While some yogis develop their practice within one yogic tradition, many of us enjoy mixing things up, practicing at different paces with different teachers, and staying curious as to what other styles of yoga have to offer our bodies and minds. As they say, variety is the spice of life!
Here are 3 distinct styles of yoga in Brisbane that you can practice this week at Zama’s Toowong Studio. Give them a go, and who knows, you might just find your next favourite class.
1. Detox and strengthen with hot yoga in Brisbane
Hot yoga is based on ‘tapas’ – not the delicious Spanish appetisers, but the idea of cleansing away impurities with heat. With studios heated to a very warm 35 degrees, hot yoga will help detox the body as you sweat it out on your mat.
What’s more, a warm environment will also help you come into poses more deeply, so you can truly reap the benefits of your practice.
Here at Zama, we offer three styles of hot yoga (none of which are Bikram, by the way):
- Hot Vinyasa: Vinyasa is a flowing style of yoga that moves from one pose to the next using the breath as a guide. Our teachers add their own creative flare to each class’s sequence, always incorporating strengthening, stretching, and balancing exercises.
- Hot Power: The name says it all. It’s hot and it’s powerful! You’ll hold each pose for that extra bit longer to really get your muscles working.
- Hot Hatha: This class is a great place to start if you haven’t tried hot yoga before. Hatha is a more traditional practice with a focus on proper alignment. Enjoy stretches, balances, strengthening poses, and meditation.
Some like it hot… and some do not. If you’re the kind of yogi who always positions their mat in front of the air con, warm slow-flow could be the heated class for you. Warmed to a manageable 28 degrees, this practice will help you tune deeply into your body as you move from one pose to the next. This class isn’t too challenging, and will have you coming back for more week after week.
2. Align and unwind with Hatha yoga in Brisbane
Traditions stick around for a reason, and the traditional practice of Hatha yoga is no different.
Hatha is a wonderful well-rounded style of yoga ideal for those of you who have never practiced yoga before, but challenging enough to keep seasoned yogis on their toes. Our teachers give lots of options to ensure everyone in the class is getting the most out of their practice.
Hatha classes generally start with a simple breathing practice or meditation, followed by a range of floor and standing stretches. Then come strengthening standing postures, balances, and maybe an inversion or two, until the class is finished with everyone’s favourite pose, savasana.
With a little bit of everything, Hatha is a beautiful style of yoga in Brisbane to add to your practice this week.
3. Release and relax with Yin yoga in Brisbane
If you haven’t tried our Yin classes yet, you’re in for a serious treat.
Yin is a restful, relaxing style of yoga where poses are held for between 3 and 5 minutes. The poses are usually floor-based, and require very little muscular activation. The idea is to stretch and rehydrate the connective tissue in the body, which will release tension, and improve flexibility, joint health, and range of motion.
Bolsters, blankets, blocks, and straps are used in Yin yoga to get your body into the perfect position, so you can hit the sweet spot and completely surrender.
Yin is a workout for the mind, too. As you sit in stillness, you learn to use the breath to help your mind quiet and release in the face of discomfort. It can be challenging at times, but the post-Yin bliss is worth every minute!
Some of our Yin classes run longer than the regular 60 minutes (check the Brisbane yoga timetable for details). Our indulgent 1 hour 30 minute Sunday Yin class is a firm favourite.
Practice yoga in Brisbane at Zama Toowong
Celebrate the many styles of yoga, and cultivate a practice that serves your body and opens your mind. Zama Yoga in Brisbane offers a range of yoga styles taught by a beloved team of hand-picked teachers. Visit our timetable to find your next class, or phone the studio on +61 434 787 044 for more information.