About Yoga

Below a short introduction what Yoga is about and useful tips if you start with yoga. You can also read a description of the yoga styles offered by Juliette.

About Yoga

Before I provide a description of the yoga styles conducted by Samantha and Juliette, let me first provide you with a brief recount of Yoga’s roots.  I will start of with mentioning some other well known Yoga styles. Note that these are not just the traditional forms of yoga.
In fact, the most traditional and authentic forms of Yoga are rooted in one common spiritual father: Patanjali. Whereby you will continuously to see that the complete practice of yoga consists of the eight limbs. Namely:
Yama (moral code), Niyama (purification and the thoughtschool), Asana (integration of body & mind through practice of yoga postures), Pranayama (breathing control), Pratyahara (control of the senses), Dhyana (meditation), Samadhi (contemplation: the quiet of thoughtless awareness)

But even before Patanjali we find images of meditating yogis from Indys Valley, which are estimated at 6 or 7000 years ago..
If you are interested in the spiritual side of yoga’s philosophy then we recommend the study of the Sutras of Pantanjali , as a source of great inspiration. (Patanjali dates from about 1500 B.C..)

Some famous yoga styles described
* = marked with an asterisk are yoga styles that we conduct both at our Egypt yoga holidays as well as at our yoga classes in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

- Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga *: Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and Jois Pattabi  rediscovered one of the traditional yoga styles, Ashtanga yoga. They studied the manuscript “Yoga Korunta” that was written 500 to 1500 years ago, on tree leaves , describing the Ashtanga Yoga. The method itself is estimated at around 5000 years old. Kirshnamacharya and Pattabhi made a selection from the manuscript of series of six, each consisting of 40 asanas. The postures flowing together form a whole, named “flow” in English and “vinyasa” in Sanskrit. The flow with the Uayi breathing and working of the Bandha's creates an additional stimulus of both the material and subtle energy pathways and the blood circulation. This is also a natural warmth agent. It accelerates the discharge of our body waste and both physically and spiritually invigorates and has a cleansing effect. Ashtanga yoga provides both through form and content a powerful combination that also honors the eight limbs of the traditional yoga.

- Bikram Yoga: Bikram is a branded-yoga-style. By Bikram Choudhury founded and developed. Here you practice a fixed set of 26 yoga postures in a fixed sequence with 2 breathing exercises. This takes place in a heated area of ​​over 40 degrees Celsius (105 F). With high humidity levels of about 40%. This would make your body more flexible and less prone to injuries. It is a highly physical form of yoga that focuses on a healthier life style and a stronger physical performance.

- Hatha Yoga: Hatha yoga is one of the main branches of yoga sutras of Patanjali. It is a physical yoga variation which predominantly consists of practicing postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama). This is basically to strengthen the body and mind in preparation to enter (deep) into mediation.
Hatha Yoga consists mainly of non-moving asanas. Where the sun salutation is an exception.

 

- Iyengar Yoga *: Is a form of Hatha Yoga developed by BKS Iyengar. And is particularly famous for its intentional use and development of yoga props (such as support materials: blocks, blankets, chairs, tape, etc.). Allowing the practitioner to enter in a responsible manner with correct alignment into his/her  asanas. This minimizes the risk of injury and ensures that practitioners at all ages can practice a wide range of asanas.
In Iyengar asanas are held much longer than, for example in Ashtanga Yoga where the flow of the series gets much attention.

- Kundalini Yoga: is one of the main branches of yoga. It is practiced as a way to release the latent power of the nervous system (kundalini) through focusing on energy centers (chakras). It utilizes dynamic physical exercises combined with various breathing techniques, especially the fire breath. Breathing has a central place in Kundalini yoga. Yogi Bhajan introduced Kundalini Yoga in the West (Wikipedia). The Kundalini serpent is the energizing serpent who resides "latent-active" in a rolled up state in the base of our spine. It can be awakened through kundalini yoga. Make sure you have a certified Kundaline teacher for responsible supervision.

- Karma Yoga: Karma Yoga, also known as Buddhi Yoga is one of the main branches of yoga and is described in the Vedas which are classical Hindu texts. This branch of yoga stands for giving meaning to live through practical efforts in order to arrive at a union,  and as in all other yoga's, become liberated from the cycle of death and rebirth which is maintained by karma. Through serving selflessly all beings,  manifestations of one and the same Brahma, the sense of being separated should gradually disappear. Which states that all actions should be free from longing or fear of the consequences of actions. All actions (and results) are accomplished without regard for the outcome. As such, detachment can be reached. The objective is, as with all forms of yoga, to be liberated from the eternal cycle of death and rebirth maintained by (bad) karma (source: Wikipedia).

- Raja Yoga: Raja Yoga is one of the main branches of yoga described in Patanjali's Yogasoetra. It's a set of exercises with the aim of mastering the mind. It's about awareness and the ability to channel the thoughts. Those who practice this form of yoga, walk the royal road: Raja means ‘king’ or ‘highest’.
The Yogasoetra of Patanjali's describe the Raja Yoga, of which Hatha yoga is the foundation. Traditionally, one distinguishes four main yoga systems:
• Jnana yoga: the yoga of research by way of the intellect, continued beyond the usual mental limitation;
• Bhakti yoga, the yoga of love and devotion focused on the divine, or by a representation of the divine through an object or a person in whom one sees the divine;
• Karma Yoga: the Yoga of action without attachment and without self-interest, this yoga is more or less focused on the divine.
• Raja Yoga: the 'royal' combination of aforementioned yoga forms (Wikipedia)

- Sivananda Yoga *: Sivananda Yoga is a type of yoga that originates from the teachings of Swami Sivananda. Sivananda Yoga is derived from Hatha yoga and focuses on the health and wellbeing of the practitioner. Unlike Ashtanga vinyasa yoga in which there is acclaim of a more athletic ability of the practitioner and the use of bandhas, in yoga Sinvananda there is more emphasis on frequent relaxation and full yogic breathing.
- Acro Yoga: AcroYoga combines the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage and the dynamic power of acrobatics. These three lines form a combined ancient yoga practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness. There are seven key elements that make up the practice: circle ceremony, asana, partner flow, Thai massage, therapeutic flying, spotting and inversions, and partner acrobatics. Our ultimate goal is to elevate individuals in a state of oneness with themselves, each other and the divine. From this place of mutual support the true self can be realized, celebrated and shared for the benefit of everyone.

- Aerial Yoga *: "This is a new form of 'mixed-yoga’ which blends the Asanas with controlled movements performed in an aerial device; an aerial acrobatic loop.
Juliette was one of the first people who developed this back in 1997.
Simultaneously at several places in the world, this combination was created. Which indicates that there is a significant need to combine those two techniques together. It is now known as the "new trend" in the Yoga world. Under proper guidance of an experienced teacher one can reach special "heights" and have a lot of fun.
"The physical challenge of training in the air with the support of the loop compliments the physical challenge of yoga asanas. The small distance from the ground makes flying low threshold and brings a pressure-reducing lighting in the joints. On the physical side it implies: a game with gravity and being "lifted" by the hammock or loop: Enhancing your muscles and relieving pressure on the joints.
The shoulders are stabilized and also become more flexible, the stomach muscles are strengthened in a playful way and the spine becomes more flexible and accessible to explore. Spiritually and personally you push your limits safely and once you are past the initial "air-barrier" a whole new world opens up to you: you will feel liberated and stronger. And you will notice that it is also a great way to relax your body and mind. Where you enjoy yourself, and the experience with your teacher and peers. You are fully present and mindful. Which can be a great incentive for your yoga and personal life.