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Hatha.- This yoga term covers a broad range of disciplines. Derived from Sanskrit, “ha” means sun and “tha” means moon. The focus of hatha yoga is on balancing energy. It features sequences linked to the breath and gentle, slow-paced classes. Benefits range from developing inner strength to improved flexibility and a calm mind. Hatha is a good introduction to yoga and helps manage anxiety or depression. This style suits people looking for a gentle, restorative practice.
Vinyasa.-Another term incorporating a wide range of yoga styles, vinyasa means a flowing movement linked with the breath. Practitioners learn to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or exhale. Vinyasa has no single philosophy or sequence.Warming and purifying, this approach to yoga will have you moving smoothly from one pose to the next, to build a subtle flow of energy and increased stamina.
Ashtanga.-This is the strong yoga, featuring a vigorous practice popularised by Sri K Pattabi Jois.