Class styles

I never thought I would be writing this page. Generally, I keep info on yoga styles general and high level. When I articulate the differences, I sound… well, a little wanky.   Having been super grounded from a well overdue 5 day silent retreat (read elsewhere), how to best explain what types of yoga ANZA WanderingYogis practice came to me..

Monday 8.30 am – Yin Flow

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

From the tradition of Tao (the Dao), we channel the energy of animals, and move to the 5 elements (or Wu Xing) within (wood, fire, earth, metal, water). Fun, liberating, breath with movement, feel your energy moving, and learn how to move it mindfully.   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’. This yin is the living grandfather of the stationary yin we are now all familiar with.  Paulie Zink is the world master, and his philosophy is simple – we all have limitless potential – we simply need to let go of all our should and shouldnots and just be.

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.
  • Loads of core work – even though you think you don’t.
  • 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 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.
  • Pranayama before, during and at end of yoga class – differing techniques to match the energy (or prana) that is being worked at the time.
  • Multidirectional, use of mantras and visualisations.
  • 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.

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  – Yin Yoga

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

Reflects the 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.

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?

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