Glossary of popular yoga styles

Acro Yoga

A dynamic partner practice, Acro Yoga is a powerful blend of yoga and acrobatics with elements of dance or Thai massage. This practice cultivates trust, connection and playfulness.

Advanced

These classes are designed for experienced yoga practitioners who are familiar with the basic yoga positions, inversions and pranayama. Here, the aim is to integrate yoga's diverse practices to deepen your path as well as to add some difficulties to help you reach more suppleness and stability. Minimum one year of experience recommended.

Aerial / Anti-gravity

a.k.a. Aerial Yoga, Anti-Gravity Yoga or Flying Yoga combines traditional yoga poses, pilates exercises and dance movements with the use of a hammock. The hammock acts like a swing or soft trapeze, supporting the hips for forward bends and back bends. Yoga postures which some find difficult to do on the ground may be easier in mid-air using the hammock, and the hammock moves add variety to a workout. This practice revolves around counteracting gravity – by relieving compression due to the pull of gravity while on the ground, the spine is elongated and the shoulders straightened. The few inches of suspension in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility.

Ananda

Established by Kriyananda in the 1940's, Ananda Yoga emphasizes inner awareness, energy control and the experience of each asana as a natural expression of a higher state of consciousness, which is enhanced by the use of affirmations. Asanas are never practiced in a rush or with strain, and the time spent in pause between asanas is considered important.

Anusara

Founded by John Friend in 1997, this practice is derived from the Iyengar style of yoga with elements of Hindu spirituality. The term Anusara (a-nu-sar-a) refers to ''flowing with Grace, flowing with Nature and following your heart''. It emphasizes a set of Universal Principles of Alignment which underlie all of the physical asanas and are connected to philosophical aspects of the practice.

Aqua

Aqua Yoga or Water Yoga combines slow stretching with the use of breathing and relaxation as the water provides resistance for the muscles to work against. Offering a gentle and easily available way to enjoy movement and breathing using the supportive element of water. Many of the exercises are classical yoga postures adapted to water and are done with the student close to the pool edge to insure proper joint articulation. You feel virtually weightless in water, so that stretches and movements that might be difficult on the ground can be accomplished without strain. Aqua Yoga is the perfect combination of the benefits of yoga and swimming.

Ashtanga

Yoga students perform a set series of postures, always in the same order, beginning with a sequence know as Sun Salutations, moving from one pose to the next in a continual flow where there is one breath for each movement. This vigorous practice produces intense internal heat that creates a stronger body, a detoxifying sweat and a calmer mind.It was developed by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century and is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. Ashtanga means eight limbs or branches, of which asana or physical yoga poses is only one. It is the inspiration for most Vinyasa and Power Yoga styles.

Ayurvedic Yoga

Achieve ultimate balance with a series of poses adapted to your constitution.

Baptiste

The Baptiste Yoga™ practice and programs are designed to empower you with the focus, training and insight you need to achieve consistent results in the most important areas of your life. A potent physical yoga practice, meditation practice and active self inquiry are used as tools of transformation – encouraging participants to reclaim their full potential, discover creativity, awaken passion, create authenticity, confidence and new possibilities.

Barre

The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Also, a class might incorporate light handheld weights to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.

Beginner

Designed as both an introductory class for new students and an excellent way for experienced students to brush up on the basics. The foundations of yoga are presented in a gentle, clear and supportive way. These classes aim to help you establish the foundations for an effective and enjoyable yoga practice.

Bhakti, Satsang & Kirtan

Bhakti Yoga is essentially devotional Yoga, practiced by giving one's full devotion to God. A satsang is a silent group meditation with meditative chanting of mantras – meditating together in a group creates a strong spiritual atmosphere which allows a deeper experience of meditation. Kirtan is a part of the Hindu tradition of singing the praises of the divine in its many forms, typically in the form of call-and-response in Sanskrit, but there are also songs from a wide range of spiritual traditions. Open to all levels.

Bikram

A specific style of Hot Yoga practiced indoors at 40 degrees with 40% humidity. Classes follow a very specific sequence, always opening with a breathing exercise (pranayama), followed by a series of 24 traditional asanas (postures), and ending with another breathing exercise.

Budokon

Budokon means "way of the spiritual warrior" and is a fusion of yoga, martial arts, and meditation.

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. The poses (asanas) are often adaptations of Hatha yoga poses. Great for those who are unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disabilities. It is a great practice for everyone, as it deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness.

