is a softer, quiet but not necessarily easy style of yoga where poses are taught with longer, more passive holds ranging from 2 to 5 minutes. These long held yin poses apply moderate stress to connective tissue, rather than exercising muscles, which also aims to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility. This results in lengthening of the tissue and a feeling of ease, mobility and an improved flow of chi through the tissues, promoting healing and a pleasant energetic release. Yin practice over time, will allow the connective tissue fibres to grow and realign to provide a greater range of motion and create strong and flexible joints (Yin Yoga Principles and Practice, Paul Grilley).
Yin Yoga uses restorative, floor-based poses which also nourish and stimulate the Chi or Qi in the body. Chi is the subtle energy, referred to in Chinese medicine, which flows through the meridian pathways of the body which are said to be created by our connective tissue. The benefits of improved Chi is to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being. Yin Yoga also provides the perfect space to develop deeper levels of self-inquiry and to cultivate the capacity for meditative self-awareness.
Yin Yoga is more of an inward-drawn and meditative approach to yoga, taking you to the more quiet inner realms of the mind to cultivate awareness of inner silence and allow you to bring your mind and body into the parasympathetic state of rest and digest, a desirable practice for those who suffer stress or stress related illness or disease.
"Core Yoga is a fusion of Pilate’s exercises and Yoga postures that are delivered in a sequence to safely build core strength through precise movements using your own bodyweight. The sequences are offered with modifications and variations to suit all levels of fitness and abilities making a Core Yoga class suitable for everybody.
Yoga and Pilates postures and techniques have been refined over the years with ongoing studies into the human body to develop practices that improve strength, posture, mobility and flexibility along with the added proven and traditional methods in breathe work to invoke calmness to the mind and awareness of the body. By participating in a Core Yoga class you will be well on your way to improved posture, core stability, breath and body awareness.”
uses a series of yoga poses that are variably sequenced to provide benefits such as improve strength, flexibility, posture, balance, mobility, bone density, boosts immunity, decreases blood pressure, improves lung capacity, and mindfulness to name but a few of the benefits.
Yoga does not see obstacles with fitness, age, flexibility or any other reason you can think of. The yoga I teach is about the journey to yourself, how to love and look after the body you’ve been given. Yoga practice is designed to be a little challenging mentally and physically though as long as you can breathe, you CAN do yoga. Modifications and variations of yoga poses are offered throughout the practice to accommodate many levels and yes, it is even suitable for beginners.
Yoga provides a path to take you on a journey toward a more peaceful state of mind improving focus and increasing relaxation by reducing stress so you can achieve a happier and healthier state of being.
is designed to introduce the you to the practice of power yoga by providing gentler and modified versions of the poses throughout the entire class while still experience the ‘Power’ of yoga. Perfect for anyone who is just starting out, rehabilitation from injury, anyone who likes to slow their practice down or for those who have limited strength, flexibility or stamina. The sequence is simple and balanced.
Long Slow Deep(LSD)
is a series developed by Bryan Kest (USA) as a complimentary series to Power Yoga. You could consider the Power Yoga as a Yang practice involving movement, muscles activation and contraction and the creation of heat during the practice whereas Long Slow Deep is the Yin practice creating stillness, calm, cooling, encouraging patience, opening up the body, connective tissue, ligaments and fascia to improve mobility and flexibility.
Some benefits of LSD to name a few, cultivates mindfulness based practices to improve patience, acceptance and letting go. Additionally the practice assists in healing and injury prevention, finding relaxation, encourages the parasympathetic nervous system (that takes care of rest and digest) to override the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system otherwise known as fight, flight freeze. This is a major factoring issue in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and other trauma based conditions. Learn to transform tense energy to a steady flow and create some space for yourself.
What to expect?
Each pose during the sequence is held from 2 minutes to 10 minutes and the complete class runs for 2 hours. LSD is a practice to cultivate patience, approach with curiosity.
What to bring for LSD classes?
Please bring a yoga mat, towel and water (not a heated class). If available to you, bring along a bolster, blanket, cushion, 1 or 2 blocks and a strap to assist you in poses.