Yoga classes may combine elements of the following styles and are offered in small groups settings or for individuals.
A gentle yoga class is delivered at a slower pace to relax the body, restore the energy and calm the mind, with deep relaxation techniques (Yoga Nidra) and breathing practices (Pranayama).
Classes focuses on stretching all areas of the body, while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles.
These classes begin with guided relaxation then move slowly through basic poses. This is a terrific class for those who enjoy slower yoga, beginners or those with health concerns. A fantastic class for stress reduction.
If you’ve always wanted to do yoga but the thought of getting on to the floor is difficult, Chair Yoga may be your answer. The entire class is centred around the use of the chair which allows the body freely to achieve a variety of poses.
It can really benefit those who commonly find it difficult to lower themselves to the floor.
Chair yoga classes include movements for the upper and lower body and depending on your ability to stand, may include standing poses using the chair for balance. In class, we use movements to activate the feet, legs, arms and hands, back neck, eyes and even the brain. So those with restricted mobility no longer need to give up yoga, but instead act with movement, taking destiny in your own hands and improve circulation – that’s what Chair Yoga can offer.
Once setup in the “pose” supported by the props, you remain resting in the pose for several minutes; the body settles, the mind calms, and stress simply melts away.
During deep relaxation, the organs and nervous system are benefited and the immune system improved.
“The difference between restorative yoga and other forms is key: Unlike more intense forms of the ancient practice, restorative yoga does not feature flowing body movements or challenging balance poses. …The postures focus on relaxation and stress reduction ” (Maria G. Araneta, PhD, MPH, of the University of California, San Diego).