Yoga is more than just twisting yourself in knots; it is an art form and an intricate science. These teachings are thousands of years old, yet are even more relevant in the growing stress of modern living. Just as there are many roads to Rome or many paths to God, each form of yoga uses different aspects or paths to prepare the body/mind to stop and find the place of peace within. The essence of all Yoga practices and styles, and its definition, is to unite, to join, to experience union or Oneness.
At Yogatopia we understand that some styles and practices suit people at different stages and times, not only in their lives but often in the same day. We encourage you to listen to the changing needs of your own body/ mind and choose what is best to cleanse, awaken, heal and balance these systems so that you may experience the more subtler energies of oneness….Peace.
Ask yourself “If my body was a temple, a castle or a farm what does it need at this moment to be balanced to flow?”
Hatha yoga involves a body of yogic practices, both physical and mental, that combine posture, breath control, seals, and locks, performed for the purpose of purifying and strengthening the physical and subtle bodies. The word “hatha” combines two Sanskrit words: ha, which means “the breath of the sun” (prana), and tha, “the breath of the moon” (apana). As with all forms of yoga the aim of Hatha yoga is the control of the body and bodily activities as a means of stilling the mind.
No matter what we achieve, our successes are hollow unless we fulfil the soul’s yearning to bring higher consciousness into our daily lives. Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is much more than a system of physical exercise; it’s a dynamic, powerful tool for expanding awareness. An integrated and authentic system of exercise, breath control, and meditation that has been practiced in India for millennia, it’s safe, comprehensive, and simple. It promotes physical health, stimulates the mind’s potential, and touches one’s innermost being. Kundalini yoga is based on kriyas, or specially formulated sets of exercises. This allows you to target specific benefits and work on exactly those aspects of yourself that need work at the current time. Any amount of time spent practicing – whether three minutes or an hour a day – produces significant benefits, and in turn, motivates individuals to dedicate more time to its practice. Suitable for all levels of students.mind. Suitable for all levels of students.
Yin yoga, so named because of its correspondence to the Taoist concept of yin, is a very distinct style of Chinese yoga similar to hatha yoga that is characterized by passive asanas held for several minutes each that target the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. Some believe that yin yoga is the oldest form of hatha yoga, since it is the ideal method of physical conditioning for prolonged meditation. Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (which we are calling the yang tissues). Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine and is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Suitable for all levels of student.
Yin Restorative classes use a variety of floor based Yin postures, breathing techniques, meditations, mudras and mantras to nourish, balance and heal the parasympatheic nervous system and create and deep sense of peace and relaxation.