Different Yoga Styles
Our Yoga Instructors
Our Yoga instructors are performing yoga poses in precise alignment, using the correct terminology on the one hand and present knowledge of the history, philosophy, and ethics of yoga on the other hand. They guide students safely through the flow of the practice and can convince with their knowledge in the implementation of the Chakra system and mindful meditation.
To ensure professionality all our yoga instructors have excellent interpersonal and communication skills in order to build relationships. They show passion for health and wellness, coupled with knowledge of the anatomy of the human body and physiology.
Our yoga instructors are trained to conduct and lead yoga classes, visually assess students to determine their level of practice to achieve precise alignment as well as to demonstrate practice and techniques. They possess the ability to move energy through the body and to transform energy during the warm-up, build-up and cool-down stages. They can motivate students with words of encouragement and connect with students during the yoga classes through fun and intelligent sequencing.
At the end of the vacation our yoga teachers will offer training recommendations to improve the practice of yoga after returning home.
Vinyasa Yoga is the most popular Yoga type. "Vinyasa" means linking breath with movement. The postures are usually done in a flowing sequence. The fluid movements can be memorized and done as a moving meditation, reminding on a dance. The popularity of this style of yoga comes from the sensual movements and pleasant music. Usually (but not always) it is practiced in a dark room, or sometimes by candlelight and with the eyes closed.
2. Ashtanga Yoga
"Ashatanga" means "eight limbs" and encompasses a yogic lifestyle, mostly identified as traditional Indian yoga. Like Vinyasa yoga, the Ashtanga yoga asanas (postures) synchronize breath with movement as you move through a series of postures. The series of postures are practiced the same way every time and consist of Sun Salutation A, Sun Salutation B, a standing sequence, and a closing sequence. The practice is usually performed without music, and sometimes without verbal instruction - in total silence.
3. Iyengar Yoga
Iyengar yoga is based on the Eight Limbs of Yoga, named after B.K.S. Iyengar, a famous yogi from India. The emphasis on this practice is alignment in the asanas using breath control through pranayama and the use of props (bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps.) This style of yoga is usually taught without music and at a slower pace designed to assist students to get deeper into the postures.
4. Jivamukti Yoga
Jivamukti means "liberated being." This style of yoga incorporates Sanskrit chanting, Pranayama, and movement (Asanas), with a theme or lesson for each class. It is a good blend of spiritual and physical exercise.
5. Power Yoga
Power yoga is a more active approach to the traditional Hatha yoga poses. The Ashtanga yoga poses are performed more quickly and with added core exercises and upper body work. The sequences are not the same every time, and there is often upbeat music.
6. Sivananda Yoga
Sivananda yoga is a yoga system based on the five yogic principals: proper breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise, and positive thinking. These work together to make a healthy yogic lifestyle. The asana practice is usually twelve basic postures or variations of the Asanas, with Sun Salutations and Savasana. There is no music.
7. Yin Yoga
Yin yoga is a meditative practice that allows your body to become comfortable in a pose without doing any work (strength). It is also called Taoist yoga, and focuses on lengthening the connective tissues within the body. It is meant to compliment Yang yoga, or muscle-forming yoga practices. If Yang is active, then Yin is passive, meaning the muscles are allowed to relax with gravity and rest. This is usually performed with the assistance of props, and there is little or no music in class.
If you are starting something new, come to class with an open mind and let go of any expectations. you might be surprised about yourself and find joy in something that you thought was not going to work for you. Remember to be comfortable with change — although a teacher of a certain style of yoga might discourage you from straying, sometimes it’s good to mix it up, depending on what your body and soul may need during different aspects of your life or schedule. Whichever style of yoga you practice, embrace it with love and grace.