What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are posture work (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) breathing, relaxation, working with sound, reflection and/or meditation. The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago, and has been widely adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Yoga has been described as a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There is much evidence to say that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, depression, anxiety and stress.
All classes are £8 per class and we offer several types of yoga on different days. These include:
Hatha Yoga - Wednesdays at 10am
Hatha yoga classes provide a gentler, relaxing practice using postures and breath work to achieve an overall calming effect. Some of the aims of the practice include developing a feeling of well-being and improving body awareness. Hatha yoga technically refers to the physical postures used in yoga so all of the yoga approaches mentioned here fall under the umbrella of Hatha yoga.
Integral Yoga - Tuesdays at 7.00pm
Integral Yoga, as taught by the founder, Sri Swami Satchidananda, combines various methods of Yoga including Hatha Yoga, or the physical postures, breathing practices and relaxation techniques, selfless service, meditation, prayer, and calls on the wisdom and insight found in the ancient holy scriptures such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Integral Yoga is also based on interfaith values. Swami Satchidananda taught that all faiths share essential universal principles and he encouraged Integral Yogis to respect and honour the unity in diversity. This is summarised by his belief, “Truth is one, paths are many.
Kundalini Yoga - Mondays at 6.10pm and 7.30pm
Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) is for everyone who would like to strengthen their connection with their authentic self. It is an ancient science that works quickly and effectively to bring our whole being to a more balanced state. Through sets of physical postures, movements, breathing exercises, meditation and chanting, you will increase your vitality and stamina, strengthen your immune, glandular and nervous system. Kundalini yoga will help to purify, stimulate and strengthen your whole self, unlocking your inner creative energy.
Vinyasa Yoga - Mondays 9.30am and 10.30am
Inspired from the original Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga it is a modern and increasingly popular flowing, dynamic and faster paced form of Hatha yoga, The vinyasas or sequences will vary regularly and it gives you a physical workout and develops strength, focus and some teachers also use breath work to intensify practice.