All our classes are based around movement, strength, flexibility and mindfulness. We incorporate breath work, meditation and relaxation as well as stretching and strength building sun salutations. There’s something for everyone at Inner Health Yoga. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve done yoga before, all our classes accommodate all levels, however if you prefer to start from the beginning to gain confidence our beginner immersion courses are designed to teach you the basic skills and ensure you progress along your yoga journey feeling truly supported and nurtured.
Beginners Immersion Course
This 6-week beginner course gives a great introduction to yoga. Each class will move you through a sequence of different yoga postures, always starting and ending in meditation in order to calm the body and mind and connect to our breath.
Each class will guide you through different elements of yoga. You will be guided through sun salutations, standing and seated postures, each posture will be broken down into easy to follow movements at an enjoyable gentle pace. The idea of this 6-week course is to build confidence within your yoga journey. Each class will provide different options for each pose, giving you the ability to adapt the classes intensity as the course develops. This 6-week course will give you the chance learn about yoga as a practice for fitness and well-being.
A way of movement, breath and posture derived from Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar yoga. It also has influences from far eastern yoga traditions such as Tai Chi and western medical physiotherapy.
What makes the style of movement unique is that it incorporates musculoskeletal systems and physiology as a foundation of the teaching style. It is not Synergy’s intention to create a new yoga or physical activity style, but to enhance movement applied to many disciplines improving health and longevity.
This is done through four observances:
1) Active internal movement… (ie not momentum, gravity or pulling with arms)
2) From the base of the lumbar spine (kunda/core)
3) Natural breathing
4) Flow (moving between planes of direction, i.e. forward bending out of a side bend)
The classes work on a fundamental sequence which is systematically worked through. This style offers alternatives to make postures suitable for anybody (including those who practice full vinyasa), but it’s particularly beneficial to those who may otherwise have difficulty putting most of their body weight on the hands (as in a push up for instance). Options are encouraged and the premise of the class is that you find a version of the posture that works best for your suitability each time you practice.
Each week will focus on a posture or set of vinyasas. For those with an already established yoga practice it will be beneficial to take a fresh approach on anatomy in the context of their posture and movement. For beginners its absolutely safe and effective way to increase energy instead of feeling tired or sore, and to improve flexibility without painful stretching.
Most importantly this practice leads to a very calm sense of well-being throughout and following the sessions. Aiming to establish a long running practice which is enjoyable and will lead to long term health for both physical and mental well being.
The teaching style uses less words and a clicking system and gestures (a little like charades) which leads to less thinking and allows students to access that intuitive right brain. People commonly find they can overcome challenges when practicing in this way as it quietens the inner critic which is so ready when interpreting words.
It is particularly recommended for anybody who wishes to enhance their ability to gain energy from movement patterns of posture. Especially those who have attempted yoga classes in the past but fallen to the common misconception that the poses need to look particular way and ended up sore. If you have ongoing blockages of postures in your practice chances are there’s a link up elsewhere we can look at to enhance the challenging poses (often in the fundamental postures we can address this).
You don’t need to be flexible or strong to get the benefit from these classes. If you have a physical or physiological condition which you believe will prevent you from being able to participate then there is no need to count yourself out before speaking to your teacher! Due to the nature of the style being devised by physiotherapists as well as yoga teachers you will be guided in a way that will help to heal injuries that may otherwise prevent you from enjoying the practice and cultivating long term health.
Restorative, Slow Flow, Nidra Yoga
Here we combine slow flowing mindful movement with deeply relaxing postures to encourage your muscles to relax and your mind to let go. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress and anxiety. Slowing down, opening the body with passive stretches and long holds, using props to support the body so you feel absolutely free to ‘let go.’ They encourage total relaxation through Yoga nidra. Yoga nidra, can be defined as a state of conscious deep sleep, it is a simple yet profound technique that supports the calming down of the nervous system and induces complete physical and mental relaxation with inner awareness. During the Yoga Nidra part of this class you will lie down and be guided to focus on each part of the body, exploring the body through the mind and breath. This is a powerfully relaxing technique which will nurture and nourish, using your senses to observe each part of your body. Through this observation we can find harmony in our daily lives.
Friday Fun ‘Dynamic’ Yoga Class
This is a dynamic class designed to improve flexibility, strength and stamina in a fun dynamic way. We use props to encourage core strength and socks to help glide across the floor, encouraging greater flexibility. You will work your core functionally to build core and upper body strength ready to tackle those inversions, and arm balances. I guarantee you will have fun, feel you’ve had a workout and at the same time be encouraged to create space for yourself, to let go of things that no longer serve you.
Each class will start with a short guided meditation, and finish with powerful stretches, and a complete relaxation to close. Start your weekend the right way. Grab your socks and your funky leggings and head over to Inner Health Yoga.