All forms of physical yoga is Hatha based, The word “Hatha” can be translated as the yoga of activity.
The universal Yin & Yang symbol holds its origins within Taoism/Daoism, a Chinese religion and a way of life, Yin Yoga also holds its origins within this system. Yin Yoga is very different from the more masculine Yoga types such as Vinyasa flow, Jivamukti or Ashtanga, yin is the opposite, you could call it a more Shakti style of yoga, working into the facia, and connective tissue of the body rather than the muscles. Poses or asana are held for time (usually about 2-5 minutes), time is the magic of the yin yoga practice. The breath in Yin is also different from a yang practice; we allow the breath to flow in and out naturally rather than using for instance ujjayi pranayama, “The goal of yin pranayama is to effortlessly extend the neutral phase of the breath cycle” (Grilley, 10th anniversary ed.1 Nov. 2012) Both yin and yang yoga practices complement each other, I can vouch for this and also many of my students also feel the same way.
Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word ‘to place something in a sacred and special way. A common definitions of vinyasa is ‘breath synchronised movement, one breath one pose, fluid transitions from one asasa to another. The word Vinyasa refers to the breathing during the movement of each asana. Each movement happens on either an inhale or exhale, each posture is assigned a certain amount of vinyasas, i.e. Surya Namaskar has 9 vinyasas .
We all need both sides to feel oneness;
Yin & Yang
In this class you we will the first half will be Yin and then more active Yang creating balance for mind body and being.
ashtanga Vinyasa flow
Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word ‘to place something in a sacred and special way. A common definitions of vinyasa is ‘breath synchronised movement, one breath one pose, fluid transitions from one asasa to another. The word Vinyasa refers to the breathing during the movement of each asana. Each movement happens on either an inhale or exhale, each posture is assigned a certain amount of vinyasas, i.e. Surya Namaskar has 9 vinyasas . Ashtanga Vinyasa FlowThe terminology of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is an ancient system of spiritual, physical practice that was taught by a sage Vamana Rishi, he documented this system in a book called the yoga Korunta. In the beginning it was taught to the puplis in a Gurukula, this was a sort of residential school where pupils who lived close by also attended. “Gurukula means the place of the teacher. Literally, guru means teacher, and kula means family. So gurukula means more than just a school, but the place where the student comes to be a part of the family of the guru for some time – and learn the culture and etiquette of the Vedas, as well as the knowledge”Originally it was created as a more playful yoga practice for children to get them interested, this gave the children a dance like modern twist to the ancient practice, these where the seeds for the more spiritual practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga style. It was taught this way for centuries in monasteries and ashrams. Sri Tirumala Krishnamacharya was introduced to Yoga Korunta and Ashtanga Vinyasa system by his guru Ram Mohan Brahmachari, he passed it down to his students BKS Iyengar, Ptatabhi Jois, and others in the 1920’s.
Radiant Flow aka Shakti Yoga
Shakthi yoga doesn’t have a clear lineage or strict rules, but instead it’s inspired by the creativity and individualism concepts of Shakti. The transformative power to explore the self… I will guide you through vinyasa style yoga mixed with traditional asana, classical India dance postures, mudras and most importantly deep breathing to generate smooth, fluid transitions. This will include a time for a ‘free-moving meditation’ to promote creativity and self-expression. “Shakti yoga is a self-motivated style that will help to promotes confidence and improve energy through movement, meditation, pranayama, mantra.
Pilates may sound intimidating, but it’s an accessible way to build strength in your core muscles for better posture, balance and flexibility.
What exactly is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s.
A Pilates routine generally includes exercises that promote core strength and stability, muscle control, and endurance, including exercises that stress proper posture and movement patterns and balanced flexibility and strength. It can also be helpful in training for sports or in physical rehabilitation.
Can beginners do Pilates?
It’s a common misconception that Pilates is only for serious athletes or professional dancers. While these groups first adopted Pilates, they aren’t the only ones who can benefit from this approach to strength training.
Another common misperception is that Pilates requires specialized equipment. Maybe you’ve seen a Pilates apparatus — called a Reformer — that looks like a bed frame with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs, or perhaps you’ve seen a type of trapeze table. But don’t let those machines intimidate you.
The reality is that many Pilates exercises can be done on the floor with just a mat.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
By practicing Pilates regularly, you can achieve a number of health benefits, including:
Improved core strength and stability
Improved posture and balance
Prevention and treatment of back pain
Is Pilates for everyone?
If you’re older, haven’t exercised for some time or have health problems, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Pilates is no exception. Similarly, women who are pregnant should check with their health care providers before starting Pilates or other exercise programs.
Pilates can be adapted to provide a gentle strength training and stability program, or it can be modified to give a seasoned athlete a challenging workout. If you’re just starting out, it’s a good idea to go slow at first and gradually increase the intensity of your workout.
Let your instructor know if you have any conditions or previous injuries so he or she can assist you in modifying movements.
Because it’s essential to maintain the correct form to get the most benefit — and to avoid injuries — beginners should start out under the supervision of an experienced Pilates instructor.’