Hatha Yoga is a widely practiced form of yoga. It is the branch of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being, using bodily postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dyana) with the goal of bringing about a sound healthy body and a clear peaceful mind. There are nearly 200 hatha yoga postures, with hundreds of variations, which work to make the spine supple and to promote circulation in all the organs, glands, and tissues. Hatha yoga postures also stretch and align the body, promoting balance and flexibility. It is appropriate for any ability level, from beginner to advanced practitioner.
Vinyasa is a flowing style of yoga with its foundation in Ashtanga. Each instructor brings their own distinct style and sequence into their instruction. Vinyasa means “breathe-synchronized movement”, so the postures are timed with the breath. Vinyasa Flow is fluid; each posture flows into the next, linked together with a series of movements. The beauty of this class is that the sequence, or “flow”, will be different in each class, even with the same teacher. The instructor will focus on different areas of the body from day to day, or modify instruction depending on the demographics. Vinyasa is appropriate for any ability level, from beginner to advanced practitioner.