Vinyasa Yoga is a series of smoothly flowing postures which are synchronised to the breath. It can be relatively fast-paced and challenging at times, and is therefore also known for its cardio benefits. Since a vinyasa class offers so much variation, there is always scope to mix things up - maybe one week is more dynamic, and another more restorative. Your teach will guide you through a creative flow based on the mood of the room.
BEST FOR: Weekly Classes
A yin class usually consists of a series of passive poses held up to 3-5 minutes, focussing on areas that are especially rich in connective tissues. Yin is unique in yoga, in that you are asked to physically relax and soften the muscle allowing you to go much deeper into the body, targeting the deep tissue, fascia, ligaments and joints. Yin is well known for its emotional healing benefits helping us to let go of some negative emotions trapped in the body, leaving us feeling a little bit lighter, mentally and physically.
BEST FOR: Relaxation
Power yoga is a general term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. It incorporates the athleticism of Ashtanga, including lots of vinyasa’s (a series of poses done in sequence) but gives each teacher the flexibility to teach any poses in any order, making every class different. Do not be afraid; “Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down.”-Jigar Gor.
BEST FOR: Getting sweaty
Mandala yoga is almost like a dance. It’s graceful, but fiery at the same time. You’ll move from back to front of the mat, where each sequence will be tailored to a different area of the body. It usually starts and finishes with some slower poses to ease you into the flow, so it’s great for early morning classes, or equally to wind down at the end of the day.
BEST FOR: Morning flow
Acro yoga is a practice based on a combination of yoga and acrobatics, that is rapidly gaining popularity thanks to social platforms like Instagram. It’s no surprise it’s hypnotic. Beside from that this is great to do in the office as it brings people together in a fun and informal way.
BEST FOR: Team Building
Meditation is a core practice of yoga that is available to everyone. Classes combine meditation and mindfulness to create a deeply nurturing experience and an opportunity for you to pause and reflect within your day. An experienced teacher will guide you through the class and may incorporate a combination of breathing, yoga and guided visualisation techniques, which can also be integrated into everyday life.
BEST FOR: Increased focus and productivity
Chair yoga is a gentle practice in which postures are performed while seated and/or with the aid of a chair. It is a hit topic in the yoga world and is great for an office environment. Check out the Yoga Alliance top ten reasons to do chair yoga here!
BEST FOR: Offices with limited on space!
Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. While it is not from the same family as yoga, there is much cross-over, and therein lies confusion! The main difference between the two is that while Yoga is a holistic discipline, Pilates is a specific physical system devised by a German anatomist.
BEST FOR: Building lean muscle & improving posture.
Our yoga infused HIIT classes enhances your strength and flexibility, combining bodyweight exercises with the stretching, breathing and mindfulness. You will not require equipment, but mats are helpful. You can expect to leave feeling energised and empowered, more aware of your physical body and how to train without injury in the future.
BEST FOR: Letting off steam!
In this playful yoga class designed especially for kids, children will learn yoga poses, breathing, and relaxation exercises which cultivate a calm mind, increase strength and flexibility, improve gross and fine motor skills, improve concentration, and help them understand how to identify and manage their feelings. Games, stories, and music will be incorporated into this fun, non-competitive class. Each class ends with a period of relaxation.
BEST FOR: Schools and Families with children!
Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. While the practitioner rests comfortably in savasana (corpse pose), this systematic meditation takes you through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness. No longer do you have to dread spending hours sitting on the floor waiting for liberation.
BEST FOR: Stress Management
Pregnancy yoga is suitable for both beginning students and experienced practitioners. During pregnancy, yoga can play a key role in enhancing the experience of this precious time and empowering the mother-to-be to have the most conscious birth experience. Yoga can help women enjoy their pregnancy with minimal discomfort, cultivate breath awareness and strengthen the body in preparation for labour. Yoga also offers you the opportunity to connect with your baby.
BEST FOR: Yoga for mums-to-be and new mums
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