Styles of Yoga
Hatha Yoga is a broad term referring to any series of physical yoga asanas/postures and describes most yoga styles taught in the West. However, today the term is mostly used to describe a slower style of yoga that combines longer holds of asanas with breathing exercises (Pranayama) and meditation. The conscious movements and breathing helps to build a strong foundation and is therefore ideal for beginners.
Hatha Yoga Flow
Hatha Yoga Flow is a modern adaptation of Hatha Yoga and can best be described as a steady, flowing sequence of postures linking breath and movement. The gentle movement helps to improve strength, balance and coordination, and offers a good introduction into more dynamic yoga styles.
Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic style, characterized by flowing poses that are linked logically with breathwork and postural alignment. This style is known for its vigorous and creative sequences that provide mental and physical challenges. Vinyasa Yoga is considered a ‘moving meditation’ as it focuses on awareness in movement.
Budokon® Yoga is a dynamic yoga style that was developed by Kancho Cameron Shayne as a fusion of yoga, martial arts, Zen meditation, and the study of animal movement (animal locomotion). The Budokon practice is a seamless, transition-based yoga flow that combines traditional yoga asanas with innovative Budokon movements and transitions.
Yin Yoga is a slower-paced style of yoga developed by Taoist yoga teacher and martial artist Paulie Zink and was highly popularized by Paul and Sarah Grilley, Sarah Powers, Bernie Clark, Joe Barnett, and Jo Phee. The asanas/postures are held 3-7 min to relax the muscles and allow stretching and strengthening of connective tissues. Each Yin Teacher offers strong emphasis to postural care, target areas, and range of motion to prolong our yoga practice. The benefits of Yin Yoga are stress and anxiety reduction, more flexibility in the joints and connective tissues, fascia release, and increased circulation. It is a great counterpart to more active, dynamic yoga styles (=Yang Yoga). Yin Yoga is not intended to be Restorative Yoga. Both are slow-paced styles that include long holds and the use of props. However, Yin yoga stresses the tissue deeply, while Restorative Yoga provides physical support through props to allow complete relaxation. Check out https://www.yinyoga.com for more information.
Restorative Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that uses props (bolsters, blankets, blocks, straps, etc) to encourage physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. A restorative yoga class typically involves five to six asanas/postures. The use of props provides support for the body to rest in a comfortable position for 5 minutes (or longer) to allow deep relaxation and release. This style is great to help anyone that is injured, ill or stressed.