Community / Karma

Community classes are usually donation-based and often taught by a newly graduated teacher.

Core

A challenging workout specifically designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles, this dynamic practice is designed to increase functional movement and structural alignment while developing balance and flexibility.

Dance Yoga

A fun blend of yoga, dance and music. Expect your flexibility, balance and coordination to improve. A combination of improvisation, danse and relaxation through the tradition of yoga.

Dru

Dru Yoga aims in creating healing and unity by combining Asanas, Pranayama (breath) and the ancient Eastern tradition of Mudras (hand gestures). A unique feature of Dru Yoga is its use of ''Energy Block Release'' sequences to relieve physical, mental, and emotional tensions and release energy blockages. Stillness, directed breathing and visualization are important. Asanas are practiced in a slow flowing and therapeutic manner. Emphasis is placed on poses for the spine, and during movement it is important that joints remain relaxed.

Egyptian

Egyptian Yoga features a complete set of original postures with a strong emphasis on verticality, spinal axis correction and concentration development.

Flying Yoga

Also known as Aerial Yoga, AeroYoga, Flying Yoga or Yoga Zero Gravity. It is a form of yoga where hammocks hanging in the air are used as props to perform various postures of yoga, mainly in inversion.

For Sports

Combines muscular conditioning and training with Yogic principles of alignment and self awareness, focused on strength, endurance and flexibility. Utilizes vigorous movement, standing and strengthening postures, postures that aid in the opening of stiff/athletic muscles. Sometimes sport-specific, ex. Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Cyclists, ...

Forrest

A modern yoga style based on Hatha yoga in which vigorous asanas strengthen and purify the body for a total release of trapped emotions and pain. In 1982, it was created by and named after Ana Forrest, an American yogini. It is known for its long holding of positions, emphasis on abdominal core work and lengthy standing series. Reputed for its intensity, the style emphasizes connecting to one's feelings in order to work through physical and emotional trauma.

Fusion

Fusion of various styles of Yoga, and at times mixed with some Pilates, dance or fitness exercices.

Gitananda

This practice follows a step-by-step, structured approach towards Yoga, combining the following elements : Asanas (Body postures); Kriyas (Systematic movements); Pranayamas (Breath-energy controls); Mudras (Gestures of energy); Jnana and Raja Yoga Prakriyas (Visualization, relaxation, polarity techniques) and Laya Yoga (Techniques of energy sublimation). Known as the 'Father of Scientific Yoga', Swami Gitananda combined his scientific background with the ancient techniques of classical Yoga calling the result "Rishi Culture Ashtanga Yoga" which is now called Gitananda Yoga.

Hatha

Hatha Yoga encompasses the various physical styles of yoga. It attempts to balance mind and body through physical postures and controlled breathing, as well as calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Many of the modern styles of yoga popular in the West derive from the Hatha Yoga school of Krishnamacharya (who taught from 1924 until 1989), including the styles of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Integral, Satyananda and Sivananda.

Hot Barre

A Barre class, but in a heated room. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Also, a class might incorporate light handheld weights to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.

Hot Yoga

For these classes, the room temperature is kept at 95-100º Fahrenheit or 37º Celsius which helps the body warm up while it relaxes the muscles, increasing its flexibility and preventing injury. The heat encourages an increase in cardiovascular activity, helps you burn more calories and allows you to sweat more thus helping the body to get rid of toxins faster. (See also Bikram and Moksha).

Integral

Unlike other Yoga practices, Integral Yoga does not propose any kind of physical asanas, breathing techniques or external movements – it is more psychological in nature. Developed by Sri Aurobindo in 1921, it works on the union of all parts of one's being to create a state of harmony and greater consciousness. Integral Yoga advocates several practices, called together the seven quadrates (sapta chatushtaya), which consist of: Shanti (peace, calm); Shakti (power); Vijnana (knowledge); Sharira (body); Karma (divine work); Brahma and Siddhi (realization).

Intermediate

Previous yoga experience is required for these classes. In addition to refining and deepening the basic poses, in these classes students will also learn, practice and explore more challenging postures. If beginner classes seem too easy and advanced classes too daunting, then these classes are meant for you. Students can expect to be introduced to more physically demanding postures like inversions and challenging leg and arm balances while learning the basics of a pranayama practice (specific breathing techniques).

