Styles of Yoga: Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga

Often referred to as “Flow Yoga” because of the fluid motion of the body, Vinyasa is a dynamic yoga style that increases the heart rate, improves flexibility and builds strength. Using the connection between breath and movement, during a Vinyasa  yoga class the body is moved through a series of asanas (postures) like a dance.

Vinyasa yoga works on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels to connect the mind and body, thereby relieving stress and anxiety. Combined with counselling or psychotherapy sessions, this style of yoga will bring healing and strength through connecting mind and body.

Whilst a basic knowledge of yoga is helpful for these classes, it is not a necessity. We cater for all abilities, including beginners, in these energising classes.

Here are only three of the many benefits that you will gain from joining our Vinyasa Yoga classes.

  1. It relieves the body from stress. When practiced regularly, vinyasa yoga helps to decrease the levels of stress that the body experiences. Yoga is like a meditational activity that promotes calmness of the mind and the body, so that a more focused, peaceful thinking is obtained. This, in turn, leads to the body eliminating stress and preventing the manifestations of different symptoms of depression.
  2. It helps detoxify the body. Yoga promotes proper breathing and sweating. These two actions of the body help eliminate toxins through sweat while helping the body to deliver the very important oxygen, along with other nutrients, to all the tissues and organs of the body because proper blood and air circulation is achieved.
  3. It increases the body’s energy. Regular yoga activity helps activate the body’s energy to help fend off feelings of fatigue. Yoga boosts the body’s energy and strengthens the immune system so that inflammation and sickness are effectively prevented.

Yin Yoga

A slow style of yoga, Yin is practiced with asanas (postures) being held for longer periods of time – five minutes or longer. By targeting connective tissues such as tendons, fascia and ligaments, Yin Yoga helps to move and strengthen those areas of the body that are not ordinarily accessed with a fast-paced style such as vinyasa. It is sometimes described as “delving deeper into the body”.

The benefits of Yin Yoga include increases in circulation in the joints, improved flexibility, better organ health, immunity and emotional well-being; again, using the connection between the mind and body to heal and protect.