Class styles

There are generic terms like Hatha, Yin but each teacher also brings their own learnings, practices and customs to the yoga you experience with the ANZA WanderingYogi.

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…

Here is what you can expect each day from the ANZA WanderingYoginis and Yogis.

Monday 8.30 am – Yin Flow

“Fun, liberating, breath with movement, feel your energy flow” Student Feedback

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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. One of the modern masters of the Tao yoga.

All yoga is from the tradition of Tao (the Dao). This means the yoga embodies the 5 elements (or Wu Xing) within – wood, fire, earth, metal, water, and the Chinese energetic path (meridians and chi). Teachers who guide this practice have training in one of the disciplines of the Tao way, such as Kung Fu, Tai Chi, QiGong.

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.

When Lee teaches this yin, she acknowledges her master, who educated the ‘gurus’ of the stationary yin we are now all familiar with (Sara Powers, Paul Grilley, Jo McPhee and others).  Paulie Zink’s philosophy is simple, but not simplistic – we have limitless potential, and continue to evolve our whole lives.  Dee also has experience in Reiki, Qigong, and she often teaches Monday classes.

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

“Wow! what a workout!” Student feedback

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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, intense cardiovascular workout.  Activating all our mayakoshas (the Indian concept of energy fields which make up ‘us’), so the practice makes us feel completely worked out, inside out, outside in.  Learn the nuances of the pranayama beyond kapalbhati (fire breathing – lighting of the skull), and Nadi Shodun (alternate nostril breathing).  The master, Andrey Lappa, believes that for sadhaka (the community) to grow, about 20% of the class practice must be beyond your current physical and mental reach. This also includes the teacher’s 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)
  • No sun salutations, instead a series of ‘warm ups’ designed to kickstart our energy fields (all of them)
  • Pranayama before, during and at end of class – differing techniques assessed by the teacher at the time to either lift or quieten, deepen or slow prana.
  • Multidirectional (meaning our whole body moves in all directions, and we move in all directions of the compass across our mat)
  • Class time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Wednesday & Saturday 8.30 am – Everyday Hatha 

‘THIS PRACTICE KEEPS ME SANE.  I LOOK FORWARD TO IT EVERY WEEK.”  STUDENT FEEDBACK

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?

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You can purchase a season pass here or drop into ‘studio’ any time!