Vinyasa Flow Each session begins with pranayama (breathing), followed by a free gentle flow sequence to warm up our body, muscles and joints. Using a lot of breathe work, the practice finishes with some deep relaxing stretching and pranayama to quiet down our practice. You will experience the relationship between breath and movement, awareness and alignment, strength and flexibility as well as a heart/mind connection. Likened to a dynamic dance, this style is warming and good for the body through the connection of breath for a rejuvenating, meditative and a balanced effect. Suitable for all levels.
Yin Yoga A balance of movement and stillness, which will cultivate a lot of healing effects for the body. This practice begins slow, deliberately focus on lengthening the body’s deep connective tissue. Each class will work on the opening of a specific part of the body and postures are held for 4-5 minutes to encourage deeper release. Pranayama techniques will be included to aid in stilling the mind and cultivating balance, equanimity and patience in us. All postures are done either sitting or lying so it is suitable for any beginners or if you are recovering from any injury. Yin Yoga also complements any other cardio exercises you do as it focuses on stretching your connective tissues, fascias and ligaments.
Contemplation Session (Stanley Class only) Journaling has been a big part of my life and I see a great benefit in doing it. Journaling can help us become more aware of and in tune with our feelings. It often reveals new understandings and insights that may not be obvious at first. So it’s very possible that you may find hidden meanings and significance to the events of your life as you watch how life unfolds itself to you. We will be journaling and contemplating on different topics each time. Our asana practice will already prepare us to feel clearer and quieter inside so this is the perfect time to look inwards. All you need is a paper and pen… or your journal if you already have one.