Gentle Yoga is a great place to start if you’re a beginner, or if you’ve been away from yoga for some time, or if you just prefer a class that moves a bit more slowly. In Gentle Yoga, we don’t spend a lot of time on our hands, and there aren’t repeated up and down transitions like you might find in a Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga class. All the stretch and breathing with less of the difficulty.
Yin Yoga is a practice that targets the ligaments, joints, and connective tissues of the body, focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. Targeting these areas requires patience and muscular relaxation, so Yin Yoga is a slower, more introspective practice comprised of longer holds and set to gentle, meditative music. Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the more dynamic yoga classes and it’s suitable for all levels, but don’t mistake Yin Yoga for being boring, passive, or easy. Holding postures long enough for them to be beneficial to the ligaments, joints, and connective tissues can be quite challenging. We can remain in the postures anywhere from one to ten minutes! Yin and yang (i.e., muscular) tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this class to really understand it. Practiced in a warm room for comfort.
Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation known as “yogic sleep” or “effortless relaxation.” It is an immensely powerful meditation technique that is usually practiced lying down in Savasana (corpse pose) with a teacher guiding, and can be practiced by anyone from preschool children to senior citizens, regardless of physical shape or ability. This systematic meditation process takes you through the pancha maya kosha, or the five layers of self, leaving you with a sense of wholeness. Yoga Nidra is the perfect antidote for everything going on in the world these days. It allows the practitioner to turn inward, relieve stress, and reach a profound state of relaxation.
Yoga is for everyone! No matter what age you are or what condition you are in, you can experience the health benefits of yoga. In Chair Yoga, we perform most yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation techniques from a chair, or using the chair for balance. Everyone, from desk workers to students to senior citizens–even people recovering from injuries–can participate in Chair Yoga.
Vinyasa is a style of Hatha yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move seamlessly from one pose to the other using your breath to guide you. Also known as “flow” style yoga. Although the name Vinyasa Yoga is often use interchangeably with Power Yoga, the two are not the same. Vinyasa Yoga can be slow and gentle, suitable for all levels, or fast and vigorous.
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