In this class we practise breath synchronised movement. In the Vinyasa method the class sequences vary from class to class offering a wide range of asanas (postures) for the student. Vinyasa Krama is the art of mindful sequencing, each class is unique and designed to help restore mental and physical balance. This is a fluid and dynamic class, recommended to students with a current hatha yoga practice.
Come if you would like to build strength, awaken the core and learn to flow with grace throughout a series of postures.
Yin yoga is specifically designed to exercise the ligaments and to regain space and strength in the joints. Yang tissues can be seen as blood, muscles and skin compared to the Yin tissues of ligaments, bones and joints. In Yang styles of yoga we generally target muscles through rhythmic repetitive movements in order to stretch and strengthen the tissues. Whereas Yin tissues have a much dryer and less elastic quality and therefore require a Yin approach. Within the Yin approach we apply much gentler pressures to the tissues whilst holding the postures for longer periods of time. Through this method of practice we help stimulate the connective tissue surrounding our muscles.
We generally stay in Yin postures for 3-5 minutes. This slower pace encourages a unique meditative quality for the body and mind. As Yin postures often target the hips, many practitioners discover the benefits when returning to a Yang practice as well as the benefits of preparing the physical body for longer durations of seated meditation.
In this class we focus on cultivating moving meditation through learning how to use the breath. This class has the same principles as a Vinyasa practice (breath synchronised movement) although here we practice at a much steadier pace. Expect to learn breathing exercises and progress towards a repetition of slower movements helping you find a harmonious connection with your breath and body.
In this class you will be introduced to the classic yoga postures and sequences. You will learn a series of fundamental postures including balancing, basic twists, backbends, side stretches and breathing practices. Each pose is accessible to all levels offering modifications and variations to suit all. This class is delivered with clear and mindful instruction to help you feel familiar and confident with the basic principles of movement.
This class is great for anyone new to yoga or anyone wishing to refine their posture and alignment by moving at a slower pace.
YIN AND YANG YOGA
In this approach we begin with some Yin poses and then move into a more dynamic flow. By starting the practice with Yin this helps to prepare the body for the theme of Yang. Expect around 30 mins of Yin and 30 mins of Yang, allowing time for Pranayama, winding down and relaxation.
Restorative Yoga is a unique and profound form of Yoga. In this practice we aim to create a complete system of support in postures so every pose makes the body feel held and nurtured.
This practice aids physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Bringing balance by calming the nervous system and allowing the inner functions of the body to rest, digest and heal. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific parts of the body or systems within it. It is a very holistic practice, focusing on mind, body, energy and spirit together.
In the sessions we will take just a few poses per class and let the body settle into each one. In our fast paced lives it is so important to take time to slow down and be present.
Ashtanga Yoga is a flowing and dynamic yoga practice that unites body and mind through the practice of postures (asana), linked by flowing movements (vinyasa) in time with a steady, even breath (samavritti). The result is a practice that is light, yet grounded; a mind that is focussed, yet relaxed; a body that is strong, yet flexible; and emotions that are feeling, yet not over-reactive. With consistent practice, the other stages of the 8-fold path of Ashtanga Yoga unfold. The natural focus in led Ashtanga classes tends to be the flow, and this is as it should be because it’s in the flow that the meditative aspects of the practice can be realised. In Ashtanga yoga we aim for the flow to be the primary emphasis of our practice.
We believe strongly in moving mindfully with awareness and for this reason each week the Ashtanga class focus alternates from flow/fundamentals
techniques and alignment.
Yoga Nidra means Yogic sleep. Sophia will then lead you into Yoga Nidra, one of the deepest forms of meditation.
Sophia will help guide your awareness around your body leading you towards entering a dreamless sleep while remaining awake. Expect to feel deeply restored and nourished!
Mysore Style is a particular way of teaching Ashtanga Yoga that comes from the traditional way it was and is still taught in the city of Mysore in Southern India. This method encourages autonomy within the yoga practice as the student learns the sequence bit by bit with help from the teacher.
The class essentially functions as 1:1 teaching but in a group setting. The class is not lead so students will come and practice at their own pace and the teacher will be there to give in-depth advice, adjustments and further teaching of asanas to the students as they need it.
FLOW AND RESTORE
A steady flowing vinyasa class with a restorative undertone. Expect a balance of ease and effort through the exploration of breath and body awareness. Learn to flow in harmony with the natural ingredients of your own body.