Hatha Yoga: Hatha derives its name from the Sanskrit words for sun (ha) and moon (tha), and while in the modern world denotes a slower, gentler form of practice, Hatha is actually an umbrella term for all Yoga practices that incorporate asana, pranayama and dharana. At Meghalaya, we love and celebrate our teachers’ unique styles, so expect each teacher to teach Hatha Yoga a little differently — some may string postures together; some move a little faster; others hold postures for longer — but all variations aim to regulate the nervous system and bring the practitioner’s body and mind into balance. Try different teachers to decide what you prefer.
Vinyasa: Vinyasa emphasises a continuous flow of postures in accordance to the breath, resulting in a dance-like practice akin to moving meditation. It is fun, creative and sometimes sweaty, and as the practice usually moves at a faster pace, some experience with asana will support you to feel more at ease when you attend this class.
Slow Flow: Vinyasa Yoga... sloth style. We're kidding (kinda). This may be your jam if you love moving with your breath, but find typical vinyasa classes a little too fast-paced for your liking. In this class, there will be plenty of time to drop into your body, and pranayama at the end to ground and regulate. It's a great practice to unwind with after a long day.
Yin Yang: Inspired by the Taoist concepts of Yin and Yang, which describe a balance of opposing yet complementary energies (qi), this class melds both the dynamic and the restful elements of Yoga. Expect warming and strengthening postures that energise the body, along with longer holds (usually towards the end of practice) that cool and calm.
Yin Yoga: Come home to yourself through a passive, contemplative style of practice where poses are held for a few minutes to work into the deep tissues of the body including connective tissue, fascia and joints. This helps to improve flexibility and mobility, and at the same time builds inner awareness and supports circulation of energy. You may find TCM influences, myofascial release, breathwork and meditation woven together with classic Yin in our classes. Yin Yoga is a delicious form of self-care, and one of our favourite practices at the end of a busy week.