Hatha Yoga is the basis for all contemporary, physical yoga practices. It is a great place to start for those completely new to yoga but can also be used for experienced yogis to deepen your practice. It is slower paced than Vinyasa classes and consists of a sequence of asanas, but allows the time and space to become familiar with yoga poses and relaxation techniques. A Hatha Yoga class would most likely include asanas, breathing techniques and meditation.
Ashtanga Vinyasa is a yoga practice devised by Patthabi Jois. It has a number of series that are set sequences. These classes are physically demanding and ideal for those that like to learn and perfect one sequence before moving on to another. Ashtanga Vinyasa is not suitable for complete beginners.
Vinyasa flow, (or vinyasa as it is often referred to as) is a modern style of yoga using sun salutations as a way of linking poses; this style has a freestyle element to the sequencing and although similar to Ashtanga, the content changes from class to class. Like Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow can be physically challenging and is a little faster paced than Hatha and is therefore suitable for students with some yoga experience.
Yin is a meditative practice that uses the energy channels of the body and focuses on the connective tissue and fascia in the body. The asanas (postures), are held for longer periods of time – for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more, with the aim of increasing movement in the joints and improving flexibility. It activates change in an already healthy body to increase performance. Yin can be challenging but is hugely rewarding!
Yin and Yang
Yin Yoga is a meditative practice that utilises the energy channels of the body and focuses on the connective tissue and fascia in the body rather than the musculature. The poses are held for longer periods of time, with the aim of passively improving flexibility whilst influencing the subtle body. A Yang practice is the polar opposite as it is faster paced and helps to improve strength and stamina. By combining both Yin and Yang yoga together in one practice, you receive a balanced combination of these two styles, giving you the benefits of both.
Restorative Yoga is a floor based practice that requires no effort other than relaxing into gently supported postures that help an unhealthy or injured body restore itself back to a normal healthy state. This is the ultimate in relaxation especially when followed with Yoga Nidra.
Yoga for Horse Riders
As a keen equestrian herself (who also happens to be a qualified Equine Sports and Remedial Therapist) it makes perfect sense for Alison to offer yoga classes specifically geared towards the needs of her fellow horse riders. These classes are themed on particular areas of the body to enhance performance in the saddle, but it is important to add that these classes can be attended by non-riders too.
Yoga For People Living With Cancer
Alison has undertaken specialist training to enable her to teach yoga to people living with and recovering from cancer. Whilst most general classes may not be suitable at this time, at Foxwood Yoga you are welcomed with open arms. In addition these classes are provided on a voluntary donation basis. Please contact us for further details.
Yoga Nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation whilst still maintaining full consciousness, just like a deep sleep when you are still awake. It is the ultimate in relaxation, the perfect counterbalance to twenty first century stresses, offering rejuvenation at a physical and mental level and can be practiced by anyone. If being comfortably cocooned in a soft blanket, surrounded by soothing music, delicious smells and being guided through a relaxing meditation sounds appealing, give it a try!
Alison is qualified to teach Pregnancy yoga, Postnatal yoga and Mother and baby yoga.
Joining a pregnancy yoga class is a positive move towards feeling more relaxed, energised and prepared for the birth of your baby. A dedicated prenatal yoga session isn’t just about stretching, exercising and feeling more in tune with your body and your developing baby, it is also a fantastic way to meet other Mums-to-be. These classes are specifically sequenced to respect and honour you and your changing body at this exciting time, but are also open to other ladies who prefer a slower paced yoga class.
Suitable from week 14 onwards.