Class styles

How to best explain what types of yoga ANZA WanderingYogis practice? There are generic terms like Hatha, Yin but each teacher also brings their own learnings, practices and customs based on their teachers.  Below is the ‘envelope’ within which each ANZA Wandering Yogi teaches the practice.

Our teachers have a mix of experience –  WanderingYogi likes to help teachers evolve their practice and style. So we have a few senior teachers (Yvonne and Lee), and others who are just starting their yoga teacher journey (Dee and Ed for example).   You can read more about them here…

Monday 8.30 am – Yin Flow

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Paulie Zink, the founder of the original Yin Yoga, at the Chicago Oneness Centre – seal pose as the Dao yoga intended it.

All yogis teach from the tradition of Tao (the Dao). This means the yoga embodies the 5 elements (or Wu Xing) within – wood, fire, earth, metal, water. All teachers who guide this practice have additional training in one of the disciplines within the Tao way, such as Kung Fu, Tai Chi, QiGong.

Fun, liberating, breath with movement, feel your energy flow.   More emphasis on feeling the flow, than structure and alignment, so great for those of us who feel like it’s a constant struggle to get a pose ‘right’.

The yoga that travelled from India to China, met the Tao way and became something in its own right.

Lee teaches the yin from the living father, of the stationary yin we are now all familiar with. This is Paulie Zink, and his philosophy is simple, but not simplistic – we all have limitless potential.  Others have experience in Reiki, Qigong or one of the many martial arts in the Tao way.

What can you expect?

  • Sequences usually following an animal or ancient story –  many of the poses are similar to Hatha tradition, but with less emphasis on structure and alignment.
  • No sun salutations, nor inversions, or namaste.
  • Breath and energetic work a la TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
  • Repetition of poses, at least twice – with poses being held for varying lengths of times, and not always equal on each side.
  • Class time: 1 hour

Tuesday 8.00 am – Universal Yoga

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One arm shoulder pose Universal yoga

This practice draws from the Universal yoga tradition.  The whole body is worked equally – 50% upper body and 50% lower body. Builds strong core, amazing cardiovascular workout.  Works all the mayakoshas (the energy fields which make up ‘us’).  Learn the intricacies of the pranayama beyond kapalbhati (fire breathing – lighting of the skull), and Nadi Shodun (alternate nostril breathing).  The master, Andrey Lappa, believes that in order for sadhaka (the community) to grow, about 20% of the class practice must be beyond your current physical and mental reach.

What can you expect?

  • Poses maintained from 3 up to 6 breaths (30 seconds to 1 minute) – 50% upperbody, 50% lower body,  joint stacking (with respect to the differences in our bodies)
  • Pranayama before, during and at end of class – differing techniques to uplift the energy (or prana).
  • Multidirectional (meaning moving in four directions of the compass), use of mantras.
  • Class time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Wednesday & Saturday 8.30 am – Everyday Hatha 

We honour the root of all yoga practice – Hatha.  Every Wednesday and Saturday, yogis come together to enjoy the ancient practice of Hatha yoga. No head or handstands ever. But a few poses that will still challenge us if we wish.

What can you expect?

  • Emphasis on alignment within poses
  • Use of sanskrit names to describe asanas
  • Typical poses:  Sun salutations, vasisthasana (two armed and one armed versions), balancing asanas (kati chandrasana, Warrior 3, vriksana), binds and inversions, but no headstands or handstands.
  • Class time: 1 hour

Friday 8.00 am  – RESTORATIVE Yin Yoga

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Yin yogis holding a 4 minute hip opener, dragon pose.

Reflects the restorative yin style taught by Sarah Powers, Paul and Suzee Grilley, and their affiliated network.  Focus on moving energy mindfully, nourishing of the deeper fascia, ligaments and connective tissues.  Known as a ‘waist to the toes’ yoga, very suitable for people with injuries, or wanting stillness –  a contemplative and nourishing yoga practice. Usually requires a block and/or strap – to assist our bodies in relaxing into poses without too much stress on our joints.

What can you expect?

  • Grounded yoga – few, often no, standing poses
  • Poses maintained from 2 up to 5 minutes
  • Breath and body mindfulness – a great start to meditation practice.
  • Class time: 1 hour 15 minutes.
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Yvonne with some of our regulars for Friday Yin class

With all yoga practice, practice at least twice a week, more if you can.  Your body will have less injuries, you will feel much happier, and if you choose your yoga ‘menu’ carefully, you will get all the cardio and muscular workout your body needs.  Not to mention large intended and unintended doses of mindfulness and peace.

Interested?

You can go on line and buy a season pass, or you can simply drop in to our ‘studio’. Love to see you soon!