Yoga is not one exercise but a collective of disciplines. Here at the New Zealand School of Yoga, we strive to help our fellow yogis and yoginis find the best type yoga for them.
The differentiation lies in technique, breathing cycle, and movement. So, in yoga studios in your city or neighbourhood they might be teaching different styles. One particular type might benefit you more than the other.
So, before you get your yoga on, make sure you understand the types of yoga so you can decide on the perfect one for your individual needs.
Hatha Yoga is the umbrella term for most Yoga types. Hatha is your gateway style in the world of yoga. This type is perfect for beginners as it teaches you the right way to breathe and move.
Hatha is where you discover that yoga is not just about slow movements with stunning poses but something more. So, we highly advise you to take Hatha Yoga first before anything else. But, it’s up to you.
Vinyasa translates to “to place especially” and it also means the linking of breath with movement. This type of yoga is all about flow and mellow movements that allow you to meditate while breathing in and out.
With Vinyasa, your breathing is coordinated with every move you make. One pose to another and you’ll feel light as you slowly stretch away all the stress and frustration you feel.
Vinyasa is mostly, but not always, practised with only candlelight while your eyes are closed or in the dark, with your eyes closed or open.
Power Yoga is just the same with Vinyasa, but it incorporates more intense upper bodywork and core exercises. This is a fast-paced yoga accompanied by upbeat music that serves as your rhythm for every pose you make.
Power Yoga is not ideal for beginners as it requires better mastery in holding poses and using the right breathing techniques. But, if you want to, you can start with Power. Just a reminder, you’re going to be sore the next day.
Iyengar yoga is big here in New Zealand. It is another advanced style of yoga that composes precise movements and alignment with your body and breathing. Poses in this type are held much longer so you need to master every single detail if you want a perfect flow.
Iyengar is a recovery or rehabilitation yoga, perfect for people recovering from injuries and getting their body back on track.
Whatever you choose, you can get it or better yet, learn it right here at the New Zealand School of Yoga. All you have to do is sign-up for one or two of our classes and we will teach you everything.
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