Types of Yoga

Traditionally there are three main areas covered by yoga – working with the body, working with the conscious mind, and working with our emotive an intuitive self (by some also called the ‘spirit’). These three are essentially inseparable and none of the three can function properly without the other two. Recognising this ‘deep integrity’ is at the heart of our approach.

Currently the classes mostly focus on physical training through postures and movement chains. The regular training itself tends to trigger interest in the other two dimensions. Occasional workshops are organised and individual guidance is offered to address these. Since the majority of people seem to be interested mostly in the physical practice, we will start with this.warriors_bw

In our training system the physical training of postures and movement chains is based on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Overall, particularly at early stages, the training is designed to accommodate individual needs and abilities. There are normally four levels of training available, starting with the Ashtanga Primer K1. (‘K’ here means method, sequence, from the Sanskrit word ‘krama’)

K1 is our entry stage, preparing the practitioner by laying solid foundations. The four phases of postures and movement chains are introduced – Enter, Engage/Empower, Exit. Some important classical principles are embedded in the methodology right from start. After a few weeks or months, when you’re ready, you can move to the next level.

The second level is the Ashtanga Primer K2. It adds more postures and techniques, builds strength, stamina and flexibility. This level will progress you toward developing the full Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Here we usually have a mixed ability group, enabling individuals to develop at their own pace, according to abilities and aspirations.

The third level, K3, is the talk-through class of the full Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Primary Series. While sticking with the ‘traditional’ Mysore sequence of postures, modifications are allowed where necessary, so individuals can work around injuries and challenging areas. This is the stage where we are working toward totally independent practice, where instructions are no longer needed.

The highest level, K4, is a ‘self-practice’, where individuals practice the Primary Series or the Second Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Everyone works from memory, the instructor/teacher/mentor assists with comments and physical corrections and adjustments where needed.

Please refer to the class timetable or other relevant pages to see more.