Hatha yoga is a combination of asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques), with possible chanting. This is a slower-paced class with a strong focus on alignment and how to do each pose correctly. More recent yoga styles have evolved from hatha. Our hatha classes work through a series of poses and often build towards a peak pose, coupled with a series of counterbalance poses, to align and balance. Standing poses, twists, balancing poses and reclining poses may also be included. This class is ideal for beginners to yoga, or more experienced yogi’s.
Hatha Yoga assists with anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia and any sleep disorders, promotes wellbeing, improves fitness and core strengthening and overall balance. A sense of being grounded and connected is evoked and the use of body postures, breathing techniques and meditation all aid in centering and balancing the individual through this practice.
Vinyasa flow is an active form of yoga which flows from pose to pose with breath guiding the movement. Your body moves and glides with your breath with no break between the various poses, promoting a dynamic movement. A variety of postures are combined typically including standing, seated, twists, supine, balancing, folds, inversions and backbends. Sun salutations are incorporated most often and this style is ideal for those seeking a more active, energetic movement experience. It is a beautiful example of a moving meditation.
Vinyasa Flow is a more upbeat style of yoga – fast and active, meaning an increased heart rate given that the movements are active and in quick succession. This style is excellent for cardio, core strengthening, building greater strength overall in your body and enhancing flexibility. This style is ideal for active, athletic yogi’s seeking a more aerobic and rhythmic class. (If you are experiencing any knee, neck or shoulder issues or have a history of pain, or you are pregnant, we recommend you rather take a yin or restorative class.)
Yin yoga is fully restorative with most of the asana’s practiced seated, or on the mat. Yin means passive (compared to yang which means active). This style of yoga is typically coupled with meditation, providing space to move within. Yin yoga focuses on stretching the connective tissue at a deeper level (fascia, ligaments, joints) as one holds the poses for several minutes.
Yin Yoga is a wonderful practice for those suffering with anxiety given the focus on deep breathing thus calming the body and the mind. It is a great aid for meditation and promotes wellbeing, helps with insomnia and creating calm and stillness. The benefits of strengthening and stretching connective tissues are multifold, especially in creating space for the flow of qi and prana through the connective tissue and energy pathways, and promoting a state of wellbeing.
Restorative yoga focuses on the holding of various poses (or asana’s) for a period of time to gain the benefits of the asana. Use of props such as bolsters, straps, blocks and blankets also aid in attaining comfort, supporting and depth in a particular pose, helping your body to settle and deepen into the pose as a result. We may also include breathwork, poetry, meditation, visualisation, creative expression and mantras into our restorative classes. This is a very calming and relaxing form of yoga that is gentle and slow and is suitable for any age with the emphasis on inner relaxation of body and mind. The ability to identify where tension is stored in the body helps one to release that tension through this gentle practice.
Restorative Yoga helps with anxiety and stress relief, calms and centers the mind, stills the spirit and helps relax. It is a wonderful way to boost your immune system, regulate blood pressure and accelerate your body’s healing journey. If you are having trouble sleeping, dealing with depression or anxiety, or experiencing migraines or headaches this is an ideal form of yoga movement.
Yogalates is a combination of yoga and pilates with a focus on working the entire body and promoting functional movement with attention to detail in alignment and technique. The focus is on toning, stretching, aligning and strengthening working with the core.
Yogalates is ideal for weight-loss, toning the body and strengthening the spine and back through core strengthening work. Ideal for developing greater flexibility and core strength.
Yoga nidra (yogic sleep) is an immensely powerful meditation practice promoting deep relaxation, inducing states of mind between waking and sleeping. Resting comfortably in Savasana, this systematic meditation takes you through pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), with a guided set of verbal cues, leaving you with a sense of wholeness. The end goal is to bring in a state of meditative consciousness called Samadhi.
Yoga Nidra is incredibly beneficial for insomnia/lack of sleep as it down-regulates the nervous system. As well as de-stressing and bringing in a sense of calm. It helps detach yourself from a busy mind and thoughts, releases tension and pain, and enhances a connection to self.
Power yoga, deriving from the Ashtanga series, is a powerful and vigorous style of vinyasa yoga flow, promoting body heat to build from within with the use of synergy between movement and breath. An adaptation of yoga that has developed within the Western world to accommodate a physical form of meditation. Often includes dynamic flow of asanas, core work, and opportunity to explore inversions and arm balances. Ideal for intermediate level and above.
Energizing, enhances stamina, muscle and core strength, flexibility, posture and mental focus. Relieves tension and releases toxins. Can help with weight loss and increasing cardiovascular health.
Pregnancy yoga classes consist of gentle cardio, nourishing yoga poses and powerful breathing techniques. Feel more calm and relaxed while gently building strength and body confidence, and really connecting to your body’s innate intelligence. Absolute beginners and all trimesters welcome. If pregnant please consult your doctor before starting – women at risk for premature labour are not recommended to practice prenatal yoga.
Pregnancy Yoga strengthens your body, and as your pregnancy progresses use the breathing techniques and gentle stretches to nurture the changing rhythms of your body as you grow your baby. The breathing techniques also help with any nervousness around your baby’s birth.
Mom and Baby Yoga
Mom and baby yoga classes promote the healthy development of developing little bodies and awareness through touch, movement and relaxation. Share in special bonding moments with your baby, while regaining some mama warrior strength and flexibility, and socialising with other moms.
Builds body awareness and connection between mom and baby and is a wonderful way to bond with your little one, and other moms.
Rainbow yoga is for kids 3-6 years old and our little yogi’s love these classes which focus on creative play and mindfulness through yoga. Each class is based on a theme, around which the story-telling develops a whole new universe through use of yoga poses (‘grow tall like a tree’, ‘wag your doggy tail’), mindfulness-based games and crafts, breathing, visualisation, relaxation and dance.
Physically stretches, strengthens and develops healthy growing bodies, strengthens the immune system, relaxes the body, promoting better sleep. Mentally and emotionally these classes promote self-awareness and confidence, support emotional intelligence and improve stress and anxiety management.
Pre-teen Mindfulness Yoga
Pre-teen mindfulness yoga is for pre-teens aged 7-12 years and is ideal as a way to encourge mindfulness, support and strengthen through movement and really helps the pre-teen as they move towards puberty. Imagination, numeracy and literacy and other cognitive skills are more easily learned and remembered.
Improves problem-solving skills, creative thinking and memory as well as focus and concentration.
Teens yoga is for teenagers aged 13-17 years old and these classes provide a nurturing and non-competitive space for teenagers to mindfully work with their bodies and their emotions. Teenagers will feel confident and energetic through grounding, strengthening and balancing yoga poses. Teenagers will learn mindfulness practices for both on the mat and in their everyday lives and how to use their breath to find calmness during stressful times.
Ideal for managing stress, bringing calm and balance to teens, teaching mindfulness and building personal confidence and strengthening peer engagement.