Different Yoga Styles for
Yoga has evolved over thousands of years into what it is today. At its core, yoga maintains its foundational principals and philosophy that have been passed down over the years. I encourage you to do some personal work and research the history of these yoga styles and practices as to work to not appropriate the culture, and instead appreciate it. Today there are many types of yoga that all have these common ground principals structured into their style of practice. Each style of practice comes from a different back ground and targets different things. Learn more about what yoga style is the best fit for your needs by clicking 'Read More'.
Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath, commonly referred to as “flow” yoga. The benefits of vinyasa include increased muscle strength, flexibility, cardiovascular function, respiratory capacity, and improved bone density. Vinyasa classes also include breathing techniques that focus on the transition of the flow between poses. In Vinyasa, the synchronization of the breath and movement is an important part of the practice. Read more about what yoga style is the best fit for you and your needs.
Hatha is considered a gentle yoga that focuses on static poses and is great for beginners. However, even though it is gentle, it can still be physically and mentally challenging. Hatha and Vinyasa yoga incorporate many of the same poses, although hatha focuses on static poses and generally doesn't include the "flow" sequences. Because it's done more slowly and poses are held for longer, Hatha yoga allows for more stretching. Hatha classes provide an opportunity to stretch, unwind, and release tension, providing a good counterpoint to both busy lifestyles and cardio workouts. The benefits of Hatha yoga include an increase in strength, balance, flexibility, concentration, and bone density and promotes calm and inner peace. Today, Hatha yoga is well-known for both as a physical and spiritual practice for mind-body health. Read more about what yoga style is the best fit for you and your needs.
Slow flow is a mix of Hatha yoga (static poses) and Vinyasa (linking movement with breath). The pace is meditative, emphasizing peace and calm in body and mind. We hold poses longer, taking several rounds of breath in each pose, instead of moving to each breath. The inclusion of grounded postures and slower movements allow students to build confidence and familiarity. Longer holds in standing and balancing postures offer the opportunity to refine the fundamentals and explore deeper sensations over time. This class is good for any level of student. It can help build strength, flexibility, and stamina, while soothing the mind and minimize the chatter in your head.
Power yoga is a more dynamic version of traditional yoga. Power yoga is a general term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa style yoga. There are many parts of power yoga that feel similar to vinyasa, although there may be more static poses to build strength, stability, endurance, and flexibility. The benefits of power yoga include metabolism regulation, increase flexibility, immunity, increased strength, increased stability, increased stamina, and promotes detoxification of the body. Avoid power yoga if you are pregnant or suffer from a chronic physical ailment such as diabetes or arthritis. A different style of yoga may be better suited for you, and that's okay! Read more about what yoga style is the best fit for you and your needs.
Yoga for Complete Beginners
In beginner yoga class, you will learn and practice basic yoga poses that you’ll find in a typical yoga class so you can get acclimated with the poses themselves, along with how to practice them safely and effectively. I will commonly teach modifications and variations so you can get the most out of your practice. I look forward to welcoming you in and enjoying the step into yoga and the journey that is self-discovery. As a complete beginner, it’s important to take it slow and be safe in your practice. Don’t push yourself beyond your limits, and honor how your body feels. Know that you will increase your flexibility, mobility and also familiarity with the poses over time, so enjoy the process. Are you ready to plunge into yoga?
In Yin Yoga, we use gravity and body weight are used to hold a pose in place as we lengthen the connective tissues in the body over time. With the muscles relaxed, yin postures target deep fascia, ligaments and joints. Yin Yoga consists of poses primarily done on the floor and held for a longer period of time, usually 3-7 minutes or longer. Yin Yoga is the practice of stillness and exploring deep stretching within the body, which can sometimes be uncomfortable. I commonly teach with props in my class as well. This practice is great for those who are needing to de-stress, calm the mind, increase circulation in the body, improve flexibility, and improve joint health. The benefits of Yin Yoga are innumerable for both professional athletes and those who aren't as active.
Relax, Restore, Recover
This class is very calm and slow-paced and contains a mix of stretching, restorative postures, and longer gentle stretches to focus on flexibility in the major muscle groups. This class has elements of a restorative yoga class, which focuses on the use of props to achieve restorative poses that calm and promote healing in the body. Although props are not required for these classes, they can help you find ease and comfort in moments of uncertainty. This class is an ideal balance to a hectic and stressful modern lifestyles to promote healing in the body, reduce stress, and calm the mind.