There are so many types of yoga it can seem overwhelming as a beginner or even if you have been practising for a while there is always something new to learn.
So here’s a little insight into what you can expect from a few of the different types we have on offer here at the Refinery.
Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterised by the sequencing of postures together, moving from one to another seamlessly, using breath. Progressive sequences that unfold with an inherent harmony and intelligence often featuring a peak pose.
Commonly referred to as “flow” yoga. Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and no two classes are alike.
Vinyasa yoga teaches us to cultivate an awareness that links each action to the next—on the mat and in our lives.
Ashtanga yoga created by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois is a progressive series of postures starting with sun salutations, standing postures, seated postures, backbending and final postures, all linked together with breath. Many of the newer styles of yoga, such as Power and Rocket used Ashtanga as their blueprint. The class is not taken in a hot room. The practice itself builds intense internal heat, that will give you improved circulation, a light, strong body, and a calm mind.
Iyengar Yoga balances precision and subtlety with playfulness and innovation in its study of Yoga Asana.
You will develop strength, flexibility and stamina as well as a more refined understanding of Asana (postures) and Pranayama (breathing techniques). You will work in various and perhaps unexpected ways to help bring yourself into a deeper relationship with your body and mind.
A slower practice, in which floor poses (typically held for 3 to 5 minutes) target the connective tissue ( fascia ) of the hips, thighs, pelvis, lower spine. Harmony and well-being are obtained as the energetic pathways in the body are opened, releasing blockages and allowing chi or prana to flow freely.
Forrest Yoga was created by and named for Ana T. Forrest in 1982. It is known for it’s long holding of positions, emphasis on abdominal core work, and standing series all focusing on healing the body.
Forrest Yoga is a powerfully physical, internally focused practice that emphasises how to integrate the transformative experiences from the mat into purposeful daily life.