Styles

Hatha Yoga is the classic style of the Indian tradition. Ha = solar, Tha = lunar, which can mean restoring mental and physical balance and the union of body, mind and spirit. This style teaches the basic postural alignments essential to the practice of asana/postures. It develops center strength, flexibility, balance, concentration and breath awareness. The focus is on the body’s ability to align without forcing it, through a profound listening.

Hatha Flow is a dynamic series of postures using breath in harmony with movement, respecting the holding of the pose and a special care in body alignment as fundamental principles of Yoga. The transitions from one posture to another follow the flow of the breath in the “vinyasa” mode, working on the flow of the body in motion. This type of practice warms the body, leads to increased perspiration and therefore the elimination of toxins and brings the heart rate into the aerobic range. Students learn to refine the postures and to move beyond the limitations of the body-mind in a sort of moving meditation.

Gentle Hatha combines relaxing asana/postures in a slow and meditative practice. It’s perfect for both beginners and advanced students, to accommodate gentle openings and a greater awareness of the body-mind. It’s recommended to those who live moments of particular stress and fatigue, who is recovering after a convalescence and who comes back to physical activity after a long time.

Vinyasa is a Sanskrit term often used to describe a wide variety of yoga styles. The word Vinyasa can be decoded from its root Nyasa “place” and Vi “in a special way.” It’s a dynamic and fluid form of yoga in which postures are linked together using the breath. This style originated from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga of Sri Tirumala Krishnamacharya, teacher of Pattabhi Jois who applied the principles of breathing to the form of Vinyasa Yoga. Like all yoga styles Vinyasa has both physical and mental benefits. Physically, the sweat expels toxins regenerating the body. Mentally, synchronized breathing relaxes the mind and helps release energy blockages in the body.

Yin Yoga The essence of this discipline is letting go. To balance the internal heat, circulation, strengthening of the “yang” quality that you get with a practice of Vinyasa or Ashtanga, Yin Yoga focuses on postures that stretch the muscles of the hips, pelvis and spine. Usually these postures are maintained for 3-10 minutes to stretch the connective tissue surrounding the joints and increase elasticity. The elasticity of the connective tissue decreases with physical activity and aging, which makes Yin essential for injury prevention and healthy joints. Since this practice often includes different seated postures and forward bends, also restores energy and calms the nervous system.

Restorative Yoga is constituted by a series of asana/postures supported by the aid of props (blankets, bolsters, bricks) and kept for several minutes. The use of these props makes the postures more comfortable, stimulating and relaxing the body which, being supported, can fully open and release tension. These forms allow you to reach a physical relaxation, mental and emotional depth by activating the parasimpatic nervous system. Through constant practice of Restorative Yoga the body is less vulnerable to stress and facilitates faster healing. It’s recommended for those with back problems, neck, herniated discs, sciatica, difficulties related to a post-surgery, excess weight, and all those who need to relax.

Energetic Awakening A class to rediscover one’s own physical and energetic life-force: we begin with Makko-Ho / Meridian Stretching, then we explore breathing, visualization, stretching and mobilization of the body-mind. The Makko-Ho / Meridian Stretching is a system of exercises to stretch the energy meridians devised by Master Shizuto Masunaga, founding father of Zen Shiatsu. They help keep flexible joints, elastic muscles and a balanced posture. Harmonize the free flow of energy (Ki) in the meridians (functions of life), unlock the stagnant energy, bring benefit to the vital organs, thus improving the psycho-physical state and therefore the body’s response to stress. This lesson is a valuable complement to the practice of yoga.

Alignment Our body is a dynamic entity. A healthy body has the ability to respond to the everyday changes. Proper alignment allows the natural flow of fluids and breath, enhancing the nervous system functions. In this lesson we refine the inner perception in dialogue with the external perception, we work on the alignment and mobility of the spine. Through stretching practices, mobilization, micro and macro movement, with the help of breathing, imagination and visualization, we make our middle line, hub and axle of life, more malleable and strong. This practice is an excellent preparation for Yoga asanas / postures: the root “as” means to sit in a regal way, or with the elongated column.

Pranayama and Meditation is dedicated to the practice of breathing and quiet listening. Pranayama: Prana = breath, energy, life, force – Yama = expand, monitor, stop, direct. It’s the process of expanding our usual small reservoir of Prana by lengthening, directing and regulating the movement of breath. The class is a series of stretches and asanas to open the breathing muscles, then some breathing exercises preparatory to the practice of Pranayama. The class closes with a meditation and a final relaxation.

Meditation Yoga aspires to the union of mind and body through physical practice and senses awareness. Practicing yoga one is meditating while being present to movement and sensations. Sitting meditation is a silent and compassionate listening of oneself, is a purification of the mind and can promote self-acceptance, self-inquiry, awareness, mind-body balance and compassion. It can help those suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, trauma.

Prenatal Yoga is a gentle energizing movement flow adapted for pregnancy that emphasizes stability, flexibility and vitality. This lesson gives moms a relaxing space and the ability to connect to themselves. It’s an excellent preparation for childbirth through breath and body-mind awareness.

Yoga x Kids age 6-10 Through yoga the child discovers his/her body. developing attention, awareness, self-esteem. The child learns to breathe, improving coordination and flexibility. Yoga is presented to children through play and attention to basic principles.

Yoga x Teens it’s a series of classes dedicated to youth age 12 to 17.  In addition to the physical benefits, yoga teaches the youth the skills to meet everyday’s challenges – insecurity about their changing body, stressful schedules, the enormous pressure to fit in socially, and uncertainty about their own values and the future. This dynamic class stretches and strengthens the muscles and helps to relax the nervous system, promoting a better concentration and inner balance. It helps the students to cultivate acceptance and self-esteem and tempers hyperactivity and anxiety.