Yoga

ALL CLASSES INCLUDE ASANA, PRANAYAMA AND MEDITATION

 

PRACTICE LEVELS

BEG

Walking into a studio for the first time can be daunting, but the first step is the hardest. Join our Beginners class to learn the practices of Hatha Yoga in a way that is accessible and also faithful to tradition. Explore the foundations of postural practice, discover simple breathing techniques and explore the world of meditation in a supportive environment, guided by experienced teachers.

 

ALL

 

 

These classes are perfect for both newer students and seasoned Yogis aimed at keeping the foundations of practice solid.

INT

 

 

For intermediate Yogis who are ready to move beyond Asana into the more transformative elements of Practice. A consistent practice and a steady and calm mind are the prerequisites.

ADV

Only for those students with a committed daily practice, a solid grasp of Mind/Moon and Prana/Sun and an authentic readiness to move into Tantric practices such as Bandha, Mudra and Kriya. Not suitable for newer students.

 

 

PRACTICE DESCRIPTION

Moon

Calm & Stabilise the Mind

Stage 1 of Hatha Yoga Practice.
Medicine for the modern mind, Moon practice is a deep, challenging and nourishing Asana practice with longer holds and an emphasis on creating stability and calmness of both body and mind. Standing poses and floor work, coupled with a focus on conscious and extended exhalations are used to guide awareness inwards to touch that pure space of stillness that exists beyond the thinking mind. Moon practice is the foundation of all Tantric Hatha practices that follow. Always take the Moon with you.

Methodology: To calm, ground and stabilize.
Forward Folds and Twists.
Focus on developing the exhalation.
Gentle work with Mulabandha (Root Lock).
Longer holds and a focus on physiological steadiness.

BHAV: The mood we bring to Practice.
I am not my thoughts. I am that which experiences the mind thinking.
Developing insight into the nature of the mind.
Yoga is about stability more than flexibility.
Connecting to the aspect of Self that exists beyond the mind, Purusha, pure consciousness.

These classes are ideal if:

• You have a busy life or a busy mind.
• You feel anxious or ungrounded.
• You want to feel more stable and calm.
• You are not sleeping or digesting well.
• You are quick to anger or easily rattled emotionally.
• You feel overheated in your body or mind.
• You want to improve your concentration and meditation practice.
• You have postural distortions or issues with your spine.

 

Sun

Deepen The Connection to Prana

Stage 2 of Hatha Yoga Practice.
Sun practice is about energy management and developing a deeper relationship to Prana the energy that sustains us and all of life. A more dynamic practice than Moon, the Solar path rides the line between cultivating the power we need to excel and the sensitivity we need to touch the subtler planes of reality. In addition to Asanas that open the chest and upper body and an emphasis on developing the inhalation, here we see the introduction of the deeper Tantric practices such as Bandhas and Mudras to increase the voltage and radiance within this vessel, the body. A steady and calm mind is an absolute necessity on the Solar path. Always take the Moon with you.

Methodology: To enliven and sensitize.
Backbends, Laterals, Namaskars (Salutations) and conscious Vinyasa.
Focus on developing the inhalation.
Introduction of Bandhas and Mudras.

BHAV: The mood we bring to Practice.
The world is an ocean of energy of which I am a part.
I need power in order to excel, however power without mental stability is dangerous.
I am a vessel of energy, yet this vessel leaks. Therefore, I need to manage my energy and learn how to build and contain it, humbly and safely.

These classes are ideal if:

• You are feeling stagnant or lazy.
• You are feeling sad or depressed.
• You are looking to feel more positive about life.
• You have poor circulation.
• You have low immunity.
• You are ready to start working more on the energetic level.
• You’re already mentally grounded, stable and calm.

 

Fire

Ignite the Radiant Power of Soul

Final Stage Hatha Yoga Practice.
Igniting the radiant power of Soul. Using Asana practice as the framework, all elements of the Tantric path including deeper work with Bandhas and Mudras are utilized to still the mind, cultivate energy, burn through limitations and safely call forth the dormant and sacred power at the base of the spine, Kundalini. Although the arc of physical challenge also increases in Fire practice with the inclusion of inversions, the true emphasis is on the cultivation of an internal heat centered in the navel and a complimentary directing of awareness and energy into the spine, considered our inner pathway to the infinite. Ignite, thrive, live the highest version of yourself and always take the Moon with you.

Methodology:  To access the heart of Yoga.
All Asana categories including Inversions and Extensions.
Complimentary Tantric techniques such as Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Mantra and Meditation.
Developing inhalation and exhalation.
Merging inhalation (Prana) and exhalation (Apana) in the navel to cultivate the Yogic Fire of transformation (Agni).

BHAV: The mood we bring to Practice.
Awakening to the highest understanding about who I am and life itself.
That which I seek I already am (Tat Tvam Asi)
I am designed (and destined) to thrive in all areas of my life. Practice allows me to access this innate excellence.
Life is a gift from the Divine. Practice is my ‘thank you’ note.

These classes are ideal if:

• You are feeling physically and mentally balanced.
• You are stable, calm and grounded.
• You have already established a relationship with Prana.
• You have a committed daily practice of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation.
• You worldview embraces Yoga as a spiritual practice.
• You are truly ready to embrace your greatness.

 

Kriya Meditation

 

Tantric Meditation.
Kriya Yoga is a simple and potent system for inducing the awakening of Kundalini.
In Kriya Yoga the awakening is safe, systematic and gradual, like a noble Queen rousing from slumber, opening one eye at a time. Kriya Yoga means the Yoga of Practice. If you practice it, devotedly, She will come.

 

Yoga Nidra

 

Resting on A Cloud of Yoga.
The practice of Yoga Nidra was developed by the ancient Rishis for four fundamental reasons: Healing, heightened learning capacity, dissolution of Karma and the development of Siddhis, or supernatural powers. Do not underestimate the power of Yoga Nidra. This practice will change your life.

 

Pranayama & Meditation

 

A one-hour seated practice focusing on pranayama and Tantric meditation.

 

Restorative Hatha

Restorative Hatha is a calming practice designed to introduce students to the subtle-energetic aspects of traditional Hatha Yoga practice. Restorative in nature, the practice uses props that support the body in a handful of long-held floor poses. Restorative Hatha enhance students’ experience of the five primary movements of energy in the body (the five primary vayus), while training body and mind to rest in stillness in preparation for pranayama and meditation.

 

Advance Practice

These classes are designed for students looking to take their practice and understanding of Yoga to the next level. Hatha Yoga utilizes the ancient technologies of Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra and Meditation to deepen the connection to Mind (MOON) and Power or Prana (SUN) and ultimately towards the experience of ‘yoking’ these subtle forces within the navel and enlivening the dormant potential at the base of the spine know as Kundalini (FIRE).

 

Sunday Sadhana

A two-hour Complete Practice encompassing some combination of asana, pranayama, meditation, mudra and mantra. The longer class lends itself to a deeper, more spacious exploration the subtler practices of pranayama and meditation at the end.

 

Kirtan

 

Bhakti (devotional practice): Music and mantra to call in the energies of the deities.