Sivananda is traditional Hatha yoga based on 12 classical postures and always starts with pranayama (breathing exercises). Stimulating the body and relaxing between postures with a long final relaxation gives the nervous system the rest and repair we so desperately need. While the physical body gains strength and flexibility, working with the breath develops concentration calming the mind and emotions. Based on a spiritual philosophy integral yoga is taught as a lifestyle including proper exercise, breathing, relaxation, diet, positive thinking & meditation.
The class starts with breathing exercises and a warm up then follows with a gentle flowing sequence of postures leading into some still postures to finish the class and a long relaxation at the end. This is a grounded balanced practice leaving you feeling calm, vibrant and refreshed.
Classes are suitable for all levels and movements are done slowly with awareness to how the body is feeling and responding to the postures. It may also contain some more challenging options but will always start with the basic posture so that you can choose what feels right for your body according to your individual needs. This class will leave you feeling open and light and the mind very relaxed.
Vinyasa Flow is a series of postures that flow together with the emphasis on breath awareness and alignment. This more dynamic form of Hatha yoga helps to build strength, increase flexibility and is suitable for those who would also like to include a slight cardio workout within their practice. Movements work with the breath to enable the mind and body to unite giving a deep relaxation at the end of the class.