What Is Yoga?

What Is Yoga?


Pilates Dynamics offer 3 types of yoga. They are: 1: HATHA, 2: VINYASA, 3: YIN

1. Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga is a flowing style of asana (pose) practice that will revitalize you from head to toe. Follow your breath into movement to find balance between ease and effort, heating and cooling, being active and passive, with attention to physical alignment and mental awareness.
Hatha Yoga classes tend to focus on one pose at a time with a rest in between, which results in a slower paced type of movement.

2. Vinyasa yoga
Vinyasa is also called flow because of the smooth way in which the poses run together. It is one of the most popular contemporary styles of yoga. You can expect to move – sometimes quite vigorously – from pose to pose.
Vinyasa Flow refers to the way this style keeps you moving from asana to asana, linking each pose to an inhale and an exhale. Instructors keep the flow of movements smooth and continuous, which can help you stay present and focussed on movement during the session.
Vinyasa has a lot in common with Ashtanga yoga, which also links continuous sequence through the breath. However, Vinyasa is a lot more flexible and Instructors are totally fee to mix up the order of the poses, or to throw in something new and unexpected. This approach means that you will never fall into a slump by having to repeat the same routine over and over.

3. Yin yoga
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of modern yoga with postures (asanas) that are held for longer periods of time. If you are a beginner, the poses may be held from 45 seconds to about 2 minutes. In more advanced classes, the poses might be held for about 45 minutes or longer.
The aim of Yin Yoga is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility by applying moderate stress to the tendons, fascia, and ligaments. Holding the poses for longer also brings about an awareness of inner silence and therefore a more meditative approach for relaxation purposes.
Yin Yoga is taught across North America and Europe as a complement to more active forms of yoga and other types of exercise.


As yoga is all about breathing and meditation,” ’will I get bored’’ is a frequently asked question. In order not to get bored there are simple steps to take: Be honest, try listening once in a while. Even if you have done the asana a thousand times, try to give attention to what trainers say – tilt the tailbone, rotate the triceps towards thighs, press the knuckles of the hands down safely. Try doing so and you would definitely not get enough time to get bored. Change location in the class, ditch your ‘imaginary” reserved spot, the change will definitely bring newness to the class. Changing your time, if you normally do yoga in the morning do it in the evening this will change your whole experience. There are many different classes of Yoga so changing instructors or classes can transform your experience. Yoga will revitalise you from head to toe. Follow your breath into movement to find balance between ease + effort, heating and cooling being active + passive, with attention to physical alignment and mental awareness.

When it comes to yoga the most popular teaches are not always the best teachers, as classes can be so crammed that you struggle to not bump into each other. At Pilates Dynamics, you’ll attend a small class. While some may find this a bit unnerving, personal attention from the yoga instructor can be great, especially for those who are just starting out in their journey with Yoga. With a smaller class size, you can benefit from an often more relaxed environment in which you feel able to ask questions and more personal attention in order to perform the movement properly. And, as a total bonus, occasionally you’ll be the only one who shows up for a certain class, thus treating yourself to a personal training session. That’s the best. Practicing in a smaller studio makes it easier to forge a personal connection with your yoga teacher and your teacher with you, and helps you to perform the movements correctly.


Pilates Dynamics is situated in the leafy suburb of Ruiterhof, Randburg and conveniently situated next to the main Randburg sports complex. Pilates Dynamics has state-of-the art facilities as well as beautiful gardens with water features thereby offering a calm and relaxing environment away from the hustle and bustle of work and home, which is perfect for Yoga as well as Pilates. Our groups are small with a maximum of 8 people per class. We believe in keeping the classes small in order to make sure each client gets the one on one attention they deserve. Pilates Dynamics also offer Private and Semi Private yoga sessions (between 1 to 4 people) should anyone prefer a smaller or more personalized group (with friends and family) rather than a group of 8 people.
There are a wide range of health benefits to yoga some are:
• Improves your flexibility
• Builds muscle strength
• Perfects your posture
• Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
• Protects your spine
• Betters your bone health
• Increases your blood flow
• Makes you happier
• Helps with a healthy lifestyle
• Helps you focus
• Relaxes your system and re-vitalises the mind and body
• Improves your balance-. People with bad posture or dysfunctional movement patterns usually have poor proprioception, which has been linked to knee problems as well as back pain
• Maintains your nervous system
• Boosts your immune system functionality
• Helps you sleep better


How do I book and sign up for classes?

Space is limited so contact us on 011-792 5459 or 072 999 2229 or email us on info@pilatesdynamics.co.za in order to book your class. You can also check in on our website www.pilatesdynamics.co.za for a tour of our facility and services. Or you can simply pop in to meet us and view our incredibly beautiful facility for yourself.