Types Of Yoga

 

There are many different types of yoga and it can be hard to choose the one that is right for you. The experience of one yoga style can be very different from another. Here are the types of yoga that White Cat Yoga offer. Speak to us to know more about the style of yoga and which one suits your preference and body condition.

Hatha Yoga

The word “Ha” refers to the “Sun” and “Tha” refers to the “Moon”. Combination of the word “Hatha” means to bringing harmony to the two main energies in the human body. Hatha Yoga is an ancient system that encompasses the practice of pranayama, meditation and asanas (yoga postures), which aims to attain balance between the body and mind. It is a practice with static postures that are held for a longer period of time. Most modern styles of yoga are derived to some degree or another from Hatha Yoga.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga techniques and practices are being adapted to assist individuals facing health challenges to manage their condition. It is a whole-body approach where each person’s overall health condition is assessed before tailoring the yoga practice sessions to address the health issues faced. The main objective is to promote overall health by maintaining mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga is great practice for mothers-to-be to get ready ready for childbirth. We recommend this class for expectant mothers who are at least 12 weeks into their pregnancy.It is a safe form of yoga where it focuses on strengthening the pelvic muscles, flexibility of the spine which eases lower back pain, improve stamina and blood circulation. Practicing yoga will help mothers achieve a more balanced hormonal system as the deep relaxation techniques and breathing assist to calm both the mind and body.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga (also spelled Astanga) means “eight limbs” in Sanskrit, which refers to the eight limbs of yoga laid out in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Promoted by K. Pattabhi Jois in the 20th century, Ashtanga Yoga has the three key principles of correct breath control, bandhas (the prescribed internal body locks) and drishtis (the prescribed visual focal point in a pose or asana) and provides physical, mental, emotional and intellectual benefits. This is a dynamic practice that synchronizes breath and movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body and detoxifies muscles and organs. Ashtanga yoga, is great for building core strength stamina and weight loss

Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga is named after and developed by B.K.S Iyengar. It is a form of Hatha Yoga that emphasize on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama). During the session, props like blocks, chairs, blankets and belts are used to help the body into the correct positions in a safe and effective manner.

Vinyasa Yoga

This is a practice that consists of sequential movement that interlinks postures to form a continuous flow. It denotes a dynamic form of yoga and students will be guided through several postures linked together with mediation and breath to complete the class.

Yin Yoga

This is a slow paced yoga style where poses are maintained for five minutes or longer and is suitable for almost all levels of students. This practice focuses on floor poses to appropriately stretch the connective tissue, joints and ligaments in a non-aggressive way at your hips, pelvis and lower back. It is a complement to the dynamic and muscular form of “Yang” yoga as it improves the range of motion of the joints, and cleanses the pathways of vitality in the body.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is also known as “Yoga of Awareness”. It is an ancient technology that utilizes kriyas (sets of exercises in a specific format which include static postures and movements, breathing exercises and mantra chanting) and meditation to strengthen the whole body nervous system to develop awareness, consciousness and spiritual strength. The session practiced in class is in tradition and taught by the late Master Yogi Bhajan. It is suitable for anyone looking for a different practice.