Features of our Yoga Classes

You are welcome to just turn up to our drop-in classes without booking as well.

  • Each yoga class starts with the Vedic Mantra, body warm – up, a short relaxation, bringing an awareness of the body and breath. This is followed by a range of postures in alternate days according to the level, moving each part of the muscular and skeletal system.
  • Often the postures (Asanas) also influence the organs and glands, and so improve your overall health, wellbeing and state of mind. A short relaxation completes the physical element of the class.
  • We finish the class with meditation and Pranayama (breath techniques) and complete the practice by chanting OM.
  • Yoga develops the power to discriminate between good and bad choices and develops our viveka, the part of the intellect which guides us to correct understanding and making the right decisions in life. Yoga ignites in us the light of wisdom so that we gain clarity and are able to become aware of true reality.
  • Peaceful Mind – The Ancient Yoga has a unique yoga system designed for all ages and suitable for any level of fitness.
  • In this class we will be focusing on gentle stretches, simple yoga postures to strengthen muscles and breathing exercises to help you relax and regenerate.
  • Regular practice of yoga keeps the human body vital and healthy into old age. Yoga exercises have a medically demonstrable, stimulating and regulating impact upon all systems of the human body, including the glands, organs and nervous system. They have a purifying and regenerative effect on the entire body.
  • We focus on a simple, non competitive practice of yoga which makes it accessible to all.

Asanas

The word “ Yogasana” or “Asana” refers to a posture in which one feels relaxed while keeping the body active internally. The Rishis (Vedic Sages) had keenly observed the sitting and standing postures of different animals, which, in spite of limited faculties, have wonderful physical capabilities that man is deprived of. They had studied the effects of different postures in the laboratory of their own body and developed specific Asanas which had rejuvenating effects on the entire body-mind-soul system.

Physical exercises which are popular in gyms and exercise –centers increasing muscles only, while the practice if Asanas increasing joint and muscle strength, energy and flexibility. If these Asana are performed with prescribed breathing patter, then the body’s immune power increases. It also promotes proper blood circulation.

Person with weak body handicapped and with chronic diseases can also practice these Asanas under expert’s guidance.
We cover, Recitation of Sacred Sound ( Mantra Chanting), Asanas (Postures), Pranayama ( Devine Breathing Practice), Mudra ( Yoga Gestures), Bandhas ( Energy Lock), Dhyana( Meditation), Yoga Nidra (Psychic Sleep) and ending with Chanting.

Recitation of Sacred Sound (Mantra Chanting)
  • Gayatri Mantra
  • Mahamritunjay Mantra

Standing Postures ( Asanas)

  • Tadasana ( Mountain Pose)
  • Vrikshasan ( Tree Pose)
  • Natrajasana ( Dancer Pose)
  • Trikonasana ( Triangle Pose)
  • Parivrtta Trikonasana ( Revolved Triangle Pose)
  • Utkatasana ( Chair Pose)
  • Garudasana ( Eagle Pose)
  • Ardha Chandrasana ( Half Moon Pose)
  • Katichakrasana (Spinal Twist Pose)
  • Virabhadrasana – I ( Warrior - I Pose )
  • Virabhadrasana – II ( Warrior - II Pose )
  • Virabhadrasana – III ( Warrior - III Pose )
  • Ardha Uttanasana (Standing Half Forward Bend)

Sitting Postures ( Asanas)

  • Dandasana (Staff Pose)
  • Paschimottanasana ( Stretch or sitting forward bend)
  • Ardha banddha Padma paschimottanasana (Half bound lotus forward bend)
  • Manddukasana ( Frog Pose – I)
  • Manddukasana ( Frog Pose – II)
  • Sasakasana ( Rabbit Pose)
  • Vakrasana ( Sitting Lateral Twisting Pose)
  • Gomukhasana ( Cow Face Pose)
  • Vajrasana ( Vajra Pose)
  • Singhasana ( Lion Pose)

Lying Postures ( Asanas)

