Find out about the variety of yoga classes that we offer at Yoga Pavilion
“Hatha” generally refers to a slower-paced class that teaches you how to align your body and work with the breath through a series of poses or “asanas”. The term “Hatha” itself is a compound of the words “Ha” meaning Sun and “Tha” meaning Moon. It refers to the physical practices of the yoga tradition. Technically, all asana classes can be labelled “hatha”.
“Vinyasa” means to arrange or place in a specific way, a reference to the way classes are deliberately begun with simple poses and gradually move to more complex ones. Your teacher will generally instruct you to synchronise your breath with the poses, creating a meditation in motion.
Hatha Vinyasa will give you a full work out while relaxing your body and calming your mind.
Restorative Yoga is a revelation to many people. It is deeply relaxing and a wonderful complement to more active practices such as Hatha Vinyasa and AntiGravity Yoga. Restorative classes allow your body to get the deep rest it so often needs, leaving you revived, realigned and refreshed.
It is highly beneficial for the nervous system. The teacher will guide you into restful poses that are held passively for an extended period of time. The poses are either seated or lying down and you will given supportive props, such as bolsters, blocks, blankets, straps and eye pillows which will allow you to completely relax and hold poses for longer with no effort.
Your body will gradually open up and sink naturally into deep, restorative relaxation. The stretching is passive, which eliminates unnecessary straining, but you will definitely feel the stretch. Expect a long savasana (corpse pose) at the end.
Yin Yoga is the perfect complement to traditional Yang Yoga practices. It gives you the opportunity to feel, explore and meditate in each posture because you have to hold each posture for a minimum of 3 – 5 minutes! It encourages a mindfulness in one’s practice and in contrast to a Yang practice that works on your muscle strength and flexibility, the Yin practice is designed to “juice up” your joints and connective tissues (fascia) and in turn energizes your major organs and unblocks the major meridians in the body. Its like having a needleless acupuncture session with all the benefits.
Yin yoga is for everyone from beginners to injured yogis as all postures can be amended to suit.