Bikram it is a set sequence, this means it is the same sequence each time , in every studio all over the world. Bikram or Hot 26 as it is nicknamed (due to only having 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises) . It is a highly disciplined practice . You may not wipe sweat or drink water until you are told you are allowed , if at any point the heat is a bit much rather move to a child’s pose than leave the room. Going from a hot room of 38 to 40 degrees and 40 percent humidity to normal too temperature so quickly if you are feeling a little dizzy is a bigger shock than taking a small rest. Take a moment and resume when you are ready ! its new for the body! You may find the instructors are a bit more strict in this style too , it is part of the tradition , and we keep to it. This goes for being late too , unless you phone me ahead I won’t let you inside a Bikram or Ashtanga(explained later) class due to its discipline nature . On a flow or yin class I will give you 5 min JBikram’s poses are more static than the fluidity of vinyasa and focus on building strength in the legs and back while increasing concentration and focus. For ore on this style please contact us.
The other heated style we offer Hot flow ( Hot F on our timetable) is the Vinyasa style or flow done in a heated room . However not as heated as Bikram only about 34-36 degrees. The Vinyasa style is fluid in movement where you move from one pose to another , using the breath for guidance. Here sun salutations and worriers are common. A class is generally structured in a way that there is either a theme (e.g. backbends) or peak pose (e.g. splits) and the instructor will prepare the body for the pose up until 45 min into the class . Here even if the you cannot do the peak pose( in my example splits) or the most difficult pose of the theme in the class (in my back bend theme possible wheel variation or scorpion) you are given a variation to help your body plant seeds and build to further poses . This also occurs in the cases of injury and ensures everyone gets the same benefit regardless of the level.
Yin , is a beautiful practice to help with stress and focus . This style is also meditative and a mental one , and one most yogis tend to find the hardest even though it’s not the most physical. In Yin you hold a pose for 3-5 min . Long deep stretches . Not poses like plank don’t worry! All stretch based . Here we also focus on the breath, these stretches are very good for ligaments joints and tendons and balancing out any physical activity or other forms of yoga. It is one of my personal favourite styles. It is said to be a style where you find comfort in discomfort , and learn about yourself.
Ashtanga , is also a set sequence of poses (asana) it is done at room temperature and these are a demanding sequence of poses set to build discipline , strength and flexibility it is said to one of the most physically demanding practices . However like Bikram also a very traditional one and said to be one of the older styles of yoga and in some place is practiced in a way where there is no instructor everyone comes together in silence , and starts the sequence(Mysore) . It is similar to Vinyasa , however like Bikram no too few variation is given and here the instructors are generally more strict too. Poses are also held longer generally three to five breaths . It is usually not recommended for beginners, however that being said it was the style I started with! To this day I love it even though it is still the hardest to practice as it has taught me well to listen to my body , and I enjoy having a traditional practice too.
Anna Forrest inspired flow , this is a relatively modern style as yoga goes , Forrest yoga is a very slow Vinyasa flow that is very emphasized on core and moving with intention and activating the correct muscles and breathing during a class. It was created by a lady named Anna Forrest who believes strongly in using yoga to help heal the body.