General Yoga Classes
It is believed to be one of the most popular forms of yoga and one which commands respect and admiration in the fitness circle for the benefits it delivers. The Bay Yoga Centre acknowledges this fact and has moulded a studio floor to practice this traditional form of yoga to promote a healthy living culture for each and everyone. Yoga is not just a simple routine or physical exercise but a journey to discovering oneself in the mind and body.
Hatha Yoga functions as the primary step to fitness enthusiasts to appreciate the power of practicing yoga and realize the benefits in time. The Hatha Yoga practice functions around the primary human sign of life, “Breathing”. It teaches you to control the breathing pattern, thus improving oxygenation within the body and thereby prompting natural relaxation of mind and body. Regular practice of different Hatha Yoga postures removes stress and also different toxins from the body, thus cleansing the body and mind alike.
Kundalini comes from the Indian word “Kundal” which means “lock of hair”. It lies at the fourth vertebra of the spine. The uncoiling of this hair is the awakening of the Kundalini energy, the creative potential that already exists within every human. Kundalini means awareness, we all have this dormant energy within us which needs to be awakened and expanded if we are to reach our full potential to become fully conscious and present in life. The blocks to that growth are your attachments to the past and your fear of the expanded self in the future. As you practice you will grow and shed old skins and become more of who you truly are. Kundalini is about training your mind as well as your body, helping not only the spine to become more flexible but also your attitude towards life. Through this practice we activate and transform the body’s energy centres (Chakra’s). Kundalini Yoga uses a combination of Postures, chanting, meditation & breathing techniques that help calm the mind, releasing tension and stress, giving you a full mind body workout. Practising Kundalini builds strength and focus giving us the energy to be able to deal with all that modern living throws at us. Kundalini Yoga is safe and can be introduced easily into a busy life; it will give you more energy, more creativity and a feeling of clarity and peace.
BENEFITS FROM PRACTISING KUNDALINI YOGA
• Develop a meditative mind which relieves stress and balances the mind and the body
• Increase your awareness and intuition
• Increase the flexibility within the body
• Look and feel younger with more vibrancy and aliveness
• Increase your energy and creativity
• Become fully conscious and present
• Aligns and balances your whole being by cleansing and detoxifying your energy centres
• Strengthens the endocrine and immune system, fortifying the body’s stress defences.
It was Sri K Pattabhi Jois who introduced Power Yoga to the western world. He was a renowned Sanskrit scholar who impressed western yogis with his Ashtanga Yoga style and philosophies. It is in this context that Power Yoga is referred to as the western version of the Ashtanga Yoga. Power Yoga is an ideal tonic for good health. The series of postures provides a complete body workout by stretching and elongating the muscles. It also builds strength, stamina and lean muscle mass. It is a complete package towards transforming your body and mind into a state of mutual and peaceful harmony.
During practice, the increase in internal body heat kills off bacteria and ushers in a heightened state of physical awareness. The focus of Power Yoga is to bring a synergy between the breath and movement thus connecting the body mind and spirit in a deeply spiritual manner.
BENEFITS OF POWER YOGA
• Boosts strength, stamina, and suppleness.
• Increases focus
• Removes stress and tension.
• Develops proper posture.
• Tones up the entire body.
• Gets rid of toxins.
• Excellent training for sportsmen.
• Enhances the practitioner’s performance in particular sports such as Cycling, Golf, football, and swimming.