Yoga Styles

At the Light Centre we have many different styles of Yoga. Read the descriptions below and choose a teacher who best suits the style you are looking for. For a description of each class please view the class descriptions on the class timetable.

Yoga/Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is the branch of yoga that encompasses practices that improve physical health and mental well-being. This system of teaching hatha yoga is very methodical and progressive, emphasising precise alignment, detailed correctness and absolute safety. It uses equipment in the form of supports and props that allow students to progress safely at their own pace, and in a way that suits their body.

Beginners work on simple postures in a basic way according to their capabilities. As they develop they then move on to more refined ways of working as well as to more complex postures. As a student develops strength and flexibility the equipment is discarded.

Most styles of yoga practised at the Light Centre are methods or styles of hatha yoga so that Ashtanga, Iyengar or Anusara are simply different ways of practising Hatha yoga.

Teachers teaching this style: Lex

Power Yoga/ Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Vinyasa means the exact synchronization of breath and movement. A Vinyasa class weaves together a creative sequence of postures, including sun salutations (warming), standing postures (stabilizing), forward bends (introspective) back bends (invigorating) and twists (cleansing) linked together by the thread of the breath, gradually warming the body, stretching muscles and opening the joints and finally concluding in stillness and deep relaxation (savasana).

Many of the in-house classes (including the beginner courses) at the Centre use Vinyasa / Hatha as the core styles.

Teachers teaching this style: Nicole, Alina, Androula, Alessandra, Hayley

 

Ashtanga Mysore Self Practice Yoga

Ashtanga is a practice that follows a set sequence of postures. “Ashtanga” literally means eight limbs: Yama (abstinences), Niyama (observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (contemplation). There are three levels with each level requiring full development before proceeding to the next. The sequential order of asanas is to be meticulously followed with each posture a preparation for the next, developing the strength and balance required to move further.

Teachers teaching this style: Adam

 

Yoga For Better Posture

Our bodies are designed to regularly move. Sitting in tense, static postures all day causes the supporting muscles to become chronically knotted and our bodies to become moulded to the shape we sit in. Gradually our biomechanics become altered, creating stresses throughout our bodies that contribute to aches and pains and predispose us to further injuries. Regaining a normal posture requires a careful and sustained unravelling of the compensations and stiffness.

This class will re-educate your body with a routine designed especially to release tensions held in your upper back by using specific tools to break down adhesions – you will learn how to be your own osteopath.

Teachers teaching this style: Guillermo

Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy Yoga is an excellent way to prepare you for labour and the birth of your baby. Signing up for an antenatal yoga class can therefore be very helpful during your pregnancy. You’ll learn postures that won’t strain your body, and you’ll meet other mums-to-be, too. You need to be 12 weeks pregnant before you can attend our pregnancy classes

Teachers teaching this style: Maisie, Fleur