Suitable for beginners
Basic Yoga classes introduce the very basics of the yoga practice, where movements are broken down individually. Students will learn the basic alignment of postures and the difficulty is geared to individuals that are new to yoga practice.
Students will be introduced to yoga postures through step-by-step verbal description and demonstration. Emphasis is placed on student understanding, safety, and stability within each pose. If you have never tried yoga this series is perfect for you and is designed to meet the needs of those new to yoga as well as those seeking continued understanding of basic yoga poses.
This foundational class focuses on basic seated, standing, and supine yoga postures, alignment principles, mindfulness, and breathing techniques. Poses can be modified to accommodate physical limitations and all abilities. Students can expect deep stretching, muscle toning, increased flexibility, lots of personal attention, and enthusiastic support.
Suitable for all levels
Deep Stretch classes aim to increase flexibility and range of motion in the muscles and joints. Stretching increases blood flow to the muscles, reduces stiffness, and prevents injuries. This class provides a calm and relaxing space to let go of tension, focus on your breath, and let all your stresses fall away.
Students will find themselves stretching mostly to improve flexibility, going through a structured series of exercises to lengthen, strengthen and rebalance specific muscles of the body. This class is also extremely suitable for athletes and can help to achieve optimum muscular balance, good posture, and superior levels of physical performance, appearance, health and well-being.
You will walk away feeling and moving better in your body.
Suitable for all levels
Yoga Core classes focus on building core strength as well as overall toning. Students flow through a series of poses with interval rests in between each series.
The core is made up of many muscles - rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, erector spinae, and the internal and external obliques. Having a strong core is invaluable and can be beneficial in many ways. Building core strength can result in better balance, better posture, and even alleviate back pain. While it strengthens the body, students are required to achieve calmness within their minds because mental power and focus is necessary to keep up with the routine.
Some yoga poses that require the engagement of the core muscles include Navasana ("Boat Pose"), Ukatasana ("Chair Pose"), Tolasana ("Scale Pose"), and Vasisthasana ("Side Plank Pose"). To make classes more exciting, Bakasana ("Crow Pose") can be introduced to the students.
Suitable for students who are looking to improve flexibility and at the same time, strengthening
Yoga Stretch-Flow classes are designed for students to improve their flexibility. This class places emphasis on dynamic stretching instead of traditional static stretching. Students move through a series of poses for hips and hamstrings flexibility. Backbends can be part of the routine as well.
Unlike Yin Yoga, movements are active and not held for a period of time. Students are encouraged to sync their breath with their motion, with exhalation focused on relaxation of the stretched muscles. Many athletes, dancers, and martial artists attend this class to complement the sport that they are involved in. This class helps to open up tight areas such as the hips and the hamstrings, and at the same time - supporting the recovery of stiffness in muscles. Yoga props such as yoga blocks, yoga straps, and the yoga wheel can be used to support the student in achieving the ideal alignment.
The class starts off gently with poses such as Marjaryasana ("Cat Pose"), Paschimottasana ("Seated Forward Bend") s well as the usual routine of Surya Namaskar ("Sun Salutation"). Thereafter, students may explore poses such as Eka Pada Rajakapotasana ("One-Legged King Pigeon Pose"), Hanumanasana ("Monkey Pose"), and Upavistha Konasana ("Wide-angle Seated Forward Bend").
Suitable for students who are looking to practice with the help of a yoga wheel
Wheel Yoga combines the use of a yoga wheel with traditional asanas. Designed to open up areas that are typically tight due to modern-day living – the yoga wheel expands the chest and shoulders, stretches the hip flexors and rejuvenates the spine. Practising with the yoga wheel creates a unique overall opening experience. This class is not suitable for student with spine injuries.
By using the yoga wheel throughout your practice, eventually, your body will gain more mobility and flexibility. The wheel gives you the confidence to go into an even deeper stretch than you normally could, allowing you to move your body in ways you never could before. It’s also brilliant for easing back pain and works wonders to massage the length of your spine. The wheel works great with the natural curvature of your spine, rather than a square firm foundation of a block. This can help you roll out to deeper positions more comfortably.
Arm Balance & Inversions
Suitable for intermediate practitioners or those who are ready to begin their inversion journey
Arm Balance & Inversions classes are tailored for practitioners who are ready to begin their inversion practice. Students concentrate on execution techniques rather than achieving the end poses. Strengthening exercises form part of the practice.
No doubt the most common fear amongst students is falling. It is important to build up confidence and practice safely with the correct techniques. Many students who are new to advanced poses attend this class to adopt safe ways of building up an inversion or to discover different methods of achieving an arm balance. Besides strength, it is essential to bring awareness into practice - knowing each and every muscle that is being engaged or relaxed. To lift off, energy needs to be channeled to the correct muscles.
To bring up the energy of the class, the flow of Surya Namaskar ("Sun Salutation") is slightly faster. Thereafter, poses are being taught and executed by students in a step-by-step manner - Parsva Bhuja Dandasana ("Baby Grasshopper"), Parsva Bakasana ("Side Crow"), Sirsasana ("Headstand"), Mukta Hasta Sirsasana ("Tripod Headstand"). To further strengthen the shoulders as well as back muscles, students will practice Pincha Mayurasana ("Forearm Stand") and Adho Mukha Vrksasana ("Handstand") against the wall.
Yoga for Teens
Suitable for teens 10 years old and above
Yoga for Teens classes will be taught in a non-competitive environment and students are encouraged to listen to their bodies, something that many don’t learn until later in life. Students learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress, and connecting to their bodies in a loving way, while still being playful and fun.
Yoga for teenagers is as beneficial as it is for adults. It is a safe and potentially effective therapy that can help children and teens cope with physical and mental conditions and help improve emotional and behavioral well-being.
Many teenagers do not pay much attention to their postures in daily life. With yoga practice, we will bring awareness to standing and seating postures as well as spinal alignment. To improve the level of focus and attention span, balancing poses will be incorporated into the practice.