Everyone experiences yoga differently and your reaction to it depends on which yoga you practice. Yoga can be both energizing and relaxing, it can increase your flexibility, improve your concentration or bring you beneficial insights when stepping off your yoga mat.
When practicing yoga you move with awareness. Your respiration plays an important role in the process. When you focus on your breathing you are in close contact with your body. It allows you to get to know your body better, enabling you to identify your stressful stimuli and anticipate on them.
Yin yoga offers relaxation and flexibility
When practicing yin yoga you stimulate the connective tissue, the fascia. Connective tissue is tight and stiff and tends to dehydrate (and become even stiffer). It dries out more as you get older and because of a lack of exercise. During a yin yoga class, you look for the resistance in each pose and then try to relax in that pose as much as possible. To obtain any effect, it is necessary stay in the pose for at least 3-5 minutes.
You explore and test your limits during this is relaxing and meditative type of yoga.
Hatha yoga forms the basis of all yoga types. During hatha yoga, you practice every posture independently. You get into the pose and focus on the experience, not on the result you want to achieve. You remain in the pose, while spreading the tension evenly across your muscles, fully conscious and alert. Once you get out of the pose, you observe the effect the pose had on you.
Vinyasa flow yoga is a dynamic form of yoga.The different postures gradually and smoothly merge into one another, as in a dance. Your respiration plays a crucial role when you practice vinyasa.
Generally, the inhalation is linked to upward movements or movements away from you. The exhalation is linked to movements going down or towards you. You create your flow by being fully aware of the smooth stream of postures and the synchronised breathing.
“Every yoga class starts and ends with a few minutes of meditation. Just a few minutes of not-doing. You will be amazed at how much calmness and insight this gives!”