Ashtanga Primary Series
Ashtanga yoga is a 5,000-year-old set sequence of postures designed to bring strength, flexibility and endurance to the body and a meditative state of mind. This class refers to the primary series of the Ashtanga system and is a flowing sequence of asanas (postures), which uses ujjayi breath, and bandhas (energy locks) to increases muscular strength, flexibility and concentration. Classes are carefully designed to introduce beginners to this style of yoga in a safe and supportive way.
Vinyasa is a flowing style of yoga with its foundation in Ashtanga. The asanas (postures) mirror those of Ashtanga, but are done in a free-flowing sequence. Vinyasa means “breathe-synchronised movement”, so the postures are timed with the breath. Vinyasa is appropriate for all levels, from beginner to advanced practitioner. This style of yoga builds greater muscular strength and tone, increased flexibility and a more calm state of mind.
Traditional Hatha yoga is a holistic path, including physical asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing) and meditation. Unlike Vinyasa based classes in which students flow through poses, in a Hatha class, emphasis is placed on longer held poses, core strength, flexibility, balance and concentration. This is an ideal class for anyone new to the practice of yoga, or students simply seeking a slower practice.
Seated meditation is a vital aspect of the yoga tradition, which some yogis regard as the intended goal of yoga asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing practices.) For other yogis, yoga begins and ends with the practice of seated meditation. This seated meditation class will offer an introduction to basic techniques and philosophy of meditation.
Yoga breathing, or Pranayama, is the science of breath control. The class consists of a series of exercises especially intended to meet the body’s needs and keep it in vibrant health. Pranayama cleanses the body of toxins, soothes the nervous system, develops concentration and focus, and calms the mind – he who controls the breath, controls the mind.