Yoga-Lotus offers a full range of yoga classes for all levels of experience. This broad offering creates the foundation of any practice by providing a stable base for beginners, as well as a safe space for continuing students to explore the many and diverse benefits of yoga. We currently offer group classes with following style:


MEDITATION

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Meditation reduces stress, strengthens the immune system, balances emotions, shifts negative thinking, gives you clarity and inspires creativity. More than just an escape, meditation empowers you to deal with whatever the world throws your way -- positively.

In meditation we practice being fully aware of our actions, thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Meditation teaches us to stay in this present moment.                                                                         

This  class introduces students to practice breath control and concentration exercises that lead to a meditative state. Regular practice purifies the body and calms the mind, eventually leading to experiences of deep relaxation, peace and vitality. 

Suitable for anyone seeking to calm the mind and revitalise the body.


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MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

Do you find yourself impatient, judgmental, stressed, reactive or bored? Do you want to live your life more joyfully? Take a pause during your day and discover how mindfulness can help you: -Cope with everyday stress; -Relate to both pleasant and unpleasant experiences with equanimity; -Harness your innate wisdom; and -Feel happier. Please come in comfortable clothing that is suitable for sitting meditation and gentle stretching.

The class is suitable for beginners as the practices are basic and have no prerequisites. Every class stands on its own, without needing prior knowledge of previous classes. There will be a series of 8 themed classes, based on the 8 Attitudinal Foundations of Mindfulness, and will be offered on a rotational basis when all 8 are completed.


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VINYASA - ALL LEVELS

Vinyasa is all about continuous movement and breath.A dynamic practice focused on moving the body along with the breath. The experience in this class is one of fluidity and motion. Poses are generally held for short periods of time and emphasis on the rhythm of the breath is encouraged with the purpose of aligning and focusing the mind. Some pranayama, chanting and meditation may be included.

Suitable for new practitioners and students who want to create body strengths and breath alignment. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale.

This class sets the foundation for all the other Vinyasa classes. No full inversions are included in these classes. Some optional preparations for inversions or advanced postures may be introduced.


YIN

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Yin postures are held for a relatively longer period of time (typically 3 -5 mins.), aiming at awakening the deep connective tissues in our body, the tendons, fascia, ligaments and our meridians. Practicing yin yoga on a regular basis helps to increase circulation in the joints, activate our meridians and improve overall wellbeing and flexibility.

This type of practice complements the more muscular styles of Yoga.

We do also practice mindfulness during class to observe ourselves at the present moment in a non-judgmental, non-reactive and compassionate way. It is a more meditative approach to yoga as it encourages the cultivation of awareness of our inner body.

Yin Yoga is a quiet and simple practice, but not necessarily an easy practice. Yin yoga works deeply into our body.

It targets our deepest tissues of the body, our connective tissues — ligaments, joints, bones, and the deep fascia networks of the body — rather than the muscles.

Energetically, yin yoga improves the energy flow, enhancing the flow of chi in the organs. To be healthy, we need healthy organs as well as healthy muscles.


YIN-YANG

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Yin Yang Yoga blends the active sun or ‘yang’ energy of yoga asanas (postures) with the more reflective moon or ‘yin’ energy to bring strength and flexibility and a calm mind and relaxed body through the practices of breath work and relaxation techniques. This class blends the elements of yin yoga with those of vinyasa flow. The class includes some slow deep hip opening stretches and moves into a movement practice of connecting postures through breath.

When these terms are applied to yoga, Yin Yoga is a slower practice where poses are passively held for longer, working on the deep, dense (Yin) connective tissues and joints in the body. Yang Yoga in contrast refers to a more active practice working on the (Yang) muscles and blood flow, building strength, stamina and flexibility. Yang styles of yoga are those with rhythm and repetition like Vinyasa Flow.

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The practice of yin/yang yoga helps us learn about stillness in movement and the flow in stillness.
— Sarah Power

Suitable for beginners and students with some yoga experience looking to balance their strength and flexibility. No full inversions are included in these classes.


YOGA FOR RUNNERS

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This special class is designed with the runner’s body in mind. The focus is on stretching the areas that are typically tight, including the hamstrings, IT band and hips; strengthening the weak areas, like the core and upper body; and restoring some of the typically sore areas like the lower back. Specific sets of postures and sequences make for a well-balanced class designed to build flexibility, stabilise the joints and centre the breath. Some pranayama, chanting and meditation may be included.

Suitable for runners with or without yoga experience.