Which type of yoga is right for you?

Which type of yoga is right for you?

Since I started teaching I always get this question, from people who would like to start practicing yoga but are not sure which style to choose from. Or those who started with classes but found pose too difficult for them, or others who found it too easy and not challenging enough.

I always say to all of my students and clients – if you like a combination of postures, breathing, relaxation techniques Hatha yoga is ideal for you. If your personality is quite dynamic, you like to be challenged and you already have good physical strength come and join one of my Vinyasa classes, and if you are seeking a more relaxing, meditative style of yoga where you can relax but also feel a deep stretch Yin yoga is best for you.

To make it easier for you when choosing your next class, or starting with your practice. I’ll give you more information about those three most common styles of yoga:

Hatha yoga

What it is: Hatha Yoga is the traditional yoga practice from India that uses a combination of body postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and relaxation techniques. In Hatha yoga, we focus on correct alignment, breath control, and breath retention to achieve an equilibrium between the active body and the mind. This type of yoga is gentle with minimal flows between poses, and it is ideal if you are a beginner.

Benefits: As a beginner-friendly type, Hatha yoga will increase the flexibility of your body, and reduce the risk of injuries; also will reduce stress, anxiety and you can notice that after your first class. Shapes your body and stronger your immune system, improves your cognitive function (focusing, memorizing), affects the mood and corrects your spinal discomfort.

Vinyasa Yoga

What it is: Vinyasa Yoga is a flowing, challenging, dynamic yoga practice that originated from a system of Hatha yoga and cultivates presence by connecting movement with the breath, leading to deep relaxation and steadiness after class. Vinyasa is physically demanding practice, that requires focus, therefore, it would be good to have some prior experience before coming to this class.

Benefits: Vinyasa yoga build strength of the entire body,  increases mobility in joints and makes your body more flexible, improves cardiovascular and respiratory health. It is also good for concentration, determination, and enhances your clarity, improves sleep and reduces stress. The steady and continuous flow of postures builds internal heat, which can help to detoxify the body.

Yin yoga

What it is: Yin yoga has a more meditative approach, and if you chose this style, be prepared that your yoga instructor will be focused on stretching your body. This class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis and lower spine. While initially, this style of yoga can seem quite passive or soft, Yin practice can sometimes be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses (up to several minutes). The aim of the practice is to bring the practitioner into a state of deep relaxation while focusing on areas of the body especially rich in connective tissues – the tendons, fascia, and ligaments.

Benefits: If you are regular you will find Yin yoga reducing stress and anxiety level. It will also improve your flexibility, release fascia, improves mobility increase circulation and calms your body and mind.

After reading more about Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin you are ready now to make a decision and start your yoga practice!

You can choose individual or group classes, and join one of my yoga retreat program based in Ibiza – everyone who enjoys yoga can be part of it, it is educational, creative, relaxing, active and also fun!

Let me know in the comments below if you have any other questions about these or other styles of yoga, not mentioned here.

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Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga

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It is a flowing, dynamic yoga practice that originated from system of Hatha yoga and cultivates presence by connecting movement with the breath, leading to deep relaxation and steadiness after class.

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The fluid, almost dance-like movements increase flexibilitystrength, and stamina, as it calms the mind and improves overall health.

Vinyasa classes require focus and move at a quicker pace; therefore, some Yoga experience is helpful prior to start this class.

vinyasa yoga

The practices feature several elements of traditional Ashtanga yoga—  sun salutations, standing poses, preparation for arm balances & backbends, with focus on gaze point guided by a steady breath. Where Ashtanga has a strict structure and precise set of rules, Vinyasa Yoga is creative and exploratory.

Vinyasa Yoga can be a challenging, sweaty practice. The steady and continuous flow of postures builds internal heat, which can help to detoxify the body.

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This yoga style is fast-paced and athletic, strength-building approach also helps to improve cardiovascular and respiratory health, and increase bone density. Many practitioners also discover reduced stress and improved sleep.

Vinyasa Yoga is diverse, creative, and challenging on a mental, physical, and spiritual level. Because there is so much freedom within this style, it’s important to have fun, let go, and find your flow!

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Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga

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Hatha Yoga(Hindi language) controlling the mind with physical strength.  Hatha Yoga is considered the mother of all yoga and refers to any practice that guides you through a series of asanas (postures). beach yoga in IbizaBy its nature, it is gentle, basic, slower-paced yoga with minimal flows between poses, making it an ideal form for beginners, as well as students who appreciate longer holds in individual postures and prefer a slower and more meditative approach to practice, while still reaping the benefits of a physical practice.In this practice, we focus on correct alignment, breath control, and breath retention to achieve an equilibrium between the active body and the mind. The resulting harmony manifests itself as physical strength, physiological health and emotional well-being.

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Asana sequence as well as the retention time in each one changes and adapts to the participants in order to strengthen, open and clean the body.

Traditionally hatha yoga refers to a system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.

In the Indian and Tibetan traditions, Hatha yoga extends well beyond being a sophisticated physical exercise system and integrates ideas of ethics, diet, cleansing, pranayama, meditation and a system for spiritual development of the yoga.

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