Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning your Ashtanga, vinyasa, Iyengar and Power Yoga classes are all Hatha Yoga. The word “hatha” can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha yoga uses the practice of the poses to rinse out the body and build the physical strength and endurance required to spend long periods of time in meditation.
Kripalu is a gentle hatha yoga practice with a compassionate approach. It places an emphasis on meditation, physical healing, and spiritual transformation. Exercises are similar to the gentle style of Hatha sequences. It begins by understanding your body, and figuring out how it manages in different poses.
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga as exercise, incorporating principles of traditional Chinese medicine, with asanas (postures) that are held for longer periods of time than in other styles.
Yin targets your deep connective tissues, like your fascia, ligaments, joints, and bones. It’s slower and more meditative, giving you space to turn inward and tune into both your mind and the physical sensations of your body.
The vinyasa forms of yoga used as exercise, including Pattabhi Jois’s 1948 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and its spin-off schools such as Beryl Bender Birch’s 1995 Power Yoga and others like Baptiste Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, and Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, derive from Krishnamacharya’s development of a flowing aerobic style of yoga in the Mysore Palace in the early 20th century. Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and no two classes are ever alike.
Yoga Nidra is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness is different from meditation, in which concentration on a single focus is required. Yoga Nidra results in conscious awareness of the deep sleep state. Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique for controlling your body’s relaxation response.