Astanga is a dynamic athletic style of yoga – usually taken up by those who have some prior yoga experience – with a general understanding of the poses at least.
This Vinyasa style of yoga which synchronizes breath with movement is often described as a meditation in motion. The sequence is repeated until the student has memorized, the full sequence of the primary postures to develop into what is known as a “Mysore Style” self practice – each student then continues at their own individual pace depending on the individuals qualities and abilities. The practitioner develops the use of the ujjayi breath which combined with the flowing Vinyasa creates internal body heat – Tapas - helping to detoxify and cleanse the body.
This method helps in developing both stamina, strength and flexibility at the same time increasing over all fitness levels – at the same time as encouraging stillness in mind with concentration on self.
Hatha flow is a fluid style of yoga, linking movement with breath, while working on healthy alignment principles. Working with the breath energises the body and calms the mind. Each class is different and structured to offer inspiration for all levels, with modifications and challenges as needed. Expect a gentle warm up, building through flowing sequences, with some held poses, deeply relaxing postures and pranayama (breath work) depending on the theme. Regular practice can help you build strength, stamina and flexibility. It improves posture and breathing, helping you to release tension and relax.
Iyengar Yoga, named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, is a form of Hatha Yoga that’s emphasis is in the detail. There is precision and alignment in the performance of each posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama). The development of strength, mobility and stability is gained through the repetition of asana with constant steady focussed attention.
B.K.S. Iyengar systematised over 200 classical yoga poses and 14 different types of Pranayama - ranging from the basic to advanced. Ensuring that students progress gradually by moving from simple poses to more complex ones developing their mind, body and spirit gradually step-by-step.
Kundalini yoga, is relatively new to the Western Hemisphere, Sometimes referred to as "The Yoga of Awareness”. Kundalini Yoga is one of the oldest forms of yoga practiced in India. Originally, it was not taught publicly, until a Yogi Bhajan challenged its secrecy - starting to teach it openly to the public in 1969. Considered by some to be one of the more spiritual styles of yoga.
Kundalini yoga focuses on breath and movement, with chanting and mantra bringing an important focus to the practice which challenges students both physically and mentally; it will strengthen your body and uplift your mind.
Classes are fun, friendly and open to all.
Pilates builds a strong foundation of core stability that results in better posture, improved alignment and decreased pain. Pilates trains the body as an integrated whole creating optimal muscle balance in strength and flexibility.
Combines breath and pranayama with very gentle asana poses; helping students to restore balance after illness, injury or just plain exhaustion - mental , physical or both.
Tailored to the individuals needs; the poses are adapted to the situation of the students needs to restore wellbeing and balance.
This class combines breath and pranayama along with long held relaxation poses with releasing techniques; helping students to restore the balance between the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems.
The student watches the breath and the directions that the mind tries to take it self; distracting from that which is important – the breath and the inner sensations of the body
It is when the body and mind truly relax, that real healing begins – one of the most interesting practices of modern yoga – less is more – you are required to be as comfortable as you can possibly be, assisted by the facilitators/ teacher.
Vinyasa Flow is a "breath-synchronized style of Yoga," it is dynamic with a series of poses that are designed by the teacher to move you through a smooth flowing and almost dance-like routine, which explains why it is referred to as Vinyasa Flow.
Each class moves smoothly from one pose to another, most likely including a variety of Sun Salutations. Vinyasa yoga is almost like a dance with synchronized breath and movements; the style and sequence will vary depending on the teacher.
This is a gentle, nurturing Yoga class for pregnant women during this important period in their life. Strengthening and supporting the body as well as encouraging the development of openness and softness in preparation for the birthing process. Enabling the mother to connect to the softness and yielding of both body & mind required during labour, this is developed through the asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation. These classes develop the strength, and the containment of the pelvic/hip region, as well as the wellness of the whole body & mind; preparing the mother for labour and the first weeks after the arrival of her baby
As the students journey through the classes, different poses, breath & movements may be suggested for the process of labour - building a memory bank to access when the birthing process begins. There is focus on the different elements of breath, supporting the pregnancy and utilised during labour – a sense of ‘breathing the baby out’. Prior to the end of class, a meditation, breathwork or visualisation will be done before the Relaxation. The Relaxation is an important part of the class where students are encouraged to completely indulge their need for rest and comfort, sustaining themselves and their growing baby. Yoga builds confidence and awareness of body and mind. The community of the class is an added benefit where the women can swap information and stories. Women may commence the Ante Natal class at 14 weeks.
A class designed to gently re-integrate the body after being pregnant for approximately 40 weeks and the process of labour. The class aims to build strength and stamina, the flexibility of the spine, the stability of the joints and the circulation of the body. We aim to gently tone the abdominal muscles, allowing them to knit back together, and regaining the pelvic floor muscles – a ‘closing of the body’ after labour. The class encourages re-alignment of the spine and pelvis. We use the breath to encourage a sense of wellness, relaxation and the need to nurture oneself, enabling the woman to develop confidence in her new skills of mothering. We aim to develop an awareness of posture with the new movements the mother adopts in the care and handling of her baby. The class also encourages the new mums to be part of a new community, and for some, to continue relationships developed in the Ante Natal class.
This style offers a deep dynamic flowing sequence of yoga postures fused with movements of Pencak Silat (Indonesian martial arts).
This practice allows the individual to explore boundless potential, harmony, playfulness and connect with the self (inner voice). Classes maybe very dynamic and flowing one week and then more alignment and breath based the next. This is a continuous flow of postures with Indonesian Gamelan music.
1st Level – Strength & Flexibility,
1st sequence, guided
2nd sequence, silent and led
Incorporating elements of Vinyasa and Hatha as well as dance and yoga games, this class is an energetic flow beginning and ending with relaxation, to encourage creativity, concentration and self-awareness.
It is essential that people book as spaces are limited to 12 participants.
WEDNESDAYS 3:45pm - 4:30pm £8
Weekly sessions of guided meditation.
Meditation is a method to train one's mind gradually. The aim is to become more skilled so that we can make positive choices directly influencing our wellbeing.
In these sessions we will cultivate a mind that has two qualities: stability and clarity. We will practice different guided meditations, gently explore physical qualities of movement and stillness, participate in pair and group discussions, and experience different types of positive mental attitudes that contribute to our physical and emotional wellbeing.
All are welcome.
Sundays, 7-8:30pm, £12