Hatha Yoga is for the perfection and purification of the physical body which is seen as a divine and remarkably engineered vehicle for our consciousness to attain spiritual transformation.
This is achieved through:
- Balancing of the energies within the body
- Detoxifying and releasing stagnant and unwanted energies
- Sublimation or rising of gross energies to subtler forms
The poses (or asanas) we hold in a Hatha Yoga practice are the basis of an internal practice of mental concentration, whereby we balance solar and lunar aspects (the Ha and Tha) and awaken energy centers. The asanas themselves connect with psychological states to bring about beneficial changes in our thoughts and emotions.
In Hatha Yoga we bring consciousness to the inner performance as well as the outer one, using the aliveness and nuances of our body sensations as we perform the postures as a gateway to increased presence and present moment awareness.
The postures we practice thus become vehicles for meditation.
Vinyasa flow is a movement oriented practice linking Hatha postures into a flow based sequence, coordinating breath with the movement of the body. It is a mindfulness based practice that seeks to find stillness in the midst of movement and change, requiring a deeper foundation of mental concentration and physical stamina.
An intermediate level flow based practice that focuses on strengthening, toning and activating the core muscles for a lightness, stability and firmness in your practice.
Yin Yoga invites you to experience Yoga in its most meditative state, holding seated and supine postures with the eyes closed for a longer period of time in silent stillness, focusing on the inner performance as well as the outer one. This gentle practice aims to guide the participant to a peaceful and transcendental experience that heals and rejuvenates at the physical, energetic and emotional level.
Meditation is the seventh limb of the eight limbs of yoga as described by Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, and its practice is an integral part of any sincere practice.
My meditation practice of choice has been Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N.Goenka, and I wholeheartedly recommend taking the 10 Day Course from any of the centers to bring this beautiful and effective technique into their lives.