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.
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.
|Virtual Live Classes
If you are unable to keep up your sessions in person then I would love for you to join classes in an online capacity. As many of you know, that thank God I am a teacher, as I am hopeless at paperwork and modern social media still challenges me. So I ask you be tolerant for the first few weeks while I get my head around it.
Please invite any friends that have expressed interest in starting Yoga / Meditation or who you feel needs the spiritual support / connection at this challenging time to consider our online offerings while they are stuck at home. I know nothing takes the place of coming together as a community group, in the beautiful and supportive setting of Yogatopia, and having our watchful eyes and firm hands there to adjust and support you. But, I have absolute confidence in our abilities as professional teachers to guide you through well structured, challenging and uplifting virtual classes and personalised sessions in an online capacity.
Virtual private sessions are now available online via Zoom or FaceTime. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your specific session times. $10 classes to help with technology and equipment costs.
Live online mat classes will run as below for the next 3 weeks.
Monday: 5:30pm Hatha and 7pm Yin
Wednesday: 9:45am Hatha 5:30pm Hatha, 7pm Beginners
Thursday: 5:30pm Yin
Friday: 9:45am Hatha
Saturday: 9am Hatha, 10:30am Yin
How do the classes work?• We will run our sessions and classes via Zoom• You can book your session by emailing email@example.com or request a recurring booking if preferred.• Initially, I will email you links to the meeting time requested. Click the link 5 minutes before the meeting, follow the prompts and we’ll end up Face to Face and ready to move
What you will need for an on-line practice
A quiet place away from children, dogs and partners. I recommend you make this a spiritually and aesthetically pleasing place for you.2 metres square (social distancing requirements tell your family) so you can stretch out to ceiling, sides and move your arms overhead on the floor without hitting any thing.A blank wall. A good wifi connectionThe camera on a laptop has a wider lens than your phone. This is the preferred option as we’ll get a better view of you.We’ll be able to see you most clearly if your laptop is high and on an angle to you. A bed, bookshelf, desk or table should work. Download the zoom app: www://zoom.us/downloadWear clothing that is a different colour to the background of your exercise space. Use a mat or a towel to differentiate the space.An area that is not backlit for us to see you moving bestAll of your props ready to goPhone on silent.
Props for home practice
If you would like to continue home practice, especially for Yin Restorative classes, I recommend2 blocks, a strap, blanket, eye mask1 large Bolsters1 small bolster or use an old pillowI did some research and the mats, blocks, eye masks and straps are cheaper from K-mart / Target or the like.
Yoga bolsters can be purchased trough IYoga props. https://iyogaprops.com.au.
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