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AcroYoga® was founded in California in 2003 by Jason Nemer & Jenny Sauer-Klein. It combines the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving gentleness of Nuad (Thai yoga massage) and the dynamic power of acrobatics. These three traditional aspects requiring trust, fellowship and playfulness, are at the root of AcroYoga. The 7 main elements are: circle ceremony, asana, partner-flow, Nuad (Thai yoga massage), therapeutic flying, inversions & spotting (support) and partner acrobatics.
Ayur yoga is a dynamic, mindful yoga which focuses on breathing control and the anatomy in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya (see Viniyoga) by taking into consideration present-day anatomical findings. Ayur yoga offers a good variety with gentle, flowing yoga moves as well as more powerful yoga practice and it is tailor-made for the individual.
Sanskrit: anusara = “flowing with grace”, “following your heart” or “natural state”.
Anusara yoga combines several classic yoga approaches: hatha yoga (focusing on body/breathing), jnana yoga (focusing on spirit/wisdom/knowledge), bhakti yoga (focusing on spiritual devotion). The aim is to practise a joyful, heart-felt yoga and recognise one’s inner beauty in harmony with the body. Asanas (yoga positions) are ‘heart-centred’ and expression comes from the ‘inside’ to the ‘outside’.
Detox yoga is a combination of exercises from different yoga styles. The focus is on reducing pollutants, a body detox of the skin, lymph and essential organs like the liver and kidneys and benefits are noticeable after only a few hours of practice. Twisting, a sort-of ‘wringing-out’ of the body, helps as do breathing exercises which help activate the metabolism and start up the cleansing process for body, mind and soul.
(see yin yoga)
Flow Yoga (see also vinyasa flow yoga)
“Flow Yoga” is based on hatha yoga and is a dynamic yet meditative, mindful exercise style, an inner and outer dance: the asanas (yoga positions) flow easily into one another, sometimes powerful, dynamic and demanding, sometimes rhythmic and dance-like and sometimes lingering. Breathing is always the uniting power which is why Berlin yoga instructor, Beate Cuson, a teacher of flow yoga for many years, talks of “meditation in movement, a powerful quietness and clarity in the flow of movement and breathing.” The effects are: increased muscle strength and suppleness, reinvigoration, centring of body and soul and a cleansing of the nervous system.
Hatha yoga is a generic term for body-related yoga, i.e. for yogic body, breathing and relaxation exercises. Hatha yoga is the most widely practised form of yoga in the western world and when talking in general about “yoga”, it is mostly hatha yoga that is meant. Many instructors who have their motivation from a variety yoga traditions, describe their yoga courses as hatha yoga. Every long-term hatha yoga practice encourages individual practice at home where the exercise programme can be tailored to individual requirements (time, health and fitness, age, etc.).
Hoop Yoga or Yoga Hooping (yoga with a hula hoop ring)
Hoop yoga is a combination of flow yoga, hoop dancing and fitness. It uses a Hawaiian hula hoop and aims to strengthen and improve flexibility in the torso. The focal point is the so-called ‘flow’, which provides a smooth crossover of the individual positions/exercises, while the yoga aspect focuses primarily on breathing techniques. The two together allow for a perfect harmony of hoop movements and breathing. Yoga hooping really is a breath of fresh air and is suitable for all ages, for hoop beginners, as well as for yoga professionals. Yoga with the hula hoop ring is a lot of fun and is a great way to restore your work-life balance, or just as a change to your usual sporting activities.
A contemporary, western style, Luna Yoga® embodies traditional yoga techniques, Tantra and Ayurveda with modern body therapies. The focus is on shaping individual and creative exercises to improve health and good pelvic organ function. Aviva Steiner, a former Israeli dancer of Hungarian origin, discovered back in 1971 that certain movements can affect the menstrual cycle. Adelheid Ohlig, yoga instructor and journalist, expanded the theory and developed Luna-Yoga® in 1982/83.
Therapeutic Yoga | Yoga therapy
Therapeutic yoga uses classic yoga techniques (mostly on a one-to-one basis) as well as other methods for specific complaints. Breathing, movement, relaxation and meditation exercises are selected according to the individual needs of the person. The aim of therapeutic yoga is to target pain or physical disabilities with the aim of improving the symptoms and activating the power of self-healing.
TriYoga® was founded by the American Kali Ray. It combines asanas (body positions), pranayama (breathing) and hand mudras (finger gestures) with flowing sequences to awaken the life force, "prana". The term TriYoga® stands for the pursuit of the perfect trinity of body, mind and soul.
Viniyoga | Yoga in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya
The Indian Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) taught many of the yoga instructors who are now so well-known in the western world, e.g. B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014), Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009), A. G. Mohan (*1945) and many more. His son T.K.V. Desikachar (1938-2016) carried on the tradition. Breathing and movement combine perfectly in this yoga style, with flowing sequences (dynamic exercise) and still poses (static exercise) depending on the situation and the reason for the practice. Philosophy, reflection and meditation are important too. The individual adaptation of exercises for the needs of the group or for a specific person is a special feature of this style and private tuition is therefore held in high regard.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Sanskrit: vinyasa = movement, posture, connection
Vinyasa flow is a dynamic style of yoga where body positions (asanas) are connected smoothly alongside a conscious awareness of breathing. The vinyasa flow creates an inner heat, the muscles become supple, the nervous system is cleansed and the body cells are given an abundant supply of oxygen and energy.
Yin Yoga & Fascia Training
In yin yoga the yoga positions (asanas) are held for longer which means that the stretching goes deeper into the body layers and can help gently loosen sticky fascia. Fascia is connective tissue which spreads like a net over bones, joints and muscles and plays an important role when transferring muscle activity to the joints and bones. Well-known yin yoga teachers are the Americans Sarah Powers und Paul & Suzee Grilley.