Yoga Information

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:

Chair yoga/Accessible yoga

The chair yoga class will be mainly chair based, with a few standing poses as well for those who feel able.  Terry has recently done training in accessible yoga, and is keen to teach a class for anyone differently abled who wants to do yoga.  Please contact her via info@yogapoint.co.uk before attending the class, so that she can discuss your needs and adjust her teaching to meet those as far as possible.  The equipment in the studio is good, and will support your practice.

Iyengar yoga

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.

Jivamukti

This is an active yoga practiced using the pillars of the vinyasa flow style. Each class focuses on a theme, which is explored through Sanskrit chanting, readings, referenes to yoga scriptures, music, asana sequencing, pranyama and meditation.

It is a vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating practice combined iwth an equally strong foundation in the ancient spiritual texts of yoga. Classes can be physically intense. An open class welcomes all levels of practitioners as the teacher gives the variations according to the student’s expereince. The asana practice itself demands that the practitioners come face to face with their physical, mental and emotional limitations.

The name Jivamukti means “liberation while living”. It is taken from the Sanskrit term “Jivanmuktah” which used to describe the state of Ultimate freedom or Higher realisation. “Jiva” means “individual soul” and “mukti” means “liberation”. This method of yoga was created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1986. They named this yoga “Jivamukti” because they wanted the student to be reminded of the ultimate aim of the practice: ultimate spiritual awareness.

Pregnancy yoga

Theresa Aldridge teaches our pregnancy 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:  theresaaldridge@yahoo.co.uk There are some daytime classes you can attend when pregnant please email info@yogapoint.co.uk for further information.

Vajrasati Yoga

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

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.