Yoga is a great way to improve your endurance in other physical activities. After a run, or heavy workout, yoga will help your body relax while stretching, strengthening, and lengthening the muscles you were just working on.
Yoga unites the mind, body, and soul in a way that eases tension, reduces inflammation, and promotes health and well being. Regular practice will help you reach improve and perfect poses, correct posture and positioning, and improve your breathing and outlook on life.
Yoga not only helps improve your body, but also helps with mindfulness and meditation. It is important to take a break from daily life in order to focus on yourself and get clarity. Focusing on your breath during practice is key to staying in tune with your mind and body.
A Yin Yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body - the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.
Yoga Nidra, translated loosely as yogic sleep, is a process that engages a sub conscious exploration of your breath, body, balancing of emotions, self-healing and a visualization journey. It is a specific type of yoga that promotes rest and restoration through mindful deep sub conscious form of meditation.
Yoga Nidra can be practiced by itself (and for many this serves as their version of meditation) or it can be combined with classes such as Yin, Restorative or a Vinyasa flow class as a part of the yogi’s Savasana. For many who experience anxiety, lead highly stressful lives or have difficulty sleeping, practicing yoga nidra has been found to help.
Yoga Nidra slows the wavelengths in your mind as you sense your body and breath to release a relaxation response within your body. As you practice yoga nidra more regularly, you will begin to train your body, mind and emotions to seek out the relaxation mode allowing you to achieve an even deeper state.
Yoga Nidra is a state in which you feel completely relaxed, but able to listen and be aware of the inner world journey via the guide’s verbal instruction
Restorative yoga is a style of yoga suited to all. It encourages physical, mental and emotional release and relaxation. It is a practice focused on slowing down, releasing and relaxing your body and muscles into long holds using props.
Appropriate at all levels, it is practiced at a slow pace, focused on holds that might last from 1-20 minutes, stillness and relaxed breathing. The use of yoga props is highly encouraged to create ease in holding the poses. Typical props for a restorative yoga class are; blankets, blocks, bolster, strap and eye pillows. Another good addition is the use of rolled up bath or beach towels.
Restorative yoga is good for people with anxiety, stressful lives, people who need to slow down and experience stillness and for those with difficulty sleeping.
Flow Yoga is a style of yoga practice that includes syncing breath with movement. Flow classes can range from beginner to advanced styles of movement and poses. Expect to move throughout the entire practice, leading up to a restful savasana.
There are various types of flow-style yoga. A few are described below:
Gentle/Hatha Flow - These classes are slow paced and gentle in nature. During your practice you flow from pose to pose using pranayama breathing practices. These classes are great for those new to yoga, those interested in learning the poses, relaxation techniques, and becoming comfortable with yoga. Expect to move slow and with intention.
Vinyasa Flow -Vinyasa is an approach to yoga in which you move from one pose directly into the next. There's a flow to a Vinyasa yoga session, though the specific poses and the pace of the flow vary from one instructor to the next. Yoga Flow can generally be defined as a yoga class that incorporates energetic movement through a series of asanas (yoga postures), by which the student experiences a sense of fluid physical motion. Additionally, a teacher who is teaching flow will have a theme and sequence of poses to support the class theme.
Power Flow - Power yoga specifically focuses on body movements which help in improving cardiovascular output, physical fitness, and firmness while yoga focuses on body positions hence improving mental, internal, and external stability.
Kids & Family Yoga is a growing trend these days. Family yoga classes are those that can be experienced together as a family. That includes parents, sons, daughters, grandparents – even aunts, uncles and cousins. In general, family yoga classes often include things like: Group and partner yoga poses. Fun games. Reading of youth oriented yoga stories and myths with the kids/families acting out the stories with yoga poses.