If you are new to yoga and unsure about which style of yoga would suit your body, look no further! Here is our guide to each class....
Ashtanga yoga is a set sequence of poses. The 1st series of poses is called the primary series. This method involves synchronising a specific breathing technique ( Ujiya breath) with the asanas ( yoga poses). This produces an intense internal heat and purifying sweat that detoxifies the muscles and organs.
When practiced regularly the result can be a lean, strong this body, improved circulation and a calm mind.
Ashtanga yoga levels explained:
Introduction to Ashtanga. This course covers the fundementals of the Ashtanga practice. Much of the initial focus is on breathing work and the form of the sequence.We also look at relaxation and meditation as a means to relaxing the mind and body.This course is open to complete novices and is aimed at those with a good basic level of fitness.
Level one: Further exploration of the Ashtanga practice for students whom have completed the beginners course. This course will gradually take you through half of the Ashtanga primary series, one pose at a time. We also start to explore the finishing sequence more thoroughly, looking at headstand and backbends in greater detail.
Level one Plus: Further exploration of the Ashtanga practice for students whom have completed the Level one course. This course will continue to move through the Ashtanga primary series, one pose at a time. We will look at the latter part of the sequence in more detail, from Nirvasana until the final pose of the Primary series; Setu Bandhasana.
Led class: A led class taking participants through the whole of the primary series. This class starts where the level one course leaves off.It is a full talk through class, done together at a steady, rhythmical pace. Participants need to have a good knowledge of the Ashtanga sequence to be able to do this course.
Full Led Primary Series, plus Pranayama: This two hour class will guide you you through some Pranayama ( breathing) exercises and then full led Primary series. This class is geared towards participants who have a thorough grounding in the primary series
This is the traditional method and the manner in which this practice is communicated in Mysore, South India. The Practitioner does her own practice at her own pace and is given guidance and adjustments from the teacher when required. Mysore style is geared towards the more seasoned practitioner.
Based on David Swenson’s ‘Short Forms’, this class will be a 1 hour 15 minute class modifying the primary series.It is geared towards people who are short on time, or who are not ready for the entire Primary Series.We will go through the ‘key poses’ of the primary series, including a nice long relaxation and savasana at the end. This class is open to all levels but is particularly suitable to those who have a little experience of the primary series already.
Adolescence can be a difficult time fraught with insecurities. This teenage yoga class will empower teenagers to deal with these potential stresses and pressures. The class will include some flowing sequences to warm up the body, followed by some long held poses.There will also be breath work, relaxation techniques and a short meditation.
Seasonal Yoga is based around traditional Chinese medicine which recognises that our bodies need different types of nourishments at different times of the year. Summer season is a time of high energy when Ashtanga has the most benefit. Autumn and Winter are times of drawing in and slowing down by bringing things to a conclusion and focusing on the breath. Spring is a time of growth and renewal when we stretch ourselves out of winter towards new beginnings. All these ideas are reflected through seasonal yoga practice which enhances the body’s natural healing system through movement which moves energy around the body.
Baby yoga is a set of practices to encourage bonding and playful interaction between mother and baby.
Our baby yoga classes are suitable for babies from 6 weeks old. We combine gentle stretches with songs and rhymes. The movements can aid wind, settle colic and help with sleep patterns.The classes not only include sequences for baby, they also include stretches for mum. We teach important after birth exercises including gentle pelvic floor exercises and gentle poses to strengthen the abdominals.
We place an emphasis on relaxation for mother and baby, so we allow time at the end for both parents and babies to wind down.The style of baby yoga taught ta the wee yoga room is Birthlight. You can find more information about Birthlight here:
This class moves at a slow pace and is suitable for people looking for a slow and relaxing class experience - though a basic level of fitness is required. The classes look at a broad range of poses and the focus is on relaxation rather than having a work out.
A challenging and dynamic class that combines posture with fluid movement and the rhythm of the breath. It doesn't follow a particular routine but works on different themes (such as hip openers, standing poses or forward bends) to produce a flowing and energising powerful style of practice. Dynamic flow can help to build strength, improve flexibility, and calm the mind and aid wellbeing.
Yin Yoga has its roots in the Daoist tradition.
Yin Yoga is a meditative, mindful practice, working on the floor with no dynamic movements, at a slow, calming pace, holding poses for long periods of time. The hold length increases with experience, working towards five minute holds in class.
The philosophy of Yin Yoga recognises that we need both yin and yang practices to provide us with the balance needed in our body, mind and spirit. Therefore, adding a Yin Yoga class to your health and well - being routine will keep you in optimum condition.
With the backdrop of calming music, you will be guided through postures, using the breath, being encouraged to observe thoughts, but not get involved with them. You will use props, such as bolsters, blankets and blocks to find your ideal variation of a pose.
Yin yoga is suitable for beginners and more experienced yogis alike.
Power Yoga poses vary from class to class; there is no set order. It involves aerobic exercise and constant strenuous movement. Much of the inspiration for this style of yoga is derived from the Ashtanga series of poses. This style of yoga is perfect for those looking for a strong physical practice and for those who have a good level of fitness.
FITNESS AND WELLBEING CLASS WITH GIGHA SMITH
Matwork classes are excellent for strengthening & lengthening your muscles - whether you need them stronger for a marathon or simply to enhance daily life this class is perfect for you.
PREGNANCY CLASSES WITH GIGHA SMITH
Pregnancy is a time to really look after yourself. These classes are perfect to maintain your natural strength in preparation for your growing bump and you can begin anytime after 16 weeks