Ashtanga (Sanskrit for “eight-limbed”) is named after the eight limbs of yoga mentioned in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, popularised by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century. There are eight branches of practice of which asana (physical yoga poses) is only one. However, pranayama (breath) is also incorporated into the physical form.
Tristhana means the three places of attention or action: breathing system, posture (bandha), and looking place (dristhi). These are essential for Ashtanga yoga practice and cover the three levels of purification: the body, nervous system and the mind. They are always performed in conjunction with each other.
Ashtanga Yoga is renowned for its dynamic postures, formal structure and strong physical practice.
Hatha Yoga (Sanskrit for “force”) is a branch of yoga considered to be the most traditional form of yoga practise. Hindu tradition believes that the deity Shiva himself is the founder of Hatha Yoga.
In the 20th century, Hatha yoga, particularly asanas (the physical postures), became popular throughout the world as a form of physical exercise. Its combined focus on mindfulness, breathing and physicality, bring health benefits with regular participation. Participants report better sleep, increased energy levels and muscle tone, relief from muscle pain and stiffness, improved circulation and an overall increase in general health.
Hatha Yoga is renowned for its encouragement of deeper breathing and physical postures to aid relaxation.
Level 1: Mondays 1:00-2:30pm | Level 2: Mondays 7:15-8:45pm
IYENGAR Yoga is a method of yoga developed by BKS Iyengar. Regular practice develops strength, stamina and flexibility, improves concentration, self-confidence and stills the mind, resulting in an overall increased sense of well-being.
An emphasis is placed on precision and the best possible alignment of the body so that the risk of injury or pain is minimised and the body can develop symmetrically through practice. Quality of movement is prioritised and the use of props such as blankets, blocks and bricks helps participants of all levels of ability to work safely in the classical asanas (yoga poses).
IYENGAR Yoga is renowned for its use of props to encourage better posture.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Vinyasa (Sanskrit for “connection”) Flow Yoga is a term that covers a broad range of yoga styles. It is called flow yoga because of the smooth way that the poses run together and in which movement is synchronised with the breath. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you to flow from one pose to the next.
The flowing form of this style allows the teacher freedom and creativity in structuring the class, meaning each class offers something different. The classes offer varied options for participants to choose their preferred level of intensity. Teachers offer variations and specific adjustments in postures to allow a deeper connection and better understanding of the poses.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga is renowned for its flowing movement and variation in style.
Yoga & Pilates Kids (primary school age)
Traditional forms and systems of Pilates and Yoga are studied in the children’s classes, but they are delivered in a fun, creative and accessible way for young people. Using games and a series of creative tasks to encourage good movement control, balance and their understanding of the forms, our Yoga & Pilates Kids classes are helping participants to increase their health and wellbeing.
The classes help children to develop stronger bodies, a better range of movement, their imagination, confidence and encourage relaxation. They make friends, learn about their bodies and have fun.
Family Yoga (preschoolers)
A fun yoga session for preschool children along with their grown up. This is fabulous opportunity to get your little ones into Yoga in a gorgeous and calm studio setting. Experienced teacher Bel Harvey from Yogaberries creates the perfect way to wind down for you and your little one. We’ll bend, stretch and play. And then we’ll quieten our minds and rest.
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