Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga

This style of yoga, developed by Sri K.Pattabhi Jois and T. Krishnamacharya in the 20th century, as a dynamic, flowing connecting movement of the body with the breath. The style stresses the importance of a daily practice of a set series of poses. There are six series of Ashtanga yoga sequences, which the student progresses through at their own pace.

Led Primary

You will be guided through the Primary Series and given adjustments and modifications as and when necessary. As you synchronise your breath with this flowing sequence and become familiar with the Ashtanga series, your mind will move into a meditative and calm state while your body becomes stronger and more mobile.

The series begins with the opening chant and then moves on to sun salutations, standing postures, seated postures and finally the closing sequence. Teachers count using Sanskrit and explain each posture.

Mysore Style

In Mysore-style classes, students practise the postures they’ve learnt in a Led class at their own pace and rhythm, in a group setting. You can arrive at any time during the session – just leave plenty of time to finish your practice before the end time. Over time you will naturally commit the series to memory, but the teacher will always be there to prompt, adjust and assist you.

Suitable For:

Those who want a strong practice to a set sequence of poses. You’ll get a deep understanding of poses week after week. The poses will remain the same, but your practice will progress as you develop a deeper understanding. Recommended Level 2-3.

Children’s Yoga

Children's Yoga

Children’s Yoga aims to provide preteen children (from 4 – 12 years) and young adults (13-16 years) with a rewarding physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual experience by incorporating the core values of traditional yoga. Yoga can increase children’s concentration, self-awareness and self-esteem, whilst strengthening their bodies, boosting stamina and helping develop good posture and co-ordination.

Children’s Yoga is built on the foundation of respect for the child as an individual, creative being and emphasis is placed on educating and empowering. The classes will often follow a storyline or theme, finding creative ways to explore yoga poses, breath, wellbeing, compassion, mindfulness and relaxation.

Suitable For:

All children.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga

These classes focus on the details of yoga postures and breathing, and connecting your body and the mind. Generally, the classes start with meditation and pranayama (manipulation of the breath) and warm-up postures, followed by standing and seated asanas, and a relaxing Savasana to finish. Poses are held for longer than in a flowing vinyasa class, so you have time to explore the technical aspects and the effects internally, of the practice. Teachers of this class come from a variety of backgrounds and will have their own individual way of teaching.

Suitable For:

Beginners, or anyone who wishes to move a little more slowly in their practice for deep relaxation and gentle opening stretches. All Levels.

Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga

The shala will be heated to 33 – 37 degrees, with 45 percent humidity. The classes may follow a set sequence of postures designed to increase circulation, flexibility and strength and improve cardiovascular health. Far infrared panels creates a gentle heat that deeply penetrates the body.

Depending on the description, classes will vary from gentle hatha to beautifully sequenced challenging flows. All classes will be 90 mins to reap the full benefits of the conditions, with at least 10-15 of a calm meditative phase, at the end.

Suitable For:

Being fully hydrated is a prerequisite for ALL heated classes. It is the responsibility of the participant to be fully prepared for these classes. We recommend that students have at least 3-6 months experience prior to trying Hot Yoga for the first time. All Levels.

Iyengar

Iyengar

This practice can be an exacting and rigorous style of yoga, first developed by BKS Iyengar. The focus is where you work on precise alignment of all body parts in a posture. The method is progressive, safe and orderly. The individual condition of each student is always considered and adjusted for. Props are commonly used in these classes, from blocks, straps, blankets, and specialist equipment (e.g. yoga wall). Using ropes/straps passively and actively helps develop strength, mobility and relaxation.

In these General Level classes, the teacher will use detailed instructions, demonstrations and hands-on adjustments, to lead you through a handful of postures, introducing the positioning and anatomical principles of each pose. Props function as supports allowing you to experience the postures fully. Not for complete beginners, so awareness of poses will be helpful, perhaps a month or two into your practice is a good time to introduce Iyengar Yoga into your practice.

