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The different types of Yoga

POSTED Friday 13 April 2018

Have you ever wondered which yoga wold suit you best? Not sure what each type involves? Keep reading and watch our lovely instructor Roo demonstrate some of the key poses. 

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is the latest edition to our repertoire of yoga classes, and is a deeply soothing and nourishing practice.

It is a slow paced yoga, which does no more than 10 moves per class. Each posture is held for 5 minutes to give the body a chance to release and relax on a deeper level, both physically and emotionally. It is a great class for those who need to unwind and take time out to themselves.

In Yin Yoga, you will find yourself in a variety of the below poses (see video), using equipment such as blocks, bolsters and a cushion.

Yin Yoga

Yan Yoga

Opposite to Yin is Yan Yoga, and we have a variety of types of Yan on our timetable:

  • Iyengar
  • Hatha
  • Flow (Vinyasa)
  • Ashtanga

The below video is a typical Sun Salutation sequence which can be found in all of the above classes.

Yoga: Sun Salutation sequence

But how is each type of Yan Yoga different if it uses the same movements and poses?

  • Iyengar – incorporates precise movements and held positions that focus on postural alignments. It is good for those recovering from injury and beginners as it works at a slower pace giving time for people to learn the postures. Utilises equipment including blocks, belts and even chairs to help you into the correct posture.
  • Hatha – a gentle style of yoga, great for beginners, similar to Flow but often moves slightly slower between poses.
  • Flow – focuses on the use of breath to flow between many postures to create sequences, for a dynamic and relaxing class which creates strength and flexibility.
  • Ashtanga – a specific sequence every time no matter what instructor you have. It focuses on power and speed of breath between postures, ideal for strengthening the body – therefore can become quite a sweaty work out!

Also on our timetable:

  • Dynamic – similar to Ashtanga and Flow, this class is great for fitness and flexibility.
  • Wake Up – perfect for the mornings, starting off in a slow Flow style to warm up the body, and moving into energising sequences to set you up for the day.
  • Womens / Beginners – a slow-paced Hatha style class, sometimes staying with poses for several minutes in a Yin style.
  • Body Balance – an amazing combination of Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi set to relaxing music. Vinyasa Flow style yoga makes up the majority of the class (rather than balancing!)

No matter what yoga you choose to suit your lifestyle, it is a great way to increase strength and flexibility in your physical self, whilst also addressing mental or emotional imbalance.

Find out more and book onto classes here.

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