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Types of yoga

Yoga strengthens weaker parts and muscles of your body, and softens and loosens cramped parts. The combination of different poses and your breath revitalizes the body, making use of a balance between strength and relaxation. It improves body posture and reduces stress both in body and mind.

Yoga is listening to your body. The open awareness towards yourself, your body and the movement of your breath do help to feel good.

Yoga helps to stay grounded, also when life is stressful and busy. The stillness you feel after a class stay with you after.

At Aruna Yoga Maastricht different types of Yoga are offered: hatha yoga (the classical form of yoga, good for beginners to experienced yogi’s, regardless af age), vinyasa yoga (a more dynamic, sporty yoga), and yin yoga (restorative, slow yoga where you stay long in each pose).

As a variation on Vinyasa yoga, we also offer gentle flow yoga and power flow yoga.

You are welcome to all: maybe you prefer one especially, maybe you prefer to alternate!

For pregnant women we offer pregnancy yoga.

Hatha yoga

Hatha yoga is the basic type of yoga. It is a calm type of yoga, good for everyone. From beginners tot experienced yogi’s, regardless of age. Important are the balance between strength and relaxation, the breath, and the awareness of your own body. The poses will help to calm your mind.


Hatha yoga is calm, but the poses may be really challenging too. There is time to listen to your body : open awareness to yourself, your limits, to the movement of your breath. The different poses meanwhile create space in your body.

All classes contain standing, sitting and lying postures and breath exercises. A class ends with an end relaxation.

When you feel too much stress and disquiet in your life, hatha yoga can help!

hatha yoga
Vinyasa yoga

Vinyasa yoga (or flow yoga) is a more dynamic and sporty type of yoga. Movement and breath are combined so that you move in the flow of your breath. The postures are linked together is series or sequences, so you keep moving in a flow. A sun salutation is an example of such a sequence.

Vinyasa yoga is related to ashtanga yoga, but the sequences are moored varied, and therefore more playful.

In general, you need more strength for vinyasa yoga then you do for hatha yoga. More powerful poses are involved, in combination with flowing movements. Of course the class ends with an end relaxation.

Gentle flow yoga is a softer version, with less powerful poses, but still in a flow on your breath.

Power flow yoga is then a more powerful version.

Vinyasa yoga
Yoga stijlen - Yin
Yin yoga

Yin yoga, or restorative yoga, is a kind of yoga mostly focused on letting go and relaxing. The postures are mostly lying or sitting. You stay a few minutes in every pose; with that you let go, you stretch your muscles and also loosens your connective tissue. While staying in the pose you create space for your breath, and you will notice that you can always relax into the pose a bit more.

Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy yoga is meant for your well-being during your pregnancy as well as preparation on the delivery. The poses and breath exercises are meant to relax, to strengthen your body, to make space for the baby, to avoid or lessen physical problems, and to connect to your baby.

You learn to experience relaxation, and to accept all changes in your life and your body, and to cope with them.

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