Yoga comes from the sanskrit verb "yug" and signifies "unit". Yoga unifies the human being to the univers and also unifies the body to the spirit. Thus, yoga practice enables to open and recenter ourselves in order to experiment the state of unification in no-duality.
Tone the body and relax it (through asanas), develop and harmonize the breath (though pranayama), strenghten the nervous system, the focus and explore the body-spirit union. A regular practice will bring you well-being, serenity, lightness, self controle, grace, focus, and will enable you to :
Get a fluent and deep breath
Tone your muscles and make you flexible
Detox and oxygenate your body
Improve blood circulation
Enhance your immune system
Strengthen your joints
lengthen your body
correct your posture and relieve backaches
Relieve stress and anxiety
Strengthen and relieve the nervous system
Develop concentration and intuition
Find balance, serenity and harmony
Styles de yoga
"Vinyasa" is a sanskrit term that signifies "synchronization of movement with breath". The vinyasa yoga comes from hatha yoga et respects its fundamental principles. However, it adds sequential movements that interlink asanas (postures) to form a continuous flow. So, the breath is as important as in hatha yoga even if the rhythm is quite a bit different. In vinyasa, sequences are more "danced" and more physical and rhythm is more sustained.
Hatha yoga is the mother and the fundation of all the yoga, such as we practice it today. "Ha" signifies "sun" and "Tha" signifies "moon". So hatha yoga is a research for balance and harmony. It's about realizing asanas (postures) one by one and applying specific breathing technics that will enable us to relieve nervous tensions and so, to appreciate the stretch of each posture in wich we take time to get in, to settle down and to get out. Hatha yoga is ideal to discover yoga, breath and awareness.
Yin yoga is a very low and meditative yoga form. Asanas (postures) are pacticed being sat down or laied down and maintained for a longer time (generally 5 minutes). The goal is to abandon any muscular and mental resistance. As a result, this practice acts very deeply, not only on the ligaments, the joints and the muscles, but also on the mental and the mind.