Hatha Yoga is the most widely practised form of Yoga in the world. It is the umbrella term for general Yoga. Hatha Yoga uses postures (asana) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength and flexibility, and relaxation. Through proper alignment and mindful actions of the body, Hatha Yoga brings balance and a sense of well being to all who practice. One of the translations for the word Hatha is - Ha (Sun) & Tha (Moon). All is Balance.
Flow-Based Hatha Yoga (Vinyasa) uses movement and breath together to produce a "flow” of postures that lead from one to the next.
What is Vinyasa Yoga?
Vinyasa is all about continuous movement — and most importantly, matching that movement with breathing. The Sanskrit word Vinyasa loosely translates to - 'to be arranged in a certain way' - Practising Vinyasa regularly should eventually enable you to match each movement with a breath in — or out. The focus is on movement and grace, so that for many it ends up feeling something like dancing.
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is a part of the original Hatha Yoga tradition. In its modern incarnation, Yin Yoga combines the influences of Indian Yoga with Chinese Daoist (philosophical traditions of living in harmony) practices and Western science to improve health on many levels. With the emphasis on long-held, passive stretches of the deeper connective tissues, Yin Yoga mobilises and strengthens our joints, ligaments and deep fascial networks.