ISHTA

Acronym for the 'Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda', the word also has a Sanskrit meaning: that which resonates with the individual spirit. ISHTA Yoga is a complete yoga system where you tune into yourself to discover which asanas best prepare your body, which breathing and visualization exercises best still your mind, and which meditation techniques best expand your awareness.

Iyengar

Developed by B.K.S. Iyengar in the 1970's, this is a form of Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of asana (posture) and pranayama (breath control). The development of strength, mobility and stability is gained through the asanas. Various props such as belts and blocks are integrated into your asanas to develop strength, stamina, flexibility and balance.

Jivamukti

A physical, ethical, and spiritual practice, combining a vigorous hatha yoga, vinyasa-based physical style with adherence to five central tenets: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (non-violence, non-harming), nāda (music), and dhyana (meditation). It was derived from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984. Classes often promote environmentalism, animal rights, and veganism.

Jnana Yoga

Jnana Yoga (the yoga of 'Transcendental Knowledge') is devoted to knowledge of God and the Self. It is an enquiry into the ultimate Truth. While not considered the easiest path of yoga, it is a direct path to Union with God (Samadhi).

Kids

Yoga classes specifically designed for children. Stronger bodies, better concentration and decreased anxiety, are some of the many well-documented benefits of Yoga for kids. The yoga poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques in this class encourage healthy physical development, self-confidence and concentration skills. Kids get focused and have a fun time! Check on studio/teacher's website for more information about which age groups they cater to. (For older children, see 'Teen')

Kirtan Yoga

Kirtan is a part of the Hindu tradition of singing the praises of the divine in its many forms; as such it is an important practice of bhakti (devotional) yoga. The format is typically call-and-response in Sanskrit, but there are also songs from a wide range of spiritual traditions.

Kripalu

Developed by Amrit Desai in the 1970's, Kripalu combines Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. A relaxing, compassionate approach emphasizing meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation. The three stages of Kripalu Yoga are: willful practice (a focus on alignment, breath, and the presence of consciousness); willful surrender (a conscious holding of the postures to the level of tolerance and beyond, deepening concentration and focus of internal thoughts and emotions); and meditation in motion (the body's complete release of internal tensions and a complete trust in the body's wisdom to perform the postures and movements needed to release physical and mental tensions and enter deep meditation).

Kriya

Kriya Yoga is described by its practitioners as the ancient Yoga system revived in modern times, brought to international awareness by Yogananda's book Autobiography of a Yogi and through Yogananda's introductions of the practice to the West in the 1920's. Dynamic, yet meditative asana flows that include the subtle aspects of yoga : mantra (chanting and recitation of spiritual scriptures), mudra and bandha (teachings/transmission). The Kriya yoga system consists of a number of levels of pranayama, mantra, and mudra based on techniques intended to rapidly accelerate spiritual development and engender a profound state of tranquility and God-communion.

Kundalini

Through regular practice of meditation, pranayama (dynamic breathing techniques), mantra chanting and yoga asanas (postures), it focuses on awakening kundalini energy drawing it up from the base of the spine through each of the seven chakras. Called by its practitioners "the yoga of awareness", it aims "to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others."

Laughter Yoga

The typical Laughter Yoga session begins with clapping exercises while chanting, then breathing exercises and stretching exercises. After what could be considered as a warm-up, a series of laughter exercises begins.

Live music jam Yoga

Live music during the class

Meditation

Through traditional and modern exercises as well as breathing techniques, it leads the student to the practices of pranayama, attention and presence. Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind to realize some benefit (calming) or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself. The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (Qi, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.

Men's

Yoga classes specifically designed for men and opened to men only.

Moksha

A style of Hot Yoga, Moksha is a hot yoga series rooted in the traditional teachings of yoga and yoga therapy concepts created for practice in a heated room (37ºC/100ºF). A cardiovascular workout that strengthens, tones, and stretches the muscles while calming the mind and reducing stress. A combination of calm breathing and deep stretching allows for greater oxygen supply throughout the body, which returns the internal system to its healthiest form. The heat allows for deep stretching and promotes detoxification of the skin, blood and muscles. Moksha/Modo studios are committed to the love of hot yoga, community outreach, and environmental awareness.

Mom & Baby

Reshape and refresh the body and mind after childbirth with a host of simple but highly effective poses. Mom and Baby classes generally accommodate babies aged six weeks to crawling. In most classes, moms will place a yoga blanket at the top of their yoga mat where the baby will lie for the duration of the class. Moms are entirely free to pick up, hold, feed, or change their baby during the class and it is never a problem if a baby cries. These classes are also a great place to meet other new mothers. Some classes are opened to dads too.

Mysore

a.k.a. Independent Practice. Unlike typical ''led'' classes, in a Mysore class, you practice according to the pace of your own breath, moving through postures with your individual strengths and restrictions in mind. The teacher, meanwhile, provides guidance and adjustments tailored to you alone.

Natha Yoga

Natha Yoga is an original philosophy and method which aim to awake the best human qualities on the spiritual, the energetic, the mental and the physical levels (youth, longevity, health, personal fulfilment). The particularity of this type of yoga is that it emphasizes immobility and a strong work on breath, mantras and focus.

Nidra/iRest

Means Sleep of the Yogis. Starts with doing a few postures before lying on the back in a relaxed posture. While breathing quietly, the practitioner follows the instructions of the teacher and dives into a deep state of meditation and relaxation.

Nude Yoga

Nude or Naked Yoga is the practice of Yoga without wearing any form of clothing. It enables you to feel free and to do the poses and exercises without restrictions brought about by clothes.

Outdoors

Yoga classes taught outdoors, in parks or on the beach.

Partner Yoga

By pairs or couple, the "partner yoga" uses the forms and principles of individual yoga postures by including the presence of the other to deepen the experience. This practice promotes listening to each other and self-esteem. After all, the Sanskrit word « yoga » does not mean « union » ?

Pilates

An exercise system focused on building strength without bulk, improving flexibility and agility, and helping to prevent injury. It involves a series of controlled movements which engage both your body and mind. The primary focus is on awareness of the spine, proper breathing, core strength and flexibility.

Plus-size

In these supportive classes you will be able to practice freely in a comfortable, non-competitive, non-weight loss oriented environment.

Power Yoga

Power Yoga or Dynamic Yoga is a vigorous and physically demanding style. Some classes focus on strength and flexibility training primarily for the body, while others emphasize a greater spiritual connection and focus on creating harmony, vitality and freedom for both body and mind.

Prana Flow Yoga

Prana Flow is an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga. Students of all levels are empowered to experience prana - the universal source of breath, life-energy and conscious intelligence - as the navigating source of yoga practice and vital living. Practitioners learn classical and innovative approaches to Vinyasa yoga and the state of flow drawn from Krishnamacharya's teachings, Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Somatics and Shiva's teaching experience from the last fifteen years.

Pranayama

Controlled and conscious breathing exercises. The word is composed from two Sanskrit words: prana meaning life force (noted particularly as the breath), and ayāma, to extend or draw out. Pranayama is one of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.

Prenatal

Prenatal classes are designed to optimize expectant mothers’ physical and mental health while promoting the bond between mother and child. Breathing exercises are emphasized throughout the class to calm the mind, and prepare the body for delivery. The poses are modified to accommodate Mom’s blossoming figure at each stage of pregnancy. Each is carefully chosen to stretch and strengthen muscles needed to support the body during pregnancy and childbirth.

Qi Gong

Ancient Chinese healing art combining meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises. Regular and consistent practice will improve physical and mental well-being and can prevent disease and improve longevity. The body is gently moved through all of its ranges of motion in movements coordinated with the breath and with a focused mental attitude. There is little striving; instead, staying relaxed and comfortable throughout the movements is of paramount importance.

Queer

For people who self identify as queer. All bodies, sizes and abilities welcome. Queer and Trans Positive space.

Raja Yoga

Ancient spiritual meditative practice to enhance your relationship with reality and achieve ultimate liberation.

Restorative

Achieve pure peace-of-mind through meditation to relax and rejuvenate. A gentle class with postures on the floor held for a few minutes and supported by blocks and other accessories. It aims to balance the nervous system, improve blood circulation and activate the immune system. Improves your flexibility without strain and revitalizes your organs. This type of yoga is accessible and beneficial to practitioners of all ages and levels.

Retreat

Yoga holidays of 1 to 10 days. Pack up your yoga mat for a life-changing yoga adventure. Unwind from daily stress as you pamper your soul and nourish your body with yoga classes several times a day, healthy meals, workshops (sometimes spa services, excursions and other activities). These retreats help you recharge, renew and refresh as you soak up the incredible energy of the fabulous locations. Develop strength, reconnect to your inner fire and create lasting memories. Expect to be challenged, inspired, motivated and pampered with plenty of yoga playtime.

