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Here at HB, one of our favourite tools for strengthening body, mind, and spirit is yoga. We’re also advocates of practising different yoga styles, and tapping into the full potential of this ancient practice. As well as all the usual benefits (strength, circulation, flexibility, mobility), we firmly believe yoga can transform us from the inside out; evoking inner joy, calm, gratitude, and connection.

Whether you’re an advanced yogi/yogini or brand new to yoga, Happy Buddha is the perfect place to hop on the mat. We offer 4 key styles, and often fuse them together. They are:

Hatha

Hatha yoga is a traditional style that focuses on balancing the body and mind through physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation. It’s a great starting point for beginners as it emphasises proper alignment and breathing in each pose. Hatha helps build strength, flexibility, and mindfulness, making it a comprehensive practice for overall well-being. Beyond the physical benefits, Hatha is great for encouraging a sense of calm, making it an excellent choice for stress relief and deepening a connection with oneself.

Where you’ll practice on retreat: Morning Gentle Yoga

 

Vinyasa

Vinyasa yoga is characterised by its dynamic and flowy movements. In this style, postures are linked together in a sequence that’s synchronised with the breath. Each movement flows seamlessly into the next, creating a distinctive yin quality. Vinyasa can provide the option of a more vigorous workout, improving cardiovascular health, and enhancing flexibility. It’s perfect for those who enjoy a more energising practice.* The continuous flow of Vinyasa can help deepen a meditative state, allowing the mind to quieten down amidst body’s the movement.

Where you’ll practice on retreat: Morning Dynamic Yoga. *We always offer modifications. Too much? Not a problem. Hang out in child’s pose!

 

Yin

Yin yoga is a slow-paced, meditative practice that targets the deeper connective tissues, such as ligaments, joints, and fascia. Here, poses are held for an extended period, typically three to five minutes or longer, allowing for deep relaxation and release of tension. Yin is amazing for increasing circulation, improving flexibility, and evokinga sense of inner balance. It complements more active styles of yoga by promoting balance and mindfulness. Practicing Yin  encourages a deep state of introspection and stillness, often making it a powerful tool for emotional release and stress relief.

Where you’ll practice on retreat: Slow Flow, Evening Yin

 

Yoga Nidra

Love shavasana? This one’s for you. Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is a deeply restorative practice that promotes profound relaxation and healing. This special practice involves lying down in a comfortable position while being guided through a series of systematic relaxation techniques and body visualisations. Unlike traditional meditation, Yoga Nidra takes you to the threshold between wakefulness and sleep, allowing for complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. This practice can help reduce stress, improve sleep quality, and enhance overall well-being. Amazingly, it’s accessible to everyone regardless of physical ability.

Where you’ll practice on retreat: Evening Yoga Nidra