Today I want to share with you my experience with 3 different yoga variations: Hatha yoga; Vinyasa yoga and Yin yoga. I’m currently in training as a yoga teacher, for my studies I had to practice these different variations. I thought it was a nice experience and would love to try other yoga variations in the future.
Day 1: Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga is a branch of yoga, it donates a system of physical exercises and breathing control to achieve health in the spirit, body and mind.
The word ‘hatha’ is derived from Sanskrit and it means: force → ‘ha‘: sun☀️; ‘tha‘: moon?.
The purpose of hatha yoga is to bring union of pairs of opposite (like: Yin Yang).
For my education I had to follow a 30 min. online yogaclass. Hatha yoga was a wonderful experience as I felt really relaxed after the session. I could feel a warmth flowing down my spine. You need to control your breathing which gives your body a chanse to relax. The ‘flow’ is slow and the movements are not too active. You can really come to peace after a busy or stressful day.
Day 2: Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced branch of yoga, you need to hold the poses for longer periods of time.
Beginner yogis: 45 sec – 2 min
Advanced yogis: 5 min or more
It gives the muscles a chanse to relax and to get a good, deep stretch. It also calms the mind and balances the mind and body.
I had to follow a 1 hour online yogaclass, if I must be really honest, I didn’t like this variation at all. I like to be more ‘active’ in my yoga practice, like Vinyasa yoga. As I explained before, you need to hold the poses for a few minutes (in this video: 5 min each pose), it caused me a painful feeling in every single pose. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the feeling of a good stretch, but this pain was nothing like that. I had to change a few times to other variations of the pose and the practice started boring me after a while. I didn’t feel a “connection” with this yoga variation and didn’t feel relaxed at the end of the practice.
But it’s not because I don’t like this variation, that you won’t like it!
Day 3: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is the most popular yoga branch which is often promoted as a modern-day form of the classical Indian yoga. It is a flowing style of yoga that links the breath with movement, that means you need to focus on your breathing as you move from one pose into another. Vinyasa offers benefits to the body and mind: flexibility, strenght training, stressrelease, calming the mind, ..
The purpose of vinyasa is for internal cleansing: the heat created from yoga cleans the blood and makes it thin, so it can circulate freely. The heated blood removes toxins, impurities and diseases from the organs trough sweat produced during the practice.
I had to follow a 40 min. online yogaclass. This yoga-style is definitely my favourite one because I like the ‘flow’ in combination with relaxation. My body feels revived and relaxed at the same time after a vinyasa workout.
I’ve been practicing this yogastyle for 2 years now and I really love this yoga variation!
Thank you so much for taking some time to read this blogpost ?.