I teach a variety of different forms of yoga which all have incredible benefits for the body, mind and spirit.
THE DIFFERENT STYLES OF YOGA I OFFER:
One of my favourite styles of practise. Restorative yoga is a practice which is all about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. In most of my classes we hardly move at all and spend quality time doing a few postures in the space of an hour. The experience is completely different to most other contemporary yoga sessions. The majority of yoga classes are an active practice in which you move from pose to pose, building heat and increasing the strength and flexibility in the body. Often the general trend in yoga is towards movement and developing a core athletic style of practice.
During a restorative practice each posture is held for a longer length of time, this allows your muscles to deeply relax. A variety of props, rather then your muscles are used to support the body. Restorative classes are extremely mellow, often with soft music which allows the body to completely relax and release stress.
Yin Yoga is a slower more paced style of modern yoga with asanas (yoga postures), that are held for a longer period of time. The time may range from 45 seconds to 3 to 4 minutes depending on the posture and the experience of the attendees. Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body - stretching the tendons, fascia and the ligaments with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
It is a lovely slow meditative practice and creates inner silence and creates more awareness of of light within the body during and after practice. The teachings of Yin Yoga began in the Western world in the late 1970’s and has immense links to martial arts and Taoist yoga.
Yoga Nidra is a wonderfully relaxing practice which uses guided visualisation to go deeper into the conscious, unconscious and subconscious mind. The practice consists of becoming totally relaxed with the use of guided visualisations. A deeply restorative practice known as "psychic sleep."
The body slumbers whilst the mind stays awake. A 45 minute session is equal to two hours of sleep. The practice engages the left and right side of the brain which aids creativity and allows the intention to be realised. This leads to increased energy and deep inner work.
Hatha is the simplest style of yoga and can be the slowest. It's the perfect way to start learning about Yoga and it's benefits. The style is one of the oldest practices to learn and blends yoga asanas with different breathing styles. It is the softer systems of Yoga which slowly revives the body into rest as it combines the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), thus bringing peace to the mind and body. Hatha prepares the body for going into deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.