STYLES OF YOGA:
HATHA VINYASA FLOW: Hatha is derived from two words – "Ha" is the sun and "Tha" is the moon. Yoga means "union". Therefore, Hatha Yoga is the "union of the sun and the moon", the Yoga of Balance, emphasizing the process of purification through the practice of asana (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) to release physical and mental blockages. It focuses on balancing our energy systems through this union of opposites, allowing the flow of our active masculine qualities (sun/ yang) to tesselate with our feminine receptive qualities (moon/ yin), to open up energy pathways, restore equanimity, and prepare the body mind for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.
Vinyasa Flow is breath-synchronized movement, a dynamic Yang style of Hatha Yoga practiced as a continuous flow from one posture to the next, emphasizing slow deliberate transitions, linking meditative movement to breath.
Hatha Vinyasa Flow is a yoga discipline that reconnects mind body and spirit through breath and movement. Regular practice relaxes the mind and releases tension in the body, strengthening and toning the muscles, increasing flexibility and mobility. The improved circulation of blood and oxygen invigorates our energy systems, stimulates the body's natural healing processes, builds our immunity, stamina, and ultimately our ability to sustain physical and mental balance.
Through proper diet and sustained yogic practice, the 11 organ systems of our bodies align, circulate and communicate with each other to maintain homeostasis. Benefits include healthy symptoms like real hunger, clockwork digestion, sound sleep, vitality, inspiration, motivation, general happiness, and peace of mind.
YIN YOGA: Within the Yin-Yang symbol, is the suggestion that we should take a “tiny bit” of one and put it into the heart of its opposite. Yin Yoga is the complementary practice to balance any Yang style of Yoga. It is a restorative process focusing on surrender and the profound release of tension stored deep in our connective tissues.
The fundamental theory of Yin Yoga is to stretch the connective tissue (ligaments, tendons, fascia, joints & bones) as opposed to stretching the muscles in Yang styles of Yoga. Connective tissue is strengthened and lengthened by applying a slow steady load for long periods of time, letting gravity do the work, as opposed to the rhythmic contractions and release of muscles in Yang styles of Yoga. The focus is on joint rehabilitation, promoting synovial lubrication, stimulating blood circulation, and increasing flexibility through passive stretching by relaxing into the posture, and softening the muscle to move closer to the bone. Poses can be held anywhere from 2-5 minutes, and sometimes even up to 20 minutes!
Yin Yoga is an intimate practice that can be quite challenging as it requires students to sit with themselves, with feelings, sensations, and emotions, to learn to just “be”, to “accept what is” in that given moment. It is a deeply meditative approach that teaches the student how to be still, present, and open, even in uncomfortable positions. This inevitably aids in developing compassion, patience, and an equanimous attitude towards self and others in the myriad situations of our daily lives.
Some of the benefits of Yin Yoga are:
Stillness: calms and balances mind and body
Regulates energy flow in the body
Balances CNS, Endocrine System, and internal organs
Increased Circulation: better lubrication and protection of joints
Increases Mobility and Flexibility, especially joints
Release of fascia throughout the body
Stress & Anxiety Reduction
Increased Ability to Cope with Stress & Anxiety
Help with TMJ and Migraines
Better ability to sit for meditation
Ultimately you will have a better Yang practice