Are you having hard time choosing between Vinyasa Flow, Jivamukti or Kundalini? Unsure if you want a more dynamic heat building class such as Vinyasa Flow or perhaps you are looking for something more gentle such as Restorative or Yin? Read on and find the right yoga class for you. There are so many different styles of Yoga – some more advanced than others, but all work towards the same goal. That is, they all seek to unite the mind, body and spirit and help to increase strength, concentration and flexibility. From improved digestion to steamier sex, here are a few reasons why you should consider making Yoga a habit.
Unite mind and body with breath – stops mental chatter (just for a while at least!)
Cleanse and Detox
Lower Blood Pressure
Tone and Sculpt the Body
Promote Better Sleep
Increase Lung Capacity
Improve Sex Life!!!
Each class has a theme, which is explored through yoga scripture, chanting, meditation, asana, pranayama, and music.
What to expect in your first Jivamukti Class:
Start with an energetic warm up of sun salutations.
Followed by chanting as the teacher plays the Harmonium.
Then the class officially begins with the Vinyasa sequence. The focus is on upper body strengthening, deep hip opening, some twisting and shoulder opening, butt toning and core building. Working 100% of the body. It develops alignment while building strength, stamina, flexibility and a strong connection with the breath, as you move through the sequence through the rhythm of inhaling and exhaling.
With Kundalini Yoga you can build a healthy body, develop a balanced mind, make contact with your infinity, your innate inner wisdom as well as open the door so that you can exceed your full potential.
It gives you the vitality and health that is your birthright. It makes you radiant, peaceful and strong so that you can meet life’s challenges and win.
Kundalini Yoga is a potent and effective system of self-transformation and personal development through systematic techniques that strengthen the nervous system and balance the glandular system (the guardians of health), for increased stability and vitality. Meditation improves mental concentration, sharpens awareness and gives the direct experience of consciousness. Kundalini Yoga encompasses and draws from all yogic systems and techniques.
A restorative yoga sequence typically involves just five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. Most restorative practices are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.
Yin yoga can complement an already active life or help those who feel distracted by “mind chatter”. Constantly emailing, texting and posting social media updates has led, for some, to mental overload and a feeling that we are not good enough or achieving enough. Yin yoga can provide an antidote to this.
Yin yoga is practised sitting or lying on the floor. There are no planks, no warriors, no core work. No dynamic sun salutations. No standing poses. The pace is slow, so you need to wear comfortable, warm clothes and maybe keep your socks on. The classes are suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.
You can expect forward bends with legs together or apart, spinal twists and gentle backbends – all poses that are commonly practised in dynamic yoga classes. But here’s the key difference: in yin yoga, they are held for a longer period of time to increase flexibility in that part of the body. Instead of holding for five breaths, as in an ashtanga vinyasa class, in a yin class they could be held for between two and 20 minutes, although five is more usual.
Vinyasa yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you to flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or an exhale.
This style allows for a lot of variety, but will almost always include sun salutations. Expect movement, not just stretching. Whether the class is fast or slow, includes inversions, or is very alignment-oriented will depend on the individual teacher – one thing’s for sure, you will never get bored!!
When we practice a Mandala Vinyasa Flow sequence, we make a circle or travel 360 degrees around the mat through a four part sequence. The sequencing may have a single focus, such as opening the hips, or combine multiple areas of focus. These turns, combined with the creative sequence of the mandala and associated breath work, produce an invigorating mind-body experience.
Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep, a state of conscious deep sleep for extreme relaxation and subtler spiritual exploration. The teacher takes you through a beautifully guided Nidra for meditation instilling a sense of internal peace and leaving you feeling incredibly relaxed, present and rejuvenated.