Ashtanga Flow - strong - ideally suited for intermediate but suitable for beginners.
Hatha Yoga suitable for beginner through to intermediate.
All classes open to all levels
Hatha is where all yoga is derived from and is a wonderful place for beginners to start from and become comfortable on the mat.
"Hatha yoga is a system of yoga introduced byYogi Swatmarama. The word "Hatha" comes from the Sanskrit "ha," or sun, and "tha," meaning moon. The principle behind Hatha is uniting pairs of opposites: the positive and the negative, the sun and the moon."
In Hatha Yoga you can expect a slower type practice that focuses on breathing and learning the asana (poses) For the more advanced student it is a class that allows you to deepen your practice by holding the asana for longer and pushing your own boundaries.
Each class begins with a breathing practice to focus and centre the mind and ends with relaxation in the form of Yoga Nidra
Hatha is therefore suited for the beginner right up to advanced students. We accomodate all levels of ability in every class.
Working with the original primary series sequence of Ashtanga Yoga, we take the static postures and create a dynamic flow, without compromising the journey of the sequence. It incorporates the Ujjayi Breath which together with the flow, create internal heat leading to the purification of the body through increased circulation. The use of bandhas (locks) and drishtis (points of focus) is also incorporated. The sequence of the asanas is predefined, which allows you to continually deepen your practice and monitor your own advancement, moving at your own pace or level.
The class begins with a breathing practice and ends with a breathing practice and a guided meditation.
Because it is a more vigorous form of yoga compared to Hatha it is suited more to the "advanced beginner", but many beginners have joined the class and enjoyed every minute. We do accomodate all levels of ability in every class.
Yoga Nidra, is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously. It is a state of dynamic sleep. The word originates from two Sanskrit words - yoga - meaning union or one-pointed awareness, and nidra - meaning sleep. It is a deep relaxation with inner awareness. It is the threshold between sleep and wakefulness. It is where the subconscious and unconscious dimensions spontaneously make contact. If the consciousness can be separated from external awareness and from sleep, it becomes very powerful and can be applied to develop the memory, increase knowledge and creativity or transform one's nature. It can be used to direct the mind to accomplish anything. It is the art of total relaxation. 15 minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to a whole hour of sleep!
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Beautifully executed postures from our students