There are many types of yoga being taught today. The following are descriptions of the types of yoga that I have been trained in and teach.
Vinyasa translates as “flow” and is defined as a specific sequence of postures coordinated with mindful breath in a repetitive pattern. Vinyasa classes are known for fluid, movement-intensive practices. Poses transition smoothly and somewhat vigorously as these classes are known to be active and athletic. There is room for a lot of creativity in a Vinyasa class so the classes have a lot of variation. Great for people who prefer to mix up their routine.
Hatha Yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Almost every type of modern yoga is technically a Hatha class. When a class is described as Hatha, it generally means a classical sequence of basic postures and yogic breathing.
Yin Yoga is a quiet, meditative yoga practice that focuses on stressing (in a good way!) our deep connective tissues. Yin poses are held for a long time in a passive manner. Lots of props are used to help release the body. It is the perfect complement to any yang style of yoga – yang encompasses all active forms of yoga. Yin works on our joints, and Yang works on our muscles.
Trauma-informed or Trauma-Sensitive Yoga creates a safe environment for survivors of traumatic events. Traumatic events can make it difficult for survivors to learn how to trust again and establish connection. Yoga can help survivors find union between seemingly disconnected and challenging aspects of the self and allow them to slowly build the pieces into an integrated whole. A yoga teacher who has gone through Trauma-Informed Yoga training is specially trained to deal with the sensitive needs of these yoga practitioners. Learn about Blackbird Healing Yoga as taught by Adrea Reed
KIDS YOGA / family yoga
Children receive enormous benefits from beginning their practice at a young age. It enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. It also increases their concentration, focus, and sense of calm. Yoga gives children the ability to navigate life's challenges with more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness in a non-competitive environment. Kids today tend to be under a high amount of stress, and yoga helps them to deal with these pressures. The chaotic pace of our children's lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy and yoga can counter these results and give them time to just be a kid again.
The kids & family yoga I teach is based on methods I learned in the Rainbow Kids Yoga program.