Flow classes are based on the hatha vinyasa tradition using the breath to guide movement. Postures are linked together, with natural breathing, into a flowing sequence. Emily’s style is fluid without moving too fast so that students have time to really feel the sensations in their body. Particular attention is given to safe and functional alignment for the individual.
Particular attention is given to safe and functional alignment for the individual and working to counter habitual movement and postural patterns from other activities such as sitting for long periods. Through the continual movement of a flow sequence, methodically working though the body, blocked energy can also be released. Flow classes are suitable for all levels as modifications are provided for specific injuries and conditions.
Pregnancy is a time of change. A woman’s body has to grow and adapt to carry a baby, hormones change affecting flexibility and emotions, and the whole family needs to prepare to birth and raise a new life.
Prenatal yoga helps to build physical and mental strength for an active labour, as well as relieving aches and pains associated with the extra pressure pregnancy puts on a woman’s body. The breathing and mindfulness meditation techniques also help to prepare a woman for birth and becoming a parent.
Yoga, particularly Hot Yoga, is a great all round form of exercise providing many benefits including (but by no means limited to) stretching muscles, providing a cardio workout, aiding digestion, detoxifying the body, improving posture and aiding relaxation and sleep.
All Hot Yoga practices are structured to be a dynamic system of postures and breathing exercises specifically designed for the heated environment. In addition to this the classes integrate mindfulness techniques helping to de-stress and calm the mind.
The classes are suitable for all levels. The Hot Yoga room is heated to 32 degrees.
Restorative yoga is a way of resetting the system, quietening the mind and nourishing the soul. Each pose is held for at least five minutes and props, such as bolsters and blankets, are used to support the body in the most comfortable position possible so that it can completely relax and let go. Gentle and supported twists, forward bends, backbends and inversions are practiced with modifications provided for individual needs.
This practice is suitable for all levels and conditions and is particularly suitable for people with busy and stressful lives as a way of taking time to be still and rest or for people dealing with illness. The emphasis is on being rather than doing and mindfulness tools are provided for self-inquiry.
Yin yoga is a more passive, slower form of yoga where students are invited to take a particular shape, become still and then stay a while – sometimes over 5 minutes in a pose. As well as nourishing the joints and connective tissue, these Yin sequences also stimulate meridian channels encouraging the flow of healthy chi through the body. Modifications and props can be used for injuries and conditions, and students are invited to move slowly and mindfully to build greater body and energy awareness. Mindfulness meditation techniques are taught throughout these classes giving students tools that they can bring into daily life.
Combining creative play with traditional yoga these classes offer a fun experience for kids to:
- explore their imagination through sequences of poses and exercises revolving around both the natural and fantasy worlds;
- develop their physical strength, fitness, flexibility, coordination and endurance while cultivating balance and concentration;
- increase resilience and confidence and learning values such as respect, sharing and caring for others;
- have fun and meet new friends.