Yoga classes

“Asanas (yoga postures) are tools, used to work on our bodies, to heal or to build strength, flexibility and endurance, much more than asanas are goals. The asanas are tools and their purpose is to serve our body, mind and spirit.”

Ganga White, Yoga Beyond Belief

If you haven’t done yoga before or if it’s been a while, we recommend to start with a beginners class first. You will establish a solid foundation and learn alignment principles for the most commonly taught postures and gradually built on these week by week for a safe practice. In an intermediate class we work on refining postures already learnt.

Please consult your health care provider if you have any medical conditions or injuries before starting any new exercise regime and advice your teacher in advance.

Please read info for new students.

 

Hatha Yoga level 1 and 2 

We start by tuning into the body and breath and gently warming up, ready to practice simple, slow vinyasa (sequences) and yoga asana (postures). You will be introduced to new postures as we progress through the term, building on what has been learned in previous lessons. The movement is always guided by the breath. You will work on developing stamina, strength, flexibility and mobility gradually and safely. Apart from working the physical body, we will explore the breath and various relaxation techniques, calming and balancing both the body and mind. Yoga philosophy is weaved through and you are encouraged to take your yoga practice off the mat into your daily life.

If you are new to yoga or feel drawn to work gently, choose level 1.

If you’ve practiced yoga before, level 2 will be fine for you.

 

Gentle yoga

Slow paced yoga class, starting with tuning in to the body and breath and mobilising the spine and joints. Followed by simple, flowing sequences and static postures, you will increase your strength, mobility and flexibility. The class will finish with floor based postures, restorative postures and toning exercises, before final relaxation. Working gentl in conjunction with the breath, gives you time to reconnect with yourself. You get an opportunity to notice what is going on for you. Something we don’t do much in our busy lives. Awareness of the way you move, hold yourself and think becomes clearer, one of the many gifts of yoga.

This class is suitable for all.

 

Yang and Yin

In this 1,5 hour long class, one half will be more dynamic, flowing with the breath through sequences like Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). This creates heat and energises the body. You will hold some postures statically to develop stamina and strength. That is the Yang part. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace, with suggested variations and modifications. The Yin part of the class is mostly done on the floor. Yoga props like blankets, bolsters and yoga chairs support the body in the longer held yin postures. The passive nature of yin yoga gives us a lovely opportunity to tune into the breath, stilling the mind and giving a meditative quality to the practice (read more on yin yoga bellow). It’s a perfect combination. Last class of each term is usually a whole hour and half of yin yoga.

This class is suitable for all, except complete beginners.

 

Yin Yoga

Taught as a 3 hour weekend workshop. For dates click here

Do you feel stressed and tired? Do you need to unwind and recharge your batteries? This is the class for you.

Yin yoga is different to the yoga most of us are familiar with. Much of the yoga taught today is dynamic and active, designed to work our muscles, our yang tissues. Yin yoga is the other side of the coin. It allows us to work our deeper, yin tissues – ligaments, joints, deep connective tissues and even our bones. In order to get the most benefit out of our exercise program, we need to exercise our whole body. Yin yoga is the perfect partner to yang yoga and other types of yang exercise, like running, cycling, aerobics etc.

The practice is mostly floor based, with the use of many props. We hold the postures for longer, applying mild stress and gentle pressure, which allows our yin tissues to grow stronger and let go of tension. We use the quiet, still time in the postures to tune into the breath, creating focus for the busy mind. This is a deeply nourishing, meditative practice.

The class is suitable for all. We limit the number of students to 10, to allow plenty of space and individual attention.