There are many types of yoga, here are the different styles of yoga we offer at Akasha Yoga Centre in Nottingham…
If you are new to yoga and you read these explanations you may notice that they all have many things in common. All yoga will strengthen your muscles, your core, improve flexibility, improve your breathing, energise and invigorate and with regular practice will help you reduce and mange stress and leave you with an inner peace and heightened sense of positivity. So there is no one true yoga, there is no ‘best’ yoga. The only difference between the different styles is their approach to those ultimate goals. And while we hope we have given a clear enough explanation of them the only way is to experience it for yourself. You may prefer one style of yoga, you may prefer a particular teacher’s approach or even find that one class compliments another. So at Akasha we encourage you to discover as many types of yoga classes as you can.
It can be said that Hatha Yoga is the most well known and fundamental style of yoga and is the foundation from which many other modern types of yoga derive. The word Hatha comes from the Sanskrit words Ha, meaning sun and Tha, meaning moon and so is often referred to as the yoga that unites opposites. Hatha concentrates on postures (asanas) and breathing (pranayama). Asanas were originally meant to aid meditation as the practicing of asanas relaxed the body while breath control can help focus the mind. The combination of these two elements in Hatha strengthens the core, stimulates the energy centres of the body and can activate numerous organs to cleanse the system.
Dru Yoga is a graceful and potent form of hatha yoga, based on flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. With its foundations set firmly in ancient yogic tradition, Dru works on body, mind and spirit— not only improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability but also concentrating on building a heightened feeling of positivity, through specific affirmations that deeply relax and rejuvenate your whole being. It works with traditional postures and breathing techniques but also uses unique sequences that are designed to unblock energy channels in the body. These sequences can look similar to TaiChi and can be as gentle or as strong as you make them. Dru yoga and is a great example of the principle that you get out of yoga what you put in to it.
In the first randomised control trial into Dru Yoga in 2008, participants reported to be:
More composed – less anxious 120%
More clear-minded – less confused 500%
More elated – less depressed 240%
More energised – less tired 270%
More agreeable – less hostile 100%
More confident – less unsure 210%
Life purpose and satisfaction 330%
Self confidence during stress 650%
The Journal of Occupational Medicine also published a study where is shown how Dru Yoga reduces both stress and back pain.
Often referred to as flow yoga, Vinyasa takes the same elements of Hatha, postures and breath and coordinates them into a continuous movement, a flow from one posture to the next, using the breath as an anchor to synchronise the sequences. The constant movement builds up the internal heat in the muscles and can make Vinyasa a powerful and strong form of yoga while the timing of the breath focuses the mind to work with the body.
Vinyasa Flow Beats
Hip Hop Yoga Flow is a Vinyasa style yoga class with Hip Hop music that is uplifting and fun! We will be linking a sequence of dynamic and static poses together by vinyasa’s (the flow from chaturanga > upward dog > downward dog) inspired by music to help to connect and challenge the mind and body. I will guide you through your breathing, with steady holds and opportunities to advance your poses and maybe attempt or practice with inversions, closing with a deep relaxation to invite stillness. If you like the idea of pulsing through your sun salutations to Notorious B.I.G or wiggling your downward dog to Drake or relaxing in your savasana to Lauryn Hill then this class is for you!
Ashtanga is more of a dynamic and demanding practice compared to Vinyasa Flow, synchronizing the breath and movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body. No music is played, just listening to the sound of your breath. Ashtanga is great for building core strength, toning the body and challenging yourself! We will work through the set sequence of Ashtanga each week building upon your chaturanga’s, jump backs, arm balances, backbends, inversions, all moving and breathing together. (This class isn’t suitable for people new to yoga)
This form of yoga concentrates on stimulating specific areas and energy channels of the body through a series of exercises known as Kriyas. These sequences use repeating movement targeted at a particular area to strengthen the area and stimulate the relevant systems to heal the body. These Kriyas concentrate on strengthening the nervous and immune systems and activating the glandular and lymphatic systems. The repeating movements, at times quite rapid, are matched with a meditative practice of breathing and chanting. These breathing techniques can increase lung capacity and aid with respiratory problems such as asthma.
Fusion Flow Yoga
Fusing together a variety of yoga styles, fusion flow yoga provides a creative yoga experience that is accessible to all. Primarily weaving together the grace and flow of Dru Yoga sequences with the energy boosting movements and sequences from Kundalini Yoga, a Fusion Flow Yoga class will re-energise and calm the body and mind, help you develop a sense of inner strength and give your immune system a weekly boost….you will leave feeling grounded, resilient and ready for action!!
We like to keep our Saturday’s Morning Flow interesting. Postures are coordinated into a continuous movement guided by the breath. The core of Morning Flow is Vinyasa; however we might surprise you with elements of Ashtanga, Dru and Kundalini. The intensity of the class may vary from week to week. Great and invigorating way to start the weekend.
