Yoga

Hatha Yoga with Taira

Taira Booth

Give a Hatha Yoga class a try if the idea of gentle yoga appeals to you or seems right for your body. It can be a great introduction to yoga, but shouldn’t be mistaken for easy yoga since it can still be challenging both physically and mentally. Hatha classes provide an opportunity to stretch, unwind, and release tension, providing a good counterpoint to both busy lifestyles and cardio workouts.

Tuesdays 11 am and 6.45 pm

 

YOGA WITH MANDY

Mandy Mills

 

Ashtanga yoga is practised in a sequential order with each posture (asana) opening the body in preparation for the next. When practised over time, the practitioner will enter a moving meditation and will build strength, balance and flexibility equally and acquire a steadiness of body and mind. “Ashtanga” literally means eight limbs. The eight limbs are described Yama (abstinences), Niyama (observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (contemplation). These limbs support each other.The Ashtanga system of yoga uses, Breath, Drishti (gaze) and Bandhas (energy locks) combined with asanas, the practice is satisfying, strong and dynamic.

Thursday 8 pm

Sunday 10.15 am

Vinyasa Flow Yoga Vinyasa means “movement linked with breath.” Asanas are sequenced together to build towards a peak asana. This style of yoga is often quite dynamic, which requires the mind to stay focused in the present. The term vinyāsa refers to the alignment of movement and breath, which turns static asanas (poses) into a flow, moving from one to the other continuously. The length of one inhale or one exhale dictates the length of time spent transitioning between asanas. Attention is placed on the breath and the journey between the asanas rather than solely on achieving perfect body alignment in a pose, as in Hatha Yoga.

Wednesday 9.45 am

Friday 11.00 am

Saturday 11.30 am

Freestyle Fitness Yoga (FFY) is a fitness program that incorporates stretch, strength & Yoga postures to promote a powerful physique, endurance and flexibility.For those taking part in an FFY class expect to improve strength and flexibility and expect to see the benefits within 8 weeks. 

You will learn how to understand your body and begin to move more effectively and efficiently, improving posture, self-awareness and confidence. 

FFY concentrates on movement, breathing, transitions from one posture to another and progression. 

There is no spirituality attached to FFY, no chanting or use of Sanskrit terms – postures are described from a pure fitness perspective. 

We adopt a mindful method of teaching that reflects the Buddhist traditions of Yoga but in a more contemporary and social environment,

We avoid prescription of extreme postures that exceed optimal ranges of motion in favour of individual strengths and performance. 

During FFY moves and postures can be sequenced together to the beat of the music making transitions seamless and graceful.

FFY is an excellent prescription for a total body programme where flexibility is often the weakest link. 

Like all group exercise, it can be taught in many different levels to suit all age ranges and abilities, but it is not recommended during pregnancy or for those with diagnosed back conditions.

Monday & Thursdays 9.45 am

 

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