Ever been to a yoga class and left feeling demanding more? As though it was a nice stretch but not much else to it? This class is for people who want MORE: more flexibility, more strength and stamina, whether you are a climber, cyclist, tough mudder, cross-fit maniac or just someone who likes to push yourself and be active! Open to all levels, you don't need to be able to do a chaturanga dandasana or a handstand to join in but expect to work towards more complex poses and to feel worked out in the end! This hatha-based class is perfect for anyone who enjoys a challenge and wants to improve overall fitness, prevent injury and compliment other physical activities such as climbing, cycling, running, cross-fit etc.
A well-rounded class that doesn't just focus on the physical aspect of yoga but also includes pranayama - breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation. If you'd like to feel better in your body, reduce stress, learn to become more mindful - this class is for you. Open to all levels.
There are countless benefits of yoga. To me, the main one is to make you both your body and your mind feel good. The main goal of practising yoga is to counter our habitual postures - when we sit at the desk all day, do demanding sports that constantly shorten and tighten our muscles. Yoga practice is there to correct those habits, return our lenght and flexibility to us, combined with stamina and strength.
We often think of postures when we imagine yoga but it's the breath the helps us connect the body and the mind. Correct, conscious breathing is a large focus of each class. We also use some of the breathing techniques called pranayama, such as:
The Sanskrit word bandha means to 'hold', 'tighten' or 'lock'. On a physical level Bandhas are the ‘core’ of core strength - they act as the base, the middle and the ‘lid’ of the core, retaining life force energy. In yoga we use bandhas to stabilise, strengthen, energise and increase stillness and awareness of the body.
A lot of students often struggle when they start yoga when it comes to the final relaxation - savasana, yet it is the most transformative part of the practice.