We’re seeing more and more people doing it, Instagram accounts are full of great Yoga pictures, and everyone is talking about it, but why is it so beneficial? What can this practice really bring you?
Practicing Yoga regularly helps to feel better, more peaceful, and more serene. By practicing Yoga, you learn to reduce your stress level and to leave aside all the worries of everyday life. Yoga shares this characteristic with meditation, it allows to refocus and to empty the mind. Regular Yoga sessions help you relax and create moments of serenity in your everyday life.
Aerial yoga is a type of yoga which uses a hammock or yoga swing to allow students to perform postures that they may not ordinarily be able to attempt on the yoga mat. It is often also referred to as flying yoga.
Exercises include acrobatic elements – fliping yourself upside down releases pressure on your spine. Let gravity do its work. Our Aerial teachers will mainly teach gentle stretching, some core work and how to safely do the inversions.
Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement”. Vinyasa (or flow) yoga consist of a serie of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling.
Vinyasa movements are smoothly flowing and almost dance-like. It is a style of yoga characterized by stringing posture together so that you move from one to another connecting movement with breath. The variable nature of Vinyasa Yoga helps to develop a more balanced body as well as preventing repetitive motion injuries that can happen if you are always doing the same things every day. Vinyasa classes are often quite dynamic, which requires the mind to stay focused in the present. The practice itself is like a moving meditation.
If you have never tried Yoga before this is a great place to start, and for those who enjoy a less strenuous practice a great practice to stay with. Despite being a more relaxed class you will still gain the benefits of creating strength while increasing your flexibility!
Hatha yoga aims to harmonise body, mind and spirit. The classes draw on the classical Hatha yoga postures which help to build strength and stamina, also focus on the alignment of the body whilst adding an element of flow. Pranayama (breath work) and meditation are also key to the practice and help to bring balance to the breath and the mind.
Yin Yoga is a slow practice of well-supported seated and supine postures, encouraging softness and nourishment. Each posture is held for 3 to 5 minutes to gently relax and stretch deep muscles and tissue.
These sustained holds offer us the opportunity to slow down and stay with what is, moment by moment, breath by breath. The meditative Yin Yoga practice can lead to a sense of greater harmony and peace in life, more ease in body and mind, and a deeper sense of balance. Feelings of calmness, acceptance and gratitude may arise.
When we are well rested, the body heals and regulates itself. Restore the body to its natural state of health and emotional balance with deeply relaxing gentle yoga poses and breathwork. Release tension and ease anxiety in this practice of self-love and self-care. This is a quiet practice, where you really listen to your body and mind.
On some mornings at 10, instead of practising yoga we learn about the history, philosophy, meaning and purpose of yoga. Our teachers introduce you to the fundamentals of yoga. In each session it is highly encouraged to ask questions and seek answers.
Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required.