Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Practised regularly, Ashtanga can bring about real transformation. The method involves set sequences of postures (asanas). The teacher instructs the class and everyone works together in unison. The teacher will intermittently demonstrate the poses, give verbal instructions, sometimes offer physical hands-on assists and often suggest different modifications to suit students’ individual needs and abilities.
To help create and maintain a friendly, calm, respectful, safe, inclusive and comfortable space, please follow these general guidelines when attending a yoga class with GreystonesYoga
- Arrive at least 5 minutes before class to roll out your yoga mat
- Be neighbourly and make space for others if class gets busy
- Silence your phone/smartwatch and put it away together with your personal belongings
- Take off your shoes and socks when practicing (mostly for safety reasons)
- It is best not to eat a meal for at least 2-3 hours before the class
- Drink water before or after, but not during, your practice as there are many forward folds and some inversions during the practice
- Mind your personal hygiene: avoid strong perfumes and lotions – a shower before practice helps to increase flexibility, mental focus and also makes the experience for others practising around you more pleasant
- Let the teacher know about any injuries and/or if you prefer not to be physically assisted
- Follow the teacher’s instructions and sequencing when attending a group class
- If you must leave early and can’t stay for savasana, let the teacher know before the class starts
Yin Yoga is perfect to balance a fast paced Ashtanga practice as it is beautifully calming, slow, more meditative style of yoga practice that targets deeper connective tissues. In a Yin class, poses are usually held for 3-5 minutes at a time, allowing to turn our awareness inward and feel the different sensations in the body whilst staying focused on soft smooth breathing. Many Yin yoga poses are seated or reclined to allow muscles to release in order to focus on areas like the hips, sacrum, and spine.
It’s important to note that Yin yoga isn’t the same as restorative yoga, and can be quite intense physically but, as always, the teacher will offer alternative options to try.