Meditation in movement. Ananda yoga is a gentle style of Hatha yoga with an emphasis placed on spiritual training and self-awareness rather than physical exercise. It aims to harmonise the body, mind and spirit through breathing, postures and positive thinking.
Yoga for those with a big heart; Anusara is a form of yoga that expresses spirituality through each of the physical movements. Every pose springs from a deeply devout feeling within bringing energy from the inside out. It's the perfect form of yoga if you want the physical and spiritual benefits with an added element of creativity and freedom.
Fast-paced yoga for fast-paced living; Ashtanga yoga takes traditional Hatha yoga and steps it up a notch. Referred to as the yoga of eight parts ('ashta' meaning eight and 'anga' meaning limbs), each stage requires you to synchronise your breathing with a series of postures that then paves the way for the higher levels.
Let your child release their inner lion. Children are under a lot of stress these days. Whether its homework, pressure to compete with other children, or endless after school activities – it all adds up. So just like their parents, children are turning to yoga to help them relax and unwind. Children’s yoga is very similar to adult yoga. It has the same ancient Indian origins, poses and effects but unlike traditional yoga it is not yet that popular.
Go with the flow. Dynamic yoga is an ancient oriental practice, which promises to bring enormous health benefits to those who practice it. It is not only meditative but also physically challenging - correct breath control is essential to this form of yoga to create a seamless flow of postures.
Get up and glow. This heart-warming form of yoga takes place in a studio heated with infrared panels, encouraging the body to fully relax. A great way to relieve muscle stiffness and stimulate weight loss, classes can also be helpful to those suffering from SAD – thanks to the ambient lighting in the studio. Go along to a session in the morning and you’ll have a smile on your face for the rest of the day...
Sweat is not the enemy. In fact, the whole purpose of hot yoga is to sweat, sweat, sweat- the more that pours out of your pores, the better! Practitioners believe that heat is the key to maximizing the benefits of yoga and enhancing the peace of mind gained following each session. Just be sure to bring a towel!
Paddle to yoga paradise. Kayoga™, as the name helpfully suggests, is a treatment formed by combining yoga with kayaking (although thankfully, you don’t do both at the same time). Kayoga™ takes typical flexibility and strength-enhancing yoga exercises outside the studio and drops them (and you) on an idyllic beach for a supremely serene experience.
Go with the flow. Prana flow is a style of yoga developed by American yoga practitioner Shiva Rea. Based on traditional forms of yoga, Prana Flow also incorporates elements of music, the visual arts, poetry and philosophy in order to create a deeper experience. Prana Flow can help you to cultivate inner and outer strength and fluidity whilst becoming calm, relaxed and focussed – making it a great way to take time out from the pressures of a stressful life.
Show us your best downward dog. Yoga, which originated in India, has been practised in the East for over 5,000 years – and now it’s popular in the Western world too. Great for combating stress and developing flexibility, this ancient art uses gentle exercise and [[treatment/breathing-techniques/| breathing techniques]] to help you feel focussed and serene. Great for your muscles and joints, yoga can also improve your physical health. Best start unrolling that mat...