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 practice where you move from pose to pose at a sustained pace. Expect a vigorous, sweaty practice that builds 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, building up your knowledge and skills to move on to self-practice. When fully integrated, the practice eventually becomes a moving meditation.


Flow & Restore

Seated twist square

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!






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

Meditation square

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. For the newborn to crawling age babies classes, tea and snacks are provided after the class in our leafy courtyard area. The older babies class lasts only 45mins and welcomes crawlers and toddlers up to 3 years old. Yogahome is all on one level so if your baby is asleep you can bring your buggie all the way in.

 




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 through 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

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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 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.


Yin yoga

baddhakonasana square

Yin Yoga is a quiet practice where postures are held for 3 minutes or more to open into the thicker layers of connective tissue around the joints that a dynamic practice may not as effectively access.
During this time of stillness and prolonged stretching, we develop attentiveness and refine our awareness of our physical, energetic, emotional and mental states.

Yin Yoga is a perfect compliment to dynamic (Yang) yoga styles such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Jivamukti yoga, and an extremely subtle and profound practice on its own.  It is recommended to all wishing to deeply stretch their body, and therefore not recommended to those with hypermobility, hyperflexibility or instablity around the joints.




Guide to levels


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

All Levels : Everyone welcome, no previous experience of yoga necessary but a minimum level of fitness and body awareness is recommended as these classes may be 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, including some backbends and inversions, and with good body control. Expect challenging versions of poses being offered, or more subtle explorations of them, as well as more complex sequences or longer holds.


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 that you can pay attention to alignment, modify with props, nurture the breath or rest when you need to.


Want something more vigorous, with more movement?

Ashtanga, Level 1
Traditional energetic style from which many modern dynamic styles have derived. Learn a set sequence of poses (the "Primary Series") based on the synchronisation of movement and breath (vinyasa). A workout but a 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
Breathing 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 that you can pay attention to alignment, modify with props, nurture the breath or rest when you need to.

 

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