Hatha Yoga is a branch of yoga that teaches us to balance the mind and body. The body overshadows the mind. If the body is not happy the mind will not be happy either. When we are unbalanced in the mind it can go undetected, but this is difficult to do if the body is not "running right" or ill. Through a physical practice like Hatha Yoga we learn to listen to the body and to cleanse it so we can successfully address the mind. The body becomes our teacher in Hatha Yoga as we begin to see more clearly sources of imbalance on and off the yoga mat.
Vinyasa yoga is another highly beneficial expression of Hatha Yoga often referred to as "flow yoga." On-point, this slang term is fitting because Vinyasa classes are mostly fluid, or moving. Postures taught in this way teach us the value of breath-synchronized movement. This practice has a strengthening and detoxifying effect on the body. It will increase your heart-rate and get your blood pumping, literally purifying your internal systems while opening, energizing and strengthening the whole body. A consistent and regular "flow" practice will improve your endurance and strength, reducing stress levels and decreasing mental hyper-activity. Energetically, the practice mobilizes energy from our center to our periphery, heating, strengthening and illuminating us from the inside-out. Breathing instruction is provided in every class.
Yin yoga classes are very meditative and clarifying. Through a yin practice, learn to cultivate awareness, stillness, patience, and acceptance; then, learn to let it all go – even in moments of slight discomfort. While the body remains still, the yin practice is to meditate on breath, maintain a focused presence and to allow physical, mental and emotional toxicity to release as it is surfaced and witnessed. Students are taught to track movement of subtle and acute sensations while maintaining steady breath and muscular softness. Yin teachers often hold postures for minutes at a time to invite deeper energetic penetration of the subtle body. Regular practice has therapeutic effects and will curb sharpness, chronic pain and/ or emotional discomfort, both on and off the yoga mat. A yin practitioner will become adept in stillness and will notice physical benefits to joints, connective tissues, the central nervous system and the mind. This practice is a great compliment to more physically active Hatha Yoga postures and challenges us to apply skills of surrender pulling energy in and down (from our periphery to our center).