Yoga Styles, Unwound
Not quite sure what the difference is between Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga?Or Power Yoga versus Bahkti Flow?Refer to the list below for some twist-free definitions.
A Hatha-style yoga that emphasizes looking for the good in all things and all people. Each student is honored for his or her individual practice, whether just beginning or well advanced. Classes open with an invocation and are centered on a theme grounded in the heart and leading to spiritual connectivity; poses respect the grand purpose of yoga, postural alignment, and balancing external and internal energy.
An ancient form of yoga that stakes a recent claim to being the inspiration for power yoga, it follows a six-set series of postures (asanas). The individual asanas are connected by the synchronization of movement and breath (vinyasas). This results in improved circulation, a fit body, and a clear mind. Ashtanga Yoga is made up of eight limbs; four are devoted to external cleansing and four are devoted to internal cleansing.
Bhakti Flow Yoga
Branded by Rusty Wells, Bhakti Flow is a fusion of Ashtanga and Bikram. Deep rhythmic breathing in conjunction with movement is emphasized. The room is heated, class opens with a breathing exercise, and each student is encouraged to dedicate the practice to a loved one. Traditional Bhakti is the yoga of devotion and is based on meditation.
Performed in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40 percent to 50 percent humidity, a series of 26 postures is repeated with each class in the same order. Bikram is designed to stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons and to replenish the entire body with fresh, oxygenated blood. Classes are 90 minutes.
Developed to deal with modern stress and challenges, this active series awakens the senses. Attempting to invoke a sense of freedom within, teachers invite classes to breathe into every cell of the body while holding postures for long periods.
A combination of focusing on postures and breath control (pranayama) to send energy through the channels of the mind and to the chitta, the sense of self or being. "Hatha" is used in the West as an overarching term for physical yoga and usually encompasses two or more styles of yoga.
ISHTA stands for the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda. It recognizes that each student has a unique practice so itï¿½s been designed to blend postures, breathing, and meditation techniques suited for each individual. Practices range from slow movement through postures to more vigorous series that promote sweating out toxins.
Focuses on detail and fine-tuning alignments of the muscular and skeletal system. To achieve precision, positions are held for much longer than they are in most yoga practices. Injuries are accommodated in this yoga through the use of blocks, blankets, belts, and chairs.
This yoga keeps its focus on the philosophy of ancient yoga—liberation—while integrating modern physical, philosophical, and spiritual aspects. Each class revolves around ancient wisdom, goes through a Vinyasa-style series, and includes meditation, chanting, and uplifting music.
Meant to awaken the sleeping potential that lies in all of us, Kundalini is depicted as a snake coiled at the base of the spine. Its energy inspires creative and spiritual awakening by opening our chakras, or points of physical or spiritual energy, through a series of postures, breathing patterns, and mantras.
A sequence of Ashtanga postures that is built on practice upon practice.. Each posture stands as a prerequisite to the next and each student is on an individual path, led by the whisperings of an instructor.
A Hatha yoga practice that focuses on "postures, relaxation, breathwork, meditation, and philosophy" and is referred to as meditation in motion. Meant for every person, no matter how fit or knowledgeable, the techniques break down the complexities of yoga and make it simple for everyone. It is currently offered in Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, and Taiwan.
A Western version of Ashtanga Yoga, it is challenging and sweat-inducing. This yoga is designed to conquer stress by teaching determination. It promotes physical fitness with long-held postures (for endurance) and nurtures self-discipline—students are prompted to harbor inner-peace during the intensive, fast-paced series.
Prana Power Yoga
A Vinyasa-style Power Yoga practice (offered in a space with temperatures ranging from 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit) meant to transform your body, enhance your personal growth, and help you find bliss. Branded by Taylor and Philippe Wells through their Massachusetts and New York studios.
Branded by Boston?s David Magone, PranaVayu,with a nod to traditional Hatha, aims to center and ground students with various flowing posture series that integrate contemplation and breath. The five distinct sequences that make up PranaVayu are grounded in complementary motions: forward, backward, transverse and twisting.
A synchronization of flowing postures and rhythmic breathing that delivers a mind-body workout. Although it does not adhere to any specific sequence, the core of Vinyasa is the Sun Salutation, which is a series of postures meant to warm up the body for more challenging postures.
Rooted in the ancient fact that yoga was developed to strengthen the body to allow for longer meditation, Yin Yoga targets the lower body?the pelvis, hips, and lower spine. Positions are held for three to five minutes, and focus is on the postures based on yin (connective tissue and joints). Yang postures, although not practiced here, target the muscles and the blood.