From the complete beginner to the life time devotee yoga never fails to to be rewarding and enriching. Listen to your body, trust yourself to know your limits as well as your potential, and remember to breath.
ACCEPTANCE LOVE COMPASSION
Yin is a restorative practice. Whilst “Yang” Yoga, styles such as Vinyasa and Ashtanga, are energetic and fiery, Yin targets the deep connective tissues such as: fascia, ligaments, bones and joints.
It is Yoga in slow-mo. Asanas (the sanskrit word for postures) are held for prolonged periods of time, between 3 - 5 minutes usually, but sometimes even up to 20 minutes. The longer a posture can be held the more the practice helps to stretch and lengthen those rarely-used tissues. Yin teaches us how to slow down, be still and connect with our breath. Our breath can be used as a tool to target the uncomfortable areas of tightness, encouraging opening and space. Yin also teaches us how to sit with our thoughts - to be a quiet observer of our mind, allowing thoughts to come one after another. Without judgement and without attachment.
As Yin is a restorative practice, Yang styles of yoga tend to be described as fiery and energetic. An example of which is Vinyasa - which focuses on linking breath with movement.
It is an extension of Ashtanga - however it does not follow a rigid series in the same way as Ashtanga, meaning each session is different.
Vinyasa classes utilise postures from the Ashtanga primary and secondary series, threading them together with Vinyasas (a mini-sequence of high-to-low plank into upward facing dog and back to downward facing dog). Vinyasa sessions vary in pace from power flows which tend to be vigorous in pace and use strong postures, to slow flow which is more relaxed. There are posture modifications to match different levels of yogis and their individual wants and needs.
The word Hatha is the Sanskrit word for forceful - also translated as Ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” Hatha is described as being the yoga practice of balance. Hatha classes are typically more gentle and basic, with a focus on alignment and both the physical and mental benefits of each pose.
Hatha is the perfect choice for someone who has little to no experience in yoga and is curious to find out more.
A typical Hatha session will begin with asana (posture) practice in the form of sun salutations, as well as introducing other postures. In addition to the physical practice, Hatha focuses on pranayama (controlled breathing techniques), and meditation which is at the heart of the traditional Hatha practice. One would expect to be introduced to some deep breathing techniques, and possibly some breathing exercises to either stimulate the mind and body, or relax it - depending on the nature of the class.
Like Vinyasa Rocket has has its roots in Ashtanga and utilises poses from the Primary, Secondary all the way up to the Fourth Series. The name “Rocket Yoga” was coined by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, because, he said, “It gets you there faster.”.
Rocket Yoga is fast-paced, more so than Vinyasa. The structure begins with Surya Namaskar A & B (Sun Salutations A & B), followed by standing postures, seated postures and ending with a traditional closing series which will include shoulder stand. Students are told to make modifications to the traditional Ashtanga asanas and can remove or adjust the binding postures as they see fit. The aim of Rocket Yoga is to offer a more accessible practice than that of Ashtanga.
Dial it all the way down with Yoga Nidra. Nidra is an induced state of consciousness where we learn to walk the path between wakefulness and sleep. The practitioner is guided by a set of verbal instructions which systematically bring attention to each area of the body. As the awareness moves across the body the practitioner becomes increasingly focused on the inner world and falls into a deep state of relaxation, whilst maintaining full consciousness.
Restoring balance, the body is guided into its natural state of equilibrium (homeostasis) - the breath equalises and becomes quiet. Both unconscious and conscious thoughts reveal themselves as the practitioner falls into an innate state of deep, blissful awareness. Yoga Nidra brings you face-to-face with yourself - whilst effortlessly arriving in a state of harmonious and restful being. Nidra offers healing, restoration and awakening to the higher self and inner workings of the mind.
yoga with eldoa
ELDOA is a revolutionary stretching and rehabilitative technique developed by French Osteopath Guy Voyer, DO. ELDOA is a French acronym that translates to Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation Stretching. The sequence of postures target the decompression of specific joints throughout the body. ELDOA are postural normalisation exercises that you can do yourself with a goal to increase the space within, and to relieve and normalise tension around a targeted joint.
This class integrates osteopathic myofascial release exercises into a therapeutic YOGA class developed to energise clients in all stages of life, helping to relieve back pain, scoliosis, sciatica and other spinal conditions. This is a fun and uplifting exercise class similar to Pilates, suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners.