Types of Yoga

IYENGAR YOGA
CHILDREN'S YOGA
ASHTANGA YOGA
KUNDALINI YOGA
KIRTAN
HATHA YOGA
ASHTANGA YOGA

Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic style of yoga which was popularized by the late Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, a south Indian city.  It uses the vinyasa system (coordination of breath and movement) to form a flowing, moving yoga practice.  As a result, this creates internal heat which purifies and detoxifies the body and mind.

 

Ashtanga Yoga is a moving meditation.  It is a sequence which the student slowly memories and, in the process, builds strength, flexibility and stamina.  It brings peace to the mind and balance to the emotions.

There are 2 forms of traditional Ashtanga classes – Mysore and Led Sanskrit classes.

A Mysore style class is a private class in a group setting.  Each student works at their particular level (physically and energetically) while the teacher moves around the room offering guidance and physical adjustments to students when they need them.  It is possible to have students of all levels in this class and students can practice in a gentle soft manner or in a strong intense fashion – depending on their individual needs of the day.  The room is quiet, and this allows for students to connect with their breath and their inner worlds.  In a Mysore class, it is not important for students to start and finish at the same time. 

A led Sanskrit class is a one where all students practice at the same time.  The teacher counts every vinyasa and breath.  It is a strong, energizing class.

What is Iyengar Yoga?

B.K.S Iyengar (1918 - 2014) developed a progressive approach to the practice of asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing practices), using props to help the practitioner to experience the pose and to adapt it to suit their needs, be it either a beginner or an advanced practitioner. It is therefore accessible for all ages and all body types. The Iyengar approach is also known for its focus on precise instructions and holding an asana for a certain length of time. B.K.S Iyengar was one of the students of T. Krishnamacharya, known as the 'father of modern postural yoga'. Other notable students who have shaped the yoga that we practice today were K. Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi, T.K.V. Desikachar and A.G Mohan.

IYENGAR YOGA
 
 

Kirtan is the call and response singing of ancient Sanskrit names of the Gods and Goddesses.

 

It is the path of Bhakti (devotional) yoga and awakens deeply buried emotions and thoughts by channeling them through voice and song.


As you sing, you soften and purify your heart space and you begin to experience the healing power of these melodies and sacred mantras.

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KIRTAN
 
CHILDREN'S YOGA

Yoga designed for children. It includes poses to increase strength, flexibility, and coordination. Classes are intended to be fun and may include age-appropriate games, postures and other creative activities. 

All ages welcome.

 

Kundalini yoga is a form of yoga that involves chanting, singing, breathing exercises,
and repetitive poses.

Its purpose is to activate your Kundalini energy, or shakti. This is a spiritual energy
that’s said to be located at the base of your spine.

As Kundalini yoga awakens this energy, it’s supposed to enhance your awareness
and help you move past your ego. Sometimes, the practice is also called “yoga of
awareness.”

KUNDALINI YOGA 
 
HATHA YOGA

Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga primarily concerned with mastery of the body, and it is arguably the tradition most familiar to Western culture. The term is derived from the Sanskrit ha, meaning "sun," and tha, meaning "moon," leading to the common interpretation that Hatha practices are designed to unite and balance these two energies.


In modern terms, Hatha yoga has become associated solely with a physical practice, typically involving a sequence of asana (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques).


In this sense, Hatha yoga is generally practiced more slowly and with more static posture holds.

 
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