Suitable for all levels, Yin is a meditative form of yoga. We use longer holds in relaxed seated and lying postures to allow deeper layers within our body to be stretched. The slower pace of the class gives an opportunity to explore the meditative aspects of yoga, using techniques such as mindfulness. Yin yoga is a chance to step back from our busy daily lives and achieve balance, peace and calm.
Yoga uses postures (asanas) to lengthen and strengthen muscles. Coordinating these postures with the breath integrates the mind and body, clearing away the stresses and strains of daily life. The careful use of krama, or stages, in this class means that it’s suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike. Expect sun salutations and stretches to evenly work the body, moving mindfully towards the final deep relaxation in savasana.
A strong style of yoga that follows a traditional sequence of asanas (postures) to stretch and strengthen the body. There are several series which require progressively more experience. This practice uses pranayama (ujjayi) throughout to create a moving meditation, a true melding of awareness with our experience. These classes include sun salutations, standing poses, balances, seated poses and inversions.
Half Yang (dynamic) and half Yin (slow). We use dynamic movements at the start of this class to ease away tension, loosen and connect to the body. We then move into slower floor poses to calm the body and mind. A great way to relax and end the week.
I also cover other teachers' classes. Here is a brief description of some of these styles:
- Hatha Yoga: A slower form of yoga which, while still physically challenging, gives more focus to connecting the body and mind. Likely to contain pranayama (breathing exercises) or a short meditation.
- Dynamic/Vinyasa: A quicker form of yoga where you flow from posture to posture, typically returning to sun salutations throughout the class.
- Core: A strong class focusing on strengthening and connecting to the muscles of your abdomen.
- Power Yoga: A strong style that grew out of the Ashtanga tradition, focusing on strengthening the body, typically including a higher proportion of upper body strength.