The word yoga, from the Sanskrit root yuj, means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union." There are so many styles of yoga out there today but the most common form of asana (poses) is Hatha yoga.
The word hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha yoga, as we know it today, refers to a set of physical exercises and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body so that energy can flow freely. Haha Yoga is a beneficial for beginners and mixed levels.
Another type of yoga is Vinyasa which means "breath-synchronized movement.” It is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Vinyasa movements are smoothly flowing and almost dance-like, linking one breath to one movement. Some stronger practices of vinyasa will increase your heart rate and is a form of cardiovascular exercise, great for toning as well! Like Hatha yoga, it is beneficial for all levels.
Yoga has been scientifically proven to improve not only physical health but mental health. The benefits are endless and can transform you from the inside out.
Angie is a 500+ hour certified yoga teacher and her style of teaching is deeply rooted in Hatha, Vinyasa and Jivamukti Yoga.