Suitable For:

Not for complete beginners, so awareness of poses will be helpful, perhaps a month or two into your practice is a good time to introduce Iyengar Yoga into your practice. All Levels.

Jivamukti

Jivamukti

Founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life in New York City in 1984, Jivamukti classes integrate the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of yoga. Classes include vinyasa-based asana practice, hands-on adjustments, breath awareness, meditation and deep relaxation. Classes are themed and supported by chanting, uplifting music, readings and references to philosophical texts. Based on principles of Ahimsa (non-violence), Bhakti (devotion), Dhyana (meditation), Nada (sound), Shastra (scriptures), they will help you find ‘liberation while living’.

The Jivamukti Magic Ten

This sequence is a  series of ten postures, designed by Sharon Gannon, that can be done in about ten minutes. It is a great way to warm up for an asana class or to get your body moving first thing in the morning or at any time you need a bit of a boost. It is the warm up for the Spiritual Warrior class.

Suitable For:

Those who are new to the practice of yoga. All Levels.

Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior

This sequence is designed for busy people who only have an hour to practise. The class is fast paced and invigorating, with a structured and fixed set sequence taught in a vinyasa flow style. It is a fully balanced class which includes asana warm-up, chanting, setting of intention, surya namaskar, standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, meditation and relaxation. The teacher focuses on keeping the pace moving and does not stop to give spiritual discourses. Since the asana sequence is always the same, a student will pick it up quite quickly after only a couple of classes.

Suitable For:

Those who seek a practice which combines a flowing set of postures with some of yoga’s spiritual teachings. All Levels.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga

Also known as the ‘yoga of awareness’. The primary aim of this style of yoga is to awaken the kundalini energy, which lies coiled, serpent-like, at the base of the spine, and directs this energy flow through asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath work), mudra (hand positions), meditation (to focus the mind) and mantra (sound formulas to elevate our vibrational frequency). When released, this energy moves from the base of the spine through the seven chakras (energy centres) in the spine.

Classes are varied as each session works with specific organs, meridians, chakras, mental and emotional bodies to release blocks and promote balance. Classes can be meditative and/or physically challenging.

Suitable For:

All levels and uses breath control and meditation alongside postures to evoke a strong energy and to stimulate the senses. All Levels.

Meditation

Meditation

Meditation is an opportunity to slow down and cultivate mindfulness.

Meditation is the process of turning your attention inward with one-pointed focus, bringing about a sense of peace and self-acceptance. There are many meditative practices and mindfulness is one where you anchor yourself into the present moment. The mediation and mindfulness teachers at Deep Yoga will have a range of influences from Buddhist to non-secular, and they will each possess their own approach to teaching this class.

Expect stillness and simplicity of being.

Suitable For:

No prior experience required. All Levels.

Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy Yoga

Practising yoga throughout your pregnancy is a wonderful gift for both yourself and your unborn baby. Prenatal yoga will help ease aches and pains, boost circulation and strengthen the body and mind in preparation for labour. Thus, putting you in the best possible mental and physical shape for birth and beyond! Before commencing, consult your doctor, especially if you have had any complications in your pregnancy, including a history of miscarriage. Recommended from week 13 until birth.

Suitable For:

All women in their second trimester (week 13 onwards), until birth.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is in the main, based on the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar. Generally the classes are taught on the floor, using props such as bolsters, blankets, foam bricks and blocks so your body can rest completely into a series of restorative postures. These poses are held for five minutes, or longer. Living in the city can throw the nervous system off balance, and a restorative yoga class will help slow the heart rate down and allow the body and mind to rest, heal and recover.

Suitable For:

Anyone whose energy reserves feel depleted or when anxiety and stress levels are running high. All Levels.

