I teach 2 popular yoga styles, they are Vinyasa and Yin yoga. I’ll discuss the differences between the 2 styles below and can suggest if you’re needing a pick me up opt for a Vinyasa style class to get you energised and invigorated and opt for a yin style to get yourself grounded if you’ve been hitting it hard with all other trainings alongside the busyness of life. Although any style of yoga is good at anytime of day….
Vinyasa is a dynamic, flow-based style of yoga that focuses on the coordination of breath and movement. It involves a series of flowing postures that are performed in a sequence. It's an excellent choice for those who like to move and sweat, as it can be quite physically challenging, offering a sense of flow and connection between breath and movement, which can be energizing and invigorating.
In Vinyasa, there is a constant flow of movement that can encourage students to remain in the present moment and focus on their breath. This level of mindfulness can deepen the practice and create a meditative experience. It can help students to build strength and improve cardiovascular health. The flow between postures creates an opportunity to build stamina and endurance. Additionally, the strength required to hold poses can develop muscular strength and tone. Vinyasa is an inspiring practice that emphasizes the connection between breath and movement, encourages mindfulness, and can improve physical health. While Yin Yoga has its benefits, Vinyasa can be a more uplifting option for students who want to challenge themselves physically and mentally. So, why not give it a try and see how it can inspire you and positively impact your wellbeing!
Yin yoga, on the other hand, is a slower-paced style of yoga that involves holding postures for extended periods of time, usually ranging from 3-5 minutes. The focus of Yin yoga is on the deep connective tissues of the body, such as ligaments, tendons, and fascia. The postures are passive, which means that you are not actively engaging your muscles.
Both Vinyasa and Yin yoga have their own unique benefits,
1. Relieves Stress and Anxiety
Yin yoga is an excellent way to release stress and tension from the body. As you hold the postures for an extended period, you allow your mind to calm down, and you become more present in the moment. This, in turn, reduces stress and anxiety levels in the body.
2. Increases Flexibility and Range of Motion
Yin yoga is beneficial for increasing flexibility and range of motion in the body. As you hold the postures for an extended period, you stretch the connective tissues of the body, which can lead to increased flexibility and mobility.
3. Improves Joint Health
Yin yoga is beneficial for improving joint health. As you hold the postures, you put a gentle stress on the joints, which helps to increase the flow of synovial fluid. This, in turn, can improve joint health and reduce the risk of injuries.
4. Balances Energy
Yin yoga is also beneficial for balancing the energy flow in the body. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each organ in the body has its own energy meridian. By holding postures that focus on specific meridians, you can help to release blockages and balance the energy flow in the body.
5. Helps with Meditation
Yin yoga is an excellent choice for those who want to develop a meditation practice. As you hold the postures, you have more time to focus on your breath and develop mindfulness. This, in turn, can help to develop a deeper meditation practice.
In conclusion, both Vinyasa and Yin yoga have their unique benefits, but if you've thought nah, Yin yoga is not for you, it's too easy! I encourage you to give it go and resolve to sit still for up to 5 mins in a shape (for a 60min class) and mindfully notice your thoughts, your sensations, your emotions.. here's where the work comes in.