What is Yoga?

What is Yoga?

WHAT IS YOGA?

Pilates Dynamics offer 3 types of yoga. They are: 1: HATHA, 2: VINYASA, 3: BUDOKON

1: Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a flowing style of asana (pose) practice that will revitalize you from head to toe. Follow your breath into movement to find balance between ease and effort, heating and cooling, being active and passive, with attention to physical alignment and mental awareness.

2: Vinyasa yoga

Vinyasa Flow refers to the way this style keeps you moving from asana to asana, linking each pose to an inhale and an exhale. Instructors keep the flow of movements smooth and continuous, which can help you stay resent during the session. If you find your mind wandering off every now and again, Vinyasa yoga is for you.
Vinyasa has a lot in common with Ashtanga yoga, which also links continuous sequence through the breath. But while Ashtanga uses a prescribed sequence of poses that’s taught the same way in every class, Vinyasa is a lot more flexible. Instructors are totally free to mix up the order of the poses, or throw in something new and unexpected. This “no rules” approach to yoga means you’ll never fall into the slump that can set in when you repeat the same routine over and over.

3: Budokon

Budokon Yoga combines classical Yoga with Mixed Martial Arts and Calisthenics and is designed to improve mobility, agility, flexibility and strength. The emphasis of the class is on the transitions from posture to posture rather than the holding of postures. The purpose of Budokon Yoga is to gain muscular and cardiovascular strength, stamina and joint mobility.

WILL I GET BORED?

As yoga is all about breathing and meditation,” ’will I get bored’’ is a frequently asked question. In order not to get bored there are simple steps to take: Be honest, try listening once in a while. Even if you have done the asana a thousand times, try to give attention to what trainers say – tilt the tailbone, rotate the triceps towards thighs, press the knuckles of the hands down safely. Try doing so and you would definitely not get enough time to get bored. Change location in the class, ditch your ‘imaginary” reserved spot, the change will definitely bring newness to the class. Changing your time, if you normally do yoga in the morning do it in the evening this will change your whole experience. There are many different classes of Yoga so changing instructors or classes can transform your experience. Yoga will revitalise you from head to toe. Follow your breath into movement to find balance between ease + effort, heating and cooling being active + passive, with attention to physical alignment and mental awareness.

DOES CLASS SIZE REALLY MATTER?

When it comes to yoga the most popular teaches are not always the best teachers, as classes can be so crammed that you struggle to not bump into each other. At Pilates Dynamics, you’ll attend a small class. While some may find this a bit unnerving, personal attention from the yoga instructor can be great, especially for those who are just starting out in their journey with Yoga. With a smaller class size, you can benefit from an often more relaxed environment in which you feel able to ask questions. And, as a total bonus, occasionally you’ll be the only one who shows up for a certain class, thus treating yourself to personal instruction. That’s the best. Practicing in a smaller studio makes it easier to forge a personal connection with your yoga teacher and your teacher with you.

WHAT MAKES PILATES DYNAMICS DIFFERENT TO OTHER STUDIOS?

Pilates Dynamics is situated in the leafy suburb of Ruiterhof and conveniently next to the main Randburg sports complex. Pilates Dynamics has state-of-the art facilities as well as beautiful gardens with water features which offer a calm relaxing environment perfect for Yoga as well as Pilates. Our groups are small with a maximum of 8 people per class. We believe in keeping the classes small in order to make sure each client gets the one on one attention they deserve. Pilates Dynamics also offer Private and Semi Private yoga sessions (between 1 to 4 people) should anyone prefer a smaller group rather than a group of 8 people.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO YOGA?

There are a wide range of health benefits to yoga some are:

  • Improves your flexibility
  • Builds muscle strength
  • Perfects your posture
  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
  • Protects your spine
  • Betters your bone health
  • Increases your blood flow
  • Makes you happier
  • Helps with a healthy lifestyle
  • Helps you focus
  • Relaxes your system and re-vitalises the mind and body
  • Improves your balance-. People with bad posture or dysfunctional movement patterns usually have poor proprioception, which has been linked to knee problems as well as back pain
  • Maintains your nervous system
  • Boosts your immune system functionality
  • Helps you sleep better

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