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DIFFERENT STYLES OF YOGA : Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga
It’s a dynamic sequence of 12 positions or asanas. It can be realize with fluid movement, as if it were a choreography that supported by breathing. Each opening of the body corresponds to an inhalation and each closing an exhalation. Breathing is carried out using only the nostrils, with the mouth closed and the jaws relaxed: Inhaling from the nose and exhaling from the nose.
Hatha Yoga is ideal to approach the world of yoga and to learn the basic positions, before moving on to a more dynamic and complex yoga style. Yin Yoga focuses on bodies connective tissues. It aims to balance the free flow of Prana between the chakras of the body, to heal the meridians and organs, while calming moods and giving a state of wellness and peace. Vinyasa yoga, on the other hand, is one of the most dynamic styles of yoga. In Vinyasa the movement is synchronized with the breath. This connection between movement and breathing leads the practitioner to keep in mind during the practice.
Called Chandra Namaskara in Sanskrit, the moon salutation, like the sun salutation, is one of the most famous yoga asanas thanks to its countless benefits, especially because it acts as a rebalancer of the energies of our body, improving the quality of sleep. The practice involves slow movements to favor the elimination of stress and tensions from our body and to prepare us for the night.
Yoga fusion means a mix of traditional yoga positions incorporated with another form of fitness, such as Pilates or resistance training. This fusion of techniques focuses on combining mind and body exercises with the benefits of strength, aerobics, balance and flexibility involving all major muscle groups. Yoga fusion workouts therefore offer the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga, while working on the strength and endurance of the body as a whole. Unlike traditional yoga, yoga fusion workouts change constantly due to the large amount of exercises that can be created by combining two types of fitness.
Master Shizuto Masunaga was one of the founders of modern Shiatsu. Considering the 12 pairs of main meridians (energy channels), he devised sequences of exercises focused on stretching to keep the energy flow of Qi (energy) flowing throughout the body. The broad vision of meridian stretching is based on the law of the 5 elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), considering the exchanges that take place inside the energy channels while the seasons alternate outside, which in TCM become 5 with the late summer. Stretching the meridians maintains and improves not only physical but also psycho-emotional health of those who practice it. It reduces tension and leads the muscles crossed by the meridians to release blocked energy, the cause of disturbances and disharmonies. In addition, it brings beneficial changes, through the assumption of specific positions, in which you breathe slowly, consciously and intentionally. At the end of the execution of each sequence, the result is an immediate sense of relaxation which brings balance to the energy channels, translates into greater vitality
Method of body re-organization and self-education through movement that leads to awareness of one's motor patterns. Designed by Moshe Feldenkrais, it offers the possibility to let go of bad motor habits. People suffering from back pain or other painful symptoms often approach this method, as well as those with neurological disorders, and people who want to reduce physical and emotional stress. It improves the interaction between self-image, thought and environment, offering a positive reflection on one's daily actions. Furthermore, it contributes to increasing sporting and artistic performances. For this reason it's chosen and practiced by athletes, actors, singers and dancers. The group lessons "C.A.M. to know oneself or awareness through movement" - performed with slow and pleasant movements - lead students to an organic learning, which takes place through the exploratory and not forced repetition of an action. At the end of the lesson the improvement is perceived with physical sensations - more lightness, length and rootedness, which are transmitted to the emotional sphere and to thought. In the individual lessons of "I.F. Functional integration", the teacher, through the gentle and non-invasive touch, guides the student to learn a new and more functional movement pattern.
The Tibetan bell "singing bowl" is an ancient Tibetan musical instrument used to accompany rituals, for meditation and for sound massages for therapeutic purposes. These are beaten or rubbed while seated with a wooden hammer moved clockwise and then from bottom to top. The different movements - vertically and / or horizontally, inside or outside - produce different vibrations and therefore different effects. Through their natural physical vibrations, Tibetan bells generate a harmonic sound that can benefit the body, spirit and mind. The benefits found are: muscle regeneration, relief from joint, muscle, sciatica, digestive system pain, headaches, relief of mental and emotional tensions and blocks, better concentration, more energy and strength in daily life, greater self-esteem, feeling of bliss, chakra cleaning etc.
It's possible to define Longevity as a meditation in movement, where the energetic forms proposed become like a harmonious and fluid dance; what helps move and regulate internal energy in order to improve health and well-being: based on the matrix of "The Light of Life". These exercises contain an energetic component that makes them therapeutic as they supply the deepest multidimensional needs.
MEDITATION IN THE NATURE
Pranayama is one of the eight angas (stages or limbs) of yoga. The term Pranayama literally means "expansion of the dimension of prana", that is the vital energy. The Prana is absorbed through food and drink but above all the breath. The word Pranayama indicates the breathing techniques used by yoga and the method by which to absorb and direct the vital energy in the body. It makes the mind stable and reach a higher level of consciousness. Pranayama is also a functional method for preventing and treating many ailments with incredible therapeutic effectiveness (eg. it facilitates the elimination of toxins, improves blood and lymphatic circulation; optimizes the filtering action of the kidneys, etc.).
Iyengar yoga is known for its precision alignments and the use of supports. It was created and developed in the 20th century by B.K.S. Iyengar, who has the merit of being one of the first masters to spread this discipline in the West. The classes of this style are characterized by the execution of a few asanas, but held for a long time. In fact, according to him, in order to experience the greatest possible benefit of a position, it is necessary to maintain it for a long time. Only in this way can the benefits go deep.
Taijiquan, Taijiquan, or Tai Chi, was developed more than four hundred years ago as a martial art, it embodies the ancient knowledge of ancient Chinese culture, from Taoist philosophy to the "long life" exercises of Qi gong. Tai Chi includes smooth and harmonious movements. Taijiquan strengthens the psycho-physical health of practitioners by using softness instead of rigidity and develops the balance between mind, body and spirit. The main focus is the resumption and the development of energetic balance and it's therefore useful to reduce stress tensions, improve posture and motor and cognitive skills, prevent chronic fatigue.
Anukalana Yoga is a soft and fluid style with particular attention to joints and muscles health and to the lightness of the movements. It’s particulartity is to follow the wave of the breath and to recreate it with movements of the body. It is a practice that can be adapted to all physical needs and to all practitioners as it’s principles of fluidity can be adapted both to static and dynamics practices in a natural way, integrating Anukalana method with the psychosomatic constitution of the practitioner. The word Anukalana means “integration” as the principles of Tai Chi, Zen gymnastics, dance and Yoga coexis in it. It’s purpose is to make the practice as easier and natural as possible.
Kundalini Yoga is a practice that has spread in the Western world and it is influenced by the shakta and tantra schools of Hinduism. Kundalini Yoga is a practice, better known as "mindfulness yoga", and its name comes from the awakening of kundalini energies through the practice of mantra, tantra, yantra, yoga or meditation. Its purpose is to trigger a wellness effect on both the body and mind.