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Styles of Yoga

(Led) Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Our led ashtanga vinyasa classes take students through the first half of the Primary Series so they can experience this dynamic, flowing practice, characterised by its use of the ‘vinyasa’, or a ‘special link’, which connects each posture to the next in one smooth movement, in synchronisation with the breath.

This marriage of breath and movement is the essence of ashtanga vinyasa. The heat created detoxifies the body and gives a great all round cardiovascular exercise; building strength, stamina, flexibility and tone.

While ashtanga is often seen as a more dynamic, challenging form of yoga, in reality anybody with an average level of fitness can do it.

With practice the strength and flexibility will come.

You can download the Ashtanga Primary Series Instructional card below
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About Ashtanga Self Practice

The ‘Self Practice’ style describes the unique way of learning ashtanga yoga where you learn the Primary Series step by step, entirely at your own pace. So rather than being led through the sequence, you will be aided in memorising the poses over time, cultivating a consistent practice, and practicing independently. New poses will be added gradually. Your class time will vary depending on your pace and the number of postures you have learned to practice. It is not necessary to arrive at the exact start time or stay for the entire scheduled class.

We regularly hold Beginners Courses. If you are new to yoga this course is essential and a great introduction to the ashtanga yoga practice.

Beginner’s Ashtanga Classes

This class is suitable for complete beginners and those who have attended our beginner’s course.

We will work through the standing and seated poses of the ashtanga primary series, providing a balanced practice and a foundation of how the Ashtanga practice works. Modifications and options of poses will be provided to ensure the class is accessible and fun!

Vinyasa Class

These flowing classes use sequences to build to a peak posture, plus an opportunity for a long relaxation and restorative postures at the end of each session. These classes are intermediate level and suitable for anyone who enjoys flowing sequences, and a few challenges.

There is a focus on breathing and each class will include various types of pranayama. There will also be a meditation/relaxation.

Restorative Yoga

This is the practice of slowing down.

Sink in. Allow yourself to be held by the support of bolsters, straps, blocks and eye pillows. Take your time to get completely comfortable in each position so that you can settle in for up to 15 minutes.

Each session will include a guided relaxation in Savasana. Some weeks many include a Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) and include a guided journey of sensation through the body, noticing one part at a time.

Hatha Flow and Restore

These classes are a lovely mix of some slow sequences, some sun/moon salutations and then delicious restorative yoga; holding super relaxing poses for several minutes. 

Yin Yoga

While a dynamic yoga practice focuses on the muscles, yin yoga focuses on the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and joints of the body that normally get less attention during a more active Asana practice. Suitable for almost all levels of student, yin yoga is a perfect complement to a dynamic (yang) practice such as ashtanga which focuses on heat building and purifying and muscle strengthening and lengthening.

In this class we add multiple props (blankets, bolsters and blocks) to support the body and create a restorative experience.

Acro Yoga

AcroYoga is a community-based practice that supports people through movement, connection, and play, combining the playfulness of acrobatics with the healing therapeutics of yoga.

Solar acrobatics are fun, energetic, and cultivate trust; Lunar therapeutics are compassionate, gentle, and cultivate listening and letting go.

In our All-Levels classes, you will train body alignment, muscle engagement, and balance—whether you are a beginner or experienced, you can never train these aspects too much. Each class will focus on basing poses, a flow, or a washing machine, finishing with a short partner massage.

Strength Training

Led by an expert strength and conditioning trainer. These classes involve a mixture of weights and circuit training activity and will focus on building good technique and strength to support your yoga practice.

This class can also support injury rehabilitation or changing negative patterns caused by habits in our every day lives.

Functional Flow

This is a general level class and is suitable for anyone who wants to move with more ease. It will focus on increasing mobility and strength in approachable ways. It is a perfect compliment to any fitness regime or to add to your existing yoga practice.

This class will incorporate joint mobility, yoga postures and strength work and will always include a well deserved relaxation.

Please check the weekly class schedule for details.