Ashtanga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) was a student of Krishnamacharya. His grandson Sharath and daughter Saraswati continue to teach in Mysore today.
It is taught in either a led class format or in Assisted Self Practice Classes (traditionally called Mysore Style).
In these classes there is a set series of asana (physical poses) which are linked together dynamically with the breath (vinyasa).
Primary Series (Yoga Chikitsa – Yoga Therapy)
Detoxes the body, mind and senses. Realigns the body structurally with focus on forward bending.
Intermediate Series (Nadi Shodana – Nerve Cleansing)
Purifies the nervous system by opening and clearing the energy channels, with focus on back bending.
Suitable for all levels, including beginners with some fitness, no major illness or injuries. If you are unsure if a class is suitable for you, please don’t hesitate to contact the teacher directly.
Developed by Matthew Sweeney, a student of Pattabhi Jois.
The vinyasa sequences of this practice provide an alternative or complementary option to the Ashtanga series, to balance and inspire. They are taught in Assisted Self Practice Classes on a one-one basis.
A slow flowing sequence, in particular focusing on opening up and releasing tension in the hips and lower back.
A playful & uplifting intermediate level sequence, with the focus on opening & strengthen the upper back and shoulders.
Suitable for all levels.
Iyengar is a practice in the tradition of BKS Iyengar.
His method focuses on detail, precision, alignment, sequencing and timing.
The practice includes the use of props such as straps, blocks, bolsters, etc to prepare, open and align the body for asana.
Classes include variations of the poses to suit individual needs and to expand the knowledge of each asana.
The class ends with conscious relaxation.
A dynamic, energetic form of Haṭha Yoga developed by Shandor Remete, an initiate of the Goraksha Sampradaya of Kanpatha Yogis, who has practiced for over 60 years.
The practice is based upon his practical understanding of ancient classical Haṭha Yoga texts, exploration of present day yoga styles, and other disciplines including martial arts, Kathakali & Bharatantyam dance forms, which all have a common basis in their preparatory forms.
Preparatory forms create the environment for the unfolding of the energetic principles of yoga found in the maps of Hatha Yoga anatomy & physiology, and Indian (marmasthana) & Chinese energetic systems.
According to Hatha Yogic anatomy, the body is composed of 3 discrete bodies and 5 sheaths (coverings or shadows). The practice of Hatha Yoga has evolved with the purpose of dissolving these shadows.
The progressive preparatory forms called Preludes, of this sustainable practice bring about changes in flexibility and firmness and cultivate awareness of the rhythmic flow of life force.
Breath-led movement-based practice to strengthen and open the body and mind.
Focus on building stability and functional mobility on and off the mat.
Small classes with lots of personalised attention and modifications.
Class sequencing varies with each teacher, and week to week.
Suitable for all levels.
Floor based gentle yoga practice using props to facilitate longer holds.
Ideal practice to restore energy, calm the nervous system and discover the healing power of the breath.
Less physically challenging but more mentally challenging for some.
Yin Yoga was founded by martial arts expert Paulie Zink in the 1970s and developed into what is today by Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. It has roots in both Taoist and Yogic Philosophy.
The approach to asana (postures) primarily focuses on the myofascial & meridian systems of the body which requires complete muscular relaxation and uses gravity as a guiding force. During the class this is created by moving through four phases: Create a shape or posture, find stillness, hold for a time and carefully release. Props are used in a customised way to ensure each student can find stillness.
Along with asana, the tools of pranayama, meditation and mantra are used to navigate and transform the physical, energetic and mental body.
It is balancing to the current world we live in, which is predominately Yang, with fast-paced lifestyles and constant overstimulation, Yin Yoga provides harmony and balance. It can also help provide balance to more active, dynamic Yang styles of Hatha yoga.