Yoga

Yogahome offers yoga classes in a variety of styles ranging from the vigorous to the slow and meditative. If you are new to yoga or unsure about the distinction between styles, just read the definitions below and our guide to beginners. Feel free to ask us for advice anytime!



Ashtanga Yoga

Parsvottanasana square

A dynamic, heat-building practice where you move from one pose to the other at a sustained pace. So expect a vigorous, sweaty practice that uilds up strength and detoxifies. The same sequence of poses (known as the Primary Series) is repeated in each class so you ultimately commit it to memory, build up your knowledge of alignement and know the best modifications for you. The aim is to become so familiar with the series of postures that the practice becomes a moving meditation and you can move on to self-practice more easily.


Flow & Restore

Gomukhasana-Garudasana

A two-fold class with the first half an energetic, dynamic vinyasa flow practice, and the second half a calming series of long-held stretches and restorative poses, ending with a deep, long, guided relaxation. A full-rounded, well balanced class with the benefits of dynamic yoga and those of restorative yoga all packed in a single session! A real treat.






Iyengar Yoga

iyengar yoga class

A very precise, rigorous style, focused on the structural alignment of the body by holding postures statically and using equipment such as blocks and belts to ensure correct and safe practice. The unrushed, quiet pace of the class allows you to explore each posture in depth, develop excellent body awareness and release deeply held tension.






Jivamukti Yoga

yoga pose during a jivamuti yoga class

Jivamukti yoga is a recent variation of vinyasa flow, developed in America in the 80's. It integrates dynamic and often challenging creative sequences of postures with music, chanting, and philosophical or spiritual references. Expect a strong, pacy and very physical practice, in a rich, inspiring atmosphere.







Pranayama & Meditation

mediation

A practice truly accessible to everyone! Following preparatory stretches and breath work (pranayama), you will be guided through ways to sit well, concentrate, and access a stillness of mind that, even if only achieved for a few moments, will bring you clarity and serenity. A great introduction to meditation as well as a way to deepen or refresh your practice. Various teachers bring a range of different techniques to the class.

 

Post Natal Yoga, with babies from 0 to crawling

postnatal-yoga

This postnatal yoga class supports new mothers in recovering and getting back into shape while bonding with their baby. No previous experience of yoga necessary. There is a crèche worker in the room to help take care of your baby. Babies are welcome up until they are crawling. Tea and snacks are provided after the class in our leafy courtyard area. Yogahome is all on one level so if your baby is asleep you can bring your buggie all the way in..

 

Post Natal Yoga, with babies from crawling to 3 year old

Toddler yoga

This postnatal yoga class supports mothers in getting back into shape while bonding with their little one. No previous experience of yoga necessary. There is a crèche worker in the room to help out with the babies. Crawling babies and walking toddlers up to 3 years old are welcome.





Pregnancy Yoga

pregancy yoga class

Yoga is a fantastic way to get in touch with your body and your breath during pregnancy. It can help to ease the discomforts of pregnancy and prepare you physically and mentally for the birth of your baby.

Each class includes 30 mins of tea and chat lead by the teacher. This is an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences. If you wish to take part in any other yoga class whilst pregnant please call us at yogahome on 020 7249 2425 as some classes are more appropriate than others.

Restorative Yoga

restorative-yoga

A relaxing practice using props to fully support the body in restful poses and where body and mind are progressively trained to let go. The body is very gently and passively stretched and re-aligned, and the mind allowed time to rest, leaving you feeling open and refreshed.




Slow Flow Yoga

slow flow yoga practitioner with hands behind back

A flowing practice for anyone seeking detail or a gentler pace whilst still moving and enjoying creative sequences of poses. An inclusive class, it is relevant to beginners as much as advanced practitioners, and welcomes pregnant women and those recovering from injury. The slow pace allows for a focus on precison, alignement and breath, letting you make the practice as technical and challenging or as restful as you need it to be. Slow, mindful movement creates a space for the body to adapt and unwind, and for the postures to flow with stability and lightness like a moving meditation.



Vinyasa Flow Yoga

vinyasa yoga class

Vinyasa flow yoga is a dynamic practice rooted in the Ashtanga tradition so that you move fluidly from one pose to the the other but with creative sequences that change every time and taught to music. Classes will be more or less vigorous and challenging depending on the teacher so do try them all!




Yoga Nidra

photo: anniemorrisphotography.com

Also known as sleep with awareness, yoga nidra is an ancient practice intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. Following basic, gentle movements to limber the body and a few restorative poses, the teacher will use techniques such as guided imagery and body scanning to aid relaxation, allowing a generous length of time in Savasana (lying down on your back, with appropriate support) for practitioners to physically and mentally sink into their yoga nidra.




Guide to levels


Level 1 : For beginners or anyone wanting to focus on key poses and principles, no experience necessary. Emphasis is on alignment, modifications and breathing. Level 1 classes are a great way to build up your practice from solid foundations, or re-visit these foundations whenever you feel the need.

All Levels : Everyone welcome and no previous experience of yoga necessary, but a minimum level of fitness and body awareness is recommended as these classes may be fast paced or physically demanding. Differing abilities are catered for and everyone is encouraged to work within their capacity.

Level 2 : For students familiar with classical poses and their modifications, a good understanding of alignement and breath control, and with some experience of backbends and inversions. Expect more challenging versions of poses being offered, or more subtle explorations of them, as well as more creative vinyasas or longer holds, depending on the teachers and styles.


Yoga: A Beginner's Guide


What best styles to start with?

Iyengar, Level 1
Get to know the classical poses by holding them with precision in this technical, traditional style, using props such as blocks and belts to ensure correct alignment and careful progression.
Slow Flow, for all levels
A cross between the careful precision of Iyengar and the dynamism of Vinyasa Flow, these classes involve movement but slow enough and with enough opportunities to pause that you can pay attention to alignment, make careful transitions, modify with props, nurture the breath, and rest if need be.


Want something more vigorous, with more movement?

Ashtanga, Level 1
Traditional energetic style from which many modern styles such as Vinyasa Flow and Jivamukti yoga have derived. Learn through a set sequence of poses (the famous "Primary Series") based on the synchronisation of movement and breath (vinyasa). A workout but a very systematic and well-designed one.
Vinyasa Flow, Level 1

A modern, creative style developed from Ashtanga and integrating many different influences depending on each teacher's background. Move dynamically through well-crafted and ever-changing sequences of poses, with music to inspire and stimulate.


What everyone can always do:

Pranayama & Meditation
Breath work and meditation are accessible to anyone, regardless of their abilities. Learning them through simple techniques will not only enhance your practice but simply has great consequences on our overall well-being.
Slow Flow, for all levels
A cross between the careful precision of Iyengar and the dynamism of Vinyasa Flow, these classes involve movement but slow enough and with enough opportunities to pause that you can pay attention to alignment, make careful transitions, modify with props, nurture the breath, and rest if need be.

 

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