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Yoga Classes

By The Yoga School / May 1, 2017

Begin (Level 0)

This Level 0 class is designed for anyone with no prior experience of yoga, but will benefit experienced practitioners who want to revisit the basics. Each week, classes will centre on a specific area of your body, for instance, your spine, your shoulders or your hips. The poses will help you build awareness of how you carry yourself and relate to your body. Expect to have fun, laugh at yourself, and discover muscles you never knew existed!

Build (Level 1)

Each week’s classes will feature a focus pose, and offer detailed analysis of different aspects of the pose. Expect to encounter familiar poses like Downward Dog or Cobra, and gain fresh new insights into an old friend. We will take three or four passes at the same pose, playing with the pose a different way each time. Bring a beginner’s mind to experience standard yoga poses in a whole new way. Suitable for all levels.

Chair Yoga (Level 0)

A hatha-style class that combines yoga postures and chair to develop a more mindful and safe practice through an alignment-based approach. Build your practice pose by pose with the support of a yoga chair that facilitates increased balance, strength, flexibility and range of motion. Practise with confidence as you work through each pose with engagement of the intended muscle groups.

Dharma I (Level 1)

Dharma Yoga is a graceful form of yoga based on the classes taught by Sri Dharma Mittra, a 78-year-old yoga teacher who lives in New York City.  A Dharma Yoga sequence includes warm-ups, inversions, backbends, forward bends, back strengthening, spinal twists, with an 8 to 10-minute deep relaxation, following by breathing practice and a brief meditation. It offers a well-rounded practice for the body, while allowing practitioners to quiet the mind and go inside their hearts.

Dharma II (Level 2)

Dharma II is a complete practice that offers dynamic hip and heart openers, standing and arm balances, inversions and backbends. All classes include a short Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), Pranayama (breathing exercises), and Dhyana (meditation).

Dharma III (Level 3)

Dharma III is a physically dynamic and deeply meditative form of Hatha Raja Yoga. The Dharma III Shiva Namaskara sequence and poses have been designed by Sri Dharma Mittra to encourage the practitioner’s inward journey to the True Self. Deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and breathing techniques (Pranayama) are offered after the physical practice (Asana) to prepare for meditation (Dhyana), for which the practitioner may experience a state of Union with the Self (Samadhi).

Flow (Level 2)

This vinyasa-style class offers a dynamic sequence of poses that creates a flow between the more static traditional hatha yoga postures. Transition from pose to pose in harmony with your breath. Sun salutations are included to warm up. A class to get you moving, breathing and your heart rate pumping. Flow will help you shift from the noise of the outside world into a beautiful moving meditation for yourself. This class is intended to awaken and energise your mind, body and breath.

Gokul Yoga (Level 2)

The Gokul Vinyasa Practice as taught by Mahayogi Gokulacandra Das, is based on the transformative elements of Thinking, Feeling and Willing (cintayanti, bhava and vasana). A system of Ha and Tha energetical locks (bandhas) draws the yoga practitioner inward, to approach Asana (physical poses) on a Prana (energetical) level, encouraging one to refine and align Asana from inside out to facilitate a deep and meditative yoga practice.

Hatha Flow (Level 2)

This class combines both dynamic movement of flow and stillness of static postures for practitioners who would like a mix of both worlds. The practice may include salutations and poses threaded into a moving meditation with time to stay in postures. This allows practitioners to warm up and benefit from breath-centric movement and still have space to feel and work on poses for an energising and balanced practice.

Iyengar Yoga (Level 1 to 2)

Yoga as taught by the late B.K.S Iyengar. In an Iyengar class, you will learn how to perform yoga poses with an emphasis on refining the alignment of each pose. Each class will concentrate on a group of poses such as standing, forward and back bending poses, and inversions.  In these classes, you will learn mind and body awareness and be challenged whatever your level.

Kundalini Yoga (Level 1)

Kundalini Yoga is an accessible yet powerful practice, designed for those of us with no experience of yoga to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Advanced practitioners will be able to experience another dimension of yoga. In Kundalini Yoga classes, you practice sets of poses, breathing techniques, meditation, mantra and chanting, called kriyas. Practicing kriyas results in a deep sense of peace, awareness, and heightened energy, confidence and trust. Kundalini Yoga is a non-religious practice that benefits you physically, mentally and emotionally.

Pilates (Level 0)

Pilates is a unique, safe and effective workout for the whole body paying particular attention to deep core muscles that are crucial for daily living. It helps to strengthen your core, reduces back pain, improves posture and may reverse certain muscular and joint conditions which may aid injury recovery.

Pilates Reformers (Level 0)

Pilates reformer classes will take you through a series of unique moves created by Joseph Pilates and developed further by his followers. The whole body approach using the resistance and assistance of springs will strengthen your core, improve posture and balance, eliminate back pain and tone up your muscles in no time. Multiple planes of movement, different spring settings and body positions (sitting, standing, prone, supine, sideways and inverted) make reformer classes challenging and fun for both beginners and experienced practitioners!

Prenatal

Our 75-minute prenatal yoga class is designed for expectant mothers from 12 weeks and beyond. Prenatal Yoga is recommended for easing tension and promoting relaxation while deepening your connection with your baby. Combining mindful movement with breath awareness develops strength and relaxation for your mind and body, while enhancing your experience of pregnancy and building confidence in your preparation for labour, birth and motherhood.

Postnatal (Level 1)

This 60-minute class offers special me-time for new mothers to recharge, restore and reconnect with your bodies. The practice will help new mothers work off stubborn tensions resulting from breastfeeding and caring for babies, regain overall body tone – with an emphasis on pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. Pranayama (breath work) will be the essence of the practice to bring vitality and relaxation to the mind and body. Please join this class 4-6 weeks after a vaginal birth, or 10-12 weeks after a caesarean section.

Power & Alignment® (Level 1)

A hatha-style class that focuses on developing a more mindful and safe practice through an alignment-based approach. Build your yoga practice pose by pose through static holds with increased awareness of your mind, body and breath. Challenge yourself physically as you work through each pose with engagement of the intended muscle groups.

Restore (Level 0)

The perfect class to begin or end your day. Come to class expecting to unwind and melt away into an array of bolsters, blankets and pillows. Feel supported as you rest, relax and connect to your body and breath.

Yin (Level 1)

Unwind with our yin classes designed to complement to your more active or yang physical practice. Yin yoga involves longer static holds, which gently and slowly stretch your soft connective tissue. Through yin yoga, you gradually release tightness and allow for greater openness while improving your circulation. We recommend taking a yin class at least once a week to enhance your yoga practice, health and general well-being.

Yoga Nidra (Level 0)

Yoga Nidra, or known as “yogic sleep”, is a deep relaxation technique that takes the practitioner to a mindful state of deep rest. Through verbal instructions, the body is allowed to settle into a state of deep physical rest, while the mind is guided to increasing awareness of the inner world.

Yoga Tune Up® Self Care (Level 0)

This class helps you live and feel better in your body using a combination of corrective movement, myofascial self-massage and restorative poses. With the help of Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls, become aware of your body’s blind spots that are overused, underused, misused and which contribute to aches, pains and injury. Learn how to self-care, and feel more empowered, balanced, lighter and at ease in your body.

 

*All our yoga classes include a three to five minute breath meditation, and end with a three to five minute savasana.

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