Types of Yoga
Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic, flowing style of yoga which involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—over time it is a process that produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. Source Ashtanga Yoga.com.
Chakra Yoga includes postures and breathing exercises that work to balance physical parts within the body while meditatively and physically renewing organs, cells and chakras (known as energy vortexes within the body). Chakra Yoga reduces stress levels and the increase in energy though postures that balance the four bodies- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Yin Yoga is a balancing practice for your yang (active) style of yoga. It directs the stimulation created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the muscular tissues (which we are calling the yang tissues). Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. Source Yin Yoga.com
Yin Yang Flow is a fun class combining a dynamic yang (active) series of postures that build heat and strengthen muscles followed by calming yin (passive) postures that work on a deeper level opening hips and working the connective tissues and ligaments. A great balancing class, bringing all levels of the body into harmony.
Meditation, meaning awareness is a practice designed to cultivate inner awareness. Simply listening to the breath is meditation. By cultivating inner awareness it allows us to connect to our selves on a deeper level and with regular practice of a balanced series of techniques, the energy of the body and mind can be liberated and the quality of consciousness can be expanded. Source Health and Yoga.com
Pranayama or Breath Work involves the practice of breathing techniques. Almost every cell in the body benefits from the regular practice of pranayama. All of the body’s organs are properly supplied with oxygen allowing them to function properly.
“A balanced breath leads to a balance mind.” Source Yoga Pranayama.net