Ashtanga combines breath with movement (vinyasa) to create a moving meditation which helps develop strength, flexibility and mental clarity. Practised regularly, Ashtanga Yoga can bring about real transformation. The method involves set sequences of postures (Asanas). In a Led Ashtanga class, the teacher instructs the class and everyone works together in unison.
- It is best not to eat for at least 2-3 hours before your practice
- Drink water before or after, but not during, your practice
- A shower before practice helps to increase flexibility and mental focus. It also makes the experience for your teacher and others practising around you more pleasant!
In a Yin class, poses are usually held for 3-5 minutes at a time, resulting in a very meditative practice. Yin yoga is designed to access the deeper tissues of the body, and many Yin yoga poses focus on areas like the hips, sacrum, and spine. It’s important to note that Yin yoga isn’t the same as restorative yoga, and can be quite intense physically.