Types of Yoga
Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan)
Kundalini Yoga was brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan, who shared the science of this yoga so that we would be able to use it to cope with our increasingly pressured and disconnected lives. It aims to awaken our life force so that we can be fully conscious and present.
Using postures, movement, sequenced sets of exercises, breathing, chanting and meditation, Kundalini yoga brings a range of benefits. The exercises are dynamic and active: movement is combined with focused breath work. This rhythmic exercise increases circulation, flexibility and energy. Practicing Kundalini yoga can awaken your consciousness, improve your health, enhance communication, while increasing your strength and endurance.
This physical and athletic form of yoga is practiced through a prescribed set of postures combined with the use of body locks and eye focus to channel energy. Ashtanga means "eight-limbed yoga", referring to the eight limbs outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra. These include moral and ethical guidelines, postures, breath, withdrawal of the senses, concentration and meditation.
Hatha yoga originally refers to any style of yoga which consists of physical exercise. Here it is used to describe a more traditional type of yoga which aims to achieve a deep inner relaxation and increase of prana (life force) through asanas (physical postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), mudra (hand, eye and face gestures) and meditation. The pace of this class is slower and more restoratative. It allows the student to incorporate each asana with a deep and strong mental focus as to reconnect with the body and quiet the mind. This class is suitable for all levels.
Yogalates is a fusion of yoga and Pilates, creating tone and fitness in the body while cultivating a feeling of inner calm and well-being. The classes focus on stretching and strengthening all major muscle groups, developing core stability, and calming the mind.
Vinyasa yoga is a fast paced practice, with a series of postures linked together and synchronised with breath. Continual movement from one posture to the next provides a cardiovascular benefit, increased strength, flexibility and endurance. The pace and the sequence of the class is variable, offering diversity - in keeping with the translation of the word vinyasa, which means 'variation within parameters'.
Yin yoga targets the connective tissue of the body, generally focusing on the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Suitable for almost all levels, this practice still has a challenging element, as you can remain in postures for an extended period of time. Working on the ligaments, bones and joints, this introspective form of yoga is a complement to other more dynamic active yoga styles.
Kirtan is a practice that quiets the mind and opens the heart. Singing ancient Sanskrit mantras, kirtan helps to remove obstacles and to bring us to the center of our being. When we chant, breathe, and move to the same melodies and rhythms, we improve our personal and universal well being. Sing and surrender to an experience of freedom, peace, and limitless joy.
Restorative Yoga & Healing Sound
Restorative yoga is an extremely beneficial yet sometimes underrated style of yoga. Aided by props (bolsters, blankets, blocks, …), the body is completely supported in a series of yoga poses that facilitate deep relaxation. You are encouraged to allow rather than do, which helps to release deep seated tensions and restore balance in body and mind. The healing sounds of the harmonium and Sanskrit mantra’s are used to guide you to a deep sense of peace and to harmonize the energy systems of the body.
Breathe, relax, absorb the sounds, experience pure bliss and a deep connection to your own true nature. You will come away from these sessions feeling balanced, energized and rejuvenated. The perfect way to unwind from the week and get ready for the weekend!
(Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that keeps you warm. This series is open to yogis and yoginis of all levels, no experience required!)
Healing with Sound
This class offers a unique style of healing yoga that Fabienne has developed over 20 years
of practice. It includes a rich mix of hatha-based asanas (positions) to open the energy channels of the body and align its chakras. This is complemented with mudras (hand gestures) and the
power of sound. Fabienne follows her inner guidance to generate a loving environment in
which everyone can come home into body and soul. This class is suitable for all levels.
The Khalsa Way prenatal yoga is a holistic approach to pregnancy: training the mind and body for the experience of birth. This yoga practice stretches, tones and relaxes the body, the emotions and the mind. Expectant mothers learn positive ways of envisioning pregnancy. Classes include gentle yoga exercises for pregnancy, breath work, and meditation. Suitable from conception to delivery.
The postnatal yoga class is for mothers and babies from 6 weeks (or 8 weeks if Caesarian birth) to walking. This class offers gentle yoga to help you regain abdominal tone and body strength. We will focus on common postnatal concerns such as neck, shoulder, and pelvic strengthening. In every class we do singing and movement with the babies. The group also provides an opportunity for mothers to share information, support, and parenting tips. You are welcome to feed (by breast or bottle) your baby any time during class.
Children are naturally aware, radiant and wise. The core purpose for yoga with children is to help them to engage this natural wisdom and to promote a state of well-being. Radiant Child Yoga comes from the tradition of Kundalini Yoga, which suits the energy of children. The exercises range from slow and restful to more energetic. Through songs and fun themes, children can engage on a developmentally appropriate level.
This class involves the whole family in yoga exercises from the Kundalini and Hatha traditions.
Ecstatic dance is all about dancing your heart out and setting your soul free. It is a non verbal, come as you are, happy space where inhibitions melt away. Unwind your body and release your mind. Experience the joy of a class where everyone is welcome and anyone can dance. Music flows from high energy to deep stilness. Music from a wide spectrum of genres inspires free form dance with minimal instructions.