Come on Guys!
Did you know that the Welsh & Australian Men’s Rugby teams both integrate Power Yoga into their training regimes for injury prevention and rehabilitation, and to enhance their game performance? Luckily we offer two Power Yoga classes for you to try, one on Tuesdays 8pm and the other at 9am on Saturday mornings.
Looking for an invigorating practice to strengthen your body, calm the mind & improve flexibility & balance?
Try our new Power Yoga class on Saturday mornings at 9am with Aga.
Power Yoga is a flowing sequence of asanas (postures) derived from Ashtanga Yoga. It usually starts with sun salutations followed by a creative flowing sequence of movement connected with the breath.
Each posture is held for few breaths and from time to time they are connected with a flowing sequence introduced at the start of each class. The intensity of each Power Yoga class may vary. It is a great way to strengthen your body, calm the mind, improve flexibility and improve your balance. Aga’s classes are varied, dynamic, fun and full of love. This class is an open level class suitable for all, however, please be aware that based on the flowing nature of the class there will not be detailed in-depth how-to explanations for complete beginners. That said, modifications are offered for those who wish to take it at a slower pace and therefore the class is suitable for all levels.
Want a workout with a Yoga influence?
Then our Yoga Pop class on Monday at 6:30pm is perfect for you!
Yoga Pop is an energetic and fun fitness class which will improve cardiovascular fitness, body conditioning, muscle tone and flexibility.
This class is an exciting fusion of bodyweight strength moves with yoga poses and sequences plus mat based Pilates work for core strengthening- all set to popular music.
Yoga Pop will take you from challenged to chilled- think Sun Salutations, Squats and Savasana (relaxation).
Feeling a bit anxious about Mondays?
Try our new Restorative Yoga class with Theresa at 9:30am on Monday mornings. Our Restorative Yoga class will incorporate a short sequence to enhance inner radiance followed by some deeply relaxing long held postures using props to soothe the nervous system, heighten body awareness and encourage mindfulness. This class will calm the mind, body and spirit and leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. Restorative Yoga is the centering of your breath and body – aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness or gentle movement for extended periods of time.
Not Sure Which Class Is Right For You?
If you’re new to yoga (or even if you’re a seasoned expert) it is recommended that you try a few different classes as well as different instructors to find the class that suits you best. Each class and each instructor is different so it’s important that you try a few along the way to find the one you like best.
How can I improve my balance?
The best way to improve your balance is to practice, practice, practice! Ensure your posture is upright with shoulders gently drawn back (most of us round them forward) and your standing leg straight with your focus (drishti) in front of you. Most of us have one side of the body that is slightly easier to balance on and this is normal – with practice you will begin to see improvement.
Which class is right for me?
You won’t know which class is best for you until you try a few different options. Don’t judge a particular yoga style or studio based on just trying one class there as every class is different as are the instructors. It’s important that you try a few different classes to find the one that suits you best. Most importantly you should enjoy your practice in the studio, not dread it!
Can’t touch the toes in forward bend?
No problem! Reach as far as your body allows and place your hands behind your legs or use a strap on the balls of your feet. If you are in a standing forward fold try using a block or brick and brick to reach the ground. Accept where your body is comfortable and build on this. Your body is perfect exactly as it is and with a bit of TLC you will feel the benefits. With each exhale slowly encourage your body further forward and focus on slow deep breaths. Not only will you relax your mind but you will also build your flexibility!
Can’t keep your mind still?
Focus on your breathing. It’s only natural for the mind to wander – that’s what minds do! Just acknowledge any distractions but gently push them aside and bring your focus back towards your breathing. Really focus on each and every inhale and exhale, following the breath all the way down through the body and back up again. The slower and deeper your breath, the more relaxed your body. Be gentle with yourself and know that with practice and perseverance it will become easier to relax the body and still the mind.