Pilates is simply……..Strength and Flexibility with CONTROL. Developed by Joseph Pilates, it is a physical exercise system of precise exercises coupled with breath and muscle engagement to stabilise and tone your whole body. Great for those looking to strengthen, prevent injury or rehabilitate. We recommend starting Pilates with a foundation course to learn the basic steps before moving onto drop-in classes.
Hatha yoga is a classical form of yoga and is the foundation for all other styles. Hatha’ will typically involve a set of physical postures (yoga asana) and breathing techniques, practised more slowly and with more static posture holds than perhaps a Vinyasa flow or Ashtanga class. All of our beginners’ courses are based on a Hatha style and are the perfect starting point for your yoga journey.
Vinyasa (pronounced “vin-yah-sah”) 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. The intensity of the practise is similar to Ashtanga, but no two vinyasa classes are the same.
Restorative yoga is a delicious way to relax and soothe frayed nerves. Also described as yin yoga, restorative classes use bolsters, blankets, and blocks to prop students into passive poses so the body can experience the benefits of a pose without having to exert any effort. A good restorative class is more rejuvenating than a nap. Studios often offer them on Friday nights, when just about everyone could use some profound rest.
Ashtanga is based on ancient yoga teachings, but it was popularized and brought to the West by K. Pattabhi Jois (pronounced “pah-tah-bee joyce”) in the 1970s. It’s a rigorous style of yoga that follows a specific sequence of postures and is similar to vinyasa yoga, as each style links every movement to a breath. The difference is that Ashtanga always performs the exact same poses in the exact same order. This is a sweaty, physically demanding practise, so make sure to bring your trusty yoga mat towel.
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga as exercise, incorporating principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with asanas (postures) that are held for longer periods of time. For beginners, asanas may be held from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more. Yin yoga stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility as the poses stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas.
Bringing mindful awareness to any physical activity creates an alert focus to whatever you are doing in that exact moment, thereby transforming the movement into a form of meditation. Therefore mindful yoga is considered to be a form of meditation, and/or it is very often practised before a formal meditation sitting. Based on Hatha yoga, its emphasis on observing rather than reacting. Although this should always be the case in yoga, this practice, in particular, places great importance on observing your mind and feelings while you are acting out the yoga pose.
Kundalini Yoga was brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan. It is considered one of the most comprehensive forms of all of the Yoga traditions. It combines many practices such as meditation, mantra, physical postures and breathing techniques. It is a Royal (Raj) Yoga as it contains all eight aspects (limbs) of Yoga. With the practice of Yoga, the Kundalini energy expands upwards awakening our potential to connect with our higher selves. Kundalini Yoga practices enliven our Kundalini energy in a systematic and “tried and tested” format so that the student does not access any more energy than they can gracefully accommodate.
Neuroconnective Yoga is a wonderful blend of Hatha yoga and neuromuscular techniques that will move you deeper into your practice. During this class you will learn how to release tight muscles and work with your own body through powerful Pranayama, (breath work) muscle activations, asana and meditation.
Fusion Flow is a specifically styled class that is both graceful and powerful. This class has a super-positive effect on the mind and body. Designed by fusing the style of yoga, pilates, and dance to improve posture, muscle definition and increased flexibility. The class is choreographed to an upbeat, uptempo soundtrack, which will burn off any heavy energy leaving you feeling refreshed, energised and excited for the day ahead.
This challenging class will take you through a series of focused, progressive postures to help reshape muscles, increase strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. It is a dynamic class suitable for all levels, with an emphasis on proper alignment, breath, flow and precise movement.
The Iyengar yoga method is internationally respected for its sophisticated understanding of the yoga asana. There is a great focus on good alignment and the use of props to support your yoga. This form of yoga is a great start for beginners of any age.
Iyengar Yoga develops strength, flexibility and endurance. You will learn precision and subtlety in your asana and breathing (pranayama) practice.
Iyengar yoga’s method is progressive, safe and orderly. The teaching and the postures are adjusted to meet the conditions and needs of each student.
A strong Vinyasa Flow class, based on the Jivamukti tradition. Yoga is more than just breathing and stretching, that’s why we will add some extra fun to our session!
Not only will we practise asanas borrowed from the Ashtanga primary series; we will also strive to take our yoga off the mat; to develop a sustainable balanced lifestyle.
So while flowing, we will find inspiration in our weekly themes & stories, helpful mantras & deep meditation.
Yoga Pilates Fusion
Working with classic Hatha poses to relax the body & focus the mind. We incorporate the fundamental basics of Pilates to strengthen your core, lengthen your limbs and keep your body toned. Challenging & conditioning in a relaxed atmosphere.
Zumba is a blend of fitness styles, set to a musical medley featuring salsa, mambo, belly-dancing, cha cha cha, bhangra, merengue and reggaeton and its high-level action has made it a huge hit in gyms and sports halls across the globe. Great for physical fitness, strength and weight management – and hands down the most fun you will have exercising!