Principles of Yoga Practice

Principles and benefits of a Yoga practice

Principles of a Hatha Vinyasa practice

  • Flow, enjoy, and express any desired movements.
  • Creates internal heat
  • Target muscles through a contraction
  • Encourage the practitioner to be aware of self
  • Feel which movements are appropriate to obtain natural balance.

What are the benefits?

  • Flexibility
  • Health
  • Strength
  • Calm mind
  • Self Improvement
  • Body awareness

Principles of a Yin Yoga practice

  • Identify the target area.
  • Explore variations.
  • Find the right edge.
  • Support with props if necessary.
  • Relax muscles and body scan to check where tension is.
  • Cultivate stillness.
  • Stay long in the asana to feel the benefits.
  • Breath awareness.
  • Be mindful and present. Witness thoughts and emotions.
  • Rebound: Be conscious and move slowly when coming out of the asana.

Benefits of Yin Yoga

  • Prevents contracture of ligaments (natural shortening of ligament tissue)
  • Lubricates joints
  • Fascial release
  • Stimulates the flow of Qi and fluid in the body.
  • Creates a bridge from asana to meditation, nourishing acceptance and passiveness.
  • Naturally restores energy.
  • Stillness is the goal, and relaxation is the key.


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