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Qualified in the discipline of Vinyasa flow yoga, I also like to incorporate the gentleness of Hatha style yoga, along with some relaxing, guided meditation and breathing exercises. Unlike a lot of other forms of exercise, yoga helps to strengthen the body while also healing the mind.
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Whether you are young or old, overweight or fit, yoga has the power to strengthen the body and calm the mind.
Asanas (poses) are based on 5 principles: gravity, stretching soft tissue, organ massage, breath control, focus and concentration.
Through yoga movement, stretching, squeezing and then releasing certain muscles, we increase blood flow and rejuvenate various parts of the body, often relieving pressure on nerves in specific areas.
Matching movement with breath, increases the oxygen supply to targeted areas of the body.
Mental balance can be achieved through a mixture of movement and stillness, while rejuvenating internal organs, the spine and the glands.
Some benefits of regular yoga practice are:
Styles of Yoga
Below is a list of the most common styles of yoga. Although they all have different approaches, they are all great for keeping your body and mind in great shape.
I specialise in Vinyasa Flow and like to mix it with some gentle Hatha yoga, calming breathing techniques and meditation.
Vinyasa is a style of yoga where asana (poses) flow from one to the other in a fluid sequence of movement, while focusing on connecting the movements with the rhythm of your breath.
A Hatha yoga class is practised more slowly and with more static posture holds than perhaps a Vinyasa flow or Ashtanga class. Great for beginners.
Iyengar asanas are held for longer than in some other methods such as Vinyasa and Ashtanga, and often use props such as blankets, blocks and belts.
Kundalini yoga focuses on breath and asana along with chanting, meditation, and singing. Through the practice, energy is drawn up the spine through the seven chakras, and out of the crown of the head.
Ashtanga yoga involves a predefined order of asana that is practiced in the same sequence, every time, while syncing up the postures with the breath. Ashtanga is a much more physical yoga style than Hatha.
A Bikram class always follows the same sequence of 26 poses and classes are held in artificially heated rooms.
Yin yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body (bones, joints, ligaments and fascia) usually through a series of passive floor poses which are held for up to 5 minutes or more, and work on the lower part of the body such as the lower spine, pelvis, hips and thighs.