Satsang Yoga

Silent group meditation and meditative chanting of mantras and kirtan. Meditating together in a group creates a strong spiritual atmosphere which allows a deeper experience of meditation. Satsang is the heart of the yoga practice. Open to all levels.

Satyananda

ISatyananda addresses the qualities of head (intellect), heart (emotion) and hands (action) and offers an integrated approach to the practitioner's physical, mental, and spiritual development. Classes are balanced between asanas (postures) – to balance the body and mind through the physical body; pranayama (breathing techniques) – to work on the energy body; and meditation practices – to understand, calm and focus the mind. It enables the practitioner to frame all aspects of their lives, according to their needs, in a way which is conducive to spiritual growth and deeper inner awareness. This style, also referred to as 'Bihar Yoga', was developed by Satyananda Saraswati in the 1960's.

Seniors

Yoga classes adapted to practitioners over 60 years old. These soft and relaxing classes bring better physical, mental and emotional knowledge of one self while developing strength and flexibility at one's own pace. This class uses help from props in order to make practice safe and adapted to one's own capabilities.

Shadow

A style of Hatha Yoga developed by Shandor Remete. It incorporates all traditional aspects of Hatha Yoga, including asana, bandha, pranayama, mudra, and meditation aspects. A unique aspect of Shadow Yoga is its three prelude forms that consist of dynamic activities to prepare the body for general asana practise. They consist of non-traditional poses that build strength in the legs and core, and increase flexibility in the hips and spine. These poses culminate in a series of Surya Namaskara that involve spiralling movements without typical "jump-back" movements common in styles such as Ashtanga or Vinyasa Yoga. In the full form of each prelude, they continue after the sun salutations with a series of traditional and semi-traditional asanas.

Silent Yoga

Silent yoga is an immersive practice in which students wear specialized headphones which eliminate external noise and broadcast only the sounds required for the class, such as the teacher’s instructions or any mood music. This type of yoga is often practiced during large-scale events held in typically noisy public spaces, such as shopping malls, public parks, etc. The purpose of silent yoga practice is to recreate the intimate, serene environment of a focused studio class within a physically larger and more dynamic space.

Sivananda

Sivananda Yoga is a style of Hatha Yoga much less athletic than Ashtanga or Vinyasa. A path that recognizes and synthesizes each level of the human experience including the intellect, heart, body, and mind. The system follows five main principles: proper exercise (asanas); proper breathing (pranayama); proper relaxation (Savasana); proper diet (vegetarian); and positive thinking (Vedanta) and meditation (dhyana). It was developed by Swami Sivananda in the 1960's.

SUP/On Water

An interesting and original way to practice yoga and to get fit: yoga on a Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP). The simple act of maintaining balance on a SUP calls on stabilizing muscles and the abdominal belt. These classes are developed according to the principle of proprioception to maximize your SUP Yoga class with yoga postures and balance games on water.

Tai Chi

These gentle routines emphasize strengthening the body internally while harmonizing it externally with nature. Utilizing static postures, moving forms and self massage, the aim of this class is to accumulate, circulate and harmonize Qi (vital energy).

Tantra Yoga

A complete Yoga system with 3 main branches: an ascetic path of knowledge, devotion and worship; a path of sexualized devotion and a path similar to Kundalini Yoga.

Taoist Yoga

Sometimes known as Chinese Yoga. Taoist Yoga integrates Qi Gong and Kundalini yoga methods and is otherwise known as Dao-in Lung Shen (Cultivating Chi Dragon Spirit - alluding to the serpentine energy of the Kundalini). The focus is on the regulation of breathing, and specific postures and forms which are accessible to people at all levels. It helps to heal and process stress, promoting deep relaxation and well-being. With regular practice you will attain a balance of energy (Chi) as you align your body, mind and spirit.

Teacher training

If you're looking for a training course to become a Certified Yoga Teacher yourself, this is the 'style' to look out for. From 200-hour to 1000-hour trainings in a wide range of yoga styles. Check each studio/teacher's website for more information on the types of training they are offering (which style, how long, prerequisites, ...).

Teens

Yoga classes specially designed for Teenagers (and sometimes for pre-teens/Tweens) to experience the positive benefits of yoga, ultimately building resilience, self-esteem and the self-regulation skills essential to a positive adolescent experience and lifelong health and wellness. In the end, healthier teens means healthier adults and communities.

