vinYoga is a composite name, for an intelligent, non-dogmatic approach to learning yoga.
Here at Yoga Coventry you will find:
– basic introduction to yoga
– specific details of dynamic yoga styles
– guidance on how to get started
– our yoga classes in Coventry
– workshops, teacher training, and much more.
Class Times and Fees
We are now on our Summer Holiday, classes start back from Monday 7th September.
Fees: £8 on the door, £7 pre-paid, £6 concessions
Note: New starters must have an induction before attending classes! Please book here:
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Books For Sale
Dr Norman Sjoman’s master piece, ‘Yoga Touchstone’ is still available, a few copies left at a discounted price of £25! Probably the most beautiful book on yoga, a MUST for all those who are serious about the subject. To order, please get in touch with Ervin through the Contact page.
vinYoga general approach
In provision of yoga Coventry is continuously expanding and evolving, in various ways, through many different methods, styles, approaches. Like in most western countries, the majority of studios, yoga schools and classes are almost entirely focused on posture practice, primarily as a form of exercise. The vinYoga methodology is also initiated by posture and movement work, and benefits from the wholesome exercise it provides, but also helps to access further, internal dimensions through self observation. There can be a lot more to yoga than just postures – if practiced with attention and commitment, yoga can have a great liberating power, helping to bring about harmony of body, mind, the emotional and intuitive self.
The posture and movement work is explored, developed and shared in various formats using the vinYoga methodology. They have at the core adaptations of the Ashtanga Vinyasa method that originated in Mysore, South India, with strong influences by correct alignment and body opening work through the lineage of Iyengar yoga, particularly the work of Norman Sjoman and Vanda Scaravelli.
To practice intelligently, we must recognise that we don’t live in India, we have a different ‘ambiance’, different environment, different social, mental and physical conditioning. Over the many years of practice and teaching experience the vinYoga method has been ‘adapted’ specifically to suit our own needs in the modern European context.
For those who are interested in looking beyond the physical practice and want to use yoga to unfold to their full potential, deeper learning is available. Our practice is backed up by a philosophy that essentially yoga is about integrity. The vinYoga approach takes a pragmatic look at concepts from the ‘eight fold path’ described in scriptures such as the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and other ‘traditional’ sources, and looks at their applicability in current western society. These sources, as well as our observations of modern living show clearly the need for sensible moral and ethical foundations, without which yoga is rather shallow, or perhaps not yoga at all.
Because of the many benefits they can offer, it is important to open up dynamic yoga forms to a broader audience. To provide this broader access, some lighter practice structures have been developed, modified postures and techniques are employed to suit beginners.
The physical practice methodology is currently laid out along three major practice streams:
The vinYoga composite name indicates a learning and teaching methodology, offering yoga classes, yoga workshops, personal tuition and teacher training in Coventry, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and the wider Warwickshire and West Midlands area. Activities are also developing UK-wide and internationally – workshops and events in Hungary, Poland and Estonia, with more planned…
The vinYoga method is not a mainstream, money-led, commercial operation, nor is it offering any ‘spiritual enlightenment’. The primary purpose here is to learn, improve and share, through intelligent practice of yoga, for the benefit of all those who come to us.