~Yoga Sutras of Patanjali~
All yoga styles stem from Hatha yoga which literally translates as 'force' or the yoga of activity. So all the styles of yoga that have become so popular today such as Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Yin are all branches of Hatha yoga as they all incorporate physical postures (asanas). These different styles of yoga all draw on the ancient and profound teachings of yoga philosophy that originated some 5000 years ago in Northern India.
Yoga is suitable for everyone and can be started at any age and at any time. There are no prerequisites to start yoga, just an open mind and a willingness to learn is more than enough. Yoga is not just about achieving really difficult poses or having to contort yourself like an elastic band like the pictures you see of people on Instagram! There are many branches to yoga which include a vast array of physical exercises (stretching and strengthening), a variety of breathing techniques to calm the mind as well as moral and ethical teachings that help us to live more consciously and compassionately on a daily basis. Therefore yoga can be seen as a wholly integrative practise uniting all the different parts of our being.
Yoga can help ~
Strengthen and tone muscles and support connective tissues
Increase blood flow and lower blood pressure
Increase self esteem and peace of mind
Relax your nervous system and make you happier!
Below is a brief description of the classes that Eve teaches ~
These classes are suitable for beginners as the pace is slower and the focus is on correct alignment and breath control. There is time to correct yourself in the pose and to let your body adjust accordingly. In these classes you will gain core strength, increased flexibility and improved posture. The breathing techniques will help to instil feelings of peace and balance.
In a Vinyasa class the pace is generally a little faster and the postures are linked together and coordinated with the breath. The postures are still the same as in a Hatha class but are not held for as long. There is often a dance like quality to these classes and the sequencing can vary considerably from one class to another.
Yin yoga is a deep slow practice. The stretches are mainly targeted at the lower part of the body - the hips, pelvis, inner thighs and lower spine and are held from anywhere between 5-10 minutes, which allow the deep connective tissues and ligaments to release. A regular Yin practice can greatly support a more Yang practice like Vinyasa, maintaining the body's inherent need for balance, especially in today's environment where many people feel stressed and over stimulated by the demands of their jobs and busy lifestyles.