WHAT IS YOGA
Yoga is a philosophy. It is a way of life to help us connect to our true self through using techniques like Asana (Postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques), Meditation and so on. When we practice Yoga, we learn more about our mind and body and the nature of ourselves and to help us find our own individualized path to inner peace and happiness.
BENEFITS OF YOGA
With a regular practice of Yoga you may experience the following benefits:
Improve emotional wellbeing
Better quality of sleep
Increase flexibility, mobility & strength
Helps with PTSD
WHO CAN PRACTICE YOGA
Everyone!!! Yoga is not designed to be useful for only a few who are flexible, skinny, wear exotic tights
and can do a handstand. What the new Yoga practitioner should know from the start, is that Yoga is about connecting to yourself, meeting your body and mind where it's at, in this very moment and growing from here with awareness and love.
Every student will come to their mat for various reasons and will choose their classes accordingly. But the same concept applies always: Listen to your own body, respect your physical and mental limits.
Should you have an injury, are pregnant or have any concern at all about your practice, please talk to your teacher before class or email us and we can help you modify your practice accordingly.
WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR YOGA CLASS & ETIQUETTE
Dress comfortable, not to tight clothing and not too loose, you should be able to move freely
Try not to eat 2 hours before. Postures and breathing exercises are best practiced on an empty belly
We have all the props and yoga mats at our studio. If you do have your own mat then please bring it along
Please refrain from wearing strong scents when coming for practice
Please arrive at least 5 minutes before class starts to settle in. We do lock the door when we begin.
Consider those that are in the studio meditating or relaxing before class starts
STYLE OF CLASSES
In Vinyasa Yoga we shift emphasis from posture to breath. Instead of holding postures for a longer time, poses are kept for a couple of breaths only so that no identification with the posture or body is stimulated. Vinyasa Yoga is a meditation on impermanence. As you flowyou realise that postures, like all forms, are impermanent. The only thing that is permanent throughout the practice, is the focus on the breath, the Ujjayi breath.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga:
A form of Hatha Yoga which combines Asana, the Ujjayi breath (breathing exercise), Bandhas (energetic locks) and Dristhi (point of fixation of the eyes in Asana). It works with synchronizing deep, rhythmic breathing and movement. By linking the postures, it creates a continues flow of energy that heats up the body, bringing oxygen to the blood, nourishing the glands and internal organs, cleansing and purifying the nervous system, releasing unwanted toxins.
During Yin Yoga, postures are held for a longer period of time. It is a slow paced practice with only a few postures that held anywhere from 2-6 minutes. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissue of our bodies instead of just the muscles. This style of yoga not only helps our body in increasing circulation, mobility and flexibility in the joints, but we cultivate awareness of inner silence and peace.
Yin / Yang Yoga:
This is a mix of the Vinyasa and Yin poses. Usually the class will start with the Yang (Vinyasa) and end with the Yin, however things can get mixed up a bit according to the energy of the class.
A very slow flow through Yoga Asanas. Basic foundational postures. This class is ideal for those who have never done Yoga before, for anyone who has injury or is concerned about how they would cope in the faster paced classes. This class is a stepping stone to help you build strength and confidence to take your practice deeper, or just for when you feel that you'd like to gently reconnect with yourself.
Hatha Yoga is a general term or category that includes all the yoga styles. Most forms of Yoga in the west world can be classified as Hatha. These classes will include the practice of postures and breath work (Pranayama) which help to bring focus and peace int the mind and body so that we can experience practices such as meditation.
Restorative / Meditation:
In this class we make ourselves comfortable into very few poses so that teacher can guide us into deep relaxation and meditation. Using props, you will create a comfortable position for your body and relax each body part before delving deeper. Breath technics are used to help bring balance and peace to the body and mind.
Kundalini Yoga :
Kundalini Yoga focuses on achieving a particular result, such as helping a specific organ, body system, glad, chakra, clearing negative emotions, stabilizing the mind, or balancing the energy in your body. The power of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation lies in its ability to alter the brain and body chemistry if practiced regularly. Kundalini Yoga activates the Vagus nerve which helps us to relax as stressful emotions are replaced with feelings of calm and well-being.
We live a very external life these days, with most of our focus on how to please everyone and what others think of us. In doing so, we compromise our authentic self, suppress real emotions, thoughts and ideas to keep those connections with loved ones and friends and work colleagues and in turn, become stressed, anxious and ill. Yoga is here to help us reconnect to our true nature and in doing so, helps us to cope with life ups and downs.