Hatha Yoga – Hatha describes the physical practices of yoga combined with breath and meditation. Hatha classes can provide a great introduction to yoga as they tend to be slower-paced, use longer holds for Asanas and use props for focus on alignment.
Iyengar Yoga– emphasizes precision on alignment to realign the body and mind. Typically Iyengar classes use props such as blocks, bolsters and straps and the wall for modifications to asset special needs such as structural imbalnces or injuries. This is an excellent style for beginners and typically does not flow but rather holds postures for longer periods.
Vinyasa Yoga– depending on the level, vinyasa classes often include advanced postures such a as handstands and arm balances and is a more vigorous style linking flow of postures with Sun salutations. This is a class for those that want a challenging and health sweat and are already physically fit.
Anusara Yoga – Anusara combine an element of vinyasa flow and correct alignment work. The emphasis on props also makes this class accessible to students of many differing abilities. Anusara appeals to those who want to work both their physical and spiritual well-being.
Gentle Yoga – Gentle Yoga classes tend to be more gentle and slower paced and focuses on slow stretches, flexibility, and deep breathing. This is a great class for beginners and more accessible to people of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels..
Yin Yoga–A restorative practice which holds postures for longer assisted with bolsters and blankets. Most styles are yang in nature, they focus on improving the flexibility as well as strength of muscle tissues. Tissues that would be described as Yin include the deep connective tissues of the body, ligaments fascia and the bones themselves. Yin practice helps joints to stay moist and supple as we age rather than drying out and leading to stiffness and immobility.
–Written by Patricia Jimenez (E-RYT)