Yoga Kurunta is a unique practice, in which gravity is used as a natural form of resistance. The wall and belt are used as props to deepen the asanas and create a new level of openness. Yoga Kurunta helps students to develop strength in both the large and small muscle groups, improve overall flexibility and mobility in the joints and open the spine in every direction without compression. The inverted position means Hanging Yoga helps us to work through fear and build self-confidence.
Hang upside down and practice yoga!
Kundalini is an active form of yoga. Dynamic body exercises are combined with various breathing techniques, particularly the Breath of Fire. In Kundalini Yoga, breathing takes a central place, connecting the body to a deep source of energy and vitality. The beauty of Kundalini Yoga lies in the direct experience that one has in their practice. What you experience goes directly to the heart. You will experience the harmony inside yourself and in your surroundings. You will reach a balance between body and mind. This creates a sense of calm, a cheerful mood and energetic feeling.
Meditation is like a journey to what happens in our lives. By using your intuition, by listening, feeling and following we become aware of our inner self. Normally our thoughts are like little children who are curious about everything and everyone. They wander around, discover the world, get more and more information, and sometimes they get lost. They need guidance. Meditation shows us the way to connect with ourselves to create joyful moments and a conscious life.
Mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness.
It means waking up out of autopilot and ‘taking the steering wheel’ of our attention again.
We practice mindfulness by maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves non-judgment, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings with the attitude of an impartial witness — without believing them or taking them personally.
Jon Kabat Zinn defines mindfulness as:
“Paying attention; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
Pilates is a stimulating exercise for body and mind with emphasis on a proper breathing and strengthening the core muscles. In Pilates one works from the center of the body: the abdomen, lower back and pelvic floor muscles. By practicing Pilates the muscles get stronger but also more flexible, the posture will improve and you will be more aware how you move.
Your pregnancy can be a beautiful, special time, providing an opportunity to turn inward and get in touch with yourself and the baby you are carrying. An adapted lifestyle and proper nutrition will greatly influence your well being during pregnancy, as do a quiet mind and emotional stability. This yoga class is meant for women between weeks 13 and 36 of their pregnancy.
Raja Yoga, sometimes called the “Royal Yoga” is inclusive of all yogas, and its philosophy goes beyond the boundaries of the many styles of yoga today. Raja Yoga emphasizes the benefits of meditation for spiritual self-realization and the purposeful evolution of consciousness. Raja Yoga is also referred to as the Mental Yoga, or the Yoga of the Mind, because of its emphasis on awareness of one’s state of mind. It is through this practice of concentration that one learns to calm the mind and bring it to one point of focus. It is at this point that we direct our attention inwardly, toward our true nature, which is Divine. You can achieve this by following the Eight-Fold Path (8 Limbs of Yoga) of Raja Yoga.
Vinyasa yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning “connection”.
This style of yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body (vs. the superficial tissues) and the fascia that covers the body to help regulate the flow of energy in the body. Yin Yoga postures are more passive postures, done mainly on the floor. Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscles and move closer to the bone. Yin offers a deeper access to the body. The time spent in Yin postures is much like time spent in meditation.
YIN & YANG YOGA
Yin & Yang yoga combines movement and stillness, creating a balance between feeling strong and being soft. With Yang you’ll be moving in a dynamic, fluid way and work the muscles. With Yin you’ll stimulate the meridians by relaxing the muscle and going to deep layers of connective tissues.
YIN RESTORATIVE YOGA
In Yin Restorative Yoga postures are held for several minutes, and the goal is to experience relaxation and restoration. This means that there is very little effort of any kind during a practice. Restorative yoga uses many props, including bolsters, blankets, and eye pillows, to help you get into this state. By coming into the feeling of being fully supported, your body and nervous system can relax completely.