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YOGA-Styles

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga (a combination of body postures, breath-work and meditation)

Definition: Ha - sun and Tha - moon. The practice is about balancing the opposites: sun and moon, left and right of our brains, masculine and feminine, hot and cool, and active and passive

 

Hatha yoga is slow, gentle and the poses are held for a long period of time.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa yoga (linking breath to movement in continuous dance-like movements/flow)

*It was created in the 20th century by K. Pattabhi Jois

 

In a Vinyasa class poses are linked to each other in a flow with smooth transitions while being instructed to move from one posture to the next on an inhale or an exhale.

It is a practice that teaches us how to become conscious of our movements.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional series of postures practiced in the same order each time. The system focuses on improving strength, flexibility, stamina and concentration. The sequence and poses of the preliminary series (also called Yoga Chikitsa/Yoga Therapy) are meant to purify the body and internal organs.

 

Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga

This type of class differs from the usual way of teaching yoga. The class is not "led" together, instead, the students practice their own portion of the Ashtanga sequence at their own pace. The teacher instructions students one-on-one within the group class setting through verbal cues & physical adjustments.

*** New/beginner students are taught poses one at a time. Each student is given a yoga routine according to their ability - if a student has trouble with a particular pose, the teacher can offer a modification. Additional poses will be given to each student as they become more comfortable, aware and stable in the poses within the sequence that they are practicing. 
 

What if I don't know the sequence /do I have to learn it at home before attending class? :

No you can attend a class without any knowledge about the sequence. 
Ashtanga is traditionally taught one pose at a time - meaning the next pose in the sequence should be taught and added only after the student is/was comfortable and stable in the previous pose.

Yoga + Thai massage

A dynamic and deeply relaxing class that mixes the practice of Yoga with Thai massage techniques in a group setting (max 4 participants.) Participants are led through a series of gentle yoga poses. While in comfortable and relaxing poses the teacher will go around the class applying various Thai massages techniques like: applying light pressure to deepen stretches,  kneading the muscles with hands or elbows to relieve tension and assisting with twists.

Duration: 60 min, 90 min or 120 min

Cost: $30/individual or $50/2 participants

Pranayama/ Breathwork

Pranayama/Breathwork is conscious control of breath. The techniques 

Session options: private 1 one 1 or 2+ (up to 5 participants.)

Duration: 15 min, 30 min or 60 min

Benefits:

  • Purify the mind and body (prepare for meditation or concentration)

  • Relax and activate both the left and right brain

  • Correct your breathing habits (long, deep and unforced)

  • Balance energy

  • Expand energy