ADVANCED ASASA WITH MANISH
What are we really talking about when we talk about advanced yoga? It can mean the ability to do more complicated poses, but it can also mean having the experience to decide that those poses aren’t for you. Being physically adept doesn’t make you better at yoga. Some people can put their foot behind their head in their very first yoga class. Others may practice for years and never get that pose. They may have to get comfortable with the idea of releasing their attachment to that pose or any pose. (Advanced Poses) A long-term practice is all about continually refining even the most basic poses. As your body awareness improves, alignment becomes your touchstone. As an experienced yogi, you can go into any class and make it as challenging as you want by tuning into your body on a deep internal level and working on the minute details of each pose. When you do asana consistently over time, getting stronger and more flexible, increasingly challenging poses become more accessible. It's a lot of fun to discover that your body is capable of doing things you never thought would be possible. However, it is important not to become fixated on the results of this experiment called yoga. If you happen to fall on the hyper-flexible side of the spectrum, you have your own set of challenges. Though it's tempting to take each posture to its maximum extension, you will be better served by not going as deep as you can. Consistently over-stretching is counterproductive because it leads to injuries that are difficult to heal. The idea is to find the middle way by making sure your flexibility is controlled in each posture so that it doesn't become a liability.
Power yoga is a vinyasa style yoga practice with an emphasis on strengthening the body, combining yoga, core conditioning, calisthenics and hand balancing. It is a complete system of practice that strengthens the body, mind and spirit. Your body will flow like water but with control. Challenging and yet accessible, this practice is suitable for any level of fitness and background. Power yoga offers various progressions to motivate anyone to conquer their fear and become a better version of themselves
BACKBENDING & TWIST
As described, this is a combination of backbends and twists. The focus of this combination is on the Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose) and from the space we create by twisting. Students will access a few backbends, with fun and for all levels to join.
KIDS AERIAL YOGA
Kids Aerial Yoga allows kids to put their creative energy to good use. It features the use of hammocks suspended from the ceiling to give your child the feeling of a safe and weightless flight. Aerial yoga classes offer an opportunity for your child to develop a strong sense of balance as kids need to experience movement in different directions and orientations to develop proper balance. Additionally, your child can develop a better body and spatial awareness. Aerial yoga benefits are countless: it also helps regulate the nervous system and develop motor skills. Many of the poses taught in aerial yoga incorporate core strengthening elements, which can help improve posture and prevent future injury. Other poses incorporate an inversion element, allowing your child to get the tummy-tickle of being upside down while feeling fully supported. Inversions help flush fresh blood and healthy hormones through your child’s brain, which improves self-regulation and aids in proper development. These elements, paired with a focus on slower, smooth meditative breathing, can even help children with anxiety or attention disorders to find a new-found sense of calmness. Last but not least, the practice of aerial yoga is fun, social and performed in a friendly environment! Please approach us if your child is younger than 9, our aerial yoga teachers will assess his/her skills and maturity.
Kid Yoga is a simple way to make children’s lives healthier, happier and more balanced. Every child deserves the opportunity to move, to explore, to feel comfortable in their environment, and to be confident within their won bodies. Kid yoga is an effective tool that helps children manage the physical, mental and emotional effects of stress and change as they grow to understand their world. Exposing your kids to yoga is a simple way to help them live happier and healthier, increase their capacity to learn effectively, manage their emotions, regulate their own behavior, and achieve personal and academic success.
STRETCHING & PRANAYAMA
Soft stretching is ideal to relieve fatigue and stress after a hard-working day. It releases negative emotions, harmonizes internal bio-rhythms and perfectly prepares the body for a night of healthy sleep. Pranayama is the practice of breath control. This meditation class introduces students to yogic breathing and concentration exercises that lead to a meditative state. Regular practice purifies the body and calms the mind, eventually leading to experiences of deep relaxation, peace and vitality. Some preparatory asanas may be included. Suitable for anyone seeking to calm the mind and revitalize the body.
A dynamic practice focused on moving the body along with the breath. The experience in this class is one of fluidity and motion. Poses are generally held for short periods of time and emphasis on the rhythm of the breath is encouraged with the purpose of aligning and focusing the mind. Some pranayama, chanting and meditation may be included.
Suitable for students with some yoga experience looking to have an invigorating and dynamic experience. No full inversions are included in these classes. Some preparations for inversions and Level 2 postures may be introduced, with options for Level 1 students to ease the transition from Level 1 to Level 2 classes.
Asana Alignment This class is a perfect choice for students new to yoga or students looking to build a stronger foundation in their practice. Exploring the fundamentals of yoga asanas (Poses) Beginners poses are challenging and rewarding! This class focuses on the classical standing poses, seated poses, preparation for inversion, basic backbends and relaxation poses. This is a fantastic class for those who are ready to move their practice to a whole new level.
