York Yoga Studio Classes
- Hatha: this is a general term for the most popular style of yoga in the West. We offer Hatha Yoga for Beginners ideal for those new to yoga or who prefer to focus on the foundations, and All Levels Hatha for those comfortable in a group of mixed ability. Classes start with a seated meditation and warming movements before working in yogasana (postures). Classes end with a restorative savasana.
- Slow Down Yoga: In this gentle yet powerful class we will systematically move, stretch, breathe and deeply relax, creating space in body and mind. Practice includes gentle slow-flowing yoga postures, simple yet effective breathing techniques and deeper stretching postures (called Yin Yoga) to release deeply held tension, and will finish with a restorative yoga posture and a deep relaxation to allow the body to yield and soften, and the mind to become stiller and calmer. All this with beautiful candlelight to add to the feeling of tranquillity and restfulness in this lovely space.
- Iyengar: The Iyengar system of teaching is methodical and progressive, emphasising detailed attention to alignment and extension. The teaching is carefully attentive to individual needs and when necessary, it uses supports such as belts and blocks that allow students to progress in their practice of postures safely at their own pace, mentally and physically. The Monday morning Iyengar yoga classes focus on foundational poses. The 9:30 class is ideal for those improving their practice and is suitable for both new and experienced yogis, and the 11am class is perfect for those brand new to yoga. On Friday mornings at 9am Christine Rumley offers an All Levels Iyengar yoga class for those with some experience with this style of yoga.
- Vinyasa Flow: Flow Yoga creates sequences of yoga poses that synchronise breath with movement to promote physical engagement and mental stimulation. This class develops strength and flexibility, and will leave you feeling deeply invigorated yet relaxed. Moderate to strenuous physical activity, not recommended for beginners to yoga.
- Ashtanga: A challenging but rewarding practice which builds strength, flexibility and stamina. Classes begin with sun salutations, followed by standing postures, seated postures and inversions. This class is ideal for those who already practice yoga who wish to step their practice up a notch. Moderate to strenuous physical activity. Not recommended for those new to Yoga.
- Sivananda: This moderate to strong sequential practice develops your strength and includes pranayama and meditation
- Yoga for Strength: Yoga builds strong muscles and bones, and although we think it's all about flexibility, in reality strength is equally if not more important! This fun class focuses on controlling and strengthening those essential muscles which support us in developing a strong yoga practice.
- Pilates: We offer a drop in all levels Pilates class Wednesdays at 9:30am and Thursdays at 6:15pm. Pilates is great for strengthening the core and improving balance and concentration.
- If you are completely new to Yoga or wish to revisit the basics we recommend that you come to the Hatha Yoga for Beginners or the Introduction to Iyengar Yoga for Beginners.
- If you have previously done yoga and are comfortable in a group of mixed ability we recommend the 'All Levels Hatha' or 9:30 Monday morning Iyengar yoga.
- We offer some stronger practices for the more experienced student: Vinyasa Flow, Sivananda, Ashtanga, and the Friday morning All Levels Iyengar yoga class.
- If you are looking for a gentle and restorative class we recommend the Slow Down Yoga class.