Below are the types of classes we offer:
Hatha is a very general term that can encompass many of the physical types of yoga. It will be slow-paced and gentle and provide a good introduction to the basic yoga poses such as different asana (posture practice) and pranayama (breathing exercises).
It means "eight limbs" in Sanskrit, and it is a fast-paced, intense style of yoga. The series of poses is performed, and always in the same order. The asana is very physically demanding as it required yogis to perform them in a 'flowing style', so sometimes people called it 'Power Yoga' as well.
Ashtanga yoga is a strong dynamic practice that connects the breath with movement to produce a healthy body and focused mind.
Paul's class on a Monday is working through the ashtanga
yoga primary series, which is a systematic practice of asanas following a set sequence. The difference between this and other types of asana practice is that it is done with vinyasas, which is basically the use of breath and movement to link the postures together. The practice can be quite challenging - but has great benefits!
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Satyananda Yoga is often referred to the yoga of the head, heart and hands. The head represents the intellect, the heart represents compassion and the hand represent action. Yoga is achieved when all these three aspects of the self are balanced.
Satyananda Yoga is suitable for people of all ages, sizes and physical abilities. Classes incorporate physical postures (Asana), breathing practices (Pranayana) and relaxation/meditation practices.
Satyananda Yoga sessions are designed to systematically relax the body and mind by practising asanas, pranayama and deep relaxation whilst focusing our awareness inward. Working this way strengthens the body and encourages flexibility whilst releasing tensions held within both physically and mentally. Part of the process of Satyananda Yoga is to unraval the conditioning of the mind and to become aware of thought patterns. This awareness and self knowledge allows one to step outside the 'reaction mode' that many of us reside in and begin to work towards a higher potential.
Pilates was originally devised by Joseph Pilates as a means of building a strong, healthy mind and body. Pilates builds strength from within and works the body as a whole. It can help you:
feel more toned and stronger
increase your flexibility
with rehab after injury
feel relief from stress
improve your sports performance
Classes involve both standing and mat work and the exercises are structured that you work at you own level and progress as you get stronger.
They are suitable for the unfit, the very fit and those in between!
An all over fitness class set to music. Combining moves inspired by yoga, Pilates and T'ai Chi, the aim is to build strength and flexibility while leaving you feeling relaxed and renewed. Suitable for all abilities, this will test your balance, endurance and core strength. Each class is made up of simple but challenging moves and ends with a relaxation session.