This is a class that is suitable to everyone, its about functionality and accessibility. What will make up the foundation of this practice is a training system called FRC – Functional Range Conditioning, which emphasis improving your range of motion, strengthening the tissues around the joints for greater movement potential, health and longevity.
We often have a tendency to move within certain patterns, whether it’s a yoga practice, sport or just simply little habits we have picked up throughout life. We will explore a wide variety of different movements that will compliment tasks of everyday living, so we can do with more suppleness and freedom. There will be no achieving in this class, it is not about having to create the perfect shape. It’s an exploration of your body, an inquiry, as you find your own individual expression of movement.
We will use a variety of different props, which will include blocks, resistance bands, jenga and tennis balls.
This class is open to anybody at all, you do not have to have any prior yoga experience. It would complement anyone who is into sport or other movement-based practices.
Dr Andrew Spina ‘“the more control you have over you have over your joints the more control you have over your body the more control you have over your body the less likely you will injure”.
Level 1 - Beginner Level
Our level 1 is a slower pace class, perfect for a beginner or somebody coming back to the practice. The style of yoga taught originates from the tradition of vinyasa yoga (which is a breath centered flow style) but is infused with a more modern and evidenced base approach to movement and the body. The class focuses on breathing practices to help regulate the nervous system, which can be very helpful if we are dealing with stress and anxiety. Mobility for joint health and longevity, strength, and flexibility.
Mindfulness is the main theme and practice, that is intertwined through all classes.
Level 2 - Intermediate
Developing the vinyasa system, where we utilize the sun salutations to link postures together to form threads or mini sequences. It is a progressive yet strong dynamic practice that encourages the student to move according to their own edge. Poses are broken down and modifications are offered so the student learns how to individually express themselves in each pose, while still focusing on understanding principles of alignment and the integration of breath.
This class combines dynamic movement with more complex sequencing, building heat and stamina. You will explore different transitions, build upon foundational poses and progress to some more advanced asana, a strong emphasis is placed on strength and stability and preparing the joints of the body so we can keep our bodies safe while exploring peak poses. You will be challenged more deeply on a physical and psychological level, please honor your experience and be all you can be in this class.
Level 3 - Intermediate/Advanced
We have a tendency to think of the ‘core’ as just the abdominals but in this practice will work on the deep, strong muscles closest to the bones. These muscles are more responsible for stability and support, while our more superficial muscles are about creating movement. If the deep muscles are not functioning properly the surfaces muscle get over worked and tired, which can lead to dysfunctional movement and compensation patterns.
We will focus on diaphragmatic breathing, isolation of particular muscles, activation through strength-based movement and then integration, through a flow based practice.
Ending as always, with a deep relaxation.
This class is strong and not suitable for the complete beginner.
Strength For Yoga - Intermediate
Our morning flow will be a gentle but steady practice to reset your mind and body. Open to those who are beginning their yoga journey, want a slower paced flow, dealing with injuries or the inevitable process of aging and the effects this can create in the body.
Currently we have from 22 - 72 years of age and a great mix of males and females
In this class, we will focus on breath-based movement helping to connect the mind and body. Within our physical postures greater emphasis will be placed on creating strength, stability and support for the spine. We will look to stretch and open the body to release muscle tension, strengthen the softer connective tissue around our joints, and help to increase our over all range of motion, promoting balance within the structures of our body. Class finishes with a long guided relaxation.
Gentle Yoga - Beginner/All Levels
Our Yin and Mindfulness class invites you to slow down and create a space for stillness and silence while nourishing the deeper tissues of your joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia. We achieve this by putting mild stresses on areas in the body with long held postures, which we approach passively, allowing these tissues to become stronger, healthier and thus happier.
This class will have you mainly on the floor as most postures are supine and seated and can be held from anything from 2- 5 minutes, giving the body time to relax and open in its own time. It is a wonderful compliment to a more yang (active) practice and a much needed tool for anyone who needs to unwind a tight body or busy mind.
Yin works on the myofascial meridian system and originates from Daoist practices which combines ancient traditional acupuncture theory. This can enhance the body’s energetic flow and support emotional equilibrium, promoting a harmonious balance within all elements of the body mind.