A build up to the full Ashtanga primary sequence, this is a physical and dynamic practice that will build strength, stamina, and flexibility. We will focus on the breath and alignment in order to create a strong, grounding foundation which will allow for you to flourish and grow in your practice. The Ashtanga series is well structured with opening Surya Namaskars (sun salutations), standing asanas, seated asanas and closing sequence. We will begin with a short warm up, opening Savasana (relaxation) and Pranayama (breathing) techniques to allow you to bring the mind into the body and prepare you for a focused class, and ending with a well deserved Savasana to allow for your body and mind to soak up the therapeutic benefits of the practice. All levels welcome.
A fast paced, dynamic Ashtanga based class designed to get the Prana (life force – energy) moving through the body, energising and revitalising you ready for your day ahead. The morning time is the perfect time to practice yoga, and the benefits are endless. Rising with and saluting the sun and awakening the body and mind in a conscious way allows for you to listen to your body with a mind that hasn’t had the distractions of the day, and gives you space to prepare for the day ahead. Creating a clear and focused mental state and energising the body early on sets the intention for the rest of the day - with the mindbody working as one!
Seasonal Yoga is founded on the knowledge that we are a part of nature and therefore part of its changes which allows us to adapt our yoga practice to promote health on every level. Each Seasonal Vinyasa class incorporates a flowing style of yoga, harmonising breath & movement to give strength, grace & freedom. The class integrates the physical, psychological & spiritual aspects of yoga and includes hands-on adjustments, breath awareness, meditation and deep relaxation. The theme of each class is supported by the current season, eclectic music, readings and references to yoga philosophy texts.
Just as the Earth easily flows through the seasons, it should be only natural that our bodies wish to do the same.
A dynamic vinyasa flow set to music, with focus on the Chakras which are energy centres around the body. We will be exploring how to balance each one of the main seven through our yoga practice. The ups and downs of life's many experiences often leave our Chakra’s with blockages, which means our energy being trapped and unable to flow freely in the body – this effects our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being and can even cause illness. In order to achieve good overall health, our Chakras need to be balanced. Luckily for us, this is yet another avenue which we can explore to ensure we develop our awareness which will help us open our Chakras and keep Prana (life force) flowing - the lessons of which we can take off the mat and into our daily lives.
Tibetan yoga (Kum Nye) was founded by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. This is very slow paced, perfect for preparing the body and mind for meditation. After performing the postures we will endwith a short meditation to bring awareness to the changes and effects in the mind and body. This is very gentle and is ideal for the older practitioner – postures can be performed sitting on a chair and only mild, slow movements are made. Available on a one to one basis.
HA meaning “sun” and THA “moon” Hatha Yoga brings balance to the body and mind. You will experience a slower paced class designed to build core strength and develop a strong grounding. We will spend more time in the postures, allowing you time to connect to the practise and your internal experience. A truly nourishing class, helping you to de-stress, manage anxiety, mindfully build strength whilst re-rejuvenate the muscles, and detoxifying the body. Suitable for beginners.
In this practice we will bring our focus fully to the relaxing of the body and mind, practicing only 5-6 postures and using props to make you as comfortable as possible, allowing your body to soften and release. Some of the benefits of restorative yoga include; calming of the mind, stress relief, relief of muscle fatigue, improved digestion, improved circulation, prevention of stress related illnesses. We will practice by candlelight with calming music. A perfect way to follow up your Ashtanga practice or simply start off the week with a practice that is sure to nourish you.
Absolute Beginners Courses
Our beginners course is an opportunity to try out all of the different styles of yoga that we have on offer here at Chandra, but at absolute beginners level. You will learn about each style of yoga and the benefits they offer, whilst also practising the yogic tools that will help build a strong, steady and safe practise. After this course you will have the confidence to join any of the classes you wish to continue your practise of.
The dates of our next course are; Saturday the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th November, 10-11.15am. Please contact us if you would like to book on.
Private Session - One to One or Small Groups
One to one sessions are excellent if you would like to get a feel for the practice before joining a class, or if you would like to deepen your existing practice. The session would be tailored to your needs. Sarah offers one to one’s in Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga, and specialises in Yoga for Stress Relief. If you would like to inquire further about a private session and get advise on which practice might be best for you, please contact us here
If you are hoping to have a private class for a small group please contact us with your requirements and we will be more than happy help.