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During Asana practise, students can expect an equal approach toward flexibility, strength development, body weight support, balance, core development and coordination. Asana classes are typically followed by Pranayama (breath regulation / energy control) and various resting or meditation techniques (Nidra, Pratyahara, Dharana or Dhyana).
As all modern Asana styles are based upon Hatha, there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Hatha class. Classes can range from gentle and relaxing to vigorous and challenging depending on the requirements of the students. Advancement in Hatha is not dependent on the complication of the pose, but rather the length of time it is held. Intermediate to advanced students can expect more focussed practise, while beginners can expect more flowing practise (not to be confused with Vinyasa).
Hatha is composed of two Sanskrit words, Ha signifies the Sun, Tha signifies the Moon, and together they make the word Force, Will or Energy. The sun symbolises the expression and consumption of energy, while the moon signifies the conservation and building of energy. Hatha Yoga is therefore the form of Yoga in which the normalisation and union of these two principles is achieved.
Yin Yoga is often considered to be the passive (Yin) side of Yoga while the mainstream styles are considered to be the active (Yang) side. In fact, Hatha Yoga is meant to address both these aspects, it’s only in modern times where the two have been separated (much to the detriment of many practitioners), therefore Yin Yoga is simply the other essential half to everybody’s active asana practise. The poses are deep and meditative, held for longer periods, and shift the focus away from elastic muscles, and more toward the plastic connective tissues such as tendons, ligaments and fascia. Yin Yoga shouldn’t be confused with the softer style of Restorative Yoga, students can expect challenges (especially to their egos) along with sweaty armpits!
In Partner Yoga, we believe that touch and intimacy are basic human needs. Partner Yoga can easily be practised with a friend, gym buddy, lover, family member or even your child. It has varying levels of difficulty ranging from simple and relaxing poses which can be performed with a partner, or more challenging Acroyoga poses.
In addition to increasing balance, strength and flexibility offered by the poses, Partner Yoga will increase the level of trust and communication with your partner, will help release tension and strengthen relationships. Classes are suitable for all levels, and emphasis is on having fun. Help us popularise this awesome style in Port Elizabeth!
Combining the theories of Yoga, Kung Fu, bodybuilding and gymnastics, Joseph Pilates designed a system of exercise he originally called “Contrology,” which was later renamed to Pilates after its creator. The purpose of Pilates is using the mind to control the muscles, it teaches awareness of breath and spinal alignment, and strengthens the “core,” our powerhouse including the diaphragm, rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus, obliques, back extensors and the pelvic floor. Pilates works the core by applying sub maximal and variable resistance in an unstable position. In other words … a great workout!
Not in the mood for classes? Would you prefer individual attention? Do you have specific goals that require a workout routine catered for your body? Do you feel more comfortable having set routines, short term goals, long term goals, structured and planned workouts and a motivator to guide you? Then Personal Training is just for you. Whether it’s fat loss, muscle gain, toning, shaping, conditioning or just looking for a better beach bod, working with a personal trainer will accelerate your progress.