At Twisting Fish, we offer a variety of Yoga disciplines to suit your requirements.
Inspired by Ashtanga Yoga, this is a slower form of flowing yoga concentrating on physical alignment and awareness of breath. Recommended for those wishing to deepen their understanding of a yoga practise, while still maintaining a flowing element.
Complimentary to more dynamic (yang) yoga practices, Yin Yoga allows us to ‘soften’ and let go, releasing tension from the more hidden aspects of the body. By focusing on the connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) we create space in the joints - particularly the hips, sacrum and lower back - and cultivate freedom throughout the entire body. A quiet & still practice, Yin Yoga is always moving us towards meditation – introducing the delicious opportunity for quietness in what has become, for most, a busy and often stressful lifestyle. It brings Yin to our Yang.
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, Yin Yoga assists us in identifying imbalances in the body, guiding us to practice in specific ways to open up the meridians (energy pathways), increasing the flow of ‘chi’ and bringing harmony to the organs. TCM sees the body as an entire ‘ecosystem’ with nothing working in isolation, and influenced greatly by the environment around us. Through a regular Yin Yoga practice, we become more attuned to our inner and outer environments, the cycles of nature, and how we can create greater balance and improve our overall wellbeing.
Yoga was traditionally a practise of something we do with the mind/consciousness and subtle energy focus ( Prana/Chakras ), to prepare and awaken the practitioner to the subtle energy realm of existence. The subtle realm is invisible to the externalised senses and the day to day mind that is absorbed in the external world. Although the body has always been honoured and used in yoga, it is traditionally only a point of departure. In recent times yoga has been modernised and more physically oriented to something we do mainly with the body, without paying much attention to the other practises, that actually open the mind towards the state of yoga. Kriya yoga is an ancient traditional yoga that brings total relaxation and rejuvenation to the mind and body. This helps to facilitate the expansion of awareness, to access higher states of consciousness, subtle body energy awareness, creating increased wellbeing and joy. Kriya yoga is a practise to awakening human nature to its highest potential. For an in depth description of Kriya yoga please visit my teachers website www.babajiskriyayoga.net
Relax, renew and restore the mind, body and soul. A therapeutic practice where ‘active relaxation’ occurs. The body is supported with props so you can practice without strain. By holding and relaxing into the 'restful' postures for longer, we can release emotional and physical tension from the body. When we are constantly pushing our physical and mental limits, we over stimulate our sympathetic nervous system which brings stress and tension to our body resulting in potential health problems. This practice calms the nervous system by stimulating the Parasympathetic Nervous System which produces a 'relaxation response' in the body. It teaches us to slow down, surrender and connect with stillness again. Restorative yoga can help bring equilibrium back to the mind, body and soul by balancing the Prana (masculine energy) and Apana (feminine energy) within the body. The class includes stretches to help open those tight areas of the body. Suitable for all.
Yoga for Seniors
Yoga is suitable for people of all ages but can be especially helpful for seniors.
Gentle movement and stretching through yoga poses can reduce swelling in joints while increasing joint mobility and improved balance which helps in reducing falls. Seniors yoga improves cardiovascular health, aids digestion and elimination, improves sleep and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. It has also been shown to speed the recovery from surgery and to aid when faced with the challenges of later life such as the grieving.
It is also lots of fun!
Yoga Nidra is an ancient yogic meditation technique from the Tantric yoga path of meditative inquiry which leads to Yoga Nidra is inner inner freedom. It was reintroduced by Parmahansa Satyananda Saraswati, founder of the Bihar School of Yoga. This practice is part of the Raja path of yoga which includes the Eight Limbs of Yoga as classified by Patanjali. It encourages pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) and dharana (concentration). It works on the physical, energetic, emotional, and cognitive layers of the body to take you to a place of deep relaxation where you can recharge, rejuvenate and awaken higher consciousness. Suitable for all however, a basic understanding of yoga postures is recommended.
Children and Teen Yoga
Classes for children and teens are offered during school terms and usually run in 6 week blocks. If you would like to create your own class with a group of children, pre-organised bookings are available from ages 3 to teens. School holiday workshop programs are offered. They combine yoga with meditation and art and run for 2 ½ hours.
All classes for children combine yoga postures and meditation. A more playful approach is practiced with the younger ages, incorporating stories, songs, games and partner poses.
For more information and start dates of classes and workshops please contact us.
One on One Yoga
Private yoga tuition at Twisting Fish studio, your home, or office.
For more information about private yoga tuition, please contact us.
Group instruction within the workplace.
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