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What style of yoga for me ?

In this article I would like to quickly guide you through the 3 styles of yoga I am teaching.

Hatha yoga

Hatha yoga is the traditional yoga where many other types of yoga derive from.

It is a gentle, slow paced yoga and focuses on the asanas (poses), the breath and the mind. It is great for beginners to start with and allows them to discover the main poses and their alignments.

Haha yoga provides a great opportunity to unwind, stretch the body and release physical, as of emotional tensions.

A typical hatha class is made of:

  • Meditation, pranayama

  • Sun Salutation

  • Several asanas (poses) held between 30 to 1.30 minutes

  • Relaxation, savasana

Vinyasa yoga

"Vinyasa" is derived from the Sanskrit term nyasa, which means "to place," and the prefix vi, "in a special way". In Vinyasa yoga, we flow freely and mindfully through the poses, connecting each pose with our breath, with our inhales and exhales. Vinyasa yoga is a creative and fluid practice and can be quite dynamic. If you are new to yoga, I would recommend you start with Hatha yoga, so that you can get used to the poses and the alignments, to fully enjoy the benefits of you vinyasa practice.

A typical vinyasa class is made of:

  • Meditation, pranayama

  • Warm up

  • A sequence of asanas

  • Cool down, savasana

Yin yoga

Yin yoga is a practice that lets your body softens as it focuses lengthening the connective tissues in the body, the muscles, the joints and ligaments. In yin yoga, poses can be held between 3 to 10 minutes, therefore letting the muscles relax with gravity and rest. It helps release blockages ans helps the energy flow freely. Yin yoga teaches us to watch our body, our thoughts as we connect with our breath. Yin is usually performed with the assistance of props to help the body completely soften.

Don't hesitate to try different styles of yoga to see what resonates with you the most, so that you can fully enjoy your practice and take advantages of all benefits yoga has to offer you.

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