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Vinyasa - Move energy to become more clear and confident. Vinyasa is typically a more dynamic style, where movements are linked to breath and sequences are often repeated. Vinyasa incorporates a variety of poses that build heat in the body, strengthen muscles and stimulate the cardiovascular system, and a critical component of this practice is deep, intentional breathing. The benefits are endless with this type of yoga: reduced anxiety and stress, relief of tension and pain in body, increased flexibility, mobility, and full-body strength, and improved stability, power, and balance.
There are varying degrees of intensity within Vinyasa practices, and faster/more challenging classes (such as power vinyasa for example) aren't always beginner friendly and do require some previous yoga experience. The calendar should say whether it's all levels or not, but double check with us if you're concerned about joining!
Read more about Vinyasa here.
Restorative / Yin - Melt into your mat to discover peace and develop patience. Most of the postures practiced within this style are grounded (seated or reclined), and are held for longer periods of time to achieve relaxation. The yin tissues that we are targeting are the denser, deeper, more plastic/less elastic tissues, such as the ligaments, joint capsules, cartilage, bones and fascial networks of the body. Classes often use supportive props such as pillows, bolsters, blocks, straps, and blankets.
Please note that you may be required to bring additional props with you (a blanket and a pillow for example), depending on the class. You'll see that when you sign up. But socks are always a good idea in Yin because we get COZY!
Read more about Yin here.
Hatha* - Conscious breathing, mindful movement. A more gentle approach to our practice, our Gentle Hatha Flow is a calming, stress-relieving class to stretch and find balance inside and out. Emphasis is on building awareness of the breath and the body. Postures are practiced at a slower place with attention to alignment and detail. Yoga props such as blocks and blankets might be suggested to fully achieve each position safely and comfortably. Breathing exercises, meditation, deep stretching and relaxation techniques may be practiced throughout the class.
Recommended for all levels looking for a soothing, relaxing, and restorative experience, especially those newer to yoga or working with special concerns/injuries.
*Technically, Hatha Yoga refers to all physical yoga practices and is an umbrella term, but in the modern western world we treat it as its own practice. Don't worry, it confuses us sometimes, too.
Yin + Yang - Celebrate and honour balance and get the best of both worlds. Yin & Yang Yoga blends two beautiful and opposite class styles together in the same practice: half vinyasa, half yin.
Expect to build heat and develop strength during the first half, and then slow it down and stretch for the remainder of the practice. Typically these classes are open to all levels, unless otherwise specified.
Read more about Yin + Yang here.