Types of Yoga

During our online classes we teach 3 types of yoga. They are all very different and it didn’t occur to me that people wouldn’t know the difference.

Monday 6pm Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is they type of yoga that springs to mind when you think of yoga in general terms. Hatha yoga represents the sun and the moon, Ha – the sun and tha – the moon, and is all about balancing the body and mind. A Class may involve, sun salutations, standing strength, balancing and then some floor work which includes stretching and a more restful period of the class.

Wednesday 7.30pm Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga uses many props, blankets, cushions, pillows and belts. In fact the more you have the better it is. This allows the body to slow down and relax. Each pose is held longer and can be up to 20 minutes. So a class may only have 6 poses in it. It’s important to relax the muscles as much as possible to allow a deeper passive stretch. Restorative yoga is great for everyone especially in these troubled times as we try to find a mental and physical balance but also if you are suffering from injury, stress or a long term illness. This type of yoga also balances the nervous system and boosts the immune system which are both needed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday 6pm Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a slow paced yoga where poses are held between 45 seconds and 5 minutes. The postures apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body – tendons, fascia and ligaments with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. You may need a blanket or cushion for support in some poses. Yin yoga also allows you to slow down and find an inner peace.

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