WHICH YOGA CLASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Yoga classes in Yin, Ashtanga and Advanced Flow for balance & peace of mind. Enjoy the wonderful benefits that yoga has to offer.
Finding out which yoga class is right for you can be challenging. There are so many options out there and it is not always clear where to start. I offer three types of yoga: Here is the short version:
Yin yoga - relaxed and passive but still challenging as the poses are primarily done laying or sitting on the floor and are held for a few minutes at a time.
Ashtanga Yoga - dynamic and challenging based upon a set progressive series of poses. Ashtanga is taught in two ways:
~ Led class (1/2 Primary Series ) is where you are guided through the practice with a lot of instruction with everyone moving at the same pace.
~ Mysore class is a self practice class where you will be taught 121 in a group setting
Advanced Flow - arm balancing and lots of inversions for the experienced student.
Advanced Hatha Flow
The Advanced Hatha Flow sequence is full of lots of arm balancing and inversion practice! The sequence draws from over 15 years of practice and 9 years of teaching; The class offers different levels/variations throughout so you will not be left behind, however it is for the experienced student.
The practice begins with some yin yoga to help open things up. Each month we focus on a specific shape and form which we will build into a full flow and if you attend regularly you will gain a tremendous amount of strength and stability. The practice builds sequentially and encompasses arm balances, backbends, hip openers, headstands/handstands. There is a lot of play time to experiment with the focus shape with props and variations offered to help you along the way.
Advanced Hatha Flow: Experienced Yoga Students - Every Saturday Morning 8:45 - 10:15am
Transform the way your body moves with Yin Yoga. You will be in for a treat if you have not yet had the opportunity to experience a Yin yoga class. Yin yoga will help you to find your natural range of motion. It's primary focus is to help release the connective tissue and create more space around the large fascial bands which tie our bodies together.
Yin Yoga is suitable for all levels of students. Yin works to release the tensions held in the deeper connective tissues of the body. During your yin practice we will move into “shapes” which are held for anywhere from 2-5 minutes. The shapes are similar to some of the supine and seated shapes you will find in a traditional yoga class but with the aid of props to support the body. While the practice can appear to be a gentle one, it is in no way easy.
21st century living has us in a almost permanent state of motion, especially mentally. This practice requires us to slow down and be fully present in the moment so as to experience the subtle and sometimes not so subtle sensations which are present within the body. We will guide you through the practice and teach you how to find a sense of quiet and calm. You will learn how to listen to your body and become focussed and aware of sensation whilst also gaining new levels of mobility and awareness.
I hope you can join me for a a truly transformative and unique experience of yoga. Learning to understand your body and your self in a whole new way.
What is Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga stresses the Yin tissues in the body; bones, cartilage and ligaments tendons. We do this by applying a gentle stress to the area through the pose and then we hold the pose for time, allowing the body to relax into the shape.
In order to stress the Yin (plastic) tissue in the body we relax the superficial layer of Yang tissue (elastic) i.e the muscles which encase the muscular tissues and fibres. You are not asked to go to your maximum stretch at any stage of the pose, you are only asked to go to a place where you feel something juicy beginning to happen and a mild compression is felt.
Three things to keep in mind whilst practicing
- Come into the pose to an appropriate depth - only to the point where you feel a significant resistance in the body. Do not try to go as deeply as possible right away
- Resolve to remain still - once we have found the edge, we settle into the pose
- Hold the pose for time some time. When we have arrived at our edge, once we have become still, all that is left to do is to stay
The benefits of Yin practice
When we practice we are looking to cause a gentle stress to the areas we are working, enabling the area to become both strong and flexible. This strengthens the joints and helps to release blockages in the myofascial meridian lines. Which in turn improves flexibility, increases blood circulation and releases toxins.
In a 60 min yin class you will do perhaps 4-6 postures. These postures are held from 3 - 5 mins (sometimes a little longer) . Someone who is used to regular Yin practice will be able to stay longer in the pose as opposed to a beginner where 3 mins can feel a lot like 10. I promise if you are new to this practice you will be eased in gently.
Yin classes are held online on Monday, Friday evening from 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Enjoy a 2 hour Yin Yoga full body soak which are on twice a month on Sunday (please check schedule for details) 4 - 6pm
What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga Yoga is a popular style of yoga created by Sri K. Pattabi Jois back in 1975. Pattabi Jois studied yoga with the late Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, one of the most famous yoga teachers of the 20th century.
Jois went on to create the Ashtanga Yoga system. The word Ashtanga Yoga comes from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras which is a famous text on the practice of yoga.
The yoga poses themselves are done in a continuous dynamic flow, each movement timed with the breath. There are 6 different levels of practice (we call them 'series') which are done sequentially... not many people in the world move beyond series B!!
- Primary Series
- Intermediate Series
- Advanced A
- Advanced B
Every practitioner, no matter what level of yoga experience, begins their Ashtanga Yoga journey with the Primary series.
The practice itself has four parts no matter what level or series you are practicing. Each series comprises of an opening sequence, the main sequence which consists of either (primary, intermediate, advanced A/B), a back bending sequence and the finishing sequence.
Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Self practice is the traditional way to learn Ashtanga Yoga, as taught by the Jois family at KPJAYI in Mysore, India. Students will gradually learn and memorise the sequence, practising at their own pace, with individual instruction and adjustments from the teacher as needed. It is important within Ashtanga yoga to develop a regular practice and commit to the practise in order to develop the discipline required for this intense flow practice.
ASHTANGA YOGA 1/2 Led Primary Series
Taking you step by step through the first 1/2 of the ashtanga primary sequence, with clear guidance and instruction. We will be flowing through the sequence in tune with the breath in a traditional ‘led class’ style. Vinyasa's will be limited and done per pose as opposed too per side.
This is a drop in class so no commitment is necessary, but the more you attend the more you will become familiar with the sequence and the techniques involved, leading to improved strength, flexibility and concentration.
Suitable for: Anyone with some yoga experience.
Runs every Wednesday evening from 6:45 - 8pm online via zoom.