Therapeutic

Therapeutic Yoga classes are particularly effective practices for those recovering from, or living with injury or illness, or simply for those who want to give their bodies a chance to catch up. These classes blend restorative practices (postures supported entirely by yoga props), gentle yoga, breath work, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way to reduce stress and help restore you back towards better balance. Some studios offer Yoga Therapy as one-on-one sessions.

Tibetan Yoga

A range of tantric meditation, pranayama practices or physical practices. The Five Tibetans (Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy, and Personal Power) refers to a sequence of postures composed of five flowing movements which are repeated creating an active workout.

Unda Yoga

Interior workout board that recreate the effect of a stand up paddle board and a surf board. This workout helps you maintain and improve your balance, your tone, your ‘’core’’, your proprioception and your agility to move on an unstable surface.

Viniyoga

A gentle and fluid therapeutic style of Hatha Yoga developed by Krishnamacharya who believed yoga practice should be adapted to fit each practitioner's individuality, particular situation, needs and abilities. This therapeutic variation leaves you feeling peaceful and relaxed. The flowing Viniyoga sequence is similar to the series practiced in Ashtanga Yoga, but it is performed at a much slower pace.

Vinyasa Flow

A flowing, dynamic practice in which movement is linked to breath. These classes are usually vigorous and can be more physically demanding. The sequence is generally more varied than in Ashtanga classes and often start with the Sun Salutations series to warm up the body. Vinyasa Flow Yoga builds strength, flexibility, concentration and balance.

Women's

Yoga classes specifically designed for women and opened to women only. (For pregnant women, see 'Pregnancy' and for new mothers see 'Mom & Baby')

Workshops

Usually given in one or several sessions of a few hours about a specific theme related to yoga. A few examples: master classes, perfecting your pranayama, inversions and headstands, introduction to meditation, body and soul detox, the 5 Tibetans series, ...

Yin

Series of traditional yoga postures practiced on the floor and held in position for three to ten minutes. Most forms of Yoga practiced today are Yang, they emphasize muscular movement and contraction. By contrast Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues (including fascia) of the hips, pelvis and lower spine by relaxing the surrounding muscles. This class is suitable for all levels.

Yoga

Series of postures and breathing exercises which lead to a deeper grounding and a return to inner balance necessary to a good physical and mental health. This practice improves strength, endurance, flexibility, stability and opening. Each participates at his or her own pace, staying in touch with their body and their limits, taking a break when it is needed.

Yoga Ball

Exploration of yoga with a ball. An excellent way to work in depth and to strengthen your centre as well as getting into the postures with more stability and more awareness. The ball is used to improve the understanding of yoga postures. The focus is on stability, proprioceptioon (coordination, balance) and the strength of the stabilizing muscles, while enjoying the body's natural flexibility and grace.

Yoga for Runners

As the name states, the Yoga for Runners class is specially designed for running enthusiasts. It focuses on lower body work, proper posture, and healthy joint movement.

Yoga lectures

Discussions about various Yoga related topics.

Yoga of Sound/Nada

With continued sounds, a focused mind and controlled breath, the individual can, according to Nāda yoga, "listen in on" their own "inner sound". Such a process of inner awareness and sensitivity leads to increased self-recollectedness and finally to awakening. To concentrate on this inner sound as a support for meditation is very helpful to tame the mind. Like many other kinds of yoga, one does not need to be a devotee of this path in order to have the experience.

Yoga Wall

Do yoga postures with the help of hook straps on the wall. Lean, stretch, and hang up side down in a safe, fun, yogic environment.

Yoga Yanumoja

Yanumoja Yoga, a practice of self-exploration through movement, breath, meditation and community. It focuses on channelling energy toward union (Nirvana). Yanumoja Yoga follows the Eight-Fold Path of Ashta-anga and includes the tantric philosophy of embracing awareness of one's true nature while fully engaging in life. A unique feature of Yanumoja Yoga is that students are encouraged to attune themselves into the energy of nature, specifically the flow of the seasons, and to amplify this energy for self-growth. Vinyasa flow (asana movement), breath, sensory focus, meditation, reflection, visualization, yoga philosophy, and creating balance in life are all important elements in Yanumoja Yoga practice.

Yogalates/Yoga Pilates

A blend of the techniques and postures from Yoga and Pilates. (See 'Yoga' and 'Pilates').