With Your Time Yoga you will start the lesson quietly, sitting or lying down on the mat. Often we will start with breathing exercises. This gives you the chance to calm your mind and start to be conscious of your body. Then you start with movements and poses close to the floor. You gradually expand this to various other (standing) poses. You connect those poses with fluid movements. Then you dynamically build the movements, until the end, where you again sit or lie down on the mat in silence.
Every class has a theme. For example: shoulder openers, hip openers, or forward or back bends. Also a certain pose can be the theme of the class. In that case we slowly build towards that pose.
The movements in Vinyasa yoga are slow, but certainly not simple. They are really meant to make your body stronger and a lesson can feel pretty intense. Your heart rate goes up and you can start sweating. It is important that you keep breathing and that you are doing the poses at your own level. This way you train your body and you will feel the effect of the postures better. Because during the lesson you combine all movements with your breathing, you enter a certain rhythm: the Vinyasa flow.
During a class you also train yourself in the art of relaxing. We do this during a total cool down. By the poses in the cool down you bring your heart rate down again. Also your level of adrenalin will lower down. If you do these exercises more often, you will notice that you can also relax better at other times.
Vinyasa is a very creative form of yoga. Every lesson is different and attuned to the energy in the group. The biggest part of the lesson you will be moving. Next to this there are poses held for a longer time. Some poses and movements are repeated each lesson. The effect is that you will improve the poses and you will feel the effects of the poses deeper.
The purpose of the poses and movements is creating balance. Balance in your body and balance in your mind. For the balance in your body you will use counter poses after more intense poses. For you mind, Vinyasa is focussing on breath and finding stillness/calmness inside. Sitting or moving meditation can be part of the lesson.
Vinyasa is Sanskrit for flow or transition. Vinyasa is a yoga style, as well as a set of movements that are fluently connected to each other. So during a lesson Vinyasa Yoga it is possible to perform different Vinyasa’s.
We will start the lesson by a moment of meditation, to go inward and prepare ourselves for slowing down. Then we will move into the poses, taking time to build the poses carefully so we truly can be comfortable for a while. In the pose you will practice non-doing, observing all that is happening inside and letting your body sink deeper into the support. Until it is time to move to the next pose.
We will do a few poses and end with a longer Savasana, final relaxation. Sometimes we will end with a guided relaxation: Yoga Nidra.
Meditation is a very important part of Yoga. Being where we are without judgement, feeling our body, breath and noticing the eb and flow of our thoughts is the starting point of meditation. In Restorative Yoga we practice non-doing and silent attention to deeper parts of ourselves.
During a class you train yourself in the art of relaxing. We do this by staying longer in the poses in a fully supported way, with our eyes covered and in silence. Through this, our parasympathetic nervous system gets the message that it can slow down. If you do Restorative Yoga more often, you will notice that you can also relax better at other times.
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself? ~Lao Tzu.
Restorative Yoga is the yoga of non-doing. We take the time to build up poses in specific ways so we are able to do nothing for a longer time.
In a time where ‘doing’ is a big part of our life, we need to find space for cooling down and being still. The aim of Restorative Yoga is finding stillness and calmness inside.