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Today there are many styles of yoga that are followed throughout the world, with each lineage holding its own individual motivations and beliefs. Below are just a few of the most popular:



Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama
  • AKA athletes yoga due to its aerobic style
  • Combines breath work, sun salutations and asanas in set sequences
  • Not considered a beginners practice as postures are held for extended periods of time
Vinyasa
  • Variation of asanas linked by a succession of specific transitional movements, each synchronized with the breath.
  • Sometimes called flow yoga due to the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance
  • The continual movements, from one pose to another, gives you an added cardiovascular benefit, which more traditional forms of yoga do not have
Bikram
  • A unique series of 26 Hatha yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises performed in a heated room (usually between 30° & 40°c)
  • Enables students to sweat out toxins and to stretch further into poses
  • Involves few upper body exercises and no inversion
New to meditation?

For those of you out there who are yet to experience the bliss that is meditation, do not fear, there are various ways to learn its art.

It would be unrealistic to ask many people today to sit in silence for 5 minutes (or longer) without fidgeting and to clear their thoughts, so when practicing meditation as a beginner there are several ways to introduce you to the practice:

Saguna Meditation (with seed)

This is the practice of meditation using a focus point such as a sound/mantra to help focus the mind and dissipate unwanted thoughts. By repeating a sound, e.g. "Om", the mind in time will become trained in the repetition and the act will therefore be subconscious.

Walking Meditation

This is an excellent form of meditation, especially for those who are complete beginners. Walking at a very gentle and relaxed pace focus is taken to the breath and alignment of the body during each step. If practiced during a class or at home the participants can close their eyes to enable them to connect their mind and movements. In walking meditation each step taken with composed with mindful intent, helping to bring inner peace and quiet the mind.
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