At The House of Yoga, we offer many styles of yoga.
At The House of Yoga, we offer many styles of yoga. Here, is a yoga styles list—each of the yoga styles explained, so you know where to begin and can familiarise yourself with the terms.
Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic, flowing form of yoga, developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It is a rigorous practice that follows a specific series of postures. It links movement with the breath very intentionally. You will always practice the exact same poses in the exact same order. This will build flexibility and strength in a physically demanding practice.
Hatha Yoga is term that refers to a class that includes physical postures. Generally, a Hatha class focuses on longer held postures, emphasizing the breath and alignment points. It is a steady practice that focuses on strength, creating length in the body, and relaxation through the practice.
Vinyasa Yoga is a vigorous class consisting of a flowing asana practice, linking movement with breath. Vinyasa is characterized by a dynamic and creative sequencing of poses that are linked and fluid. You will smoothly transition from pose to pose, while building physical strength, endurance and flexibility. There is no specific series of poses thus no two vinyasa classes are the same.
This is a term used to describe the more dynamic, strengthening and active forms of yoga. Ashtanga, Hatha, and Vinyasa can be the specific style of a yang practice. It includes practices that are energizing, dynamic, and heating for the body.
Yin Yoga is completely focused on unwinding, letting go, and relaxing. Traditionally, in yin yoga, each posture is held for three to five minutes, allowing the muscles to relax and the connective tissue to lengthen, release, and heal. Yin yoga combines elements of Hatha yoga, the concept of meridians (or energetic channels) in Chinese medicine, and meditation. It has a positive effect on your organs, tissues, muscles, and joints.
Yin Yang Yoga
This is a well-rounded style of class that includes a dynamic and active sequence combined with a soft, relaxing sequence. Throughout part of the practice, you will be challenged physically in strengthening postures. And throughout another part of the practice, you will focus on relaxation and ease, holding postures for longer times to allow for release.
Meditation refers to a broad variety of practices where an individual trains the mind or induces a specific mode of consciousness. It includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy, develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. It usually involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. It is often used to clear the mind, and create internal relaxation and awareness.
Pranayama is a traditional yogic practice that includes exploring and training various aspects of the breath. It typically consists of breath awareness and specific exercises to contain and control the flow of vital energy in the body. The breath is one of the main ways we both detoxify and energize the physical body. These practices often induce a state of happiness or help to settle and clear the mind.