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HATHA YOGA Focusing on body improvement and physical well being, read more…

Focusing on body improvement and physical well being, Hatha yoga consists of postures (asanas), breath control (pranayamas), muscle locks (bhandas), and gestures (mudras) aimed at balancing mind, body and spirit through practice. A Hatha yoga session is a complete workout, combining stretching, flexibility, strengthening, aerobic, and cardiovascular. Each asana or body position develops the strength and balance necessary to prepare for more challenging postures.

Asanas stretch and strengthen muscles, ligaments and joints while stimulating glands, nerves and organs. Each posture is held for a brief time, which allows for awareness and concentration of thoughts. Regular asana movement from one pose to another produces a meditative state. Generally, combinations of asanas result in a flowing style of yoga. Sequencing of asanas within a practice session allow for one pose to lead naturally into the next based on posture similarities. Asana repetitions develop body strength. The effect of combining asanas with coordinated pranayamas, or breathing techniques, produces a sense of vitality and rejuvenation.

IYENGAR YOGA Practicing yoga with this method focuses, read more…

Practicing yoga with this method focuses on alignment and precision with the use of Props such as blankets, blocks, straps, and chairs to facilitate learning and to adjust poses to an individuals needs.
Iyengar also works on therapeutic applications of yoga for a wide variety of limitations and ailments. Through a systematic progression of poses both within a class and from class to class the student’s abilities develop over time which encourages confidence and commitment.

ASHTANGA YOGA involves synchronizing the breath, read more…

Astanga Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures – a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

The practise brings joints and muscles through their movement developing elasticity and suppleness. It includes many weight – bearing postures beneficial to women. The practise improves balance and strength, energises and releases tension. The particular breath ( Ujjaii or victorious ) stimulates the nervous system, oxygenates the blood, encourages internal cleansing and aids meditation.

ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA A dynamic, challenging and flowing sequencing, read more…

A dynamic, challenging and flowing sequencing of poses taken from Ashtanga yoga and other styles of vinyasa yoga. The practice focuses on the synchronisation of breath with the continuous flow of movement. This generates heat which includes benefits of strength (both inside and out), detoxification, mental and physical balance, flexibility and stamina. Vinyasa yoga is more than a simple set of physical movements; the flow of the practice is combined with precision of the posture, and with the breath, develops focus and brings union to the internal and the external body. Suitable for those who have attended yoga previously.

YOGA THERAPY FOR ILNESS AND INJURIES Yoga therapy is a modern, read more…

‘Ancient wisdom for modern ailments’

Yoga therapy is a modern and developing field of therapeutic intervention using modifications to yoga postures and practices that are adaptive and therapeutic which stimulates the potential for healing tailored to the needs of the individual.

Yoga therapy will help you manage the illness or injury and create conditions for your individual healing through a tailored program. Focus is on developing core strength and stabilisation, a modified asana practise combined with specific breathing and relaxation techniques. Clients must commit to a home practise.

Clients must have a definitive diagnosis and permission from a reputable medical practitioner before commencement of program and relatively pain-free. Yoga therapy is fully compatible with orthodox medicines and will compliment the treatment of a range of conditions including:

  • Hypertension
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Injury
  • Back, neck and shoulder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Other illnesses and conditions
  • Phychosomatic conditions

RESTORATIVE YOGA A gentle yoga class for the less active, read more…

A gentle yoga class for the less active, those with restricted mobility or those suffering/recovering from an injury or illness. Emphasis is on posture, correct breathing with specific asanas to maintain healthy joints and musculature, improve mobility, cardiovascular and respiratory function and increase physical and mental well-being. All classes conclude with relaxation.

ANTE – NATAL YOGA A gentle and nurturing class, read more…

A gentle and nurturing class using carefully chosen modified asanas to safely stretch, strengthen and tone the pregnant body with special emphasis on breathing techniques, visualisation, posture and relaxation. This results in increased confidence, energy levels, strength, stamina and skills to cope with the demands of labour. It also aids relief from common conditions like lower back ache, insomnia, swollen joints, sciatica etc. Suitable for pregnant women from 16 weeks onwards.

