Reading's Yoga Community
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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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.
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.
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.
A steadily placed class that includes various breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation practices and yoga asana/postures, all of which contribute to physical and mental wellbeing. Some classes are themed and teachers will explore alignment principles and movement development, by applying our modern understanding of how the body functions to traditional Yoga postures. Myths, stories and aspects of Yoga philosophy are sometimes shared as sources of inspiration & creativity. We draw to a close with restorative positions and/or a relaxation, tapping into the subtle realms of the practice.
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.
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.
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.
Community Class- Yoga For All!
This is a general level class suitable for all. No matter your yoga experience level. These classes are the more accessible price of £7. Please note there is no wheelchair access to the studio it is accessible by two flights of stairs.
Strength + Conditioning for Yoga
By isolating different muscle groups we will work through a series of functional exercises using bodyweight to develop strength and stability in the muscles used for our yoga practice, assisting with our alignment in postures and helping to give us the prerequisites we need to practice yoga safely and effective
Iyengar Yoga carefully focusses on body awareness and alignment – systematically working through a sequence of postures called ‘Asanas’.
Students will often say they walk away from an Iyengar Yoga class taller, straighter & full of energy in spite of having worked hard. They also say that they can sleep better, are more self-confident and feel more at peace.