Literally translated, ‘Vinyasa’ means ‘to arrange’ or ‘to place in a special way’. But often, it is simply translated as ‘flow’, and this can be a useful way to think of Vinyasa. It refers to a carefully arranged sequence of Asana’s (yoga postures). Movement from one asana to the next follows the breath. The result is a smooth, flowing class that become almost dance-like.
Vinyasa Yoga is a general name for any flowing style of yoga, and is characterised more by variation than consistency. Although it has evolved from Ashtanga yoga over time and is based on the ‘Surya Namaskara’ (‘salute to the sun’) sequence, teachers develop their own sequences using different Asana’s and creative transitions.
As Vinyasa Flow does not adhere to any set yoga systems each class is uniquely different and diverse. Each class is designed to meet the needs of the students who attend.
A Vinyasa flow class can vary from a gentle flow, focusing on alignment, breath and deep relaxation to the strongest sweatiest boot camp style workout you have ever experienced.
If you enjoy having things a little loose and unpredictable and like to move then Vinyasa Flow is for you.
These classes are ideal for complete beginners of any age or ability; focusing on Pranayama (breathing exercises), learning and understanding the Asana’s (yoga poses) and long deep blissful relaxations.
Beginners/Seniors yoga is taught in a relaxed, playful atmosphere, promoting questions, humor and positive outlook.
If you are looking for a more informative gentle approach towards yoga then these classes are for you.
Yoga Nidra means 'Yogic Sleep'. It is a deep relaxation in which you leave the waking state, go past the dreaming state, and enter into the dreamless sleep state, while remaining fully awake and alert. This state of awareness is extremely beneficial, both for releasing stress and for subtler spiritual explorations or experiences.
The Yoga Nidra class will include a few gentle flows (yoga poses) to help loosen up the body, some gentle pranayama to help us mentally prepare and then a gloriously long relaxation which will include: Salkapa (seed of intent) Rotation of consciousness, Pranayama, Awareness of sensations, Inner space and Image Visualization.
For Yoga Nidra you need to bring along blankets, pillows and wear warm comfortable clothes.