What is Yoga? Yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj, means to Bind or Yoke. A man who does Yoga is called a Yogi, and a woman Yogini.
Yoga in its true meaning and definition is all about calming the fluctuations of the mind. Nowadays in the Western World, people mostly engage with the third limb of Yoga, the Asana practice. In this physical practice, Yoga is all about linking the movement to the breath through postures that are helping the body to gain Stamina, Strength & Flexibility.
Yoga is a life changer for many and our Yoga Instructor is fascinated by the positive impacts it has on people, wether it is an hour of weekly practice or a shift of lifestyle. Looking for your first class or just looking for a yoga teacher in London, why not try the best yoga classes around!
The asana practice provides truly enjoyable stretches and fitness activity more or less intense depending on the class, but beyond the physical practice and poses, Yoga builds up awareness on breathing patterns, helps releasing stress and helps us draw our attention inwards and have a better understanding of ourselves. A regular practice will provide good cardio and help you build-up self-acceptance, more serenity, a better quality of sleep, and will also help dealing with all sorts of health issues or physical pains. Yoga is accessible to EVERY BODY no matter the fitness background or flexibility. Our classes are very inclusive and open to beginners as well as regular yogis.
One of the most popular styles of contemporary yoga, ‘Vinyasa’ is a Sanskrit term referring to the transition between positions on the yoga mat. The smoothness is what gives Vinyasa its second name, or nickname, “flow”.
Each class will start with some breathing exercises or pranayama. Breathing appropriately is of central importance to Vinyasa’s effectiveness, as it helps with focus. Gradually, new users will become accustomed to the different breathing patterns and techniques.
Next will be a round of gentle warm-ups known as ‘sun salutations’: a series of postures performed in a specific order, and designed to ready the body, enabling it to synch with the breathing exercises. Then a ‘flow’ of standing and seated poses, of which the focus will be dependent on the needs or aims of the class. Finally, each class ends with a final pose known as savasana and a gentle unwinding and relaxation on the yoga mat, where you are bound to feel relaxed.
Our classes are open to all levels, from beginners to advanced yogis. Members will be provided with props to ease in to the more difficult poses, and will be encouraged in their own time to progress naturally towards the more advanced poses.
You should leave each class feeling deeply relaxed both physically and mentally.
Yoga – Candle Lit Flow
The candle lit flow class is similar to our Vinyasa class, only taught at a slower pace. As the name suggests, candle lighting is used for ambience, to encourage relaxation and soothe the mind. Members will find the slower pace enables both deeper stretches and pranayama. It follows the same process as the Vinyasa class: including a gentle, rhythmic flow, with a relaxing savasana to ease off.
The final stage of the candle lit flow is a process known as ‘Yoga Nidra’ – a guided meditation also referred to as the “yogic sleep”. The Yoga Nidra has been linked with improved sleeping patterns, and stress and anxiety release. The goal of this meditative practice is to reach what is known as the “transformative state”; the boundary between full consciousness and deep relaxation, which so often leaves members feeling fully rested.
Yoga Nidra is known to improve sleeping patterns, release stress and anxiety and will put you in a transformative state between full consciousness and deep relaxation and will leave you feeling fully rested.
The gentle yoga class welcome all levels but may be more suitable to people dealing with injuries, older people and people suffering from chronic pains.
This slow moving yoga class of low intensity is perfect to restore energy and internal balance.
The classes include light twists, seated forward folds, gentle backbends and easier sun salutations variations.
Postnatal yoga is great way to heal, strengthen and nurture yourself after birth. It is advised to wait a minimum of 6 weeks postpartum before going back to any physical activity. After this period of physical recovery postnatal yoga will be a great way to:
Strengthen the back, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles
Release tension in shoulders and neck muscles
Help to improve posture
Decrease overall stress and promote relaxation
Provide an opportunity to connect with other parents
Create a safe environment to bond with baby
Postnatal classes include baby(ies) who remain present throughout the practice at all times and can even be part of the movement and physical poses. Classes are suitable from 6 weeks after birth until baby starts crawling or moving around.
Pregnancy / Prenatal Yoga classes
Becoming a mother is a very special journey. This time of great change and transformation is a time for women to reconnect to their innate life-giving powers and intuitive wisdom.
Pregnant women naturally experience daily shifts and changes both physically and emotionally and Yoga is a powerful and effective tool which can help to adapt to these changes.
Prenatal Yoga classes are also a chance for mums-to-be to deeply relax which helps to reinforce their connection with their growing baby.
Classes are suitable to women who practice regular yoga classes as well as complete beginners.
You should leave each class feeling deeply relaxed both physically and mentally.
Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
Community spirit: meeting other pregnant women provides a great sense of support
General health: Increased energy and immunity, yoga improves a general level of good health for the expectant mother which also benefits the unborn baby
Health management: Yoga can help you to manage conditions such as Sciatica / Sciatic Pain, heartburn, tiredness, pelvis girdle pain and many others.
Improved strength: Yoga can help to improve strength and adaptive alignment helping the body to gradually adapt to the growing foetus and prepare the body and pelvis for birth.
Body & mind balance and confidence: Yoga can help to improve your body balance and therefore help you with your confidence.
Effective and powerful birth preparation: becoming familiar with pain-relieving breathing techniques and physical positions for an active birth can be powerful tools to use. It is also a great way to include a birth partner into the labour process as many yoga poses can be performed in pairs.
What do prenatal yoga classes include: Prenatal yoga classes usually include general well-being screening as an introduction, breathing techniques and gentle warm up, prenatal adapted sun salutations variations, standing and seated poses modified with the use of props whenever applicable, relaxation and/or guided meditation.
Late requests for cancelations and non attendance will be charged as one session. Please try and cancel before the cancellation window so that other Yogies can have a class and use the Studio. We operate a 9 hour window for cancellations.
“10% your first treatment” is not available on drop in classes or existing group discounts
Classes can be used at studio & drop in prices cannot be used on workshops & courses
1 class 50% OFF using code RALAX per Yogi attending the studio
Just add code RELAX when booking your class to get your 50% OFF your 1st class
If you’re looking for Hatha yoga benefits I am afraid we currently do not provide Hot Yoga or Hatha Yoga. If you have any questions about Hot Yoga or Hatha Flow Yoga please get in touch with one of our team!
You may of also heard a lot about Chromayoga or Chroma Yoga in Shoreditch. ChromaYoga is a very new and exciting way of approaching and practising yoga. Through the combination of colours therapy techniques and light, which helps in stimulating the brain with natural scents. This is said to provide a to create an immersive, multi-sensory yoga experience not yet seen before.