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Are you new to yoga? Or would you simply like to spend more time working on the foundations of a good yoga practice? In this class we will focus on the breath and body connection, sun salutations, basic asana, meditation, the importance of the bandhas, and doing yoga with a stronger understanding of how and why we do what we do. Come with a will to learn, and get more out of your yoga practice.
Hatha yoga is a slower form of yoga. That doesn't necessarily mean it's less intensive, you just spend more time in postures focusing on form and breath. Unlike vinyasa where you move directly into the next posture, in hatha yoga you take small breaks between each one. Pranayama, breathing exercises, and a short meditation are also generally added to the practice.
Vinyasa means breath-synchronized movement. You basically flow through positions incorporating the movements along with your breath. The idea is to warm your body up through a series of Sun Salutations and then hold the postures that follow for the duration of the class for several deep breaths and then transition directly into the following posture. This helps build focus, concentration, physical endurance and stamina. The end result is a relaxed body and a more quiet mind.
Yin Yoga Nidra
This is the perfect lesson to achieve deep relaxation, release tension and connect to yourself. They main part of the class will be Yin Yoga, where we hold a series of passive floor poses for longer periods of time to help go deeper than the muscle and work on the connective tissues of the body. This helps to mobilize and strengthen the joints, ligaments and deep facial networks while stimulating the meridians and internal organs. At the end of the class, the practice of Yoga Nidra - also known as yogic sleep - will help you reach a deeper level of relaxation for both body and mind. The benefits of Yoga Nidra are numerous: it relaxes the mind and minimises muscular, emotional and mental tension. Studies have shown that a Yoga Nidra session is equivalent to 3 – 4 hours of sleep.
A strong core means a properly supported spine removing any unnecessary stress from the lower back. In this lesson the focus of every movement will be with its connection to your core muscle groups, specifically focussing on an active control over the pelvic floor, glutes and abdomen muscles. When these muscle groups work together and are no longer isolated the strain on the spine is removed. Generally more intensive than a regular Vinyasa Flow class, therefor total beginners could find it a bit more challenging.
Yin is all about the 'other side' of active yoga. Expect a slow deep pace to help you connect not only with yourself but with the depths of your body. In Yin we hold the asanas for longer periods of time to help go deeper than the muscle and work on the connective tissues of the body. This helps to mobilize and strengthen the joints, ligaments and deep facial networks while stimulating the meridians and internal organs. It's a perfect addition to more active forms of yoga as well.
Ashtanga Vinyasa is an energetic flowing practice, similar to Vinyasa Yoga, that originates in Mysore and follows a specific sequence of asanas. The goal is to familiarise yourself with the sequence to make it easier to develop a self practice. The effect of cultivating a self practice is much more beneficial than following group lessons. The purpose of these classes is to get you moving on your mat on your own, with a little bit of help of course.
Pilates exercises are very much directed toward developing core strength and efficient movement habits that translate into your daily life. The focus is on quality not quantity. The abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks serve as the center of all movement, allowing the rest of the body to move freely. This focus on core stabilization makes one stronger from the inside out.
If you're pregnant and looking for ways to relax or stay fit, you might be considering prenatal yoga. Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering, focused breathing a can help you prepare for labor therefor promoting your baby's health. Prenatal yoga is a completely safe practice and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies. All ladies are welcome! More info >>
Kids yoga | Age 3+
Children are physical, they are silly, they love to laugh and they love to learn. Kids Yoga sculpts young minds and bodies giving tools that will enhance and support them to be balanced, creative and calm individuals with a strong sense of who they are in relation to the world. It encourages self esteem, concentration and body awareness plus the ability to steer your way smoothly through life’s challenges. Physically, yoga enhances coordination, it has a powerful effect on brain development, and brings heightened focus. Yoga for kids is a unique adventure using stories, games, music and fun to open and expand their heart, body and mind. More info >>
Private Yoga Lessons
Private yoga and pilates lessons are also available. Whether you are just getting started and want to learn the basics before jumping into a group lesson or you just prefer a one to one approach, private lessons are designed with your own personal needs and goals in mind. The teacher will create a specific practice just for you, improving your strength, flexibility and breath along the way. Contact us for more details.
Business yoga or Office Yoga classes are designed with your team’s needs in mind. Most of us don’t sit or breath properly so the classes are tailored around helping not only learn how to improve the posture and breath but also how to implement this into daily life. Plus it’s a nice way to start or end the work day and to help the team bond over well being and self care. Care for your colleagues as you would for your own family. A clear mind and healthy body just makes sense for all of us. More info >>.