What to expect?

All classes are mixed ability and no matter what practice is being taught, there is always a modification or alternative to suit each individual, enabling all students to benefit from a practice that is right for them.  Beginners are welcome in all classes.  Classes follow a common sequence of centreing, asana, (posture), relaxation, pranayama, (breath development), and meditation, however, the order and time lent to each may vary depending on the aim and desired outcome of a practice.  The intended sequencing of a practice is known as vinyasa karma which means to place the steps in a special way and facilitates an intelligent practice that will optimise the benefits.  If one is not feeling good after practicing yoga then something is amiss!

 

Centreing - Provides a transition from the busyness of your day to a more internally focused practice. Stillness encourages the body, mind and breath to come together, a good time to check in and set an intention for practice.

Asana - Translating as ‘seat’ these are the physical postures practiced which bring improvement to all of our bodily functions and inner systems, increasing physical and mental strength, flexibility, balance and co-ordination.  Asana can be practiced as long held postures, moving dynamically in and out of postures or as part of a flowing sequence linking breath with movement.

Relaxation - The heart of yoga and key to assimilating the benefits of practice.  Stillness brings quiet to the mind and deeply relaxes the body awarding the systems of the body to come into a deeper state of balance and recharge to take place.

Pranayama - The breathing exercises practiced in order to purify our physical and energetic bodies.  ‘Prana' is essentially the vital life force that is everywhere, but in this case refers to the breath. ‘Ayama’ means to develop or expand so this practice is concerned with developing the dimensions of the breath in a progressive way, cleansing and strengthening body and mind.  Practices can be invigorating and rejuvenating as well as calming and grounding.

Meditation - Generally practiced seated with the spine erect, concentration techniques may be guided or simple focuses introduced such as breath counting or mantra repetition in order to develop mental focus and presence and induce a state of clarity and inner peace.

 

In a time when the focus of yoga can have a dominant physical focus, all classes are taught with an underlying theme woven through to introduce and connect students to the deeper teachings and philosophies that yoga has to offer.