~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 and they offer us a multitude of ways to stretch our bodies and to connect with ourselves on a deeper level by uniting body and breath through conscious movement.
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.