Yoga styles

Classic Yoga, also called Raja, Hatha or Sivananda Yoga

This is the classic yoga class, which consists of relaxation, postures, breathing and meditation. It follows the eight steps of Yoga and there is also a comprehensive 10 week course of Yoga offered at the centre, for those that want to deepen their understanding and experience.

Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is an advanced technique for spiritual evolution that comes down from higher ages of spiritual enlightenment. Part of the ancient science of Raja Yoga, it is referred to by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras, and by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. While the actual Kriya technique can be revealed only to initiates, its purpose and basic nature were described by Paramahansa Yogananda in his famous ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’

Regular workshops are held on this subject as well as a Wednesday night Satsang.

Kriya Energising Exercises

These are a set of 39 "self-energizing" exercises taught by Parmahansa Yogananda.

These involved mostly static contraction of various groups of muscles, they are a unique variation of ancient techniques. They enable you to bring energy into the body.

Its is a wonderful series to learn giving you the ability to instantly 'recharge' yourself.

Ideal for setting you up for the day, recharging when energy is low and especially good before meditation.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga has been described as an active approach to awaken the kundalini contrasting with a passive approach. Active asana-based exercises, pranayama, and meditation are undertaken to build the nervous system, glands, and mental faculties to integrate the release of kundalini energy and balance the energy of the chakras. Kundalini Yoga, at its highest form, is practiced for the purpose of attaining bliss, developing power, serving others, attaining self-realization and ultimately merging into God consciousness

A Kundalini Yoga Sadhana (daily practice) will include Chanting (Mantra Repetition, which, by the effect of the tapping of the tongue on the different reflex points on the mouth palate influence corresponding areas of the Brain, creating a Harmonious Pure Sound, tuning, breaking mind habits (patterns) that no longer serve us and make space for habits that serve our Highest Self) Kriya (which is a succesion of Asanas done with Intention), Pranayama (breath awareness), Bandhas and Mudras (Locks), a Deep Relaxation (that will help the practitioner to allow the effects of the Kriya to 'sink in' and prepare for deeper meditation), and Meditation with or without Mantra repetition. We then chant to close the Space.

Meditation

The practice of meditation is no longer restricted to Buddhist Monks, Christian Contemplatives and Yogis. It has become part of our popular culture and brings with it positive and often rapid results.

Recommended by Doctors as a way to de-stress, combat hypertension and ease depression, by sports coaches and business managers to keep focused and relaxed, More and more people from all walks of life meditate to de-stress and to help deal with the complexities of modern living.

Its easy to learn and need only take 10 minutes a day.

We teach this on a weekend workshop every month.

Scaravelli Yoga

Inspired by Vanda Scaravelli, using gravity and the breath to rediscover and rejuvenate your back and joints. Yoga in the tension-free style includes a series of Asanas, using breath and awareness to go very deep.

This Yoga is accessible by everyone who enjoys a gentle class including postnatal ladies, those with injured muscles or spine, and senior citizens.

Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning "connection," between movment and breath.

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga was developed from Taoist yoga. It consists of mostly floor poses which are held for a few minutes at a time, usually with the help of props. It incourages space to be created within the body, lengthens our fascia (connective tissue) which increases flexibility and helps to lubricating the joints. It is also a deeply meditative practice as it allows stillness to permeate the body and mind while the poses are being held.

Private coaching one to one

These sessions are suitable for everyone regardless of age or experience.

Private yoga tuition and Life coaching, either one-to-one or in small groups can be a great way to deepen your practice, with sessions tailored specifically for your needs and capabilities. You may wish to focus on improving certain postures, addressing particular health concerns or simply enjoying yoga to develop your own personal practice.

Achieve your full potential in any chosen discipline or sport, whether it is weight training, mountain biking, running, golf or tennis to name a few. Yoga can be extremely helpful in alleviating the tight muscles and stiffness caused by consistent training or repetitive action necessary to participate in most sports or leisure activities.

Aside from the physical benefits, the positive mindset, improved breathing and deep relaxation gained from a regular yoga practice can also help increase performance, improve focus, and reduce injury and aid recovery.

Increase your flexibility, stamina, strength and levels of energy. Learn to relax and reduce stress in your life.

Caution:

Yoga is often an excellent remedy to a range of injuries and medical conditions, but it is vital you speak to the teacher before a class if you have any condition or injury of any kind. The teacher will then be able to advise you on any postures you should modify or skip. If you have a condition that you think may be affected by exercising in a heated room then please ask your GP for advice. We are more than happy to discuss how you can get the most out of your Yoga practice and will always give you the best advice we can (and we do have a lot of experience dealing with a range of injuries and conditions), but we are not medical professionals..

Other classes at the centre

Akido

The Way of the Peaceful Warrior offering Ki-Aikido Classes

Aikido practice can benefit everyone, male or female, young or old. All can enjoy and improve their health and fitness by attending regular classes. The formal and more spiritual aspects of Aikido appeals to some, the physical side to others. Its full and natural body movement has aerobic benefits for all. When practiced regularly it will assist in developing a fitter, suppler and stronger body with improved flexibility, reflexes and reactions.

AIKIDO is a modern, non-violent, non-aggressive Japanese martial art which was developed early in the twentieth century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). In Japanese, Aikido means “the way of harmony with the forces of nature”. It is a path where the keen edge of martial art is used as a way to spiritual growth.