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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Kundalini Yoga Express
Kundalini yoga is a complete tool kit to live in the modern world. It provides techniques to increase vitality, energy and health, along with methodologies to unlock your potential. Finding your internal ‘Strength & Balance’ is crucial to achieving the steadiness and courage to maintain happiness in everyday life. However, this can be tricky, especially in busy cities like London. Practicing Kundalini Yoga works by helping you remain dynamic, enthusiastic and calm, even in the most challenging and confrontational environments. Kundalini Express is a class that shows the flexibility and power of Kundalini Yoga. In just 45minutes this class will reset, energise and destress.
Kundalini Yoga & Gong
Kundalini is often called the yoga of awareness. It is one of the more spiritual styles of yoga. Kundalini focuses on breath and movement and challenges the students both physically and mentally. Kundalini is one of the oldest forms of yoga.
Learn how to strengthen your entire body – Clarify and uplift your thoughts and mind – Increase your vitality – Balance your mood and emotions – Release tensions – Experience deep peace – Feel fully charged and alive.
Classes are a dynamic blend of postures, Pranayama, music, mantra and meditation, which teach the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation.
Tai Chi / Chi Kung
RELAX — ENERGISE — BALANCE
The classes are suitable for all levels and are based around gentle, rhythmic movements attracting tranquility through movement, breath and meditation. Chi Kung is a deeply nourishing practice that includes, static and moving postures designed to dissolve tensions, release blockages and renew flow, liberating the life force (chi/qi)
In this all-levels class, you will visit the theory and practice of achieving a handstand. Conditioning drills, balance fine-tuning exercises and pair-work to get you upside-down as efficiently as possible. The only requirements are a solid downward facing dog and 20sec planck holds. Get your handstands going in your yoga practice!