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Whilst there are many ways to describe Yoga, its literal translation is ‘to unite’. This does not only mean to unite the body with the mind or the breath with movement, it also means to unite our being with the divine. Through Yogic practice, we work to clean the blockages in the body and mind caused by everyday life, to reach ‘Samadhi’ (liberation from oneself).
Yoga originated in ancient India and is one of the 6 main systems of Indian Thought.
Hatha Yoga is a sequence of static yoga positions in union with the breath. Each Asana is held between 30 seconds and 3 minutes.
Hatha Yoga combines Asana with Pranayama (breath control), Mudras (hand postures), Mantras (chants), and Bandhas (energy locks) to take care of the physical body.
It gives importance to alignment and controlled breathing.
Hatha Yoga is the root of all modern yoga practice and is considered the oldest physical yoga style. The belief of Hatha Yoga is that there is a relationship between the breath and a beings life. Whilst we cannot control life, we can learn to control how we respond to it through breath.
Vinyasa Yoga is a sequence of fluid yoga positions coordinating with the breath. Each Asana is held for one breath, before flowing into another. It is described as ‘meditation in motion’ as it combines Asana with movement. It gives importance to the breath, constant flow, and Drishti (focus).
It originates from ‘Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga’ formed by Pattabhi Jois.
Yin Yoga is a sequence of static yoga ‘shapes’. Each shape is held between 3-5 minutes.
Yin Yoga targets the connective tissue and joints, the parasympathetic nervous system, and the flow of Qi. It gives importance to stillness, relaxation, meditative focus, and finding the ‘edge’ of comfort. There is no alignment in Yin as it focuses on how we feel in a shape rather than what it looks like.
Yin Yoga focuses on the Yin side of Asana, as opposed to Yang styles including Hatha and Vinyasa. Yin Yoga combines Traditional Yoga with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoism.
Yoga Nidra, otherwise known as ‘yogic sleep’, is a guided meditation. The meditation is led by a teacher whilst the student rests in Savasana. It gives importance to stillness, visualization, and the unconscious mind. It has been shown to help those suffering from sleep deprivation, anxiety, and depression.
Yoga Nidra originates from a philosophy known as Sankhya. However, it was popularised by Pantanjali.