Very Gentle Yoga
Do you think you can’t do yoga? Why? Do you suffer from a chronic health condition or are you recovering from injury? Has it been ages since you last exercised and feel very unfit? Or maybe you just want to take it very easy once a week (we all should!). Come and try Very Gentle Yoga at Akasha.Gentle accessible, yet effective and powerful Dru Yoga based postures and sequences, breathing exercises and deep relaxation.
Therapeutic Yoga for the Back -5 week courses
If you have chronic back pain and are looking at ways to manage your back with yoga, or looking to learn gentle yoga techniques with an emphasis on back health, then this course is an excellent place to start. A gentle, therapeutic class, using accessible, effective Dru Yoga sequences and postures to help maintain a healthy back. These sessions are also offered as 1-2-1. For more information on the courses click here, for 1-2-1 email us to email@example.com
This form of yoga aims deep inside the body and uses predominantly floor postures held for long periods of time to strengthen and stretch specific areas. These postures concentrate on the connective tissues such as ligaments, tendons rather than the muscles like other ‘yang’ styles of yoga. It can be a very challenging form of yoga since the postures can be held for minutes at a time but with the aid of props Yin yoga is accessible to all levels.
Also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness, Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice that is rapidly gaining popularity in the West. It is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. We live in a constant state of stress, Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of complete relaxation, holistically addressing our physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs.
In order to be able to meditate we need to learn to relax. Then we can work on welcoming some alertness into our beings while still keeping that sense of deep relaxation and dive into the next step, concentration. In the Dru Relaxation-Meditation classes we explore a variety of meditation and concentration techniques which may include mindful movement, pranayama (breathing exercises), deep relaxation techniques, visualisation, body scans, sound and mantra meditation. These sessions are great to release stress, centre and ground body and mind and start exploring the depths of a meditation practice. You can learn more about meditation at Akasha, Nottingham, by clicking here.
New mums yoga (baby comes too)
This class is designed to help release any aches and pains that may have built up since the birth of your child. The emphasis will be on gentle, flowing moves suitable for toning and stretching the muscles. Dru yoga has some fantastic energy block release sequences, which are fantastic for releasing abundant energy that every new mum needs.
The stretches are predominantly for mums but babies are more than welcome to join you on your mat. We will sit in a circle for the session so babies are welcome to have a lie or roll in the centre. This class is for pre-crawlers.
Akasha is a lovely, warm space to spend time with your baby. Mats, cushions and blankets are provided. You are welcome to stay after the class to enjoy a cuppa which is included in the price of the class.
ChiBall was developed in Australia in the late 90’s and is now taught all around the world and is consistently growing in popularity. ChiBall classes incorporate the practices of TaiChi, Qi Gong, Yoga, Dance, Pilates, Feldenkrais and Relaxation/Meditation in to a series of movements to music designed to increase mobility, strength and coordination while using a small inflatable ball, the ChiBall, as a point of focus. ChiBall is a fun, gentle approach to holistic exercise and its broad spectrum of movements offers you the opportunity to learn from different disciplines. At Akasha we are blessed to have the only certified ChiBall teacher in the Midlands, Susan Hardwick.
Next workshop: 10th of September. Click here for more information.
If adults can enjoy the many benefits of yoga then let’s share this with our children too. These classes, aimed for those in the lower years of primary school (4-7 year olds), are themed each term and provide a fun and creative outlet for your child to express themselves. Each class includes, ice-breaker activities, games, songs, yoga postures, and the all-important relaxation.
The class starts at 4pm but children can come 15 minutes early if they wish to change and have a snack that they bring with them.
Block 1: 9 January – 6 February 2017. Theme: NATURE. Each week in this block we will be exploring topics such as the seasons, elements and animals.
Block 2: 20 February -27 March. Theme: VALUES AND EMOTIONS. Each week we will be exploring how we would like our friends and family to be, the effect our emotions have on other people. How to manage angry feelings, what is happiness, what is sadness etc.
Block 3: 17 April -2 May. Theme: TRAVEL. Each week we will be exploring different ways in which we can get around – can include flying, space travel – rockets etc. Flying on animals. Make believe type adventures, where we might like to travel.
Block 4: 5 June-3 July. Theme: IMAGINATION. Using your imagination – magical and fantasy, wizards, unicorns, story-telling. Include dress-up props.
Yoga Benefits for kids
Enhanced concentration, awareness and focus.
Improved strength, flexibility and balance.
Improved body awareness.
Better self-esteem and confidence.
Discovering a sense of inner peace.
Finding a space for stillness, a place to relax and de-stress.
Being inspired to be imaginative, creative and self-expressive.
A personal one-on-one session with a yoga teacher can take your yoga experience to a whole new level. Maybe there’s a particular sequence you want to master, a particular weakness you want to strengthen or if you are completely new to yoga and want to understand the details of the basics, a personal session offers you the chance to build a class around you. For details just contact us.
We hope you are clearer on the different types of yoga available to you and feel ready to experience the benefits of yoga for yourself.