Strala Yoga

Strala Yoga

Strala, which literally means “to radiate light” in Swedish  is a style of yoga created by Tara Stiles. It combines the movement wisdom of tai chi with the forms of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as a way to help people release stress, heal, and move more easily through all kinds of challenge. Strala Yoga can be thought of as a way of being, moving and healing, that helps people connect with how they feel, move how it feels good, and handle challenges with ease. Thus, this style of yoga moves far beyond poses. It’s intention is to get you strong, a healthy range of mobility, and radiantly healthy from the inside out.

Strala STRONG:

This is a moving flow that builds strength, balance, and flexibility evenly in the body. At the same time promoting a calmness through simple and challenging movements. So you get happy and healthy from the inside out.

Strala RELAX:

This is a moving flow that releases tension from your body and mind, while resting attention calmly on your breath, with the intention of reducing stress levels and having a sense of feeling rejuvenated.

Suitable For:

Due to the nature of the style of this practice we at Deep Yoga encourage students to have an established practice prior to doing Strala based classes. However, if you feel you are still a novice these classes are still available, but greater awareness will be required to ensure asanas are safely executed. Recommended Level 2-3.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa is a type of yoga that links movement and breath to attain balance in the mind and body. From the Sanskrit it means ‘placing with awareness’, Vinyasa aligns a deliberate sequence of poses, synchronising breath with movement, to achieve a continuous flow.

A Vinyasa practice puts a strong focus on sun salutations, so most classes revolve around this sequence. The continuous movement of Vinyasa reflects the impermanence of all forms and the necessity of accepting change to achieve balance and completeness. Though style, pace and intensity may vary, the practice always encourages meditation through movement. Generally classes are strong, with a sweaty flow (breaks can be taken or sequences shortened).

Suitable For:

Vinyasa Flow is accessible to all levels. Classes move through a gentle warm up, into a more dynamic phase  followed by a slower breath controlled meditative stretches towards the end, to cool down. All Levels.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a slower-paced, more meditative spiritual discipline of yoga. In yin yoga, the poses are held for a long period of time (typically three to five minutes or longer) to target the connective tissues (such as tendons, fascia and ligaments) rather than focusing on the muscles. As a result, the asanas (postures) are more passive holds, with little muscular engagement.

Yin yoga has its roots in China, unlike the more popular and active yoga disciplines, which originated in India. It was founded on the Taoist theory of yin and yang – opposite concepts that, together, represent balance. Yin is stable and passive, while yang is changing and active. The yin poses, therefore, are passive and performed while seated or in a reclining position. The poses are held with the muscles fully relaxed, allowing time and gravity to deepen the stretch and target the connective tissues. The time spent holding these asanas is similar to meditation.

Suitable For:

Those who want to increase or maintain flexibility at a slower pace and also take the time to meditate/relax. All Levels.

Yin Yang Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga

Yin/Yang Yoga is a class that balances Yin yoga practice for the first half of the class with traditional Yang yoga for the second half of the class, blending the two styles of yoga into one practice. Thus, bringing together the benefits of passively holding yoga poses with more dynamic sequences and standing postures. Yin and Yang are the Taoist concepts which describe the two relative qualities present in everything. Yin is more internal, passive, cooling and downward. While Yang is more external, dynamic, warming and upward.

When these terms are applied to yoga, Yin Yoga is a slower practice where poses are passively held for longer, working on the deep, dense (Yin) connective tissues and joints in the body. Yang Yoga, in contrast, refers to a more active practice working on the (Yang) muscles and blood flow, building strength, stamina and flexibility.

Suitable For:

All Levels.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a floor-based practice. You will be covered with blankets and have props to support your body in its most comfortable state. Our teachers will guide you into a state of “yogic sleep”, leading to a feeling of complete inner and outer relaxation and calm. The intention of this practice is to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation and 45 minutes of Nidra will be as restorative as four hours of regular sleep. The practice may include the soft tones of Singing Bowls and/or Chimes, and incorporating essential oils. You will awaken with all your senses perfectly balanced, and your mind, body and soul in equilibrium.

Suitable For:

Anyone who needs to be kind to themselves. Simply, Love Thyself time. All Levels.

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