What is yoga?

What is yoga?

Yoga has both preventive and therapeutic benefits.

It has been shown to offer both physical and mental benefits to the body and the mind.

The many physical benefits of yoga are: it improves flexibility and muscle joint mobility; strengthens, tones, and builds muscles; corrects posture; strengthens the spine; eases back pain; improves muscular-skeletal conditions such as bad knees, tight shoulders and neck, swayback and scoliosis; increases stamina; creates balance and grace; stimulates the glands of the endocrine system; improves digestion and elimination; increases circulation; improves heart conditions; improves breathing disorders; boosts immune response; decreases cholesterol and blood sugar levels; and encourages weight loss.

What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Ashtanga Yoga (as created by Pattabhi Jois), practiced in its correct sequential order, gradually leads the practitioner to rediscovering his or her fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness - physical, psychological, and spiritual. Through this practice of correct breathing (ujjayi pranayama), postures (asanas), and gazing point (dristhi), we gain control of the senses and a deep awareness of ourselves. By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion, one acquires steadiness of body and mind.

What is Jivamukti Yoga?

Jivamukti Yoga offers vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating yoga classes involving vinyasa flowing sequences, hands-on adjustments, pranayama (breath control) meditation, Sansrkit chanting, yoga philosophy and deep relaxation.

Music plays an integral role in the class. Join Jivamukti teacher, Tara Barton, in a series of workshops designed to strengthen and deepen your practice and ascend up to the chakras on to a path of spiritual clarity and self discovery.

What is YogaMotion?

YogaMotion has been inspired by established systems in Yoga such as Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Shadow Yoga, and also from movement culture. Moving across the mat with strength and flow, 

YogaMotion has been created to encompass most of our movement abilities and not only a select few; moving from dynamic to static, fluidity to angular, and ascent to release, we recognise that the merging of our opposites is what creates balance both on and off the mat and move accordingly.

The framework of YogaMotion is loose; that is, there isn't a rigid set of postures, rather, a structure that consists of unique Sun Salutes, Standing postures with locomotion, Backbending, Seated postures, arm balances before sealing the asana practice with Pranayama and relaxation. The principles underlying the formation of YogaMotion are:
  • Empowerment
  • Self-kindness
  • Balance
  • Interconnectedness
  • Innate perfection
While it can seem removed from physical practice to apply principles, in actuality, the postures explored and temperament of YogaMotion offers the space, challenge, and flow to do this. Most importantly, YogaMotion offers the tools necessary to work towards the cultivation of practising according to our individual needs thus creating our own sequencing for self-practice. 

Even if we never wish to self-practice, students are highly encouraged to find their own individual expression to develop their yoga. 

Every posture can be modified, therefore, the student works to their ability as guided/intuited. The class is ideal for those who feel comfortable with the following:
  • Can hold downward facing dog with ease
  • Sun salutes and standing postures can be practised without breathlessness 
  • Unless an injury is present, shoulder stand can be practised safely
  • The alignment points of foundation postures such as downward dog, Trikonasana, Parsvakanasana, and Virabhadrasana are known. 

What do I wear?

Fortunately, no yoga or pilates fashion code exists. Wear something you feel comfortable moving in.

Do I have to book for the classes?

No. All classes are 'drop-in' unless otherwise stated. A student may just turn up on any given day, join in, and enjoy the class.

Am I too fat/thin/tall/small/old/young/unfit/inflexible?

Yoga and pilates can be modified to suit every person’s body type.

Will I be the only male at the class?

Yoga is increasingly practised by men and you will definitely not be the only man in the room! Many male athletes (including runners, cyclists, surfers and golfers) come to the class and reap the rewards. Indeed, many famous sportsmen, such as Ryan Giggs and Andy Murray, have benefited from yoga.