoga for the individual. As Krishnamacharya aged and taught his son TKV Desikachar, he focused on the adapting asana, pranayama and other yoga practices (ritual, chanting, prayer) to the individual. Viniyoga focuses on the traditional teachings of yoga and the adherence to a practice that serves the individual needs of the practitioner.

Yin Yoga

Is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things where as yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In Yin yoga the postures are hold for a longer length of time and there are less postures per class. It can be challenging and very affective to improve Flexibility , strength and concentration and it has a very meditative quality to it, evoking stillness of mind and body.

kundalini Yoga

In Hinduism it refers to a form of divine energy said to be located at the base of the spine. It has a combination of spiritual and physical practices, mantras, such as Sat Nam, meaning “truth is my identity.” The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness.

Kriya yoga

Canters around three practices, tapas (discipline), svadhyaya (self-study), and ishvara pranidhana (devotion), which are designed to develop new, healthier samskaras (subliminal activators), “the indelible imprints left behind by our daily experiences”—good or bad, conscious or unconscious

that dictate our behavioural patterns.

Restorative Yoga

This is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. doing a few postures holding her for longer. With the use of props bolsters blocks belts. It is a completely different style but very beneficial and lends its self to meditation. Stilling the mind with still postures.

Power Yoga

The complete opposite from the restorative yoga faster sequences and more challenging postures , holding poses longer to work on strength. You will really feel that you are working hard in the power yoga class.

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga sitting or standing using a chair for support. Often the poses, or Asanas, are often adaptations of Hatha yoga postures. However it does not have to be gentle class as working slowly and holding postures can be challenging.

Bikram/Hot Yoga

Bikram is hot yoga practised in a room heated to 35–42 °C using Hatha Yoga postures

Aerial Yoga

A type of yoga combining traditional yoga poses, with the use of a hammock. Contents. Great for inversion and supported postures.

Acro Yoga

Is a partner yoga were one is the flyer and one the base it is dynamic. Requires strength and flexibility and trust between the pair which can be child and parent or any other combination of people. A Beautiful practice which is meditative and requires concentration.

Partner Yoga

A more accessible form of Yoga with a partner often practised as part of a Hatha class and uses Hatha postures. trust building and connecting with another person. Deeper stretching can be achieved for students and may help them with alignments best if the two people are of similar build.

Kids yoga

Great for improving balance, strength and confidences, often classes have important learning message mixed into all the fun. Mindfulness, breathing exercises and meditation are part of the classes. Kids become carm and creative and able to work better in class.

A few less obvious styles of yoga

Beer Yogayes it does involve a bottle of beer

Naked Yoga for the for naturist in you.

Surfing yoga for people who love water and love a challenge practice in the swimming pool on a surf board. Great for balance.

If you are interested in any of the styles above or would like to voice your opinion we would love to hear from you…