Santushti Yoga Classes
Traditional Hatha Yoga Class
Santushti Yoga classes are primarily based and built around the traditional Hatha Yoga system. Classes run for one hour and 15 minutes. All classes begin with gentle warm up stretching, followed by 4-6 rounds of Sun Salutations. Sun Salutations are designed to warm up the body and open the major joints of the body. We then take a short two minute recovery posture to allow ourselves to rejuvenate from Sun Salutations. The class then resumes with a series of various postures which are carefully selected to ensure a balanced practise. We then conclude with a ten minute deep relaxation practised in Savasana, including a short head massage to aid in deeper relaxation.
Intense Hatha Yoga
Santushti Yoga’s Barre+Core Pilates is a combination of ballet, yoga and pilates. Marie developed this class herself which has been inspired by her ballet background and her love for yoga. Ballet inspired exercised are a fabulous alternative to sculpt and tone the body, giving you the body of a ballet dancer. Class concludes with a 10 minute deep relaxation and gentle head massage to aid in deeper relaxation.
Restorative yoga is a practise which requires no physical effort at all. All postures are fully supported by props and the postures are held for 10 minutes each. During the posture you can feel your body and mind letting go more and more as the time goes on. During this class we practise 5 postures. Restorative yoga is exactly that, it restores the body and mind leaving practitioners feeling restored and revitalised, ready to face the world.
Beginner classes run for one hour and are suitable for those who have never practised yoga before or those who are returning to practise after some time. Of course anyone is welcome to attend beginners even if you have a regular practise. The main distinguishing factor between beginner classes and regular classes is that we tend to hold the postures for less time whilst continuing to work on alignment. We generally try to choose basic postures that can then also be enhanced for those who have a regular practise.
The class begins with a gentle warm up stretching , followed by 4 rounds of basic Sun Salutations (adjusted for beginners if necessary). We then take a short two minute recovery posture to allow our bodies to rejuvenate from Sun Salutation. The class then resumes with a series of basic postures and concludes with a ten minute deep relation including a light head massage to aid in relaxation. A great class for an introduction to the physical movement of Yoga.
See our blog post for a short article ‘Yoga for Beginners.’
Yoga Nidra is a literal translation of ‘Yogic Sleep’. It is a process whereby the practitioner is guided into a deep state of relaxation. The practitioner’s state of consciousness is between wake and sleep. One may give the appearance of sleeping however the consciousness is working on deeper level which is why Yoga Nidra is sometimes referred to as a yogic trance.
In the practice of Yoga Nidra, sleep is not defined as a form of relaxation, but neither is sitting in front of the television with a beverage or reading a book or newspaper. These are quite simply external distractions that divert our consciousness from our everyday worries. In order to gain maximum benefits from our relaxation we must remain aware. During a Yoga Nidra practice we focus on turning our attention inwards and away from external distractions in order to reach a state of relaxation. When we turn our attention inwards and sleep, our separated consciousness can be very powerful and can be used in many positive ways to gain in confidence, develop our memories and tap into our creative potential.
During deep relaxation the mind becomes more receptive as all external distractions have been removed. The mind becomes exceptionally receptive, can absorb new information, and as a result old habits and tendencies can be removed more easily. Famous scholars such as Wolfgang, Kekule, Niels Bohr and even Einstein solved many of their work hurdles in this state which then led to their discovery of some of the greatest inventions since the beginning of mankind.
Yoga Nidra is an extremely potent practice which works on establishing harmony within the deeper unconscious leading ultimately to the attainment of a higher level of consciousness. When one reaches this higher level of consciousness stress management becomes second nature and anxiety levels are practically non-existent.
Yoga Nidra is an ideal accompaniment to yoga classes for corporate activities and events.