What is yoga?
Yoga has both preventive and therapeutic benefits. It has been shown to offer both physical and mental benefits to the body and the mind. The many physical benefits of yoga are: it improves flexibility and muscle joint mobility; strengthens, tones, and builds muscles; corrects posture; strengthens the spine; eases back pain; improves muscular-skeletal conditions such as bad knees, tight shoulders and neck, swayback and scoliosis; increases stamina; creates balance and grace; stimulates the glands of the endocrine system; improves digestion and elimination; increases circulation; improves heart conditions; improves breathing disorders; boosts immune response; decreases cholesterol and blood sugar levels; and encourages weight loss.
What is Pilates?
Pilates focuses on building your body’s core strength and improving your posture through a series of low repetition low impact stretching and conditioning exercises.Core strength areas are your back, abdominal and pelvic muscles. Through pilates, you will be able to develop these muscles without adding bulk, increase your flexibility and agility, and at the same time tone your stomach and thigh muscles.Pilates helps strengthen and re-align the body’s posture helping to increase movement after injury. However, it goes far beyond core muscles. As well as providing a complete body workout, it also helps develop a keen awareness of how your body works enabling your mind and body to work in harmon.y
What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga Yoga, practiced in its correct sequential order gradually leads the practitioner to rediscovering his or her fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness – physical, psychological, and spiritual. Through this practice of correct breathing (ujjayi pranayama), postures (asanas), and gazing point (dristhi), we gain control of the senses and a deep awareness of ourselves. By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion, one acquires steadiness of body and mind.
What do I wear?
Fortunately no yoga/pilates fashion code exists. Wear something you feel comfortable moving in.
Do I have to book for the classes?
No. All classes are “drop-in” unless otherwise stated. A student may just turn up on any given day, join in, and enjoy the class.
Am I too fat/thin/tall/small/old/young/unfit/inflexible?
Yoga & Pilates can be modified to suit every person’s body type.