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At Yoga East Hatha Yoga or dynamic/physical yoga is the predominant form taught and practiced. The physical nature of this practice builds strength and length in the muscles, improves flexibility, increases stamina and assists with balance. Hatha yoga enhances the circulation of energy (prâna) and information (citta) through the channels of the body including blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, nerves and acupuncture meridians or nadis. This practice also supports healthy immune and lymphatic function, circulation and calms the nervous system. This is an energizing practice and if done mindfully is deeply relaxing.
Hatha general takes a structured and traditional approach to improving your overall body strength with an emphasis on core and whole body integration. This class moves at a slower pace without vinyasas though some simple flow sequences are included. A functional anatomy based approach encourages safe yet individual alignment to enable you to receive the benefits of poses and get the most out of your yoga experience. We explore namaskars (sun/moon/kneeling salutes), standing poses and balances to work on improving muscle strength, bone density and flexibility. Floor poses range in focus from hip openers, forward folds, twists, back bends and inversions. Options are offered throughout to allow you to mold the practice to fit your individual needs. This class is suitable for beginners. The class includes breath awareness, breath control (pranayama), deep relaxation practice called Yoga Nidra and/or meditation/relaxation techniques. Suits all levels including beginners.
A slow moving yet active class works your whole body increasing strength, flexibility, stamina and relaxation. The class begins with a seasonal focus – spinal movements, core strengthening, kneeling salutes – before moving to standing poses and vinyasas (linked poses flowing with the breath) to create heat in the body. We finish with a variety of floor poses to open the body further. Each class takes you on a journey with a different theme (bhava) – some classes are slower, others faster, some involve repetition, some are playful, some focus on a peak pose depending on the intention. A keen awareness of anatomy and physiology means Margot, your teacher, will give functional alignment cues inviting you to explore, play, understand and accept your unique body mind with compassion and grace.The class includes breath awareness, breath control (pranayama) and meditation. Suits all levels including beginners.
A Yin Yoga practice invites you into a deeply meditative and mindful space encouraging you to embrace the present moment and cultivate awareness and compassion towards yourself. The practice is much slower, stripped down practice with predominantly floor-based poses that are held in a relaxed attentive way for longer periods of time (3 to 5 minutes). This helps to lengthen and release the deeper layers of fascia in and around the target areas freeing joints and improving mobility. Fascia is connective tissue found throughout the body, for example, ligaments, tissues, muscles, organs, nerves, and blood vessels. Suits all levels including beginners.
(Taught as intensives)
Restorative yoga is dedicated to deeply nourishing, rejuvenating and relaxing the whole body. The gift of space and quiet attention in this soft peaceful practice can reveal what our bodies, minds and spirits would like to support balance, ease and healing. This gentle form of yoga focuses on ‘being’ rather than doing – slow down, simplify and simply be in the moment. Restorative yoga uses an extensive range of props – blocks, bolsters, blankets, straps, the wall, floor, eye pillows – to create a supported practice where you can fully surrender to the pose, unfolding, unwinding and relaxing every part of your body. Restorative yoga is especially useful for reducing fatigue, anxiety and stress that accumulates from our daily activities. This is the perfect practice to help you recover from illness, injury or overcome emotional depression and anxiety caused by traumatic events such as divorce, loss of a job or the death of a loved one. A regular practice of restorative yoga assists you with switching on the relaxation response (parasympathetic nervous system) making your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and helps you achieve optimal health. Suits all levels including beginners.