There are many different types and styles of yoga, and at On Target Fitness, we are offer three different kinds: Power Yoga, Slow Flow, and soon, Yin Yoga.
Now you may be thinking to yourself, ‘what the heck do those even mean!?’ It’s okay, it can definitely seem confusing at first, but we are here to break it down for you.
First, yoga can sometimes be viewed negatively. I have heard many people say that they are afraid to attend yoga because they are worried it will be religious, too slow, too hard, too preachy, etc. However, please know that yoga is not meant to make you feel bad about yourself! If you have a bad experience, try not to let that stop you from the benefits that yoga can provide. And to help you figure out what you may prefer, here is a breakdown of what the three styles we offer entail:
Power yoga is very much like a vinyasa flow meaning you flow from pose to pose as opposed to holding them longer, and you connect that movement to your breath. Power yoga is a somewhat more vigorous, faster-paced style of yoga, and it is my personal favorite. You will sweat, flow, and learn to breathe more deeply. Music is also played to help build up the practice, allow students to let go of other thoughts, and allow themselves to enjoy and be present in the moment. And you will of course build a strong core, as most of the poses incorporate your core!
Slow flow is not technically a style of yoga, so you may be wondering what it means. Think of slow flow as a power yoga class, but slowed down a little more. Certain poses may be held longer as a restorative practice for your body as well. It can be a somewhat more passive class, which is great for when you still want to move, but also stretch it out a little longer. Music is also played during this class.
Yin is becoming one of my favorite styles of yoga! As much as I love the physical and mental challenge that Power Yoga provides, Yin is such a great complement to a power yoga – and any physically demanding – workout. In Yin, you will practice mostly entirely on the floor, and hold seated or lying poses anywhere from 45 seconds to 5 minutes. The purpose of holding the poses this long is to help work into your connective tissues (tendons, fascia, and ligaments), to help increase circulation and flexibility. Don’t worry though, this is not a vigorous practice at all. In fact, it is a very relaxing and restorative practice, and many people even use it to help with anxiety and to sleep better, as there is a meditative component to the practice. The lights are also off during the entire class, and very gentle music is played.
No matter what you choose (go for all three), all styles of yoga are a great complement to the well rounded, comprehensively designed program you do at On Target Fitness. You will learn to move with your breath more effectively, (which is hugely beneficial in other workouts, especially running), lengthen and stretch your muscles, as well as provide your body with new physical and mental challenges. So come with an open mind, and enjoy your new yoga practice!