There are many different styles of yoga: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram, Forrest, Kundalini, Power, Restorative, Yin, Yogafit, Vinyasa, Sivananda and many more–all originated from Hatha yoga. Some yoga teachers are purists, others are more flexible, bringing in a variety of styles and modifications to make it more accessible to everyone.
The style I teach is Baptiste yoga, whose lineage comes mainly from Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga. It is an inspiring style of yoga that challenges your physical and mental practice. The physical practice is from a foundational sequence which is divided into groups of poses (asanas). Each group focuses on different areas of the body to improve strength and flexibility, others help with balance. It is a vinyasa yoga, meaning each pose "flows" with your breath from one to the next. The pranayama (breath control) moves positive energy around the body, incorporates the engagement of bandhas—body locks which strengthen the core muscles—and dristhi (gaze) to help focus one’s mind to improve concentration. At the end of a practice you will feel energised but at ease with yourself and your mind will be calmer.
Be inspired physically and mentally in this flowing practice
Baptiste yoga provides a holistic practice and through modifications is accessible to all. The emphasis is on the individual to learn how their body is feeling in the present moment and transferring this to the asana which can be modified or added to. Each time you come onto your mat your body will feel different, so it’s important to learn to tune into this.
We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we'll also have a lot more joy in living.