Always wanted to try yoga, but not sure where to start? Ever look at a class timetable and feel overwhelmed by all the choices? Not sure which style of yoga is for you? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is the lowdown on the different types of yoga:
Do you love to sweat? Are you constantly on the move? Then Vinyasa Flow is for you. This class is, you guessed it, a flow. Vinyasa flow links movement to breath, one breath per movement. The word vinyasa means ‘to place in a special way’, meaning that each pose in a vinyasa sequence is placed to achieve a smooth, continuous flow. These are typically stronger classes, so it helps to be familiar with you foundation poses before you sign up for this one.
This style is for those of you that like a little more stillness with your sweat. In traditional Hatha style, each pose is held for a number of breaths, allowing you to sink deeper into the pose to improve your flexibility and strength. These classes tend to have a slower pace than Vinyasa, but still give you the opportunity to challenge yourself. At Empowered Centre, our Yoga 4 All classes are Hatha-based (and multi-level), as well as our Beginner’s classes and courses.
If you’re looking to slow things right down, this class is perfect for you. Yin yoga is a series of poses, predominantly seated or lying down, that are held for a number of minutes. It’s all about softening and surrender, so while you’re chilling in a pose, your goal is to begin to let tension in the body melt away. This is a fantastic class for deep relaxation and improving flexibility.
Yin Yoga’s sister style, Restorative Yoga is also a beautiful practice in stillness and deep relaxation. Restorative Yoga uses similar poses to Yin, with the aid of props such as bolsters, blocks and straps, to unwind the body and mind.
Slow Flow Yoga
Speaking of sister styles, do you like Vinyasa Flow but find it a little too fast-paced? Then get yourself to a Slow Flow class, stat. Mimicking the fluid sequencing of Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow takes it down a notch with an exquisitely slow pace and, just like Hatha, enough time to sink deep into the postures. Best of both worlds.
Finally know which class you’d like to take? Feeling inspired to try a new style? Book your spot via our website or the MindBody app, and we’ll see you on the mat!