There are many different styles of yoga being taught and practiced today and it can be tough for a beginners to figure out the differences. Although almost all of these styles are based on the same physical postures (called poses), each has a particular emphasis. This quick guide to the most popular types of yoga will help you figure out which class is right for you. HATHA Hatha is a very general term that can encompass many of the physical types of yoga. If a class is described as Hatha style, it is probably going to be slow-paced and gentle and provide a good introduction to the basic yoga poses.
VINYASA Like Hatha, Vinyasa is a general term that is used to describe many different types of classes. Vinyasa, which means breath-synchronized movement, tends to be a more vigorous style based on the performance of a series of poses called Sun Salutations, in which movement is matched to the breath. A Vinyasa class will typically start with a number of Sun Salutations to warm up the body for more intense stretching that's done at the end of class. Vinyasa is also called Flow, in reference to the continuous movement from one posture the the next.
ASHTANGA & POWER YOGA Ashtanga, which means "eight limbs" in Sanskrit, is a fast-paced, intense style of yoga. A set series of poses is performed, always in the same order. This practice is very physically demanding because of the constant movement from one pose to the next and the emphasis on daily practice. Ashtanga is also the inspiration for what is often called Power Yoga, which is based on the flowing style of Ashtanga with out keeping strictly to the set series.
IYENGAR Based on the teachings of the yogi B.K.S Iyengar, this style of practice is most concerned with bodily alignment. Iyengar practice usually emphasizes holding poses over long periods versus moving quickly from one pose to the next (flow). Also, Iyengar practice encourages the use of props, such as yoga blankets, blocks and straps, in order to bring the body into alignment.
CORE YOGA This chain of hot yoga studios was founded in Denver in 2002 and is opening new studios throughout the United States. Expect quality instruction in a gym-like setting. A membership is good at any of their studios nationwide.
YIN YOGA Yin Yoga is a practice developed by teacher Paul Grilley to find a way to stretch the body's connective tissue, particularly around the joints. In order to do this, specific poses are help over the course of several minutes. Grilley started this method as a way to find comfort during long seated meditations.
HOLY YOGA Intentional practice of connecting your entire being, body, mind and spirit with God: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With complete reliance on God's Word and prayer, Holy Yoga invites us to surrender and introduces us to Grace. When we breathe and move and have our being in Christ, we find ourselves in the flow of His magnificence. Yoga is a spiritual discipline, much like prayer, fasting and meditation. Yoga has the capacity to enhance our personal beliefs and faith.
BARRE Inspired by ballet Barre, Yoga and Pilates. Our instructors guide you through a specific sequence of movements that tone and lengthen all major muscle groups, pump your heart rate and strengthen your body.
PILATES Strength and flexibility training that can be done by someone at any level of fitness. The exercises can also be adapted for people who have limited movement or who use wheel chairs. It is an engaging exercise program that people want to do. Pilates promotes a feeling of physical and mental well-being and also develops inner physical awareness. Pilates is also helpful in preventing and rehabilitating from injuries, improving posture, and increasing flexibility, circulation, and balance. Pregnant women who do these exercises can develop body alignment, improve concentration, and develop body shape and tone after pregnancy.
PiYo CLASS If you like the benefits of Yoga and Pilates—but you love to MOVE—then you’re meant for PiYo. This class is edgy, empowering, and pushes you to define every single muscle. You’ll be a total powerhouse. Your confidence will skyrocket. PiYo is a low-impact, high-intensity workout. It uses the most effective Pilates and Yoga inspired moves set to a fast pace to help burn fat and sculpt long, lean muscles. Carve every inch of the body without jumps, weights, or strained joints.
PiYo is for men and women of all fitness levels; people who want to build lean muscle without the bulk; those who love the benefits of Pilates and Yoga, but feel these programs lack the cardio they need to burn fat and calories.
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POWER CYCLE 30 min. power ride set to high energy music that may vary and blend technique, intervals, resistance rides, climbs and sprints for a fun, challenging and rewarding cardio experience.
CYCLE 45 min. rides are set to high energy music that may vary and blend technique, intervals, resistance rides, climbs and sprints for a fun, challenging and rewarding cardio experience.
CYCLE + YOGA 30min/30min. power ride set to high energy music that may vary and blend technique, intervals, resistance rides, climbs and sprints for a fun, challenging and rewarding cardio experience. End class with a 30min. yoga session to cool down your mind, body and soul.