All classes will incorporate warming movements, yoga postures, breath connection, philosophy, meditation and relaxation.The studio uses props like, chairs, blocks, blankets, bolsters and belts to help assist the student to understand conscious movement and connection to the wonderful body, mind and emotions.
“EVERYONES’ MIND IS BUSY CHATTERING AWAY TO ITSELF. EVERYONE HAS SOME FORM OF PHYSICAL LIMITATION, AND WE ALL GO THROUGH THE NATURAL UNDULATIONS OF LIFE; THE GOOD TIMES AND THE DIFFICULT. Therefore do not let your self-doubts or personal concerns cloud your opportunity to deepen Self understanding and your potential to be fully present and open in this life.
Beginners: the beginners’ classes are open to everyone. Kates’ teaching style will introduce you to the basics of healthy body posture and how to move and activate muscle groups consciously so as to support and strengthen your whole body. These classes will focus on the basic restorative, standing, forward and back bends and twists. Each class will bring healthy energy flow back into the body to help develop, maintain and encourage a healthy life style and state of mind.
General: these are open classes, but preferably not for the very beginner or those with injuries (better to join the beginners class). These classes are a little stronger than the beginner sessions and begin to integrate a deeper understanding of the body/mind complex. Basic inversions and deeper backbends will also be introduced in this class over time.
Surya Namascar / Salutes to the sun: this is a more active flowing general class, suitable for all except the very beginner, pregnant and menstruating women or those with an injury that may need more direct care and supervision. This is a more warming and aerobic class, for those wishing to be more active and maybe sweat a little.
Advanced: these classes are open to yoga practitioners and teachers with at least two years of prior experience in yoga. The more advanced classes will assume an already understood knowledge within ones own body. The class will incorporate skills training towards the more advanced asanas integrated into surya namascars. The practice of deeper backbends, arm balances and inversions such as handstands (adho mukha vrksasana), forearm balances (pincha mayurasana) and headstands (sirsasana) will also be taught.
Meditation and Pranayama: these classes are welcome to everyone. Simple breath/pranayama and ‘insight meditation’ techniques will be practiced together during these sessions. Students can sit on the floor, on a chair or even lie down for their meditation. Each class will have a topic of focus, and some sharing time, to chat and communicate with others about this extraordinary thing called ‘life’.