Yoga

Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. We offer a variety of styles throughout the week.

Beginners Ashtanga

The word Ashtanga translates as 'eight limbs' and describes eight aspects of a traditional yoga practice and lifestyle. The physical practice, stemming from Mysore in India, follows as a set sequence of postures, allowing the practitioner to become familiar with it and build a confident, regular practice.

 

This class is a modified and shortened version of the full sequence. It will integrate strength and flexibility drills that will help you to achieve postures within the full series. We will break down the more complex postures working on opening and strengthening the hips, back and shoulders and will create a strong core foundation to support all the postures.

Taught by: Alison Newsome

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is a gentle yet dynamic style of yoga that unites yoga postures, breath work and awareness practices. In this class we’ll learn breathing practices to support movement, postures that enhance strength and mobility and also practice in a way that supports balance across our whole selves.

 

This class is open to all levels of practice and is beginner-friendly. Throughout, you’ll be invited to move at your own pace, with your own breath and in a way that feels good for you.

Each week the class will interweave simple yogic philosophy to inspire and help root the practice, as well as mindfulness to bring us back to our present moment experience and help calm the mind.

Taught by: Rachael Webb

Ashtanga Yoga: Full Primary Series

The word Ashtanga translates as 'eight limbs' and describes eight aspects of a traditional yoga practice and lifestyle. The physical practice, stemming from Mysore in India, follows as a set sequence of postures, allowing the practitioner to become familiar with it and build a confident, regular practice.

 

This class is not aimed at complete beginners, but we will offer modifications for all postures as required, so if you've done some yoga before then please come as you are and enjoy!

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Vinyasa, which in Sanskrit means to place with awareness, is also used to describe breath linked with movement. Generally, there is no set sequence of postures in a Vinyasa Flow class; the teacher creates the sequence sometimes around a theme that leads to a “peak” posture.

Some teachers lead you through a slower, alignment-based class where you explore each posture in more depth. Other teachers will include more vigorous, dynamic, movement-based postures and sequences. In every case though, breath remains the central theme and it’s the anchor around which everything flows.

These classes are great for general toning, strengthening, lengthening and aligning of the body. Because they’re dynamic, they also help develop cardiovascular fitness, stamina and endurance. Working with the breath creates balance, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the body’s “rest and restore” mode. But it’s not just a physical practice – classes use meditation and mindfulness techniques to aide concentration and improve general mental wellbeing.

Taught by: Katie Murphy

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a stilling practice that cultivates a deep sense of awareness through the release of mind and body stresses. An antidote to urban life, Yin focuses on releasing the connective tissue of the body (tendons, ligaments and fascia). Poses are held for long periods, allowing the student to relax as they express patience and quiet.

In this practice postures are held for a longer period time, whether that’s 3 or 5 minutes, and you will meet the intensity of a stretch to help you to foster a deep, pervading sense of calm. Staying in the poses for this extended time intensifies and deepens the stretch, which is supported by props to prevent overstretching, and creates a feeling of spaciousness in the body. Becoming still in a pose and staying with the stillness gives you the time and space to allow sensations and feelings to arise, which can help to balance and calm the mind. Yin yoga also helps you increase mobility and flexibility, as well as work deeply into the connective tissues of the body.

Taught by: Alison Newsome

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