Yoga is an ancient tradition that is far more than an exercise system. It involves not only movement, but also Breathing Techniques, Meditation and Philosophy. It touches you at every level, physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga will help you to manage your life with a little more calmness, composure and Equanimity. A regular Yoga practice will help to build strength and flexibility within the body and provide a sense of stillness within the mind.
This is the foundation for most Western Yoga practices, using yoga postures ( Asana ) and breathing practices ( Pranayama ) to promote a sense of alignment and balance to the mind and body. This is a slower paced class and will work on a particular theme or body area and will work on building strength and flexibility in the body. The class will start with a short meditation to ground and centre, followed by focused movement with the breath with more static Yoga postures, and will end with breath work and a relaxation.
Vinyasa simply means to link together. In this class we dance through different Yoga postures linking them with breath to create a flowing sequence. The style is more dynamic with constant movement, finding occasional stillness in the flow to ground the body and mind. This style of Yoga is particularly good for people who experience stiffness in their bodies from sedentary jobs, as it helps to release the Fascia tissue more than static Yoga postures.
Level 2 – A slightly more challenging class moving at a faster pace, with some experience of basic yoga postures and reasonable fitness.