“If we use our time on the mat to practice staying with our experience, breathing and opening to each new sensation, whether pleasant or unpleasant, this skill will automatically be there for us when we encounter difficulties in everyday life.” - Donna Farhi Bringing Yoga to Life
Our studio style is inspired by the work of renowned international teacher and author, Donna Farhi. Each of our teachers undertook their basic training in the studio’s own teacher training course, but have also pursued their professional development in different ways. So every teacher on staff will have a point of difference and a foundation of similarity.
The practice of asana, or postures, is one of the techniques of hatha yoga. Yoga also includes mindfulness, measured breathing and stilling the busy mind.
Each of our asana classes will offer you the opportunity to stretch, grow strong, become more focussed and will build your physical skills. But most importantly you will grow into an inner peace that will serve you well in whatever you meet in life.
We encourage you to visit the various classes on offer to discover what works for you best right now.
Each class will conclude with a period of deep relaxation called “savasana”. This time will be longer in the 90 minute classes and short in the 60 minute classes. This is the time that pushes the reset button for the whole brain. It consolidates all the body and mind’s learnings from the session. Many students like to quip that they come to yoga for savasana!
Many people have heard of various types of yoga, by names such as Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Yin Yoga, and so on, and we often get asked, so what sort of yoga do you teach?
We do not align with any particular style of yoga and just call what we offer "hatha yoga". In truth, all of the styles mentioned above could be called "hatha yoga" if we take the definition of hatha yoga to be yoga that has postures as part of what it does.
In the history of the development of yoga, hatha yoga is a relative newcomer. Texts that refer to yoga date back many thousands of years, but the earliest hatha yoga texts date to around the time of the Norman Conquest. What makes it different to the earlier strands of yoga are the physical practices, including but not confined to postures (asana).
Hatha Yoga typically includes:
Hatha means forceful, and the practice was intended to use body practices to force an energetic shift towards a transcendental union - yoga means union - with the Divine, whatever you conceive that to be.
Hatha Yoga at Yoga Spirit Studios will usually include at least the postural work, some gentle breath work, meditation and perhaps an introduction to bandha and mudra.
If you have never done yoga before or are returning after a long break we recommend starting here. There are six classes, which you attend at the same time on the same night of the week for six weeks. Find an Introductory Course.
Wear stretchy clothes that will move with you but take care that if you lift up a leg or hang upside down that the clothing will not expose more than you meant to. Our studio encourages modest clothing, as well. We do not over-heat the environment but keep it comfortable so practising in a bikini is not necessary.
We leave shoes at the door so easy off and on shoes are plus.
If you would like to bring your own mat that is fine however the studio is well equipped with mats and other equipment that you may require. We suggest bringing a sarong, towel or other cloth to place over shared equipment that your face and head may contact. If borrowing a studio mat please wipe it down afterwards using the spray and paper towels provided.
When you are pregnant you have special needs. It is best to practice with a teacher who has done post graduate studies in prenatal yoga. In a general class the teacher's attention would need to be divided, giving the person who is pregnant a different class to the one planned for the rest of the class. For that reason we do not allow pregnant women into general classes.