"Peace is our very nature, and yoga leads you to inner peace." Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
At Samsara we offer many different styles of yoga to suit all abilities and tastes. This variety in styles is there to help you discover a class which fits what your body and mind needs.
It’s important to remember that yoga is not competitive. In yoga classes we are given the opportunity to continue to learn and grow, with awareness, acceptance and compassion shown towards ourselves and others.
We encourage this approach here at Samsara in both students and teachers alike. Our team are happy to answer any questions you have and talk you though which class would best suit you.
In Vinyasa Flow Yoga, movement and breath are synchronised to create a flowing practice. The asanas (postures) are linked together in a way that makes sense physically, and creates a moving meditation, where the body becomes strong and flexible, while the mind becomes focused and calm. The pace of the flow can vary, as you are guided into and out of postures with fluidity and attention to alignment, with each teacher bringing their own unique expertise, experience and creativity to the classes.
Traditional poses and sequences are rethought to incorporate ‘juicy’ movements that feel good within the body. Postures are felt from within, transitions from one to the next being just as important as the poses themselves. Mindful Flow is about moving in a way that feels good, with time and space given to exploring suggestions and alternatives and to get creative on the mat. Prepare to really tune in to how your body feels through mindful movement, awareness and breath.
Beginners Yoga will allow you to explore your physical body and how its serves you in all manner of ways. Learn about your breath, engaging your core and different ways of moving your spine. You will be building up from simple to more challenge poses / asanas – forward bends, backbends, standing and seated poses, twists and balances which are set within a framework of breath and movement and vinyasa flow. We recommend you attend these classes before moving onto more challenging classes.
Yin yoga increases mobility and flexibility in the body and ultimately leads to deeper relaxation and a better yang practice. Life requires balance and so does yoga. If you are only doing the “yang” styles of yoga (the active muscular forms), it is time to discover the “yin” yoga that works on the deep tissues and energy systems of the body. Suitable for all levels, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to dynamic yang yoga practises that emphasize internal heat and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.
Take things up a notch with Power Flow, a more challenging vinyasa practise. Dynamic in nature, Power Flow incorporates strengthening exercises and more challenging postures to improve stamina, get the heart racing and sweat dripping. Strong and rewarding in equal measures, you’ll leave feeling energised, exhilarated and ready to take on whatever life throws at you off the mat. Each of our teachers brings their own unique expertise and experience to the class.
Yin & Yang
This is a class that balances the traditional asana based yoga practise with the newly developed Yin practice, done usually in the second half of the class. Yang is the masculine principle; active, outward and upward moving, aimed at developing muscular strength and stamina. Yin is the feminine principle; passive and
introspective. Yin yoga helps to release connective tissue, expanding flexibility and aiding healing while stimulating the nadis or meridians to loosen energetic blockages and increase energy flow.
Based on traditional principles of yoga, Himalayan Hatha is founded by Yogi Ashokananda. A strong, yet supportive form of yoga, working through the entire body, cleansing and revitalising through special sequencing with a combination of subtle body exercise. Yogi’s teaching style manages to instil a sense of discipline in the mind and body without stress. His expertise and caring attitude towards his students provides a supportive environment where you can develop your practice at your own pace.
Unravel and unwind from your week with a gently flowing vinyasa yoga class in soft glowing candlelight. Delicious flow sequences are designed to release, open up, twist out and create space in your body, connecting you back to your breath with each movement. This is the ultimate way to unwind and get ready for your weekend.
Mandala Yoga is a creative vinyasa practice which explores movement around and beyond the mat. As we change our view and perspective it challenges and nourishes us both physically and mentally. We flow through backbends, forward folds, balances, standing and seated asanas and explore the elements of air, Earth, fire and water.
Open to all levels but be willing to move around the yoga mat.
Restorative Yoga, the antidote to stress, allows us to tip the balance in favour of the parasympathetic 'quieting system'. With this, ever deepening states of relaxation ensue. Mild, gentle and prolonged stretching is supported with the appropriate use of props. The spine is moved in all different directions to unlock tension in the spine with a deep connection to breath, gravity and mental concentration.
An inclusive class for those who want to explore more subtle movement modalities or those experiencing fatigue. Each class will vary, but will entail somatic movements, classical yoga postures with biomechanical awareness, classical or contemporary yin postures, restorative yoga, mindfulness and pranayama. A wonderful opportunity to explore movement, but yet be gentle with ourselves, developing our posture, breath and mindful attention.