What is Yoga?
Yoga practice can increase fitness, strength, flexibility, lung capacity, improve digestion, circulation, posture and movement habits. Yoga can soothe the nervous system can help move out of 'fight or flight' mode and into 'rest and digest’; helping to cultivate mental peace, reduce stress and facilitate meditation.
It is an ancient philosophical and wellbeing system that goes back thousands of years and involves many different practices and styles. The overriding objective of all yoga styles and practices is to silence the internal chatter of the mind so we can experience life in a clearer and more connected way. The more popular types of yoga today are predominantly physical and include movements and poses that resemble stretches. These postures are practised with mental awareness and are propelled by, and synchronised with, the breath.
omega movement's yoga styles:
Vinyasa Flow takes you through sequences of fluid movements that are synchronised with your breath, designed to create gentle heat and to harmonise the breath, body and mind.
Ashtanga Vinyasa/ Rocket follow set sequences that are dynamic, heat building, challenging and will probably raise your heart rate and work up a sweat!
Traditional Hatha moves through poses at a more moderate pace, with some time to note the impact of each pose on the body and breath.
Yin holds poses for longer periods of time, anywhere from 3-10 minutes! This practice works to develop flexibility and reminds us of the importance of slowing down and releasing.
Restorative allows the body to rest, recuperate and heal. This slow practice uses of lots of props (cushions, blankets, blocks) ensure that gentle poses that are held for a long time (up to 20 minutes) do not create sensations of stretch or strain in the body. This allows release on a much deeper level than poses that create strong stretch sensations.
Yoga Nidra is also known as 'yogic sleep'. As you lie you are guided through a series of specific meditation-style techniques to calm and balance the conscious and unconscious mind, through working in the state of 'falling asleep'. Benefits often include improved relaxation, eases anxiety and insomnia, promotes emotional balance, clears the mind, and promotes creativity. The least effortful of all yoga styles, yoga nidra involves lying still. Discover more about yoga nidra with our blog posts.