Please click on any of the headings below to find out more about the different styles/types of Yoga we have on offer here at The Secret Space
Can I come to any class?
If you are a complete beginner, please attend one of our many beginner’s classes. This will make sure that you learn the basics and are safe to go to our general level classes. If you are unsure, please contact us to discuss your best options. Please click the options below to see which style of Yoga appeals to your needs.
Iyengar yoga was devised by B.K.S Iyengar, one of the people credited with bringing yoga from India to the Western World. Iyengar Yoga teaches specific alignment of your body where you can then experience stillness and peace. Iyengar yoga uses props such as bricks, blocks and belts, to enable everyone to practise postures (asana) and breath control (pranayama) safely. Iyengar Yoga will improve your strength and flexibility, and help your mind to be calm and clear.
Hatha yoga was devised in the 15th Century in India. It combines asana (postures), breath control (pranayama), meditation and yogic philosophy which will help you to stretch and tone your body whilst quietening your mind. It will allow you to experience harmony of body and mind in today’s busy world.
Ashtanga yoga was developed by Sri Pattabi Jois. Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic form of yoga which links movement to breath. The use of breath control, locks (Bandhas) and movement builds heat in the body which helps you to release toxins and cleanse the body. The focus needed to move through the sequence helps to still the mind to bring inner peace, and the vigorous postures create stamina and flexibility in the body.
Vinyasa Flow yoga
Flow yoga is a form of dynamic yoga, where you flow through the postures in synchrony with the breath. The movements are graceful and you can find peace in the flow, but do not be fooled, you will soon find yourself toned and strong from this energetic style of yoga. Easy flow is a more gentle version of this style.
Taking Yoga to a new dimension; where you feel your body work hard with your mind focused and determined. Come and be challenged in a hot environment where sweating allows you to deepen your poses and detox your body.
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is considered the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques, encompassing the eight limbs of yoga into one practice. “Kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved”- alluding to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within us. This practice is said to enable us to merge with the universal Self. For thousands of years, this sacred science was veiled in secrecy, passed along verbally from master to disciple.
Yin Yoga is a cooling and static practice. For comparison, Ashtanga is heating and dynamic, or Yang. On a mental and emotional level, the Yin practice allows the body to drop down into the parasympathetic nervous system, and therefore becomes deeply healing and nourishing. Practitioners report that it is grounding, calming and revitalising, with profound energetic and emotional effects.
This class is specifically designed to keep your body and mind supple as you get older. It will take you through gentle stretching and strengthening postures at a pace suitable for you. As well as the physical benefits it will also assist you in keeping mentally alert and in a positive frame of mind.
Chair based yoga
In chair-based yoga traditional yoga postures are adapted to the individual and are practised with the support of a chair. Each class is an hour long with 45minutes of mainly seated posture work and 15 minutes guided relaxation. During the posture work there is an emphasis on mobilisation of the joints, mindful stretching and breath awareness enhancing flexibility and strength. In the relaxation section participants are encouraged to tune in to their body sensing which parts of the body are at ease and which need extra care. There is a sense of fun built in to enhance relaxation. By the end of the class participants will have worked gently through the whole body and gained a better sense of well-being.
This class is suitable for anybody who would like to experience the benefits of yoga but find the traditional yoga postures challenging. It is a beneficial course for seniors and anyone who needs to improve joint mobility. Keep active, keep young.
Relax and Revitalise (Monthly Class)
This class will facilitate deep relaxation with Yoga Nidra (long guided relaxation), restorative poses and yogic breathing, to release the negative effect of stress and tension and to bring energy back into your life. You will have the opportunity to experience what it means to feel truly relaxed.
Having the opportunity to truly relax enables the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system which balances the effects of chronic stress, fatigue, mental exhaustion, tension, anxiety helping bring us back to a state of wholeness.
In the Classical System of Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, Pranayama (breathing extension) is the 4th Limb and Pratyahara (sense withdrawal/relaxation) the 5th Limb both essential to prepare us for meditation and to experience deeper states of consciousness.
Pranayama (breathing practices) enable us to regain our lost vitality and generally improve our health as “when we breathe well, we create the optimum conditions for health and well-being”. Yoga Nidra can be transformative. It can be used therapeutically as well as to enhance creativity and productivity and to improve sleep and general health.
Rise & Shine Yoga
An Start the week right, waking up the body, mind and spirit with Hatha yoga to strengthen the body and enhance flexibility. Combine this with breath work and relaxation and you’ll be feeling energised and ready for the week ahead. If you are new to yoga or want a well-rounded practice but aren’t looking for a flow class, Rise and Shine may be just the right addition to your weekly routine.
This class will guide you through yoga positions, breathing techniques and relaxation exercise.
A mixture of energizing routines and relaxation poses, which can be performed from 14 weeks onward.
The class will help to release tension, helping you to feel calm. The teacher can address common pregnancy complaints and help develop strength, stamina and flexibility for late pregnancy and labour.
Please consult your doctor before starting pregnancy yoga.
These classes are suitable from 14 weeks and onwards, and complete beginners.
NB If you already attend a yoga class, you may be able to continue. Please speak to your teacher.
Beginners classes are suitable for those who have never tried yoga before, or those who have not practised for a while and would like to re-start. It will teach the basics of postural practice to ensure that you have a firm foundation on which to build your future yoga practice. You will make a start on learning the principles of yoga practice.
Aquarian Sadhana **FREE CLASS**
Sadhana is the technique of disciplining yourself. It is a practice which resets your cycles and patterns to the rhythm of your ultimate aims and the heartbeat of the Universe. It is a time each day to notice all the negative habits that lead you away from higher consciousness and to eliminate the desires underlying those habits one by one. Sadhana is a conscious activity to access the unlimited potential of your life. It is during the amrit vela, the 2.5 hours before sunrise, that prana concentrates and physical cleansing is more easily accomplished.
Beginner's Yoga for Carers
A gentle beginners class, focusing on breath, movement, meditation and mindfulness. Take some time for yourself to release tension and enjoy being lead through a series of relaxing techniques that you can take into your everyday life. Develop flexibility and strength in your joints and muscles, as well as improving the function of your internal body systems, encouraging better overall physical and mental health.
Restful Yoga for Carers
Enjoy being guided through several restorative yoga postures, reclining and supported on the yoga mat, to encourage deep and lasting relaxation. Breathe deeper, slow the heart rate, quiet the mind and let go. Allow the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) to alleviate common symptoms of stress and anxiety. Building resilience and emotional strength to increase your energy and rejuvenate your outlook.
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