The purpose of ALL yoga is ‘yogas chitta vritti nirodha’ which translates to ‘stilling the fluctuations of the mind’, in order to achieve a state of tranquility such that you experience life exactly as it is. This is often described and experienced as a state of pure bliss.
There are many many different types of yoga, and whilst different lineages offer different ways to practice, it’s important to know that ultimately, all yoga has the same ultimate purpose.
At Ginger Tonic we offer classes in Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Restorative Yoga & Well Woman Yoga.
Literally translated Hatha means ‘force’ and Hatha yoga means ‘to achieve a state of yoga through force’ . So Hatha Yoga can be thought about as any yoga practice which uses the physical body. Ashtanga, Restorative and Well Woman yoga are all types of Hatha Yoga
Typically, when you see Hatha Yoga written as a class description you can expect a class that will include pranyama (working with the breath), and asana (physical poses). You might also expect mantras (chanting or reciting), and mudras (hand gestures).
At Ginger Tonic our Hatha Yoga classes are suitable for everyone – from the more experienced practitioner to the beginner. The classes are generally themed week by week, bringing focus to a particular part of the body, or with a link to yogic philosophy. I always offer modifications to enable students to access poses more or less intensely, as is right for their own body. Classes will typically involve a mobilisation of the body, salutations, standing, seated and inverted postures, some incorporated into a more dynamic flow, others held as more static postures. All classes finish with a sivasana (relaxation).
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a type of Hatha Yoga that synchronises breath and movement in a flowing sequence of asanas (postures). Each asana has a choreographed number of movements into and out of it. Ashtanga Yoga is known for developing strength, flexibility and stamina. It is excellent for developing a discipline and focus. It is ultimately a moving meditation.
I teach a modified version of the Ashtanga Primary Series. The full Ashtanga Primary Series is a very demanding sequence that many people find too physically challenging, so I teach a modified version of it so that people can still benefit from all the wonderful aspects of this amazing system of yoga, without being put off.
Ashtanga Fusion Yoga
Ashtanga Fusion classes are based on the Ashtanga Primary Series but instead of strictly following the sequence of poses in the primary series, we go ‘off piste’. This class tends to appeal to those people who love Ashtanga, but also love to practice different poses from week to week. The ‘off piste’ poses can be incredibly useful in terms of developing strength and flexibility and working ‘in to’ and ‘up to’ a pose.
You are never too old, too young, too inflexible, too bendy, too large or too small to benefit from a yoga practice.
“If you have a body, you can practice yoga”
You don’t need to do a beginners course in order to practice yoga with me, but you might find it useful. In my 6 week beginners course I break down the fundamental aspects of the yoga practice in a small (no more than 6 students) less structured environment, giving each person the opportunity to ask questions and play! You might have been practicing yoga for years without really understanding the why’s and wherefore’s – my beginners course can help to fill in some gaps which can then make a profound difference to your practice.
During my 6 week course you will learn:
- The fundamentals of the breath (pranayama)
- Fundamental Poses – applicable for any yoga practice
- How to develop a deeper level of awareness, concentration and relaxation
- How to access the bandhas – the physical and energetic ‘locks’ in the body
- Basic Yogic Philosophy – the history and lineage
Book into my next beginners course here
Restorative yoga should not be confused with collapsing on to a yoga mat under a blanket and taking a snooze! At its best, restorative yoga promotes ‘active rest’. The body is guided into different poses and ‘propped’ with the use of blocks, bolsters and blankets. The focus is guided internally and participants settle into a state of deep relaxation and a profound sense of calm, inward awareness.
Restorative yoga soothes the nervous system. The poses themselves and the prolonged length of time you hold them for encourages a shift from sympathetic nervous system (flight or fight mode) to parasympathetic nervous system (rest, digest and fight disease). This is incredibly nourishing for the body, the mind and the soul. Muscles relax, joints soften and you internal and external world slows down – what’s not to love!
One to One Yoga
A one to one yoga class gives you the opportunity to receive undivided attention. This can be incredibly useful if you are a total beginner and perhaps nervous about joining a group class, or perhaps if you are recovering from some kind of injury or trauma. I can design the classes to meet your needs specifically. Many people chose to have a few one to one classes, before joining a group class.
Call me to chat and we can see what would work best for you.
The Yoga Hutch: www.theyogahutch.com
- Monday 6.30 – 7.45pm: Hatha for all levels – The Yoga Hutch
- Wednesday 7.30 – 8.45am: Hatha before breakfast – The Yoga Hutch
- Wednesday 7.30 – 8.45pm: Ashtanga Fusion – The Yoga Hutch
- Thursday 9.30 – 10.45am: Hatha for all levels – Ginger Studios
- Friday 7.30 – 8.45am: Hatha before breakfast – The Yoga Hutch
To book into one of my classes, get in touch via phone or email:
“Remember, somewhere, sometime, someone made all of this up” (Kate Woodard)
This is not to disrespect the lineage of yoga, but it is to empower the individual yogi.