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In VINYASA YOGA and FLOW classes, students coordinate Asana (movement) with Pranayama (breath) to flow from one pose to the next. Vinyasa is also the term used to describe a specific sequence of poses (Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog) commonly used throughout a vinyasa class. VINYASA classes are often thought of to be the more fast-paced or athletic types of yoga, and are often—though not always—heated.
While traditionally, HATHA YOGA is a broad term that encompasses any of the physical practices of yoga, today, Hatha is most often used to describe gentle, basic yoga classes with no flow between poses. Expect a slower, stretching-focused class with Pranayama breathing exercises and perhaps a seated meditation at the end. Hatha classes are a good place to work on your alignment, learn relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with doing yoga while building strength and flexibility.
Long holds are the hallmark of YIN YOGA, which is slow, meditative, and often mentally challenging. Practitioners hold Asanas (postures) for two to five minutes. This moderately stresses tendons, fascia, and ligaments in order to increase joint circulation and improve flexibility. Yin allows for the possibility of staying with something, even if we don’t like it.
The primary purpose of RESTORATIVE YOGA is relaxation, surrender, and self-care. Poses use many props for support, are mostly supine or prone, and are held for several minutes at a time, providing a gentle, supportive release of tension and tightness. Pranayama (breathing) is paired with the poses to further restore the body and mind.