Styles of Yoga
Our Hatha Yoga classes use asana (postures) with the breath to create a link between the body and the mind. Through asanas, we build flexibility and strength while minimizing the risk of injury. This well-rounded style balances and opens the body. You will learn to still the mind and be present in the moment.
In addition to more flexibility and strength, a hatha yoga practice will lead to all the other usual benefits of yoga: reduced stress, lower blood pressure, more energy and better sleep. We bring the body and mind to optimal health and well being.
Excellent for beginners, in Hatha Yoga you will learn the basics and keep brushing up on the fundamentals of yoga practice. Hatha Yoga is for students of all levels.
- The heat helps to promote deep, safe stretching and maximizes blood flow to your muscles and joints.
- Promotes detoxification of skin, blood, and muscles through sweating.
- Improves circulation and cardiovascular fitness.
- Builds up your immune system and reduces the symptoms of chronic illness.
- Increases weight loss.
- Regulates nervous and endocrine systems, both of which figure heavily in emotional well being.
- Assists healing through relaxing and centering of the mind. As our heart beat and breath get slower, our blood pressure also drops, and the body goes into healing mode.
Who can do Warm Yoga? The classes are for all levels and ages. There are always modifications for new students and everyone can work at their level and progress at their own pace. You will be in a non-competitive, learning environment, with teachers who are supportive and patient. Our warm yoga classes are inspired by both the Barkan and Absolute Hot yoga sequences. We encourage new students to take it easy in their first few classes and for best results practice as much as your schedule permits during the introduction period. A consistent practice will gradually allow you to build strength, focus, stamina, and flexibility. Practice and all is coming! SHRI K. Pattabhi Jois.
What if I’m not flexible? A common misconception that prevents people from trying yoga! You don’t need to be flexible. A consistent practice will develop flexibility, balance, and strength over time. Everyone needs to respect their own limitations and you will find that they begin to decrease over time. The new freedom of the increased, pain-free range of movement will empower every area of your daily life.
How often should I practice? Consistency and discipline are the keys to a successful yoga practice. We recommend you practice as often as your schedule permits Initially 2-3 days per week will begin a transformation over time. When you feel the benefits, your body, mind, and spirit will draw you to a practice that is right for you.
Can I lose weight? YES! Increased body awareness changes eating habits and helps you make a positive connection with your body’s well being and calms your nervous system. The combination of sweating and developing muscle tone will melt the fat off your body with consistent practice. The yoga postures also have internal benefits to all the organs and systems in the body, such as normalizing the digestive system and the endocrine system, regulating metabolism, and maintaining cardiovascular health, These processes help to sustain a normal and healthy body weight for each respective student.
This is a high energy flow class, where we focus on strengthening the core, legs and upper body to help improve balance, flexibility, and endurance in the body and mind. A fundamental understanding of sun salutations, postures and breath technique is recommended. In this class we also play around with new and more challenging postures. Be prepared to sweat!
This class is not suitable for beginners.
“Vinyasa” means to link together or to place in a special way. In this class, postures are linked together in a dynamic sequence in harmony with the breath. At times we move quickly, at other times more slowly, depending on the time of day and the general feel of the moment.
Based on the Anusara universal principles of alignment, and sometimes focusing on a particular aspect of yoga philosophy, this class becomes a moving meditation, a dance with the breath, a celebration of life! Meant to be enjoyed…
This is a more athletic form of Vinyasa yoga. It offers a more physically challenging class to students who are more athletically inclined or to those who love a challenge. If you want to lose weight or tone up your muscles, this one is for you!
Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury or overcome emotional depression and anxiety that are caused by traumatic events.
It is known that restorative yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables automatic control of the body. As such, the regular nervous system will be at rest, and the muscles will become more relaxed. Constant practice of restorative yoga will make your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and help you achieve optimal health.
What’s a great way to spend family time? Doing yoga all together of course!
In family yoga both young and older children can share quality time and play together while discovering yoga, and bring home new ideas to continue yoga at home. Family yoga is special as there are not many activities that parents, children and even grandparents can do together. This makes the whole family unit stronger.
Let’s enjoy some wonderful moments together while having fun! For this class we take pre-schoolers from the age of 2 years.
Iyengar Yoga, named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, and described in his bestselling 1966 book Light on Yoga, is a form of Hatha yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama). The development of strength, mobility and stability is gained through the asanas.
B.K.S. Iyengar has systematised over 200 classical yoga poses and 14 different types of Pranayama (with variations of many of them) ranging from the basic to advanced. This helps ensure that students progress gradually by moving from simple poses to more complex ones and develop their mind, body and spirit through a step-by-step approach.
Iyengar Yoga often makes use of props, such as belts, blocks, and blankets, as aids in performing asanas (postures). The props enable students to perform the asanas correctly, minimising the risk of injury or strain, and making the postures accessible to both young and old.