“For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.” ~ Mary Glover
Power Vinyasa flows provide a great workout as well as centering the mind. There's usually sweat involved, although the room can be heated to 95 degrees or unheated. This style of yoga uses core strength, ujjayi breath and flowing movement to give the practitioner not only a full body workout, but also invites you into a meditative state.
Yin is all about deep, long holds. Yin is practiced in a cool room so that the fascia is stretched instead of the muscles. This allows for permanent increase in flexibility. Yin is also a very meditative practice. As we hold each pose for 4-6 minutes, attention is brought back to the breath and sensation.
Restorative is a very different style of yoga than most people are used to. Restorative yoga uses props, such as bolsters and blankets, to help the practitioner fully relax into each pose. Like yin, the poses are held for several minutes.Unlike yin, these poses are not intended to produce a stretch. We relax in these postures in order to calm the mind and the nervous system. By taking our bodies out of the Fight or Flight mode, we're able to enter into a state of deep relaxation- the Rest and Digest mode. It is in this state that our bodies begin to repair and rejuvenate. Our minds also get a reboot here, as we always bring the awareness back to the breath. It's said to be more restful than sleep!
Kids benefit greatly from yoga, just like adults! They develop motor skills, gain body awareness, learn mindfulness and get their bodies moving! Kids need their own style of yoga, though. They need to have poses and flows tailored to their level. Kids also need their classes to be FUN! To have a story they can become engaged in. As a certified Next Generation Yoga teacher, I have been trained in how to teach yoga classes that you 2-7 year old will love! I've learned valuable skills to create a fun and safe environment for your little yogi or yogini.