Yoga Asana / Postures
Asana is traditionally defined as a “comfortable seat”. Yet it takes time and practice to strengthen and open the body to be able to experience comfort in challenging poses. We consider asana practice to be important as it helps to keep the physical body healthy, tones vital organs, strengthens weak areas, mobilizes the spine and helps to keep the body supple and pain-free. Practicing yoga asana has a positive effect on the emotional body, creating internal space, personal reflection and helping to alleviate anxiety. A daily asana practice also increases discipline and concentration, and can prepare the mind for meditation.
The Shala offers a variety of different classes and all our teachers are trained in a range of variations of the postures utilizing yoga props, hands-on physical assistance and verbal cues to help all levels of practitioner capabilities and experience.
Our 60-minute Beginners classes offer a safe space for those new to yoga, those returning to their practice after some time away, or those who simply wish to be reminded of the core aspects of all physical practice – the connection between breath and movement. The pace is slower and focuses on proper alignment of foundational poses that build strength and flexibility side-by-side.
Our 60-minute 6:30am morning practice classes are designed to effectively awaken, align and enliven the body for the day ahead. The early morning time is considered the most effective time to practice yoga as the mind is quiet, the stomach empty and the body receptive. These are classes are suitable for all-levels of experience and are simple, strong and well-balanced to leave you invigorated for your day ahead. A huge plus for these classes is the easily available street parking.
The 8:15am slow-flow class is 75-minutes. The use of yoga props to enhance alignment accompanies a slow yet dynamic flow that opens the body intelligently for the more advancing postures. Open to all-levels of experience these classes include hands-on adjustments, clear demonstrations, and the teaching expertise required to refine and invigorate your practice.
Our 60-minute lunch hour classes are a perfect way to break the day. Come enjoy a full body ‘Work-In’to invigorate the body, clear the mind and inspire you for the rest of the afternoon. These classes are vinyasa inspired and alignment based with deep flow, inversions and a good dose of grounding.
A level 2, 90-minute class for intermediate and advancing students. Strength and body intelligence are the backbone of these classes. The sequencing is more complex, including lifts, inversions and full backbends. A basic understanding of vinyasa yoga, breath work, body alignment, and a playful curiosity required.
Suspension yoga, a 75 minute practice, is a fantastic way to build strength and agility. Students work with a ‘hammock’ suspended from the ceiling rafters and are guided through a range of movements from pulling the whole body upwards to hanging upside down in the hammock for a supported inversion.
*Please note that due to the limited number of yoga hammocks these classes need to be pre-booked.
**These classes require students to hang upside down and need to be discussed with your medical doctor should you have any of the following conditions**
- Recent Surgery
- Very High or Very Low Blood Pressure
- Head Cold, Flu, or Sinusitis
- Heart Disease
- Easy Onset Vertigo
- Osteoporosis or Bone Weakness
- Recent Concussion or Head Injury
- Hiatal Hernia or Disc Herniation
- Recent Stroke
- Artificial or Re-Surfaced Hips
- Botox (within 48 hoursof class)
Unwind and Restore
These classes are 75-minutes and are sequenced to unwind the mind and the body through grounding poses that help to draw awareness into the body. Deep stretches using the aid of straps and bolsters will then bring spaciousness into the body to help restore tired and depleted tissue cells. Expect slower and deeper poses that will help you feel connected and at ease in your body.
**The Sunday 5:30pm class supports local NGO Earthchild Project with all proceeds from this class donated. Additional donations always welcome**
Our 75-minute evening practice is strong and technically challenging yet expertly taught and open to all levels of experience. Whether you are heading home or heading out, these classes are an ideal to way to let go of your day and refresh and reinvigorate for the evening ahead. Start times vary between 18.00 and 18.45. Please check our online class schedule for further information.
Our 90-minute Saturday (9am) and Sunday (10am) classes are designed to give the body a full opening. These classes welcome all students with an existing yoga practice and will include deep back bends and inversions. Expect for these classes to take your yoga practice deeper and to learn something new each time.
Pre- and Post-Natal Yoga
Pre and post-natal yoga provides a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere where you can enhance the bonding process with your baby while supporting the development and strengthening of your body, mind, and spirit during pregnancy.
Our regular Kirtan sessions are led by Nokuphiwo (Noks) Jada. She is a founder member of the Earthchild Project, an accredited yoga teacher and a talented singer and musician.
Kirtan is meditation through melodic chanting. The sessions run like a call-and-response sing-along where the leader (Noks) teaches the group simple Sanskrit or English chants that build slowly. You do not have to have a good voice to sing as Noks holds the space with her incredibly talented voice Singing is the heart of Kirtan and no one cares what you sound like! All the voices merge and become one voice that aids the elevation of the heart and the quieting of the mind.
Kirtan began in India centuries ago as a spiritual practice and was known as the laypersons way to connect with the Divine. Kirtan is non-denominational, the Universal language of Spirit, the song of the Soul. You really have to experience Kirtan to fully understand the direct and tangible results it can have on your body, heart and mind. You are welcome to bring instruments, friends and family.
*R70 Recommended donation.
Please arrive 30-mins early if you would like to bring and play a musical instrument so that you can get the basic cords from Noks before we begin the practice*
All of our teachers are available for private tuition and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org