Yoga is an ancient practice that was developed 5,000 years ago in India. While it has only recently, in the grand scheme of time, reached the West, it is a practice that millions of people are continuing to discover as a source of wellness, mental clarity, stress relief, vitality, healing, spiritual growth, movement, and peace of mind.
Yoga is a practice that is accessible to anyone who seeks it. While you are staying in Playa Grande, there are ample opportunities to practice yoga at the RipJack Inn.
Classes are open to all levels, including first-timers. There are several different types of yoga classes offered throughout the week at the RipJack Inn. Come for one class or purchase a package and try out several! Here are your choices.
Hatha is a Sanskrit term that encompasses all the physical postures of yoga. Physical-based yoga classes include a number of different styles, as we will discuss a bit more below. Seeking a class that is labeled as Hatha yoga, verses as Ashtanga or Vinyasa, is especially ideal for those who are new to yoga as it is typically a bit slower paced.
It is important to learn the basic breathing techniques, postures, and proper alignment before you move into a faster paced flow to avoid injury and to truly experience the benefits of the practice.
Vinyasa yoga, or commonly called Vinyasa flow, is a practice that focuses heavily on breath to movement. A Vinyasa class typically includes one or more sequences that flow through multiple postures. This powerful class will definitely heat your body up!
A Vinyasa practice combines strength, flexibility, and breathwork in a fluid sequence of movements. Power yoga also falls into this type of yoga.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced practice. The idea behind a Yin practice is to hold the postures, most of them seated, for an extended period of time. By holding certain postures and really breathing into them while gravity does most of the work, you will obtain a deeper stretch and opening of the body.
The slow nature of a Yin class is also a great way to develop a deeper understanding of the postures and have the time to really work your way into a proper alignment with each pose. Yin yoga is a beautiful way to end your day, as it promotes relaxation, inner peace, and a release of tension in the body.
Whether you are a surfer or not, the surfer’s stretch class on Sundays is a divine treat for the body. This class focuses on deep stretches and postures that open the hips, shoulders, and lower back, as well as releasing tightness in the body that has accumulated from traveling or any vigorous activities.
This is a wonderful class to end or start your week, depending on what Sunday means to you.
Pura Vida Sangha Mindful Meditation
Pura Vida Sangha Mindful Meditation is a donation-based class that is offered every Sunday morning at 11. If you have never meditated before or would like to deepen your practice of meditation in a group setting, this is a great opportunity.