“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
Hatha is also translated as "Ha-" meaning “sun”, and "-tha" meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose (up to 10-15 breaths per pose).
Vinyasa translates to "to place in a special way". In a step-by-step approach, this flow takes students from one point to the next with the union of breath, concentration, and strength. Each class brings intention to facilitate self-healing and mind-body connection on and off the mat. Beginning with a soothing pranayama practice, slowly warming up to bring offerings of sun salutations and asana flows, then gently moving the energy through the body with conscious, deep stretches and cool downs to a restorative savasana.
Yin Yoga was founded on the Taoist theory of yin and yang – opposite concepts that, together, represent balance. Yin is stable and passive, while yang is changing and active. The yin poses, therefore, are passive and performed while seated or in a reclining position. The poses are held with the muscles fully relaxed, allowing time and gravity to deepen the stretch and target the fascia. The time spent holding these asanas is similar to meditation.
Power Yoga is a fitness-based vinyasa practice. An offshoot of Ashtanga Yoga, it has many of the same qualities and benefits, including building internal heat, increased stamina, strength, and flexibility, as well as stress reduction. Teachers design their own sequences, while students synchronize their breath with their movement.
Restorative yoga is similar to Yin in that postures are held for several minutes, but the goal is to experience relaxation and restoration. This means that there is very little effort of any kind during a practice. The intensity that you might encounter in a yin pose is absent here. Instead, your goal is to access tranquility and peace through healing, nurturing postures. Restorative yoga uses many props, including bolsters, blankets, and eye pillows, to help you get into this state. By coming into the feeling of being fully supported, your body and nervous system can relax completely.
Prana means "life force" and ayama means "control" or "restraint". Together, pranayama is considered "control of the breath" and practiced as a variety of yogic breathing techniques or exercises. Pranayama is the 4th pillar of the 8-limb path towards liberation as described in Pantajali’s Yoga Sutras. Breath is considered the most important form of our life force energy by connecting body, mind and spirit. Pranayama brings balance and cleanses the mind and body by eliminating excess carbon dioxide and providing a rich supply of oxygen to the blood. The benefits of pranayama can be felt almost immediately, and with continued practiced can set the foundation for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Meditation is a practice for the mind aimed to quiet mental activity and improve cognitive capabilities. This practice can result in physical and mental tension relief, provides balance to our energetic bodies, and helps with physical and emotional conditions (including better sleep, decreased anxiety/depression, and more). It is a way to observe ourselves and our "monkey minds", offering space for calmness and kindness to enter. There are many different techniques to this practice, and it is best to consult with an experienced yoga and meditation teacher to find the best path for you.
Danielle currently teaches group classes at the following studios*:
The Vinyasa People Yoga Studio in Bonn, Germany.
*price based on studio.
Please contact Danielle directly with any inquiries regarding private one-on-one and/or (small or large) group lessons. Danielle is also available to provide any of her services for retreat opportunities you may have.