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.

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.

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 style.

Rocket Yoga / Dynamic

With its foundation in the Ashtanga yoga tradition, Rocket yoga provides a dynamic sequence that both opens and strengthens the body. It is known for its love for floating and flying, so we will work on several inversions, transitions and arm balances with plenty of time for breaking down the movements to learn the poses or to take them to the next level. The perfect marriage of tempo and sequence will awaken your body, the nervous system and feed it the precious prana it craves while promoting a spirit of change and freedom in your practice. Rocket Yoga and Dynamic classes are vigorously physical and stimulating. Classes include Vinyasa (flowing asana sequences), hands-on adjustments, Pranayama (breathing exercises) and deep relaxation. To keep the practice inspiring, asana sequences are ever-changing with music playing an integral role in the class.

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). 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.

Yin / Restorative / Therapeutic

Yin Yoga is a quiet, slow practice with a restorative emphasis. Maintaining a cool body temperature and working slowly in long held poses (mostly on the mat). The practice allows the body to unwind and to find a release in the structure of the body by stimulating the joints, ligaments and connective tissues. The class is a perfect complement to fast-paced lifestyles, as well as those seeking to enhance their flexibility or are recovering from injuries. The class has a meditative quality and brings about a sense of well-being and calm. In restorative or therapeutic yoga, props are used to support the body so that you can hold poses for longer, allowing you to open your body through passive stretching. Restorative postures are usually adapted from lying or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining. This style is especially suitable for people who want a gentle class or those who are recovering from injury.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, has been practiced and taught in the West since 1969. This form of yoga is a dynamic, powerful tool to establish and maintain an aligned relationship between the mind, body and spirit. Kundalini yoga harnesses the mental, physical and nervous energies of the body. Classes include breathwork, mudra hand gestures, mantra, body locks and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity and purify the blood.

Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy Yoga is an excellent way to prepare you for labour and the birth of your baby. Yoga is an ideal practice during pregnancy as it allows the mother to tune into her breath and baby and prepare herself mentally and physically for labour and the baby’s arrival. A regular yoga practice will result in strength, flexibility, relaxation and confidence on the journey to motherhood. The class will gently weave together a sequence of postures including sun salutations, standing postures, seated postures, and a finishing sequence. A greater focus will be placed on maintaining pelvic stability during the Yoga practice, listening to your body and tuning in to what your body needs during this special time. Blocks, bolsters and straps will be used to ensure proper alignment in the poses. This class is suitable for pregnant women as of week 12. Before your class please fill in a Health Form and read the advice. Please check with your health consultant if you have any concerns.