Hatha yoga based on the sivananda principles is a wonderful ancient practice that is over 2000 years old. It is translated as Ha “sun” – tha “moon”. This refers to the balance of the masculine aspects of the Sun (active and hot), and the feminine aspects of the moon (receptive and cool) which reside within all of us.
Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength, tone and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose. Hatha Yoga is the foundation of all other yoga styles.
We focus on the Asana (postures). Flowing salutations to warm the body alongside static poses with forward bends, back bends, twists, side bends, balance and inversions. At the same time bringing our attention to the breath (Pranayama), which will help us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.
Yoga unites us, every ability, character, gender, height, flexibility, strength. Yoga doesn’t judge it helps us to connect to the true self. Everyone is welcome, everyone is seen, everyone is yoga.
Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Restorative Yoga is a gentle form of Yoga. It serves to bring flexibility, musculoskeletal and emotional release and quietude of the mind.
We work with relaxing floor poses to bring softness to the breath.
Yoga Nidra or or “yogic sleep” is an effortless relaxation that can help release tension for the body and mind.
This combined practice can reduce the production of stress hormones ( cortisol and adrenaline), improve the function of our immune system, reduce muscle tension and help with insomnia
Chakra Healing Yoga
The 7 Chakras are the energy centres in our body through which energy flows. The word Chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning Wheel, or the Seat of Consciousness. A Chakra is like power house of energy. Within our bodies, you have seven of these major energy centres and many more minor ones. You can think of Chakras as invisible, rechargeable batteries.
Sometimes chakras become blocked because of stress, emotional or physical problems. If the body’s energy system cannot flow freely it is likely that problems will occur.
This weekly class will help to re-align the energy centres, by focusing on static yoga poses associated to each of the 7 Chakras. This will produce a healing effect on the body and mind.
Gong Sound Bath
Within the Sound Bath referred to as “Nada Yoga” we use a Wind Gong and Tam Tam Gong, Himalayan Singing Bowl and Koshi Wind Chime. It is an experience of deep relaxation which helps to facilitate a deeper state of consciousness, reducing tension and stimulating circulation. Letting go and tuning into the sounds can help you to release stress and empty your mind of thoughts and expand your consciousness.
Candle Gazing Meditation
The secret of Candle Gazing lies in that you gaze at an object that captures your attention. Candle gazing, if practised regularly can hone and develop your concentration. It brings the mind to a place of stillness, distractions dissolve away and the mind becomes focused on the flame. Candle gazing meditation can improve memory, bringing the mind to supreme awareness