The word yoga means unity, is derived from the Sanskrit word yui that means to join. This unity or joining is described as complete penetration of individual and universal consciousness. The science about yoga begins with the outside aspect of personality, the body, which is for most people recognizable and practical starting point. Yoga tends to bring different functions of body in perfect coordination for the benefit of the whole body.
With excellent muscle tonus, flexibility and nimbleness and thanks to the mastering of breath coordination and movement,concentration is also getting better,calmness is achieved and our biggest enemy nowdays – stress is removed.
Yoga passes from the body to mental and emotional levels. A lot of people suffer from phobia and neuroses which are the result of everyday life stress and problems. Yoga can not give medicine for life,but represents the proved method for successful solution of life problems. Yoga is much more than usual physical exercise, it is the way of the realization of a new way of life which contains internal and external more qualitative reality. However,that way of life is experience which can not be understood by intellect and will become living knowledge only with practise. The accent in yoga is on work and practise and not on belief.
A guided class: a teacher guides students through a primary series, following in a dynamic way the same sequence of positions – so that the body opens gradually and studies towards intelligent energetic and anatomical basis of ashtanga system and a student learns to use vinyasas and a sequence of asanas in a regular way. The body is cleaned from toxins by heating and sweating and becomes more vital, younger, firmer and more elastic, while the mind calms down because of deep concentration and quiet breath.
Vinyasa flow is a dynamic style of yoga in which there is a precise sequence of asanas, which brings to deep concentration and stopping of thoughts,so that is why it is also called "meditation in movement". After an intensive sequence of standing positions the body is warmed enough for deeper stretching and more intensive asanas by which vital organs and joints are cleaned from the toxins.
It is the traditional way of practising ashtanga yoga which derives from Sri.K.Pathabi Jois. In comparison to other styles which are guided,a student practises independently his series with a teacher's control. Everyone practises in his own rhythm and builds his praxis regarding readiness, with idividual instructions of a teacher who is observing the improvement of his student. You can come to a mysore class 30 minutes later from the beginning of the class and leave after a finished sequence and a break.
This class is characterised by a slower rhythm and a focused movement with greater awareness of a breath. It includes focused and gentle body opening, directing attention to details, alignment and longer asana holding. It is also a preparation for more advanced vinyasa styles and it is open for all students.
Kundalini yoga according to the teachings of Yoga Bhajan is also known under the name Yoga of Awareness; its focus is on the development, release and experience of our own highest awareness. With breathing techniques, movement and active meditation, kundalini yoga deeply purifies the mind,body and spirit. This is one of the most progressive styles of yoga and an integral part of many methods for improving life. The class of kundalini yoga consists of a set of kriyas which target to a particular aspect of our being. Kundalini Kriya is made of a dynamic, specific sequence of asanas complemented by pranayama (usually fire breath), mantras, bandhas and mudras and in that way changes in the body and mind are made. Each class of kundalini yoga is different because a specific energy centre in the body is affected by a selected set of kriyas whereby the flow of energy around the body increases. The techniques are safe and foreknowledge or previous experience is not necessary. Everybody can practice kundalini yoga idependently of his age and physical condition.
Yin yoga is a slow style of yoga with poses that are held for longer time. It is a more meditative approach to yoga. It is based on the Taoist concepts of yin and yang. Yin could be described as stable, feminine, passive, cold, slow, etc. In the body connective tissues ( ligaments, tendons, fascia, cartilage and capsule) are yin and muscles are yang. The most important in yin yoga is to relax, be still and find the appropriate depth for our body.