WHICH CLASS IS RIGHT FOR ME?

The yoga world doesn't do itself any favours in helping people understand what's what. It can be confusing with loads of new terms and styles of class - sometimes yoga teachers assume you know what all that means, which makes it hard for you to know what the right choice is for you, and can knock your confidence before you even step through the door.  

Here's a little guide to all of the Pride Yoga classes, what's involved, what the yoga terms used mean and what the difference is between them so you pick the right class for you.  

If you are working with an injury, my usual process is to recommend a 1:1 initially - this is so I can ensure you are comfortable with variations of poses. If you'd like to read more about why I recommend this, check out this blog. 

Basic mobility is essential for all group classes - think things like being able to get on and off the floor unaided, bear weight on hands and feet, put arms out to side and overhead. If you don't have this, don't stress - I can see you 1:1 initially and teach you some alternative options before you join a group class. 

YOGA 101

HATHA FLOW

FOR: all levels, including total beginners coming to first classes

The original Pride Yoga class.

Yoga 101 uses short sequences to build strength, mobility & incorporates reset poses as well as relaxation techniques.

 

This is an accessible class, meaning there is lots of choice and you are encouraged to take options that feel great for your body & practice at a level that suits where you are.

FLOWING YOGA 101

VINYASA FLOW

FOR: students with some yoga experience (9-12 classes at least) or sport/movement experience

Flowing Yoga 101 is a faster, stronger & more flowing version of Yoga 101 that incorporates sun salutations & flows in between poses & sequences.

Some yoga familiarity is recommended for this class. It isn't suitable for total beginners - Yoga 101 is the one for you. 

 

This class is accessible and offers options and choices within a vinyasa setting. 

STRETCH & REST

YIN, RESTORATIVE, NIDRA & MEDITATION

FOR: all levels, newer practitioners too

Stretch & Rest is a relaxing class designed to work with your body & nervous system to release physical and mental tension.

 

It's a floor based class & closes with a short meditation practice. 

It's accessible and requires household props to support each shape, and is something everyone can benefit from no matter your experience level. 

 

yoga 101

style: Hatha/hatha flow 

All yoga is Hatha yoga, it is a posture (asana) based practice Hatha translates as "effort" i.e. a physical practice. Flow means we link a couple of postures together. 

for: all levels inc. new to yoga 

Yoga 101 classes are designed to work physically, building strength, improving mobility and also teaching you relaxation and concentration skills and techniques. 

We start with some time to arrive into our practice, move through floor and standing sequences linking a few poses together, then come back to the floor for our relaxation.

 

Expect to build a bit of heat, and work during this class. Contrary to general perception... yoga isn't effortless (experienced practitioners make it look like that!) 

Yoga 101 is the place to start with your yoga journey as a total beginner and allows you to grow and expand your practice over time, taking choices to suit you and adapt the poses to your experience and body.

 

This makes Yoga 101 suitable for total beginners attending their first classes all the way to experienced students, as well as students working with injuries and conditions (as long as a GP/Medical Professional has said you're okay to practice.) 

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flowing yoga 101

style: flow (Vinyasa)

Vinyasa means to place in a special way, Vinyasa Flow classes are dynamic, meaning continuous movement through interconnected sequences and often use Sun Salutations. 

for: students with some yoga experience (9-12 classes) /movement knowledge

Flowing Yoga 101 is similar to Yoga 101 in its purpose and aims - building strength, mobility and teaching relaxation and concentration, but it goes about this in a slightly different way to Yoga 101. Flowing Yoga 101 is a stronger practice. Expect a bit of sweat and muscular energy to be expended - it's not a nap on the floor kind of class! 

 

We move continuously throughout the class rather than stopping in between sequences. It is a Flowing and dynamic practice and includes part and full sun salutations and variations of these to move in between sequences. 

 

Some more technical and challenging poses and transitions requiring more mobility or balance are included in this class; but there is no obligation to do these - you can find your own way around your mat. 

This is an accessible flow class with variations offered for Sun Salutations and many poses throughout, like Yoga 101. If you have additional needs or injuries to accommodate have a chat with me before booking so I can give you some variations in advance of class. 

 

We sometimes have small mini-workshop segments in this class to breakdown particular poses, sequences or movements too with opportunity for questions and support. 

 

stretch & rest

style: YIN, restorative, Nidra & meditation

Yin: The yoga of the connective tissue - 3-5 min holds 

Restorative: Yoga of the mind - 5-20 min holds

Nidra: Yogic sleep, a special type of meditation

Meditation: A range of relaxation techniques, for multiple purposes

for: all levels inc. new to yoga 

Stretch & Rest is a deeply relaxing class and is intended to complement your Yoga 101 or Flowing Yoga 101 classes.

 

The class varies slightly each week, depending on if we are taking a pure Yin or Restorative practice and the meditation practice changes weekly too. 

 

The common factors are that the entire practice is based on the floor, and there are significantly less postures practiced in this class (6 at the most, compared to around 50 in my other classes)  

This class requires some equipment (props) - multiple blankets, pillows (or yoga bolsters), blocks (or books) and cushions. We use these props to support our body so we can release deep tension (in a yin class) or relax fully (in a restorative practice). 

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