Class Styles

We offer classes to suit all needs, whether you prefer strong, focused classes or more relaxing, gentle classes.

A few general reminders:

  • We supply mats, but you are more than welcome to bring your own.
  • If you can, try not to eat an hour and a half before a class (life is busy, bananas are a great snack if you have to eat).
  • Try not to over hydrate before a class—a little water goes a long way. We supply filtered drinking water!
  • Bring a towel.

While our classes are loosely divided between hatha or vinyasa, we suggest you go to the teachers pages to read about each teacher and decide which class may be best for you.

 

Each class is based on the same approach:

  • taking you in and out of postures correctly and safely
  • using the breath for its many purposes such as clearing the mind and helping with day to day life, or dealing with pain;
  • balancing body, mind and spirit to enhance all that you do in life.

beginner yoga

This course is structured over a 9-week cycle that you can start at any time. You will cover all of the basic concepts and poses, develop confidence in your practice and focus on themes such as backbends or hip openers.

This course is extremely popular with all levels of students because of its focused structure. No specific booking date required.

What to expect

This course appeals to totally new students as well as advanced students wishing to hone their practice. You’ll be taught to move into, hold and come out of postures correctly and safely, with complete explanations. You’ll practice simple breathing exercises and meditation techniques.

hatha

Ideal for both beginner students and also more advanced students who would like a slower practice and a chance to fine-tune their alignment.

What to expect

Our hatha yoga classes consist of a short meditation, breathing exercises, sun salutations (not always), standing and seated postures. This strengthens, cleanses and relaxes your body and mind. All classes have a final relaxation pose in order to integrate the session and some classes include mantra as well.

beginner hatha

Basic poses are workshopped over a nine week program.

general hatha

Assumes knowledge of the fundamentals of yoga.

deep hatha

Ideal for both beginner students and also more advanced students who would like a deeper practice beyond asana, exploring breathwork & meditation.

What to expect

Our deep hatha yoga classes consist of long held standing and floor hatha poses to build muscle, strength and flexibility. Lengthy pranayama and meditation to deeply calm the mind and expand the practice within the mind and body. All classes have a final relaxation pose in order to integrate the session and some classes include mantra as well.

deep hatha

Assumes knowledge of the fundamentals of yoga.

hatha and yoga nidra

Ideal for both beginner students and also more advanced students who would like a slower practice and a chance to fine-tune their alignment. Yoga Nidra can be practised by anyone, either lying down on the floor or seated if necessary, no experience required.

What to expect

Our hatha yoga classes consist of a short meditation, breathing exercises, sun salutations (not always), standing and seated postures. This strengthens, cleanses and relaxes your body and mind. All classes have a final relaxation pose in order to integrate the session and some classes include mantra as well.

Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep) is a mindfulness tool to relax the body while keeping the mind fully awake and aware. As you take a guided visual scan through the body you will cultivate a deeper awareness of your body, working as a tool to relax both the body & the mind.

vinyasa

One of the meanings of vinyasa is to link movement with breath, and all classes focus on this aspect. The pace of vinyasa can vary with the teacher, but all classes build well-rounded fitness, including wrist strength, shoulder strength, and core strength.

Classes start with breathing exercises and warm-up movements, progressing to sun salutations that continuously link both standing and seated postures. In Vinyasa, there is less emphasis on workshopping poses and more emphasis on getting into a flow for the session.

general vinyasa

Assumes knowledge of the fundamentals of yoga.

dynamic vinyasa

Postures are more flowing. Requires a higher level of fitness and experience.

advanced practice

Focus is on the full complement of a complete yoga class: asana, pranayama and meditation. Of 2 hours duration, advanced practice requires a mature level of commitment with the assumption of prior vinyasa experience. Unlike all other classes at the Livingroom, there is an emphasis on inversions such as urdva mukha vrksasana (handstand), pincha mayurasana (feathered peacock), and sirsasana (headstand).

Tips for getting the most out of your yin yoga session

When practicing Yin Yoga, find an appropriate edge, which is often a lot less deep than a warmer yoga class. Move slowly and gently into the pose, and look for an appropriate amount of intensity, never opening so far as to cause pain. Then consciously try to release into the pose, and to remain still for the duration, without shifting position. The instructor will sometimes offer music or readings to keep you motivated to stay in the posture. Coming out, release with care. You’ve opened the body deeply!

yin yoga

Yin Yoga is an excellent complement for active people looking to open their bodies safely and find inner stillness. Yin Yoga is a complementary practice to balance the effects of more active forms of yoga and exercise.

A Yin Yoga session will mostly consist of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues, the systematic loading of which is a main focus in this style of yoga.

Benefits

Yin Yoga practice targets the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility, as opposed to the more dynamic practices, which target the muscles.

Yin Yoga poses are also designed to improve the flow of prana, or qi, the subtle energy, or life force. Practitioners often comment at how unexpectedly energizing and soothing the practice is, offering deep releases.

Make a Yin Yoga class a staple in your yoga routine once a week, and you’ll be surprised at the benefits!

Pilates

Pilates is a comprehensive set of dynamic exercises that strengthen and stretch the body. Pilates works the full body to enable balanced muscle development and increase wellbeing.

A strong body ensures that the head, neck and body are well supported, and back and knee pain are minimised. Pilates assists general toning, recovery programmes and development training for sportsmen and women. The exercises are readily adapted to suit different body types and needs. Pilates is suitable for men and women of all ages.

What to expect

Open classes are available both daytime and evenings (please see timetable for sessions). All our Pilates classes are small to ensure quality teaching. The exercises are done barefoot and on mats. Just turn up in comfortable clothes, mats are provided and feel welcome, no need to book. These classes are one hour in length and open to all levels.

The beginner classes focus on developing an awareness of core muscles, alignment and stretching and provide time to grasp new exercises; intermediate classes provide experienced clients with a more challenging precision workout at a higher pace and level.

restorative yoga

This practice can be particularly beneficial to those with chronic pain or physical limitations.

Restorative yoga is gentle and can emphasize props for support and relaxation. It is also a great addition once a week to an otherwise more dynamic practice, melting stress and tension.

Suitable for all ages and all levels. A gentle class focusing on relaxation and the more meditative aspects of yoga.

    meditation

    In this time of constant change, we need a stabilizer, a place of refuge to train the mind to be a tool that cuts through the distractions and suffering.

    With meditation, you will be taken on a journey through many skilful ways of working with your mind and emotions, dealing with pain and refocus into positive states of mind.

    The vision of the class is to equip people with the ability to work with the many situations that can arise in one’s life. A spiritual focus is the main flavour of the evening. One will come away relaxed, clear and energised.

    Please see the timetable for sessions. Please bring a shawl for warmth.

    What to expect

    Classes explore many different styles of meditation. The majority of the class will be guided, with some parts seated and some lying down.