In Sanskrit, “yoga” can be translated as “union.” For many people, yoga allows a union of the body, the mind, and the breath. The mind, body, and breath are intimately connected and can influence each other. Our breathing is influenced by our thoughts, and our thoughts and physiology can be influenced by our breath. The postures, movements and breathing taught in yoga practice can help shape the mind and its mental processes in cognition, specifically by directing attention inward. As a practice, yoga is a system for achieving total health, mental and spiritual well-being – a means to connect the body, mind, and spirit.
Vinyasa Yoga coordinates movement with the breath, flowing from one pose to the next. Vinyasa is one of the most popular styles of yoga, and may also be referred to as Vinyasa Flow class. The word Vinyasa translates as “to place in a special way,” referring to the sequence of poses. A Vinyasa flow is known for fluid, movement-intensive practices. Classes are choreographed to smoothly transition from one pose to the next and music is often used as well. The intensity varies depending on the level and the teacher, but modification can be made to meet the needs of individual students.
Yin Yoga is a slower paced, more passive style of yoga. The poses are typically done on the floor and are held longer, 3-5 minutes. By relaxing into the poses you are able to access the deeper connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, bones and joints) and fascia that covers the body, activating change at the deepest level.
Restorative Yoga is simply that, restorative. The poses are done on the floor, using props to support the body for longer holds. Bolsters, blankets and blocks are used to prop students in passive poses without having to exert any effort. Restorative Yoga is a delicious way to relax frayed nerves. This allows the body to completely relax and rest. Restorative Yoga is intended to heal and nurture the body and allow mental and physical relaxation.
Benefits of Yoga
- Improves flexibility, balance, strength and muscle tone.
- Improves digestion, circulation, and immunity
- Supports joint health and weight management.
- Relieves and prevents back pain
- Teaches improved breathing techniques and improves posture.
- Reduces stress and blood pressure
- Increases mental focus, clarity, concentration, and memory.
- Increases self-confidence and self-acceptance.
- Balances the hemispheres of the brain
- Unlocks energy flow in the body.