If you’re wondering whether to dip your toes into the waters of yoga or if you have had some yoga experience already, we have put together an overview for you to help you to choose which class would be just right for you, wherever you are on your yoga journey.
Monday 9.45 AM Yoga4fitness concentrates on movement, breathing, transitions from one posture to another and progression. There is no spirituality attached to yoga4fitness, postures are described from a pure fitness perspective (Suitable for all levels from beginners to those with a little experience not recommended for those with back issues)
Tuesday 11 AM & 6.45 PM Hatha Yoga Hatha Yoga (Suitable for complete beginners and those new to yoga as time is spent concentrating on alignment and use of breath)
Wednesday 9.45 AM – Vinyasa Flow (Suitable for all levels from beginners to those with a little experience). Dynamic class with modifications for suit all levels.
Thursday 8 pm – Ashtanga Primary Series – Level 1 (suitable for those with some yoga practice and those wanting the learn Ashtanga).
Friday AM Vinyasa Flow Vinyasa Flow (Suitable for all levels from beginners to those with a little experience). Dynamic class with modifications for suit all levels.
Saturday 11.30am Vinyasa Flow (Suitable for all levels from beginners to those with a little experience). Dynamic class with modifications for suit all levels.
Sunday 10.15am Ashtanga Primary Series – Level 1 (some yoga practice and those wanting the learn Ashtanga).
Yoga4fitnessis a fitness program that incorporates stretch, strength & Yoga postures to promote a powerful physique, endurance and flexibility.
For those taking part in an Y4F 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. Y4F concentrates on movement, breathing, transitions from one posture to another and progression. There is no spirituality attached to Y4F, 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 Y4F moves and postures can be sequenced together to the beat of the music making transitions seamless and graceful.Y4F 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.
Hatha Yoga All yoga styles originate from Hatha Yoga, which literally translates to “Ha” represents sun and “tha” represents moon, Hatha yoga helps us to work towards balance, releasing tension and creates space to find balance and connection so easily lost through modern day living. Hatha usually is a slowly-paced and gentle approached class, consisting of asanas. It’s great for those new to yoga as time is spent concentrating on alignment and use of breath.
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 all 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. Students progress in each posture as they build their practice. Adjustments and guidance will invite students to experience a deeper level of the asana.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga Vinyasa means “movement linked with breath.” Asanas are sequenced together to build towards a peak asana. This style of yoga is 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. A theme for the class will be experienced and each class will focus its attention to particular areas of the body i.e the spine, the shoulders, the hips, core strength all woven together with little gems from Yoga philosophy.
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