Yoga

Beginners Yoga 

Monday 6:30 - 7:30pm

Ashtanga Yoga 

MONDAY  - FRIDAY 6:30 - 7:30am

Ashtanga Yoga Flow classes are based on the Ashtanga Yoga System taught by the late Pattabhi Jois. 'Ashtanga' means 8 limbs or branches and the physical practice of yoga acts as one branch, pranayama or breath another.

Traditionally Ashtanga Yoga follows a set sequence of postures combining Ujjayi Breath, bandhas or locks and a dristi or focus point. 

Moving with the breath or vinyasa, is central to the practice. These elements combined help to build and maintain heat and align the body throughout the practice.

It is a dynamic practice that requires an element of discipline and dedication but one that will build strength, flexibility and focus.

The beauty of Ashtanga Yoga is that it is suitable for beginners through to advanced students.  

Practice practice and all is coming.

 

 

Yin Yoga

WEDNESDAY  8 - 9pm

Yin Yoga is a mix of yoga, mindfulness and Chinese Medicine.

The Chinese philosophy of Taoism is comprised of Yin (slow, cool, dark) and Yang (warm, fast, bright) elements that interconnect and compliment one another. 

In Yin Yoga, poses are generally performed in a seated or lying position and are held significantly longer than in other types of yoga.  Bone, connective tissue, joints and ligaments are all considered yin tissues; they require a passive sustained stretch to achieve increased flexibility and mobility.

As the deep connective tissues within the body relax with time so does the mind.  This is the practice of mindfulness.  In Yin Yoga we focus on the physical sensations and emotions we feel in the present moment.  Often the mind is distracted by these physical sensations/emotions and feelings such as irritation, fear and anger can arise.  The principle of Yin Yoga is to embrace these feelings.  The power of breath is used to help overcome any distractions that may arise. 

Additional to the physical stretch and the practice of mindfulness is the application of Chinese Meridian Theory.  There are 12 major meridians within the body and each meridian is associated with particular organs.  In Yin Yoga particular poses work different meridians and their recipient organs.  This subtle process combined with breath allows the body to become balanced.   One can feel both calm and energised at the same time at the end of a Yin Yoga class.

 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga 

TUESDAY 6:30 - 7:30pm

Vinyasa, also called flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together, is one of the most popular contemporary styles of yoga. In vinyasa yoga, each movement is synchronized to breaths.

Yoga for Men 

SATURDAY 8 - 9am

Yoga increases body awareness, which helps reduce anxiety and increase blood flow 

Benefits of Yoga

  •  Increased flexibility.

  • Increased muscle strength and tone.

  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality.

  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism.

  • Weight reduction.

  • Cardio and circulatory health.

  • Improved athletic performance.

  • Protection from injury.