  • Makarasana ( Crocodile Pose)
  • Bhujangasana ( Cobra Pose – I)
  • Bhujangasana ( Cobra Pose – II)
  • Bhujangasana ( Cobra Pose – III)
  • Salabhasana (Locust Pose – I)
  • Salabhasana (Locust Pose – II)
  • Salabhasana (Locust Pose – III)
  • Markatasana ( Monkey Pose – I)
  • Markatasana ( Monkey Pose – II)
  • Markatasana ( Monkey Pose – III)
  • Pawan Muktasana ( Wind Releasing Pose – I)
  • Pawan Muktasana ( Wind Releasing Pose – II)
  • Ardha – Halasana ( Half Plough Pose)
  • Padavrttasana ( Rotating Leg Pose – I)
  • Padavrttasana ( Rotating Leg Pose – II)
  • Dvicakrikasana ( Leg Circling Pose – I)
  • Dvicakrikasana ( Leg Circling Pose – II)

Pranayama (Devine Breathing Practice)

  • Yogic Breathing
  • Kapalbhati Pranayama
  • Anulom Vilom Pranayama - I
  • Anulom Vilom Pranayama -II
  • Nadisodhan Pranayama
  • Sheetali Pranayama
  • Sheetkari Pranayama
  • Bhramari Pranayama
  • Nadyog Pranayama

Mudra (Yoga Gestures)

The practice of Mudra hand gestures is an ancient facet of yoga. Performing gestures effects the energy flow of the body and can change a person's spiritual and mental characteristics.
  • Jnana & Chin mudra
  • Yoni mudra
  • Bhairava mudra
  • Hridaya mudra
  • Khechari Mudra
  • Nasikagra mudra
  • Shambhavi mudra

Bandhas ( Energy Lock)

The practice of Bandhas expands the lung capacity and breathing capabilities during yoga. It also strengthens the entire body from the inside out.
  • Jalandhara Bandha
  • Moola Bandha
  • Uddiyana Bandha
  • Maha Bandha

Meditation (Pranava Dhyana Yoga)

Meditation is a systematic practice that promotes physical, mental and emotional tranquility with the purpose of reaching Samadhi (self-realization). Meditation involves sitting in a relaxed position and clearing your mind, or focusing your mind on one thought and clearing it of all others. You may focus on a sound, like "ooommm," or on your own breathing, counting, a mantra, or nothing at all. A common thread among the many meditation techniques is that the mind stops following every new thought that comes to the surface.

Yoga Nidra (Psychic Sleep)

When a yoga practitioner moves through the various internal states of Yoga Nidra, a profound experience of relaxation occurs. This is called "Turiya," a sensation of pure bliss.
  • Basic Relaxation
  • Tension Relaxation
  • Full Body and mental relaxation

Recite Shanti Path

If you attend any Hindu religious ritual, a Vedic prayer or a traditional Yoga class, you will find that the Shanti mantra ( the peace chant) is usually chanted at the end of the ceremony or the class. Following the tradition of Integral Yoga, the style of yoga that we practice and teach, we conclude each yoga class with this peace chant (Shanti Mantra):

ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय । तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय । मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय । ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ Om asato mA sadgamaya, Tamaso mA jyotirgamaya, Mrityorma amritam gamaya, Om shanti, shanti, shanti.

Meaning: Om, lead me from unreal (transitory material existence) to the real (Eternal Self), From darkness (of ignorance) to light (of wisdom, truth, spiritual knowledge), From the fear of death to the knowledge of immortality. Om Peace, peace, peace! (from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.3.28)

As you will notice, the concluding line is the chanting of the word Shanti (peace) three times. The question that sometimes gets asked is – why is shanti chanted three times? Is there a significance to it?

Here is a brief explanation as to why we chant shanti three times.

Our ancient scriptures tell us that one of the main objectives of life is to remove three kinds of obstacles or to eliminate three kinds of suffering.

In the Samkhya system of philosophy (Samkhya Pravachana Sutram), the very first sutra states:

"Permanent and complete elimination of the three-fold suffering is the supreme purpose of life".

"अथ त्रिविधदुःखात्यन्त निवृत्तिः अत्यन्त पुरुषार्थः" (1.1)

Atha trividhadukhantyanta nivrittiH atyanta purusharthaH Even though the three-fold suffering is not explicitly defined in the sutra, every commentator takes it to mean the following three forms of suffering:

1. Adhidaivika (of divine origin)
2. Adhibhautika (originated in the physical, material beings)
3. Adhyatmika (created by ourselves)