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Vestavia Yoga offers the widest ranges of styles of yoga to help you find the style that would suit you best. Classes and programs vary from the most dynamic to restorative and everything in between, so whatever your age and fitness, we can select individual program to suit you.

There is an a-z list of styles for your information below, but if you don’t want to read more and just want to start yoga, contact us today. We have adapted or combined a number of styles from within Hatha and Classical yoga to our own individual style of teaching.

An A–Z of Yoga styles

anusara yoga
Anusara means ‘Flowing with grace’ (going with the flow) and following your heart; this is a uniquely integrated approach to Hatha Yoga, based on a Tantric philosophy of intrinsic Goodness powerfully blended with a set of Universal Principles of Alignment. These principles are firmly grounded in the science of bio-mechanics.

ashtanga yoga
The most athletic and physically demanding form of yoga. The foundation of this ancient system, discovered by the late Sri T. Krishnamacharya and his disciple Pattabhi Jois in the 1930′s, involves a series of set postures practised in sequence (vinyasa). There are 6 sequences in all, the first is known as the Primary Series. A certain level of fitness is required to start Ashtanga.

iyengar yoga
The Iyengar method is internationally respected for its vigorous style and its sophisticated understanding of the yoga asana. It develops strength, flexibility and endurance. You will learn precision and subtlety in your asana and pranayama practice. The method is progressive, safe and orderly. The teaching and the postures are adjusted to meet the conditions and needs of each student.

kirtan
Refers to chanting, one of the main practices of yoga. Classic Indian instruments such as the harmonium and drum accompany the chant while Sanskrit mantras are repeated in a call and response fashion bringing about a stilling of the mind and an opening of the heart.

kundalini yoga
A comprehensive teaching of exercises, breathing, meditation and mantras introduced to the west by Yogi Bhajan as ‘the mother of all yogas’.

meditation

The core practice of yoga, which brings about the full awareness of our true nature. Though simple and easy to practice, its results are powerful and far reaching. A growing body of modern research has shown the benefits in terms of deep relaxation, emotional balance, creativity, a sense of well-being and many others. But its ultimate fruit goes beyond the body and the mind, to connect us with a deep sense of inner awareness and plenitude – our inner Self.

open practice
A space for you to come and do your practice – however you would like to do it. The teacher will offer help, adjustments and guidance when needed. Come and just sit and breathe or meditate if thatʼs whatʼs calling for you today.

private yoga
We offer private yoga tuition at Vestavia Yoga, your home or office.
Request appointment here.

postnatal yoga
Specialist teaching and guidance for recovering and strengthening the mind and body after giving birth.
Read more about postnatal yoga here.

restorative yoga
Specific restorative poses which are passive, designed to adjust the nervous system and rest the adrenal glands, enabling the body to move towards balance.

vinyasa flow
A dynamic flowing style of yoga, harmonizing breath + movement to give strength, grace and freedom.

yin yoga
A stilling practice which cultivates a deep sense of awareness and the capacity for limitless potential through a profound release of mind/body stresses and conditioning. The perfect antidote to urban life, Yin focuses on releasing and letting go via the deep musculature of the body and connective tissues, aiding physical, energetic, mental and emotional flexibility. It is the ideal complement and balance to ‘doing’ a dynamic practice.

yoga/fitness fusion
A dynamic, flowing class combining yoga and fitness.

yoga for stress
Discover effective coping mechanisms through dynamic yoga poses to relieve the effects of stress on the body, passive relaxation and breathing techniques to balance the central nervous system.

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