The word yoga means literally ‘union’. The central idea of practising yoga is to tune into yourself, the universe, liberation from earthly matters by marrying the breath and movements in a mindful way. Yoga is built on a faith-informed platform and it is for everyone; those with a faith, spirituality or none.
The aim of yoga should be to develop a personal practice, so our aim in all sessions is to inspire you into your own journey in yoga.
More about Monday’s Dynamic Flow class
Sometimes called Vinyasa Flow or Power Yoga, at its purest is based on an ancient form, and is a style of yoga devised by Krishnamacharya in Mysore, India in the early 20th century.
Referenced to Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga ~
- Nama ~ moral codes
- Niyama ~ self-purification and study
- Asana ~ posture
- Pranayama ~ breath control
- Pratyahara ~ withdrawing of the mind from the senses
- Dharana ~ concentration
- Dhiyana ~ deep meditation
- Samadhi ~ union with the object of meditation
The central idea is to marry the breath to movement; each Asana is accompanied by focussed breathing to enhance the practice, heat the body and focus the mind.
More about the Explore classes on Monday, Thursday & Friday
On Monday early eve, Thursdays and Fridays, we take many familiar elements of what we could term ‘popularised yoga’, and break them down to allow you to explore the mechanics and ‘feel’ of the Asana (pose).
It’s ideal for those who don’t want a fast class, have little or no yoga experience, or who want to go deeper into the physiology of yoga and spend time understanding the benefits of each pose. We take our time and understand how each Asana is built from the ground up, and slowing the sequences down allows us to focus on the feel and consciously to build strength and flexibility.
All classes incorporate elements of Pranayama (breath control) and Savasana (relaxation) – which may be more familiar to you as mindfulness or meditation. After the effort of Asana comes the end of the practice where we stop and mindfully rest. A frequent comment is that Savasana is by far the hardest part of the class!
For more information on times and locations, please see the Classes page.