Saturday, 10 July 2010

Class Description

Every class will be a combination of Asana (yoga posture), Pranayama (breathing exercise), and Dhyana (meditation).

The style of each class will vary but it will mainly be Vinyasa Flow and Tibetan Heart Yoga.
All classes are all-levels (beginners are welcome).

Bring comfortable clothes.
Come on an empty stomach (do not eat 2-3h before the class).
Please inform the teacher of any injuries or physical limitations BEFORE class begins.

VINYASA FLOW - This is a dynamic practice, where breath and movement are combined linking one yoga posture to another. In Sanskrit, vi means ”in a special way,” and nyasa means “to place.” Vinyasa literally means “to place in a special way.” It is a kind of “flow” of movement following the rhythm of the inhalation and exhalation.
In this class, there is no specific sequence, poses rather emerge spontaneously from the flow. New Asanas will be introduced now and then for which the class will be prepared in previous sessions. This dynamic practice will make you move, sweat, and smile...!

TIBETAN HEART YOGA - The Tibetan Heart Yoga system is rooted in a lineage started by Master Naropa, a yogi who lived around 1100 AD. This style is unique as it combines modern and ancient asanas (poses) and strong wisdom derived from the Yoga teachings of the Dalai Lamas of Tibet.
In Tibetan Heart Yoga, the inner and outer methods are combined to create a powerful practice. We work from the inside with our thoughts and from the outside with our asana (poses) and pranayama (breathing). The intention with which we practice the asana is regarded as the most important element of the THY practice. This is a dynamic class.

HATHA YOGA - Hatha means “Sun and Moon” or "Nyin-Dah". In Sanskrit, ha means “Sun” and tha means ” Moon”, two opposites forming a balanced union. Yoga is a place where to find balance and inner Peace. The practice of Yoga balances the left and right, yin and yang, feminine and masculine, Sun and Moon in ourselves by centering the prana (or "life energy" present in all of us).
In this class, the poses are held long in order to work on body alignment and awareness.
This is the style Dr. John teaches in his classes.

YIN YOGA - Yin Yoga focuses on stretching the connective tissue that forms our joints. In order to do that, poses are held for long periods (3-5 min) making it a deeper practice. Since strengthening the muscles is not the main target, there is very little movement involved.
Yin Yoga was developed by Paul and Suzee Grilley based on Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama's Meridian Theory.
In this class, we'll hold Asanas for a long time focussing on areas that tend to get tight, such as hips and lower back. Such a quiet practice invites inner exploration of body sensations and provides space to calm the mind.

RESTORATIVE YOGA - In this practice, with the help of props such as bolsters, blankets, straps, sandbags, your body is fully supported and able to completely relax and open in a yoga pose. Having no muscles involved, you will release deep tension and regain energy and balance. These simple supported poses are held for long periods of time.
Restorative sessions are ideal (not only) for when you feel tired.

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