Gentle, basic yoga classes with no flow between poses. Expect a slower-paced stretching-focused class with some basic pranayama breathing exercises, with relaxation and/or meditation at the beginning or end of each class. Hatha classes are a good place to work on your alignment, learn relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with doing yoga while building strength and flexibility.
Commonly referred to as flow yoga. A type of yoga that links movement and breath to attain balance in the mind and body. From the Sanskrit “to place in a special way,” vinyasa aligns a deliberate sequence of poses with the breath to achieve a continuous flow. Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and no two classes are ever alike.
Is the centering of your breath and body – aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness or gentle movement for extended periods of time. It’s about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. If you take a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour. During these long holds, your muscles relax deeply. It’s a completely different feeling from other types of yoga classes since props are used to support your body instead of your muscles.
Meditation and Pranayama
The meditation is the process of quieting the mind in order to feel more aware, grounded and aligned. The goal is to attain an inner state of awareness and intensify personal, spiritual growth and find the inner peace. The regular practice of meditation has positive health effects on our immune system, decreasing the level of stress, balancing hormone levels and blood pressure. Pranayama is breathing exercises which teach us to use more lung capacity and clear the physical and emotional obstacles in our body to free the breath. Through a regular and sustained practice of Pranayama, you can supercharge your whole body.
Having completed a teachers training workshop with the lovely J’anaki Ra from Yogamama, Johannesburg, South Africa. I welcome preggy mums in my classes and offer prenatal yoga lessons. Pregnancy yoga helps calm mum down, prepares her for labour, gives time for self-care and nurturing not only for mum but for baby as well. This yoga will deepen the connection between mother and child. These classes will bring about community and sisterhood as other mums can connect and share their journey during this precious time.