General Yoga Information
- Builds strength
- Increases flexibility and muscle tone
- Brings focus to the mind
- Encourages physical and mental balance
- Develops proper body alignment
- Reduces stress
- Encourages a sense of calm and peace
- Increases lung capacity for better breathing
Hatha Yoga is the most widely practiced 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 Purna Yoga?
Purna Yoga is a complete practice that nurtures all aspects of the being – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. The practice embraces all facets of life as areas of potential growth.
What is Restorative Yoga?
In truth, restorative yoga is simply that - restorative. It is the centering of your breath and body - aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness or gentle movement for extended periods of time. The props assist in helping you to hold poses longer. A restorative yoga sequence typically involves between five to ten poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. Most restorative practices are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. There is also deep meditations and guided relaxations throughout the class to assist in the release and surrender in the poses.
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 mobilizes and strengthens our joints, ligaments and deep fascial networks.
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is the application of Yoga - and it's many systems - as a complimentary therapy to aid in the treatment of specific health conditions. Yoga Therapy is applied in a holistic manner to collaboratively develop an individualised practice for the student.