Types of yoga
There are lots of different styles of yoga out there. Read on below for more information on the styles that I teach, and which might suit you best.
Hatha yoga derives its name from the Sanskrit words for sun and moon, and is designed to balance opposing forces. The balance in hatha yoga might come from strength and flexibility, physical and mental energy, or breath and the body. Classes include a mix of asana (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation.
Vinyasa yoga is also called 'flow yoga' or 'vinyasa flow'. Vinyasa classes link the breath with movement in a continuous rhythmic flow. The flow can be meditative in nature, calming the mind and nervous system, even though you’re moving. It's a more active class if that is what you're looking for.
This form of yoga uses props to support the body. The goal is to completely relax into poses, which are held for at least five minutes. This means that you might only do a handful of poses in a class, and it’s perfectly acceptable to drift into sleep during them. Sometimes I will lead you through yoga nidra – a guided meditation that allows you to hover blissfully between sleep and wakefulness.
Power yoga is generally more active and is done at a quicker pace than other styles of yoga. It strengthens the muscles while also increasing flexibility. The variation of sequences keeps the brain engaged while you work all muscle groups in the body.
For individuals and small groups, I also offer yoga classes designed entirely around your goals and needs. Whether it's a hip opening or a shoulder strengthening class, I am happy to tailor the session to your specification.