YOGA

A physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India and has since spread across the globe, Yoga at The Fitness Village focuses on the physical aspects of improving strength and flexibility.

 

Vinyassa - Vinyasa is a dynamic yoga practice that cultivates presence by connecting movement with breath. Most classes feature several elements of traditional Ashtanga yoga - including sun salutations, standing postures, preparation for arm balances, dynamic stretching and pranayama (breathwork). This practice will build strength, aid balance and weight loss, while reducing stress and increasing vitality.

Restorative - Restorative Yoga, based on the teachings of B.K.S.Iyengar, provides healing for the body and the mind. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities. Using a limited set of postures in each sequence and holding each asana for 2-5 minutes at a time, this style of practice can activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which allows for the regular nervous system to be at rest, the muscles will relax and you can reach a meditative state.

 

Power - Power Yoga is a general term used in the West to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. Though many consider it to be "gym yoga," this style of practice was originally closely modeled on the Ashtanga method. Power yoga is one of the best ways to develop flexibility, as well as create a harmony of breathing, movement and peace of mind.

 

Ashtanga - Ashtanga is characterized by the use of steady, regular ujjayi breath, muscular lock called bandhas, the connecting of breath and movement in vinyasa, and steady point of focus known as drishti. The combination of these powerful techniques is called tristana and it provides framework for the practice. During practice your body is producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

 

Hatha Flow - Hatha Flow is a gentle yoga class which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Traditional postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation techniques (dyana) are incorporated with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and clear, peaceful mind. Postures are held in accurate alignment and emphasis is placed on core strength, flexibility and balance as well as concentration and breath control.

Mindful Vinyasa follows the traditional route of Vinyasa - breath to movement whilst allowing time to slow down, to focus your awareness on how you are moving your body, how your body feels in each posture and look internally, developing your practice on both a physical and mental level. Using breath work before each class to bring your body into alignment with your mind and taking time during the asanas to look for correct alignment of the body, this class is suitable for all levels and those wishing to add a complimentary therapy to other practices.

 

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