Which is your yoga?
Le Hatha Yoga est le yoga le plus « classique », la matrice à partir duquel tous les autres yogas dont nous parlerons se construisent.
Définir le Hatha Yoga, c’est donc définir ce qui réunit tous les yogas : un enchaînement de postures (les « asanas », en sanskrit) très simples ou plus compliquées, chaque posture ayant des variations du débutant à l’expert.
Contrairement à un enchaînement de gymnastique, les postures sont maintenues assez longtemps : jusqu’à 3 minutes par posture !
Le souffle a une importance fondamentale dans le Hatha Yoga comme dans tous les styles de yoga. Les postures sont effectuées avec une grande attention au souffle, en coordonnant souvent les mouvements sur les inspirations et expirations.
Yin Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga. It focuses on working thejoints, ligaments and fascia more than building muscles or stamina.
The rythm of the class is slower, which allows us to work on deeper stretching exercices and focus on breathing.
It is the most relaxing type of yoga, ideal for:
- alternating with other more dynamic forms of yoga or athletic activities : running, martial arts, rock climbing, etc...
- less fit yogis looking for a more gentle approach to strengthen their joints and ligaments.
- yogis looking for a more meditative approach : Yin Yoga is great for developping focus, concentration and mental stamina.
Vinyasa is a sanskrit meaning (roughly) "synchronising movement with breath". It is an energetic form of yoga, in which yogis "flow" from one pose into the next by synchronising their breath.
Classes are often built around one pose (the "peak pose"), with warm up poses preparing the body for the peak pose, which yogis will visit a few times before achieving (or not!) and cool down poses to relax and unwind the body.
It is a dynamic, fun, and very comprehensive form of yoga. Vinyasa is suitable for everyone, from beginners looking for an athletic type of yoga, up to advanced yogis looking for a challenging and complete class.
For women only 😊 !
Prenatal yoga has gained significant popularity in recent years, as more and more women recognize yoga's relevance to help alleviate the disconforts related to pregnancy and childbirth.
This yoga is derived from Hatha Yoga, with a particular anatomical focus on the body's changes in pregnancy (belly, stomach, lungs, perineum, etc.). Prenatal yoga also emphasizes the relaxation and breathing aspects of yoga.
Practising yoga in the prenatal period can help expecting mothers with sleep, with proper posture (alleviating joint or back pain) and can be part of prepartion to childbirth.
After the preparation phase with prenatal yoga, it's time to get back on your feet after birth!
Postnatal yoga gently accompanies young mothers through the recovery period. Classes focus particularly on those areas of the body most affected by the pregnancy and birthing process: diastasis recti (abdominal separation), strenghtening of the perineum, varicose veins, etc.
Some classes allow mothers to bring their babies along.
Yoga for kids
Yoga is a wonderful way for children to channel their energies, to learn master their emotions through breathing techniques and body awareness. Yoga styles for children may vary, but most often they alternate between active more gentle phases, similar to Yin Yang Yoga.
Classes for children are often scheduled are the same time as adult classes, allowing parents to also have their moment to breathe - or to sweat!
Kundalini taps into some of the most spiritual aspects of yoga, drawing on a large array of techniques: yoga poses, breathing, mantras, etc.
"Kundalini" designates the vital energy circulating through the spine, which is the main focus of Kundalini classes.
In Kundalini yoga, we discover:
- breathing techniqes not used in other types of yoga;
- several mantras, either sung, listened to or recited mentaly;
- specific focus on the chakras (the 7 energy points found throughout the body, from the top of the head to the perineum).
Kundalini is open to all yoga practicionners, and can constitute in and of itself a complete yoga practice, but its energetic and spiritual approach may also be used in complementarity to other styles of yoga.
Align yoga is a variation of Hatha Yoga focusing on postural alignment.
Props play a crucial role in Align Yoga classes: bolsters, straps, blocks and even chairs are used to assist students in the poses. This makes it a particularly accessible type of yoga for beginners, but also allows practicionners to try out harder postures easily and safely.
Proper body alignment in the poses is a fundamental aspect of these classes, which focus on precision and pedagogy - this makes Align Yoga a good choise for those who want to start out in yoga or advanced yogis interested in perfecting their practice.
Calling all athletes!
Power yoga is inspired from Ashtanga yoga, but practiced at a much more sustained speed. Power Yoga can be practiced in a heathed room, which both helps for flexibility and increases the effort involved.
The pace of Power Yoga classes is usually quicker than other classes, which is why we recommend it to yogis who already have a basic knowledge of yoga, in order to follow the class more easily.
Yes, Power Yoga can be tough - but it's worth it for that wonderful afterglow!
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Yin Yang Yoga
Yin Yang Yoga includes both gentle and more passive yoga poses, inspired from Yin Yoga, mixed with energetic and dynamic flows inspired from Vinyasa Yoga.
Its is an original mix very adapted to our modern lives, and a very good introduction to Vinyasa Yoga.
This very gentle and progressive yoga is a great fit for people who want to take it slow: people recovering from an injury or other health problems, or who have particularly stiff joints (hips, shoulders, etc.), be they senior or not.
We work on body alignment in the poses, encouraging you to listen to your body and progress at your own pace. It is a good way to start if you think you're too stiff for yoga, or if you want to start again slowly after an injury or operation.