Types of Yoga
There are many, many styles of yoga. They all originate from Hatha yoga and have been crafted into many different forms and styles.
The form you’re drawn to you can depend on your physicality, energy levels or emotional state at any given time. Sometimes you may need a more energetic practice like a Vinyasa or flow and at other times you may just need to deeply settle into your body and need a Yin practice. Sometimes you may just need a breathing/meditation practice.
Here are the Yoga styles we offer in the studio:
Yoga flow is based on Vinyasa yoga and is a flow form of yoga linking the asana
postures through rhythmical movement and breath
from one posture to the next.
Vinyasa is a Sanskrit term which can be broken down into its Sanskrit roots. Nyasa means “to place” and vi meaning “in a special way”.
In Vinyasa yoga we “place” the body into a flow of sequential movement interlinking postures to form a continuous flow linked by the breath.
At One Yoga Pilates Yoga Flow is creative and different from standard Vinyasa yoga. I like to be creative with the flows and not necessarily do the standard Sun Salute sequences, however, these are also included in many of the practices.
The rhythm of breath and movement brings vitality and warmth to the blood flow and muscles. We then move into held stretches to take that warmth deeper into the muscles and fascia and allow the tissues to have space and time to open to a deeper level.
Some of our Yoga Flow classes are a mixture of flow then moving into more Yin like stretches – longer held and deeply relaxing stretches.
Yin yoga is a style of yoga that moves you into deeper, longer held stretches. It is a yoga that focuses more on the connective/fascia tissues such as the ligaments, bones and joints of the body. It is more of a meditative practice of yoga where you have time to breathe and connect with the body, using the breath to release tightness and tension that builds in the tissues through daily life.
I like to think of it as my body’s way of de-stressing and releasing those patterns held deep and unconsciously in the tissues that create tightness.
It refreshes my body to go again!
Anyone can do this practice. There is no right or wrong and there are no proper alignment rules.
You very much work with your own unique physicality and go into the postures to the place where you feel just enough tension/stretch and then melt your body around and into this. It is a beautiful practice of surrendering into the body and just deeply relaxing. The body then unwinds all on its own!
We also use lots of props in Yin so you can support your body to relax and not have to hold itself.
This practice is a wonderful balance to active forms of exercise and a great antidote for a stressful life!