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.
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.
Alternating a variety of flowing yoga styles (vinyasa flow, Kundalini, hatha and Dru) flow yoga provides a creative yoga experience that is accessible to all. You will leave feeling grounded, resilient and ready for action!!
We like to keep our 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
This course is offered on 1-2-1 basis.
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.
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.
Sound and Silence Meditation
Sound is a very powerful meditation tool. Sound and Silence is a sensory modality of meditation that weaves together mantra, humming, music, mindful movement, breathing techniques, voice, bells and natural sounds with silent meditation to effectively take you into a profound and deeply healing meditative state.
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.