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The different styles of yoga #yoga
The different styles of yoga #yoga

Have an addiction? I love how it makes me feel, I love losing myself……

Yoga allows me to breathe and stretch my way to a calmer mind. It grounds me and gets me out of my headspace and brings me closer to my heart space. Want to try a class or a new style but not sure which one? I was originally trained in Yogalates in 2002, which is Pilates and Hatha Yoga. I did a one-year full time teacher training in Byron Bay. Then I fell in love with the flowing movement and linking poses of vinyasa and did Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea and Sean Corne’s classes. Then after training further with Doug Swenson who is an ashtanga devotee, I created Fusion Wellness, which is a cocktail of all the best elements I have been exposed to. Here are a few of the popular styles of yoga to consider when you are up to try a new class:

HATHA YOGA- a relaxing easy on the body and mind style! Sun and Moon yoga! Hatha comes from Sanskrit ‘ha’ meaning sun and ‘tha’ meaning moon. Hatha is about simple breathing and relaxation techniques that unites positive and negative and feminine and masculine energy. It is a basic, gentle class that your body will adore!

VINYASA- a flowing style which links poses and your breath! Thank-you to Parrabhi Jois! He founded Vinyasa, my favourite style of yoga. He found the power behind linking poses with breathing techniques. Vinyasa sequences are smoothe, flowing and almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow or just Flow. This style suites my body and mind because at the end of the class, I have got out so much physical energy that my mind is relaxed and in the mood for a delicious insightful meditation. These mediations are when I get a lot of my ‘aaha haa’ moments.

IYENGAR- all about precision and alignment and uses props B.K.S Iyengar developed his own style of yoga in1936 in India. It’s based around the precision and proper alignment of a pose. Iyengar yoga usually uses a lot of props such as blocks, blankets, straps, chairs, bolsters, and wall ropes. This is a great style to learn exactly how to perform a pose and the benefits. All my instruction in my Fusion Yoga & Pilates cards is written with the same precision and detail as iynegar instruction. I love practicing svsasna (corpse pose, which is usually practiced at the end of a class) in an Iyengar class because they give you blankets and pollsters and blocks to get your body so comfortable that you feel like you are in the clouds!

ASHTANGA- an athletic style! Ashtanaga is a hot sweaty athletic style of yoga based on ancient yoga teachings. Bought to the West by Pattabhi Jois (yes he also influenced Vinyasay flow) in the 1970s just in time for my birth! It’s a rigorous style of yoga that follows a specific sequence of postures and is similar to vinyasa yoga, as each style links every movement to a breath. Ashtanga refers to the system of eight limbs that dedicated yogis will learn about and follow on their quest to reach the state of enlightenment, or liberation. I tried this a few times but it is too much for my body especially post babies as my body has changed so much but great for energetic spirits who need taming!

KUNDALINI- a spiritual energy release! Relatively new to the West, Kundalini, is one of the oldest forms of yoga and has been practice in India since 500BC. It could be thought as “the yoga of awareness,” because the poses open your heart, build strength and release the energy located at the base of your spine. Kundalini is without a doubt one of the more spiritual styles of yoga. Kundalini literally means, “coiled” and is represented by a metaphorical coiled snake at the base of your spine. The purpose of Kundalini practice is to uncoil your snake and release that energy within. I have only done a few classes and I remember the focus being on detaching the physical actions from the mind and building strength with your inner voice- challenging but invigorating!

BIKRAM/HOT YOGA- hot hot hot- 26 poses 40. 6 degrees, 90- minutes! Keen to do yoga in 40-degree heat for 90 minutes? If so, this style is for you. As horrible as it sounds it is a completely detoxifying and cleansing experience and if you can embrace it- your body will love you for it! Bikram Choudhury developed this school of yoga where classes were held in artificially heated rooms in the 1970’s. In a Bikram class, you will sweat like you’ve never sweated before as you work your way through a series of a strict 26 poses. My body loves and is challenged by this style of yoga. I am challenged by the same poses being practiced every class and the stagnant holding of each pose, because I thrive on variety and flowing movement. I do love that there’s nothing that quite compares to the elevated feeling I have when I finish a class, my whole body feels detoxified! Try different styles and see what works for you… if you are a beginner this would be my suggestion; Try Hatha for the gentle introduction into yoga and Iynegar to get familiar with the poses and the proper alignment, and then try Viniyasa flow class and go from there.

Keep me updated on your fav style!