Types of Yoga
The Balance Rooms Yoga and Wellness Centre offers a variety of different styles of yoga so there is a class for each and every person of all ages and abilities. These types are:
Vinyasa: Vinyasa yoga, also known as flow yoga or dynamic yoga, focuses on connecting the breath to the movement, with emphasis on movement series like The Sun Salutation and the Warrior Series. A vinyasa class will leave you feeling energised and connected to your body and your breath, and we offer a "Gentle Vinyasa Flow" class for those who love the feeling of flowing through the asanas, but would like to do so at a gentler pace.
Power: Power flow yoga is a form of vinyasa yoga and it is quite a fast paced form of yoga, with emphasis on movement series like The Sun Salutation and the Warrior Series. A power flow class will leave you feeling energised and connected to your body and your breath, and you will know that you have had a workout!
Hatha: Hatha yoga is probably the most commonly recognised form of yoga where the class consists of a series of asanas or poses that are held for varying lengths of time. This can range from a gentle class to a more dynamic class depending on whether it is a beginner’s class or a more intermediate class. Hatha yoga will improve your balance and also your connection and awareness of the space in which your body resides.
Yin: Yin yoga is a calm and slow form of yoga that focuses on the holding of poses for 3-5 minutes to achieve an extremely deep stretch of not just the muscles but also of the connective tissues. A typical yin yoga class won’t cycle through as many poses as a typical hatha or vinyasa class, but will focus on going deep within each pose, and the use of the breath to stay in the poses is an important part of these classes. You will leave this class feeling deeply relaxed and much more limber!
Yin Yang Yoga: Do you fancy a workout but also some chill time?!? Then yin yang yoga is for you! 30 minutes of dynamic flow yoga designed to get your heart rate elevated and your muscles warm, followed by 30 minutes of deep stretching yin yoga. Leave feeling both refreshed and relaxed, knowing that you have worked out but also that you have stretched!
Pre and Post Natal: As those of us who are mothers know, pregnancy and birthing alter the alignment of a woman’s body significantly. Our pre and post natal yoga classes will focus on engaging the pelvic floor and also on the abdominal muscles in post natal yoga specifically. We will have many modifications for poses and will ensure that you get the calmness and relaxation that you need.
Parent and Tot: Many parents with young children have very little free time for things like exercise, so we have developed an easy flowing class where parents and their young children (birth to 4 years old) can enjoy a yoga class together. Babies can be laid in their chairs near their parents and toddlers can get in on the action and learn some asanas themselves. The focus will be on movement and breath and having some fun with yoga. It won’t be as structured as our regular classes but both parents and children will be able to walk away from the class having connected with their bodies and having learned some yoga poses.
Children's Yoga: We all know how important it is to start good habits when we are young, and yoga has been shown to be extremely useful for school aged children. Our children's yoga class will be open to 6-11 year-olds, and parents are more than welcome to stay and sit on the sidelines. Physically, it will help your little one become stronger and more flexible, and mentally it will give them a sense of calm and a way of coping with stress. Unfortunate as it might be, stress in primary school students is on the rise, and yoga can give them an outlet for this stress. Children's classes are very reasonably priced at £5 per class.
Teen Yoga: Our teen yoga classes will be open to students 13-18 years-old and will give teens a safe space to come and express themselves. Yoga can greatly increase self esteem and calmness in teenagers, and it is currently being rolled out as part of the curriculum in many places across the country for this very reason. It is great for secondary school athletes, as yoga is a complementary sport that both stretches and strengthens. It can also help with exam stress. Teen classes are very reasonably priced at £6 per class.
Lunchtime classes: The lunchtime classes are slightly shorter 45 minute classes, to enable those in office jobs to have a workout and still have time to get back to their desks! They will both be hatha/vinyasa flow in style and will ensure that you've had a workout in the middle of your work day!
Restorative Yoga: This class is the most relaxing practice, using blankets, bolsters and blocks to support you in a few different postures for long periods of time. It ends with a guided mindfulness meditation and will leave you feeling supremely blissed out and ready for a good night's sleep!