Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Nearly every type of yoga class taught in the West is Hatha yoga. ‘Hatha’ being used to describe any sort of yoga practice which involves a combination of postures, controlled breathing, and some kind of concentration and relaxation. All classes involve these elements to some extent. If you want your yoga practice to help you feel grounded, present and centered, then movingly slowly so that you can focus on a long, controlled breath, and feel into the experience of each posture, can be very beneficial. It can also be physically challenging and strength-building.
Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word for a phrase that roughly translates as ‘to place in a special way’, referring—in hatha yoga—to a sequence of poses. Vinyasa classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices. Vinyasa teachers sequence their classes to smoothly transition from pose to pose, with the intention of linking breath to movement.
Yoga for Pregnancy
Yoga can help you have a happy, healthy pregnancy and birth. We run two regular drop-in classes for pregnant women and regular birth preparation workshops. The classes are open to all women from early pregnancy right up to delivery, no previous experience of yoga necessary. The classes involve yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation. You will learn simple techniques to alleviate some of the common complaints of pregnancy and to help you in labour and beyond.
This is a gentle class, mainly done sitting in a chair. It includes breath awareness, joint-freeing movements and modified yoga poses. The standing poses we do are optional, and are done using the back of the chair for support. it is a friendly class suitable for seniors but welcoming of all looking for a gentle chair based class – no previous experience of yoga is necessary. Please note that the depending on the venue there might not be wheelchair access.
Sivananda Yoga is a classical and holistic approach to Hatha Yoga that stretches and tones the whole body. Sivananda involves frequent relaxation and emphasizes full, yogic breathing.
Viniyoga is an approach to yoga that adapts the various means and methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of each individual – giving each practitioner the tools to individualize and actualize the process of self-discovery and personal transformation.
A mixture of postures and sequences, with some pranayama and relaxation, to bring the body into alignment and work on building up strength and flexibility and good breathing habits. Suitable for all
Yoga for people with life changing illness
A very gentle approach using mostly passive and restorative asana, some pranayama and meditation techniques. Open to all levels of experience, including beginners. Appropriate for those recuperating from illness or injury as well as those who simply prefer a very gentle practice. Experienced students will also find plenty to challenge them on a subtle level.