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What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient system of self-development that incorporates practices that enhance physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. A regular yoga practice helps you develop a healthier body (e.g. improved posture, flexibility, strength and endurance), a calmer mind, balanced emotions and an increased level of self-awareness. There are various branches of yoga, but Hatha Yoga is what we most commonly see practiced in the Western world. It is the generic term for a practice that incorporates physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and meditation. Hatha yoga aims to build a healthy body and mind and allow energy (‘chi’ or ‘prana’) to move more freely and efficiently through the body. The popular yoga types, at least as we see them commonly practiced in the West (e.g. Ashtanga, Sivananda, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow yoga etc), are essentially Hatha in nature, but vary in the intensity of the class, sequencing of asanas, and emphasis that is placed on different aspects of the practice.

What to expect from us

Our focus is on teaching Hatha Yoga (see description above) in an accessible way. We don’t align ourselves to any one particular school or style of yoga as we believe there is a real benefit in being open and receptive to the insight of different approaches. With experience in different styles, we bring an integrated approach to our classes, giving you a well-rounded yoga practice. Whether you are looking for something gentle and restorative or dynamic and fast-paced, we try to open yoga up to everyone. We keep our classes small, giving you detailed instruction and personal attention. Ultimately we encourage you to bring awareness into your practice, which will help you benefit from the subtle aspects of yoga that you would miss from just ‘going through the motions’.