There are many yoga poses that help people improve their balance and equilibrium. Balance yoga focuses on the balance poses which offer both physical and mental benefits. Physically it strengthens and elongates the muscles, gets to know the center of gravity and how to align ourselves, improve the function of equilibrium receptors in the body, and learn the important yoga principle of rooting down.
This dynamic class comprises the classical form of Ashtanga Yoga as taught in its traditional sequence. It combines power and flexibility with movement, bandhas, and breath to produce an energetic and detoxifying practice. During this class, the standing, seated, and finishing sequences may be shortened or modified. The Ashtanga opening chant is an intrinsic part of this Yoga tradition and may be included.
Suitable for students with previous Vinyasa or Ashtanga experience.
This class helps to prevent and cure, to a certain extent, common physical ailments related to the joints, the digestive system, the respiratory system, and the nervous system. This class is aimed to support healthier living and is suitable for all levels.
A healing practice focused on realigning and stretching the connective tissues of the body. Students will experience long-held deep stretches with the purpose of connecting with the rhythm of the breath and cultivating a meditative mind. Some pranayama, chanting and meditation may be included. Suitable for anyone looking to stretch their bodies with little physical effort.
Detox & Digest A grounding practice focused on stimulating the digestive system to aid detoxification of the body. Students will experience sequences of poses including twists, bends and stretches that massage the digestive organs. Some pranayama, chanting and meditation may be included. Suitable for students looking to have an energizing experience. No full inversions are included.
This specialized class combines traditional asanas with the use of a hammock. The hammock reduces the effects of gravity and stress in the joints and spine; it also helps to build upper body and core strength and provides a medium for deep relaxation. Students are advised to wear tops with sleeves to protect the skin from rubbing against the fabric of the hammock. In some classes, additional gear with handlebars may be used to aid the alignment of certain yoga postures. Some pranayama, chanting and meditation may be included.
Suitable for students with some yoga experience looking to have an invigorating practice. Some supported inversions and Level 2 postures may be introduced, with options for Level 1 students to ease the transition from Level 1 to Level 2 classes.
Hatha is a general category of yoga, which includes most yoga styles that fit the versatile need of your yoga learning. It is relatively gentle, slow and great for beginners who prefer a more relaxed style where they can hold yoga poses longer. It includes the practices of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises). It helps to bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.
Decompressing with the Yoga Trapeze. The yoga trapeze makes it a lot easier to undergo inversion therapy without the need to overcome a fear of headstands. Inversion therapy involves putting your body upside down or at an inverted angle. This practice creates spinal traction, allowing your back to decompress and relieve nerve stress and pain caused by ailments such as herniated discs or pinched nerves.
IMMUNITY BOOST YOGA
Our immune system is affected by our lifestyle: what we eat, the quality of our sleep, and our physical and mental state. This class helps us to relax the body and mind so that our body can naturally boost its immunity.
Specific poses will be practiced to help stimulate the thymus gland, aid in detoxification of the body, and calm the mind. Some pranayama, chanting and meditation may be included.
Suitable for anyone looking to restore their body and mind with gentle physical effort.
FUNDAMENTALS TO IMPROVE INVERSION & ARMBALANCE
Join for a strong, confidence-boosting, inversion and arm balancing workshop for all levels. Let go of your fears, explore going upside down with a great emphasis on foundation and safety. Play on your mat and learn how to fly!
This class will guide you through postures and flows to prepare you for poses such as headstand, handstand, crow and related variations and other arm balances. We will find integrity in our alignment and preparation and work on the fundamentals to build strength and confidence.
Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training, alternating fast and slow rhythms, to help to improve cardiovascular fitness - to decrease the incidence rate of one of the most common metropolitan diseases in Hong Kong. Zumba is an aerobic activity that can count towards the amount of aerobic activity recommended for most healthy adults.
Pilates is a low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen the muscles while improving posture and flexibility. For a long time, it’s had a reputation as the preferred exercise of models and celebrities for the exercise predominantly targets the core muscles. Expect slow and precise movements coupled with breath control. A strong core brought about by either contemporary or classical pilates will simultaneously improve your range of motion.
Cardio boxing is a combination of the traditional training movements of a boxer, including sparring, shadow boxing, and blows delivered to a boxing bag, structured so as to be performed in sequence, similar to those of aerobic classes, that have a primary aerobic training effect.
Cardio-boxing also developed its own offshoot, cardio kickboxing, where martial arts movements involving blows delivered with the feet are incorporated into the training routine.