Yoga is more than a physical exercise. Yoga means “union” and leads to an integration of mind and body.
Yoga facilitates change based on the principles of reflection, integration and awakening. Central to the practice is vision and transformation. There are many aspects to yoga. The yoga most commonly referred to and taught in most yoga classes is the physical practice of yoga, or hatha yoga. Hatha yoga traditionally consists of practising physical postures (referred to as asanas). There are many different asanas (postures), some are practised while standing, others when seated. Another aspect of yoga is pranayama (working with the breath) which are exercises which work on breathing. There are now a multitude of different styles of hatha yoga being taught. Classes at Yoga Point:
This class has been suspended due to not enough people attending. If there is demand it will restart in the Autumn. However, in the meantime, you are welcome to attend the yoga for mobility and strength with Yinka which is also an accessible class. She will provide you with a chair if you need one. If you have any questions or would like any advice do write in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This style of yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar in India. It is a system of yoga where time is spent in each asana (pose) and a precise alignment of the body is focussed on. Often supports eg, bolsters, blocks, chairs etc. are used, to help people work towards achieving the final shape of the pose.
Iyengar teachers have to complete a rigorous two year programme to become introductory teachers. In order to be accepted on to the teacher training programme they need to have been attending Iyengar yoga classes for a minimum of 3 years and to be competant in the basic asanas and have a good understanding of the yoga system.
Mobility and strength yoga (Accessible yoga)
This class is designed to promote improved mobility and strength for living well daily. The classes include mindfulness and relaxation as well as yoga postures, with modifications where needed. Yinka’s classes are suitable for anyone who wants to improve their health and wellbeing; including those with muscle and joint pain, back pain and arthritis. This class is also good for who feel they would like to learn more about their body and develop a yoga practice which will improve strength and balance as well as flexibility.
Theresa Aldridge teaches our pregnancy yoga class on Sundays at 18:30. No previous experience of yoga is necessary for this class. You need to be at least 12 weeks pregnant to attend. As long as you are 12+ weeks pregnant you are welcome to drop in but if you have any questions or complications please contact Theresa directly: email@example.com There are some daytime classes you can attend when pregnant please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Vajrasati Yoga was founded by Jim Tarran. It is a straightforward practice of Modern Postural Yoga i.e. body work. Interwoven into the practice of the asanas is the spirit of the yoga movement as it has come down to us through its various influences such as Tantra, Raja, Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism. This is done through the tone of the relationship with the practice and through the central premise embodied in the word yoga itself; that the breath, body, mind, heart, energy are inseparable parts of one whole experience that has at its heart freedom, joy, wisdom, and bliss. The classes integrate movement, breath, philosophy and humour in a way that leaves you feeling lighter, refreshed and revitalised.
In this style of yoga, movement is synchronised with the breath, so the class can feel like a moving meditation. A general level of fitness is required as the movements can be relatively fast between postures and this is maintained throughout the class.
Vinyasa / Flow
These classes require a general level of fitness as there is movement between the postures (asanas) which can be relatively fast.
Yin yoga is a slow form of yoga where the asanas (poses) are held for several minutes. It originated in China and focuses on improving the flow of qi through the body. It is quite a meditative form of yoga and aims to cultivate awareness of the inner silence.
Yoga for older bodies
Anyone is welcome to attend this class but it is a class where older people can feel confident to come and along and learn / practice yoga in a supportive environment.