Foundation level classes are suitable for developing best habits like aligning the body, breathing efficiently and focusing the mind.
Open & Progressive level classes hone and build upon the foundational practices and explores variations and progressions for similar yoga postures.
All level classes need no prior knowledge or preparation. Usually these classes encourage a relaxed and meditative mind.
Class Duration and Format
Week day classes are 60 minutes in duration including yogic breathing, internalisation of mental focus and physical postural practices that strengthen and relax the body.
There is a 90 minute class on the weekends and this is where you can learn to extend your practices by exploring into progressions and variations to what is taught during the week.
The meaning of Hatha yoga is to create and experience the harmony existing between the solar and lunar energies (flowing within us, as they are flowing out in nature). Vinyasa refers to the action of synchronising the breath to movements made whilst a sequence instructed by your teacher. The Open Level classes are taught progressively, offering creative, intelligent sequences to help raise awareness of misalignments and inefficient patterns. Foundation level classes are taught with a strict focus on alignment for your postures. You can expect to learn yoga postures, breath techniques and how to use specific focal points to bring about a sense of balance in the body, mind, emotions and energy. The sequences will include a mixture of seated, standing, supine and prone postures to help encourage the body and mind’s tension to be released enabling a free flow of energy. A regular practice will get you feeling flexible, strong, healthy and energised. Complete Beginners are invited to take at least 8 Foundation Level classes prior to attending Open Level lessons, for best experience of the practice.
Yoga for Core Strength
Rather than building muscle bulk, yoga builds core strength through simply organizing the body to hold and move, just by using body weight. Your breath is a key component to working with your core. This Core Strength class will focus on:
1. Front body: transverse and rectus abdominus — muscles that run from just below your sternum to your waist.
2. Back body: erector spinae, latissimus dorsi, iliocostalis, and multifidus, spinalis, longissimus.
3. Side body: internal and external obliques — muscles that run down along your sides, from your ribs to your upper hips; and quadratus lumborum – flank muscles along the sides of the abdomen.
4. Hip flexors; inner thighs, gluteus maximus and medius, hamstrings, and rectus femoris.
The aim of Restorative yoga is to relax, release and restore the physical and mental resistance and fatigue. This is the perfect class for those leading a highly busy lifestyle, those recovering from injuries, have a chronic issue (speak to us first), wanting to heighten mind body connection and those want a mini retreat from the grind. It is a meditative posture practice, with most of the poses held over longer periods of time, using props to support and assist safe release of muscle and mental tension. It complements the dynamic styles of practice we offer at the school and it’s a great way to free up the body in a gentle way. A regular restorative practice will help with cultivating deeper stillness of the mind, relaxation and restoration of both mental and physical energy. No experience is required to attend this class. All levels are welcome.
This is where you get an impactful rest in both body and mind. This practice creates a very effective opportunity for the body’s natural skill of healing itself is regained. Guided by the teacher you will explore what is also known as the effortless relaxation, the yogic sleep, psychic sleep or being in between waking and sleeping states accessing the subconscious mind while in a complete state of rest. With a regular practice you will be experiencing the greater possibilities with yoga such as awakening the psyche, improve memory, concentration and manage or aid with insomnia, hypertension, migraines, anxiety, depression and chronic pain. This practice is suitable and beneficial for everyone. No prior experience is required.