HATHA & VINYASA YOGA
Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Nearly every type of yoga class taught in the west is hatha yoga. There are many styles of hatha yoga ranging from healing therapy to vigorous athletic flow. Some schools work with detailed physical alignment while others focus on the inner experience.
Hatha Flow / Vinyasa tends to be taught using unique sequencing to promote a dynamic + relaxing experience. This class incorporates all aspects of a traditional Hatha yoga class – breath, meditation and postures – while challenging your co-ordination through movement.
Hatha instructors at Laluna Yoga take their cue from their students - offering a gentler or more vigorous practice depending on the needs and energy of the attending yogis. Regardless of whether you work up a sweat in a hatha yoga class, you should end up leaving class feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time - generally from one minute to five minutes. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concepts of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin could be described as stable, immobile, feminine, passive, cold, and downward moving. Yang is understood to be changing, mobile, masculine, active, hot, and upward moving. The sun is considered yang, the moon yin. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang. More passive asanas in yoga are considered yin, whereas the more active, dynamic asanas are yang, because they stimulate the muscles and generate heat.
Although many Yin yoga poses or asanas closely resemble the asanas in Indian hatha yoga, they have different names, in part to alert those who are familiar with similar poses in hatha yoga not to perform them in the same way. In general, the poses of Yin yoga are performed with very little muscular exertion.