Yoga Developed in India, yoga is a spiritual practice that has been evolving for the last 5,000 years or so. The original yogis were reacting, in part, to India's ancient Vedic religion, which emphasized rituals. The yogis wanted a direct spiritual experience -- one on one -- not symbolic ritual. So they developed yoga.
Yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the classical language of India
Yoga helps manage or control anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, stress and other conditions and diseases. What's more, yoga:
Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina
Reduces stress and tension
Boosts self esteem
Improves concentration and creativity
Stimulates the immune system
Creates sense of well being and calm.
Yoga instructors are 200hr yoga alliance certified and are mindful of different levels and abilities within the class. Our yoga instructors aim to give enough attention to each member of the class.
Beginners This course helps starting or deepening the Yoga practice in a fun, nurturing and safe environment that helps relieve physical pain, reduce stress, find more mobility, increase joy, build strength, improve health and give more energy.
This 12 class course focuses on the breath to still the mind, open the heart and heal the body. It explores correct breathing techniques, proper alignment, the basics of Yoga poses and their benefits in alleviating physical ailments.
This series is open to absolute beginners regardless of adult age or size, as well as to those students with a background in yoga who wish to improve their yoga practice.
Gentle Flow This is a fluid and creative class with enough rest to allow for the energy awakened during the practice to be absorbed by the mind and body. This class encourages a gentle and mindful practice, with short holds allowing those of us with hectic schedules and restless minds an opportunity to ground and connect.
Body Holiday This class is all about giving the mind and body rather than taking from it. Classes vary in using the techniques of yin and restorative Yoga to gently release tension stored in the body as well as breathing and meditation to calm down the mind and nervous system. This is a slow and mindful class that aims to teach you letting go, surrender, ease and leave you feeling refreshed and calm.
Hatha Yoga* This is a physical and spiritual movement class that focuses on classical Yoga poses in order to achieve strength, grounding and balance. This class will often include an element of pranayama (breathing exercises). Suitable for those of us looking for a focused, classical and mindful practice.
In- Trinity In-Trinity® is a practice that accesses development of the mind & body through movement. The Johnny G In-Trinity Board by Matrix redefines the training environment. With new opportunities for movement below the board, this practice builds strength, deepens flexibility and improves balance, coordination and agility. For the first time, you can take your training further than ever possible before. In-Trinity programs breathe new life into traditional practices like yoga, Pilates and martial arts. Uniquely designed by Johnny G, this “energy-in” practice promotes physical and mental wellbeing for all fitness levels.
Kids Yoga Children learn through play. This is true not only for yoga exercises, but also for other areas of life. A children's yoga class should therefore be an adventure that is experienced with all your senses. Children do not practice yoga, they are the dog, tree, warrior, butterfly, we just show. The imagination knows no limits and we explore a variety of concepts from ecology, biology, anatomy, geography, etc .. Children are naturally curious and enjoy learning while moving.
Levitation The levitation class is a yoga class taught with the body (or parts of it) supported by a Yoga swing suspended from the cieling. Using the swing can help you go deeper into your yoga practice as it help you: - rediscover poses you've practiced many times before - go deeper into poses - make easy poses more challenging - achieve poses you could not before - heal back and neck aches using traction - awaken and nurture your inner child
Mixed Level Morning Yoga This classes is structured in a palatable and fun way making it suitable to all ages, backgrounds and sizes. This is the essential introductory class for beginners and those new to yoga. It is also worthwhile for anyone with a regular practice wanting to get back to basics. In this class, students will be introduced the core elements of Yoga, as well as the mechanics of alignment and breathing, which are the basis of a lifelong practice.
Pranayama (deep breathing) This class is about improving health, concentration and relaxation by rhythmic control of the breath. You will be working at your own level slowly building up your lung capacity to improve your ability to relax, energize and focus as well as to help the function of different organs.
Restorative Yoga In this class you will be holding Yoga poses in a passive way to help you stretch deeply with minimum effort. This class is about restoring the energy to your body and learning to quieten the mind in stillness, so that you have more power and strength to go through life with ease.
Vinyassa Flow* This is a heating, powerful, dynamic vinyasa flow class. The class built on sun salutations, vigorous poses and breath. This class aims to create purification, clarity and fun.
Yin Yoga Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style, in which few asanas are practiced and they are sustained by long periods of time (3 to 5 minutes), targets connective tissue and doesn't work with the muscles, therefore doesn't generate heat.
YinYoga applies moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body –tendons, fascia and ligaments– with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
Being a more meditative approach to Yoga, YinYoga aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence and at finding space, in the physical body and in the energy body. It stimulates our Parasympathetic Nervous System, known as our Rest & Digest state, in which our body calms down, reducing stress and nourishing our metabolism.
Yin Yoga is NOT intended as a complete practice itself but more as a balancing complement to more active (Yang) forms of Yoga and exercise.
*For this practice we suggest wearing comfortable and warm clothes (long pants, socks, a comfortable sweater or long sleeve jumper). Also its recommended not to eat before the practice.
* Requires completion of Beginners course or 3 months of mixed level morning Yoga