Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Flow, Power Vinyasa, the names referring to various yoga styles goes on. It can get a little confusing but one thing is for sure, the word Hatha encompasses them all. In Sanskrit, Hatha means forceful and refers to any of the physical practices of Yoga.
Studios and gyms often use the general term Hatha to describe a class that is slower paced and strongly focused on alignment. A level one Hatha class is a great place for beginners to get acquainted with yoga basics. A Vinyasa class can also be suitable for beginners but will focus on connecting the mind to the body through flowing movements initiated with the breath. The pace will be faster and the alignment less of a focus.
The lines between these two descriptors can be a bit gray. Generally speaking, if you want to ease your way into yoga or enjoy a more meditative and relaxing practice you may choose a Hatha style class. If on the other hand, you enjoy a more vigorous experience vinyasa is the way to go.
One last thing, if you see the word Power anywhere in the class name be prepared for a challenging set of poses with a lean toward the athletic aspects of a physical practice.
blueZelia Yoga offers both hatha and vinyasa style classes suitable for all levels. The term ‘All-levels’ means that when challenging poses are offered easier alternatives will be provided.
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