TYPES OF YOGA
Ananda is a yoga movement founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda. Ananda Yoga is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Exercise and physical relief are only the beginning, the higher purpose of Ananda Yoga practice is to uplift your consciousness. Practitioners work not only with their body, but also with their prana (subtle energy) and the inner faculties of their mind and heart.
Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional challenging practice with set sequence of poses, breathing and subtle use of bandhas (energy locks), ideal for weight loss and toning. This practise is popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois and is suitable for intermediate to advanced practitioners. Ashtanga Yoga is a great way to unwind and distress as well as building up strength and stamina in the body.
Traditional Yoga poses for stability in holding to strengthen muscles, Breathing and meditation to calm the mind for mental wellbeing. It balances the body and mind. A yogic way to work on the whole body is a system of yoga described by Yogi Swatmarama the compiler of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
Iyengar yoga, a form of Hatha Yoga, focuses on the proper alignment and proper engagement of muscles and the correct way to do each pose. One of Iyengar’s major innovations is in the use of props (blankets, blocks, straps, pillows, chairs and bolsters). The purpose of the props is to assist the student in attaining ideal alignment, even if the body is not yet open enough. Iyengar Yoga is especially helpful for beginners and also those with back pain, scoliosis, knee pain etc.
This is a therapeutic method of precise toning and stretching exercises that stems from a combination of dance and yoga. The movements focus on building core or ‘powerhouse’ strength as the key to good posture and a healthy back. If you’ve always envied the flawless, upright carriage of ballet dancers, you’ll love how Pilates creates long, lean muscles. The slow, targeted movements are also excellent for improving back problems and body awareness.
Power Yoga is a strength based practice, suitable for practitioners stepping into intermediate or advance level of their practise. Power Yoga emphasizes in developing one’s physical strength and flexibility and promotes mental stability and concentration. It has a potential of emulating a rigorous full-body workout and calmness of the mind. Suitable for intermediate and advanced energetic yoga enthusiasts.
Sivananda yoga, after teachings of Swami Sivananda, is a non-proprietary form of hatha yoga in which the training focuses on preserving the health and wellness of the practitioner. Sivananda Yoga teachers are all graduates of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course, and students widely range in age and degrees of ability. Unlike Ashtanga vinyasa yoga’s more athletic program involving Bandhas, Sivananda training revolves around frequent relaxation, and emphasizes full, yogic breathing.
“Vinyasa”means flow in Sanskrit. The class consist of a powerful series of flowing and jumping movements. It is great for the cardiovascular system and helps to build strength and endurance. It also helps in detoxification, balancing hormones and weight lost.
Anti-aging Yoga focuses on poses that brings blood circulation in the body. It also consists of poses that develops flexibility and strength in the body. Relaxation is another key component in anti-aging yoga.
Kundalini Yoga practice concentrates on releasing the kundalini (serpent) energy at the base of the spine and drawing it upward. Kundalini Yoga places special focus on breath and movement, such that each asana (position) series is done with a specific breathing technique that enhances the effect of the poses. It involves constantly moving, invigorating poses and in addition to postures, a typical class will also include chanting, meditation, and breathing exercises. Kundalini Yoga incorporates a more spiritual aspect of yoga and can be very physically challenging.
Chair yoga modified yoga poses so that they can be done while seated or with the support of a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. It also helps others to prepare to get into challenging poses. While seated on a chair, participants can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, mild backbends. Besides senior citizens obese people and people with neurological diseases can also give chair yoga a try. Office workers can also take advantage of chair yoga’s adaptations to do some stretches at work.
Team Building Yoga
Team Building Yoga is a fun and enjoyable yoga session. It helps to bring better relationship between participants through various interesting yoga poses that are make easier through team work and partner work.
Yoga for Beginners
Yoga for Beginners is designed for participants who are new to Yoga to enjoy and experience the benefits of Yoga. Participants will be thought proper breathing (pranayama), correct postures and alignment. Participants will also be introduced to various basic yoga poses and the benefit of practising these poses.
Yoga for Kids
Yoga for Kids is specially designed for kids (age from 4 to 12). Kids are encouraged to learn through FUN. Yoga for Kids classes typically comprises of music, songs, stories and games. Yoga for kids benefits every child intellectually, emotionally and physically. It can help a child to achieve balance in a fast-changing world and prepares him or her for a healthy adolescence.
- Strengthens muscles & energy levels
- Maintain or improve flexibility
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improves respiratory and circulation
- Improves digestive systems
- Maintains joint mobility
- Develops good posture
- Improves self-confidence
- Helps the child relax and release anxieties
- Improves memory, concentration & focus
- Improve learning
- Develops creativity
- Improves sleep patterns
- Allows children to express their emotions
- Improve interaction skills
Yoga for Family Bonding
Yoga for family bonding is basically yoga programs that involved parents and kids in the same class. The program helps to bring the family members closer together through FUN and teamwork.
Yoga for Seniors
Yoga for Seniors is designed to allow elders without yoga background and seldom exercise to enjoy and experience the benefits of Yoga. Participants will be thought proper breathing, postures and poses to improve their blood circulation and how to use them to relieve common ailments and physical discomfort like arthritis, backache, constipation, wind in stomach, indigestion etc
Yoga Therapy is designed for participants to enjoy and experience the benefits of Yoga. Participants will be thought proper breathing, postures and poses to improve their blood circulation and how to use them to relieve common ailments and physical discomfort like stiff neck, stiff shoulder, arthritis, backache – lordosis / kyphosis / herniated disc / scoliosis, constipation, wind in stomach, indigestion.
Suitable for those who plans to conceive.
Pre-natal yoga is a great form of exercise for expecting mothers. It is advisable to check with your doctor before starting the prenatal yoga classes. The prenatal yoga classes are gentle and controlled with specific postures dedicated to strengthen the body, improve circulation, make space for the growing baby, relaxes the mind and body. Breathing techniques are also important in a pre-natal class, as it helps in pain, anxiety and stress management which come in very handy during delivery. The practise helps to keep expecting mothers limber, tones muscles and improves balance and circulation.
Our Post Natal Yoga class are for mothers 6 weeks after normal delivery and 12 weeks after caesarean section. It is advisable to check with your doctor before starting the Post-Natal yoga classes. The classes help to reconnect new mothers with their pre-pregnancy shape and to build up the strength to face the new challenges of taking care of her new born. Props like chair, yoga blocks & wall will be used in the practice.
Relaxation & Restoration Yoga
Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep, a state of conscious deep sleep for extreme relaxation and subtler spiritual exploration. Yoga Nidra instructions are designed to help experience quick relaxation and be rejuvenated. These special relaxation techniques have deep effect on the body, energies and mind.
Yin Yogais a slow-paced style of yoga with postures that are held for comparatively long periods (3-5 minutes or longer) for every pose. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues – the tendons, fascia and ligaments. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility. Yin poses are designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. The proper flow of qi is known to improve organ health, immune system and emotional well-being.
Yin Yang Yoga
Yin Yang Yoga consists of a combination of Yin & Yang Yoga. Yang Yoga helps participants work more on the muscles while Yin Yoga helps participants work on their joints. Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to Yang Yoga. The dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga emphasize more on internal heat and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles, while Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, lower spine.
Pranayama & Meditation
It’s a great way to release tension and anxiety, improve sleep and mental calmness. Pranayama is the science of breath in yoga and meditation is way to the highest level of awareness at mental and physical level. It helps in cleansing through breath and finding inner peace and higher consciousness.