Types Of Yoga

At 360 Yoga, Leah offers Yoga Classes in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Power Flow Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yin Yoga.  Depending on the class and location, class may be focused around one style of yoga or it could be a blend of different styles.  *Each style of yoga will be listed and a brief definition of what that type of yoga is will be next to it. *

Types Of Yoga Offered

Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Yoga which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you to flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or an exhale.  The literal translation of vinyasa from Sanskrit is “connection,” according to Ellen Stansell, PhD, RYT, and scholar of yogic literature and Sanskrit.In terms of yoga asana, we can interpret this as a connection between movement and breath.A cat-cow stretch is an example of a very simple vinyasa, because the spine is arched on an inhale and rounded on an exhale. A sun salutation sequence is an example of a more complex vinyasa. Each movement in the series is done in time with an inhalation or an exhalation.  

(Source of Information:  http://yoga.about.com/od/typesofyoga/a/vinyasa.htm)

Power Flow Yoga: is a general term used in the west to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-styleyoga. Though many consider it to be “gym yoga,” this style of practice was originally closely modeled on the Ashtanga method. The term came into common usage in the mid 1990s, in an attempt to make Ashtanga yoga more accessible to western students. Unlike Ashtanga, however, power yoga does not follow a set series of poses, so classes can vary widely.With its emphasis on strength and flexibility, power yoga brought yoga into the gyms of America, as people began to see yoga as a way to work out.

(Source of Information: http://yoga.about.com/od/poweryoga/a/power.htm)

Restorative yoga: is something completely different. It’s about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. If you take a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour. During these long holds, your muscles relax deeply. It’s a completely different feeling from other types of yoga classes since props are used to support your body instead of your muscles. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress.

(Source of Information: http://yoga.about.com/od/typesofyoga/a/Restorative-Yoga.htm)

Yin Yoga: postures are more passive postures, mainly on the floor and the majority of postures equal only about three dozen or so, much less than the more popular yang like practices. Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscle and move closer to the bone. While yang-like yoga practices are more superficial, Yin offers a much deeper access to the body. It is not uncommon to see postures held for three to five minutes, even 20 minutes at a time. The time spent in these postures is much like time spent in meditation, and I often talk students through the postures as if they were trying to meditate. While in a Yin class you might notice similar postures to a yang class except they are called something else, on a basic level this is to help the students mind shift form yang to yin, active to passive.

(Source Of Information: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5037/Yin-Yoga-101-What-You-Need-to-Know.html)
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