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Hatha / Vinyasa Yoga is the primary style of yoga taught at My Asana.
Vinyasa focuses on breath, synchronized with movement, taking you through a flowing sequence of asanas.
All of our classes will strengthen your body and mind helping you become grounded both mentally and physically.

 

Beginner/foundations 
These classes are part of a four week rolling course, and are tailored to complete beginners wanting to start their yoga journey, and to more seasoned yogis wanting to sharpen their asana alignment. Classes are led at a slow, steady pace, working on a weekly theme, in a workshop style setting. Completing the 4 weeks will provide a confidence that will allow students to practice a flow class with safety and know how.

 

Align
This class is designed for people who are new to yoga or people wanting to focus on alignment and basic principles. The focus is on breaking down postures and giving explanations of key alignments to ensure safety, on going health and the full benefits of yoga. The practice will flow through a sequence of postures that will be held a little longer than a traditional flow class. This allows students to become more aware of their body alignment. Options to modify postures will also be a focus in these classes, to allow for a gradual build up to more advanced poses. Align classes create endurance and build muscle, whilst teaching the foundations of traditional yoga practice.

 

Flow
This is a dynamic, flowing vinyasa class. They are best suited to intermediate and experienced yogis, however all are welcome. Classes are designed to make you sweat, detox your body and challenge you physically and mentally. People are encourage to listen to their own body, and rest at any point throughout the class to allow their body to revive. Each of our teachers will bring their own flare of sequencing and energy into each class. And you will walk away feeling energised, lighter and clearer of mind.

 

Hot yoga
Benefits include strengthening the heart, cleaning out the veins, cleansing impurities from the body and regulating metabolism and the immune system, and they often suggest that those benefits are greater than from unheated yoga.
The purpose for the heat in hot yoga varies depending on the practice or the individual. Some hot yoga practices seek to replicate the heat and humidity of India where yoga originated.

 

Yin
Our yin classes balance out the more active and fast flowing practices offered at My Asana (which are generally referred to as more of yang style). Initiating deep relaxation of the body, mind and spirit, it is a great wind down after a busy day or week. With the use of bolsters and blocks, postures are held for longer periods of time allowing passive stretching to give a deep opening to the body. With fewer poses held for longer periods, you may find yourself in a meditative state throughout this class. In today’s fast paced world, this is the perfect antidote to stressful living.

 

Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga is a slow, meditative form of yoga designed to release tension passively, without stretching. Props are used to support the body totally, and poses are held for a long time, sometimes up to 10 minutes. Restorative is the best type of yoga for seniors who want to cultivate relaxation and contentment

At its core, restorative yoga is a practice of passive healing. … By allowing time for longer asanas (postures or poses) and deeper breathing, restorative yoga helps elicit the relaxation response. This response can help slow breathing, reduce blood pressure, and produce a feeling of calm and increased well-being.

Because the poses (called asanas) can easily be modified or adapted to suit an individual’s needs, yoga is safe for seniors of all fitness or ability levels. In fact, it can be an excellent way to keep your body strong and healthy without the joint stress that comes from other activities like weightlifting or jogging. And it’s never too late to begin: You can start yoga at any age. (Be sure to clear it with your doctor before you get going.)

The benefits of restorative yoga are similar to the many benefits of other styles of yoga. These include:

  • Increased relaxation: Deep breathing calms the nervous system to promote relaxation, and research supports a restorative yoga practice as an effective way to relax. A 2014 study suggests that restorative yoga is more effective at inducing relaxation than regular passive stretching.
  • Better sleep: The more relaxed you are, the better your chances are of getting a good night’s rest. can impact sleep quality.
  • Reduced pain: Studies show that different styles of yoga, including restorative yoga, are helpful interventions for the management of musculoskeletal pain.
  • Gentle on the body: Restorative yoga practices are gentle on the joints, and consistent practice can strengthen the connective tissues surrounding the bones and joints.Additionally, clinical research into restorative yoga has found that the practice is a resource for those with cancer, noting improvements to psychological well-being.

Research shows that restorative yoga can decrease depression in cancer survivors; improve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and pain symptoms in cancer patients; and help patients manage the toxicity of cancer treatments

 

Ashtanga

Ashtanga means “eight limbs” and encompasses a yogic lifestyle. Most people identify Ashtanga as traditional Indian yoga. Like Vinyasa yoga, the Ashtanga yoga asanas (postures) synchronize breath with movement as you move through a series of postures. The style was brought to the United States by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the early 20th century. The series of postures are practiced the same way every time and consist of Sun Salutation A, Sun Salutation B, a standing sequence, and a closing sequence. The practice is usually performed without music, and sometimes without verbal instruction (in silence).

 

Mysore
This yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern Indian city of Mysore. In Mysore style students learn the fixed order of asanas combining movement with free breathing with sound.

 

Iyengar
Iyengar yoga is also based on the Eight Limbs of Yoga, Iyengar yoga is named after B.K.S. Iyengar, a famous yogi from India. It was popularized in the West about the same time as Ashtanga yoga. The emphasis on this practice is alignment in the asanas using breath control through pranayama and the use of props (bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps.) This style of yoga is usually taught without music and at a slower pace designed to assist students to get deeper into the postures

 

Prenatal 5 week group classes
During this precious time of your life, these classes offer invaluable benefits on many levels. From strengthening your body to cope with the changes your growing baby will demand, to relieving tension that is put upon specific muscle groups in your body, due to rapid changes that are occurring. Breath work will help calm your nerves, assist your digestion, sleep and immune system, whilst helping prepare you for pre labour and labor. The gentle movements and poses throughout the classes will increase blood circulation, assisting in decreased swelling that can occur during pregnancy and enhance your immunity. Therefore creating a healthy environment for your thriving baby. And just as importantly, these classes will allow you to stop and slow down from your busy days, and set yourself the intention of taking care of yourself and your baby. Plus, you will be doing all of this with a group of amazing women who will understand exactly what you are going through.

 

Corporate yoga
Yoga in the workplace adds endless benefits to an organisation, including staff productivity, boosting staff morale, and an addition to staff well being programs. Having held classes for groups from 4  to 40 employees, we can tailor classes that suit your office. We offer 0ne-offs “event day” classes or regular weekly classes, and offer the classes at your work space, or in our studio. Our current and past corporate clients include Multiplex, Tan Temple, AMP and Withers SLB Lawyers. Email us for more information – [email protected]

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