A Vinyasa class is both a great place to start and to continue challenging yourself. Like all styles of yoga, Vinyasa has both mental and physical benefits. Physically, sweat expels toxins and re-energizes your body. Mentally, the synchronized breathing relaxes your mind and helps to release any blockage of energy flow throughout your body. Flowing from one posture to another, the class usually starts with variations of Sun Salutations to warm up and energise the body, revitalising the body physically and mentally. It is an uplifting practice that increases muscle tone, improves flexibility and concentration, detoxifies the vital organs and allows you to relax deeply. Improving your overall health. This style allows for a lot of variety, expect movement, not just stretching.
Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.
Yin poses are in a sitting or lying position where gravity can do most of the work. We disengage and relax our muscles and our minds. Essentially we surrender by suspending the body and the minds’ urge to control, grasp to, judge or classify experience. We just observe. Activity is slow, steady an often stationary, with a sense of core softness and surrender. It can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses (anywhere from three to ten minutes).
By stretching and compressing connective tissue such as the ligaments, bones and joints of the body (that are normally not touched so deeply in a more active style of asana practice) for extended periods of time, we maintain healthy range of motion in the body, even as we age.
You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about. After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice.
Restorative Yoga focuses on relaxing the body in restful postures. Note that ‘rest’ is different than sleep. Rest provides the body an opportunity to renew and heal. Countless studies have proven the physical and emotional benefits of this.
Restorative yoga, as well as other forms of yoga, help to trigger the Parasympathetic nervous system also known as the PNS. The PNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its response system back into equalibrium. Stimulating the PNS helps to lower heart rate, blood pressure; it helps to healthily stimulate the immune system and keep the endocrine system operating healthily.