MUM AND BABY YOGA is a gentle way to restore the post-natal, read more…

Mum & Baby yoga is a gentle way to restore the post-natal body after birth and bond with your new baby. Classes include post-natal yoga, baby massage and baby yoga. Benefits include pleasure and relaxation for both baby and mum, improves colic, wind, constipation and other digestive discomforts, promotes better sleep for babies, strengthens both mums and baby’s  muscles and immune system and improves baby’s muscle tone , co-ordination and reflexes.
It is also a nice way to meet other new mums.

RAINBOW KIDS YOGA And what are the benefits for yoga for children, read more…

Gymnastics, swimming, dance, martial arts, basketball, soccer… There are already many choices available to parents for physical, movement-based extracurricular classes for their children.  What makes yoga different? And what are the benefits for yoga for children?

Yoga for kids is a fun way for children to develop important skills in a fun, non-competitive environment.  Even at a young age, children often feel pressure at school academically and socially, plus the added pressure of competitive organized sports.  It is easy for girls and boys to become overly self-critical, and lose confidence in themselves as they grow and change.  Yoga is a great remedy; there is no judgment in a yoga class about how a child does a pose or plays a game.  Doing a pose ‘perfectly’ is not the aim of yoga, which nurtures a child’s inner strength and self acceptance.

This nourishing atmosphere encourages children to relax and have fun while they develop not only strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, but also body awareness, better focus and concentration, and self confidence.  In fact, a 2003 study by the University of California of children in a Los Angeles school found that children who had frequent yoga instruction saw significant increases in children’s self esteem, as well as overall fitness, academic performance, and even a decrease in discipline problems as students felt more relaxed and were more respectful of their peers!

In Rainbow Kids Yoga classes, there is a balance between spontaneity and structure, so that children learn to listen to themselves and each other as well as express themselves creatively.  Interweaving story, song, games and poses, children learn in a multi-sensory environment, exploring kinesthetic, visual, and aural learning.

Children are also encouraged to respect and pay attention to their bodies, making sure each pose feels good and coming in and out of positions when they feel ready (something most adults have a hard time doing!).  As children grow and their bodies change quickly, this becomes an important skill.

DYNAMIC FLOW LEVEL 1 A flowing class of Hatha yoga postures, read more…

A flowing class of Hatha yoga postures sequenced with breathing-suitable for beginners or those wanting a gentler practise. An introduction to the basis of posture , breathing and alignment. Concludes with relaxation.

DYNAMIC FLOW LEVEL 2 A more challenging class, read more…

A more challenging class suitable for those who have completed level 1 and who want to take their practise to a deeper physical and psychological level.

YOGA FOR MEN This class is for men , read more…

This class is for men who want to improve flexibility, endurance, athletic performance, manage stress and ‘take time out’.

PILATES Pilates is a series of stretching, read more…

Pilates is a series of stretching and strengthening exercises designed to improve flexibility and strength.Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. As the torso is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.

Pilates’ balanced approach ensures that no muscle group is overworked and as a result the body works as an efficient, holistic system, improving stamina, better breathing patterns and muscular endurance. The entire body moves efficiently and it works by building strength from the inside out and rebalancing the body.

Benefits of Pilates

  • creates a longer, stronger, leaner body
  • flattens the stomach, slims the waist and thighs
  • boosts energy and relieves stress
  • improves joint mobility
  • improves strength, tone, flexibility and balance
  • improves performance in sports
  • improves coordination
  • improves circulation
  • engages both mind and body
  • improves postural problems
  • helps prevent injury
  • increases body awareness

YOGA – LATES Yoga and Pilates are natural soul mates, read more…

Yoga and Pilates are natural soul mates. Pilates exercises and Yoga postures develop healthy breathing, flexibility and concentration, and also provide a mental focus and release that is challenging yet rejuvenating. This fusion of Yoga and Pilates, Yoga-lates, is a creative way to explore and enjoy the core strength, and alignment benefits of Pilates with the energy balancing and therapeutic effects of Yoga.Pilates focuses on developing core strength, toning and aligning the entire body. It can also protect the body from future injuries, and works to enhance and maximise the potential of the physical body in a way that is safe and sustainable.

Yoga incorporates the deeper aspects of harmony and balance between body, mind and spirit in a way that is deeply healing and transformative on all levels. The combination of the two is therefore highly complementary and beneficial. Pilates and Yoga share some exercises, but for the most part the exercises/postures are different. This class therefore has a mix from each discipline and is appropriate for people new to Pilates and/or Yoga, as well as those who would like to integrate their prior experience.