Mindful (Krama) Flow
This is a fluid, yet gentle practice; a slow flow that consists of foundational asanas (postures), put together in a conscious, safe and deliberate way, linking every movement with the breath, preparing the body using biomechanics to progressively work with certain areas based on a "peak pose." This class is ideal for anyone who enjoys an "unhurried" yoga class, however this does not mean that you won't be challenged (in a good way).
In this class there is more detailed instruction on the foundations of yoga; postures with their alignment (and use of props to find steadiness and ease in the postures such as blocks and straps), breathing techniques, meditation and time to relax at the end of the practice in savasana
Vinyasa Flow or Power Flow
This style of yoga has its foundations on Ashtanga yoga (listed at the bottom of the page), and it is often fast paced; asanas (postures) are linked together in a series of movements that are synchronised with the breath. Much emphasis is placed on the transitions in and out of the asanas. My active classes follow a step by step progression into a complex or more challenging posture, this progressive build up is known as vinyasa krama
What To Expect
This style allows for a lot of variety, most of the time includes sun salutations and a few repetition of movements. Expect movement, not just stretching. Vinyasa classes are very dynamic and are recommended for people who are active, fit (or want to be!) and like to challenge themselves. This is a practice that will definitely make you stronger, warm your body and reenergise you from the inside out.
Unlike Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga Flow that are yang in nature due to their dynamic movements, yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga in which postures are held for longer periods of time (between 3 to 5 minutes) which allows us to work the deeper "yin" tissues of our ligaments, joints, deep fascial networks, and even our bones. Yin yoga is practised sitting or lying on the floor (mainly). There are no planks, no warriors, no core work. No dynamic sun salutations. No standing poses.
Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
"Yoga re-establishes our natural wholeness - the balanced integrity of our yin and yang nature"
Some of the benefits of Yin yoga are:
• Calming and balancing to the mind and body • Regulates energy in the body
• Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips • Deeper Relaxation
• Lowering of stress levels (no one needs that) • Better lubrication and protection of joints
• More flexibility in joints & connective tissue • Release of fascia throughout the body
• A great coping for anxiety and stress • Better ability to sit for meditation
Ashtanga yoga translates literally as “eight-limbed yoga” and refers to The Eight Limbs outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras which include moral and ethical guidelines, postures, breathing exercises, sense withdrawal, concentration and meditation. The most widely known "branch" of the yoga tree is Asanas which is the physical practice (third limb), however yoga implies a whole spiritual journey that goes from the deepest root of your self helping to unify mind, body and soul to achieve a higher state of being and consciousness. I teach a modified ashtanga yoga primary sequence on requests, this is a set sequence of postures that include sun salutations and the most traditional postures. Traditional Ashtanga yoga follows the same sequence and series of poses in a precise order and even though I don't teach this particular style when it comes to the sequencing, the 8 limbs of yoga are always of main importance in all of my classes.