What is Yoga?

Derived from the Sanskrit word Yuj, Yoga means union or yolk of the individual consciousness or soul, Yoga is said to have been around for some 2500 year. Though many of us in Western Society think of Yoga only as a physical exercise the Asana or Poses, the science of Yoga actually imbibes the complete essence of the Way of Life.

The definition of Asana, which is mainly the side of Yoga practiced in the western world, is found in the ancient readings of the Yoga Sutra: Sthira Sukham Asanam, which is Sanskrit for the posture should be steady and comfortable. Another translation is to abide in the good space.

The benefits of a regular Yoga practice are many and very well documented; through the physical practice of Yoga the body becomes healthy, strong, flexible and vibrant. Emotionally and mentally we begin to feel a sense of calm and clarity no matter what age.

Yoga for All

One of the beauties of the physical practice of yoga is that the Asana (poses) support and sustains you no matter how old or young, or fit or frail. The more you practice, your understanding of Asana becomes more sophisticated. You move from working on the external alignment and mechanics of the pose to refining the inner actions to finally just being in the Asana.

Yoga is a practice of transforming and benefitting every aspect of life, not just the 60 minutes spent on the mat. If we can learn to be kind, truthful and use our energy in a worthwhile way, we will not only benefit ourselves with our practice, but everything and everyone around us too.

West Coast Yoga Studio is an inclusive studio that believes Yoga is for everyone! Whatever your size, shape, age, flexibility or fitness level you are all welcome to our Studio.

Classes We Offer

At West Coast Yoga we offer a variety of classes to suit your physical and emotional needs. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned Yogi or an absolute Beginner we have a class to suit where you are at.

Beginners

Our Beginners’ Course is based on the Hatha style of Yoga and are the ideal way to get into Yoga. The Instructor will take you through the basics of yoga terminology, poses, alignment and breathing cues. Giving you more confidence to step into a “Main stream” class.

WCY hold 4 week Beginners Courses throughout the year, please visit our events tab or contact the studio for more information

BEST SUITED TO:
Newbies to Yoga or those who need a bit of a refresher.

Hatha

Hatha Yoga (Ha = Sun + Tha = Moon) combines the Yin + Yang elements of Yoga balancing out all sides and aspects of the body. Hatha Yoga traditionally holds poses for longer than a Flow class, which allows the student to feel deeply into what is taking place within the body. Students can feel the parts of the body which are activating and those that perhaps need a little more activation, empowering the student to find their own balance. Hatha Yoga gives the body all over tone, strength and connection with breath, bringing the student back to a feeling of being whole.

BEST SUITED TO:
Hatha Yoga offers something for everyone student, whether experienced or new as there is more time to move from one pose to another in a mindful and safe manner.


Kids Yoga

West Coast Yoga run Kids Yoga through out the school term and is targeted towards children aged 8 to 12 years. Yoga helps kids achieve a sound mind in a sound body by exercising the physical body and calming the mental spirit. Yoga is something children can practice anywhere and that the breathing, the concentration, the poses, and the way kids learn to act or react to situations, will lead to constant self-discovery and inquisitiveness. For more information on term dates, please check our timetable, Kids Yoga runs over an 8 week period.

Yin + Meditation

We’ve added the element of Meditation to our Yin classes to give students the benefit of being in stillness, unwinding thoughts, unwinding the doing and tapping in deep. We start class with the deeply penetrating and release of the long held Yin poses. Traditionally held between 3 + 5 minutes, Yin Yoga works into the deep connective tissue and fascia of the body. Connective Tissue and Fascia stretches more effectively when we come to stillness: we relax the muscles, relax the mind and come to the breath. Yin Yoga is a very mindful style of Yoga so when you’ve finished class you will feel more connected, calm and at ease. Busy people, with busy minds may find Yin Challenging, but in a good way. We all need to plug back in and sit with ourselves to find that connection that we often loose in our busy lives.

BEST SUITED TO:
Students who need a good deep stretch or anyone who’s feeling a little stuck, physically, mentally or emotionally. Also great for athletes who want to perform at their best.

Over 55's

This class is designed for students that are feeling the effects of an ageing body and wish to keep moving in a supportive, strengthening and mindful way. Yoga is wonderful for the brains ability to adapt to change (neuroplasticity) in that it makes us think about moving our bodies in new and different ways, so we have to adapt. As we age there is a tendency to shy away from new things so the brains potential to grow and make new neural pathways diminishes; Yoga is a great way to keep the brain stimulated as well as the body. We also loose our ability to balance and this too is where Yoga can keep the body and mind in good health. Yoga also has the ability to enhance concentration and focus which helps keep the mind sharp. You will also feel more confident from regular practice as your body and mind become stronger. Over 55s is also a great class for anyone who may be recovering from an injury or illness and are looking for a more gentle practice until they get back on their feet.

BEST SUITED TO:
Students with an ageing body who are looking for a gentle practice which stimulates the brain as well as the body. Also great for students recuperating from injury or illness..

Pilates

Pilates has a focus on the core, which can basically be thought of as the ‘powerhouse’ of your body. Because of this focus, Pilates is popular not only in the field of fitness, but also in rehabilitation. It can be used to progress individuals through movements that represent their day-to-day activities. The focus on strengthening the core and improving postural awareness are especially well indicated for the alleviation and prevention of back, neck and joint pain.

BEST SUITED TO:
Anyone interested in core stability and rehabilitation.

Yin + Yang

WCY’s Yin + Yang class combines the best of both worlds with a 60 minute class that combines the strength, balance and tone of an active Yang style class, with the long deeply held poses of Yin. The first half of this class maybe a strong Hatha or a more fluid Flow style of class, either way you will experience a strong all over dynamic sequence. Part 2 of the class is the more languid and luscious holds of Yin style Yoga. Traditionally Yin Yoga focuses on the lower (yin) part of the body targeting connective tissues and fascia in long hold between 3 + 5 minutes, which leaves you feeling open, calm and relaxed. We end the class with a breath centred meditation, so you’ll feel like floating out of class, having worked every aspect of the self: Mind, Body + Soul.

BEST SUITED TO:
Anyone who wants an active practice, followed by deep relaxation

Teens

The teen years are a pivotal time of development where the benefits of Yoga can be particularly effective in empowering and supporting teenagers to manage the growing challenges and pressures of everyday life on a mental, physical and emotional level. Yoga can be invaluable in supporting adolescents as they experience immense changes in the body’s physiology and biochemistry, as well as dealing with the impacts on mood, self-identity and how they relate to world. Yoga can enhance confidence, self-esteem and promote a much-needed sense of inner calm and clarity, while reducing symptoms of anxiety, mild depression and emotional imbalances. The physical practice of Yoga also provides countless health benefits and is an ideal addition to sports training that supports flexibility as well as strength building. Teens Yoga is designed for students aged between 13 & 16 years of age and runs over an 8-week period during the school term. For more information on term dates, please check our timetable or call the studio.

Flow

At WCY we leave it up to our experienced Instructors as to what style of Flow class they will bring. Depending upon the instructor, students may experience a very strong and dynamic style of flow or perhaps a more fluid, rhythmic flowing class. Either way with our talented teachers you are bound to find a teacher and style of flow that suits your practice. Each class will give that feeling of completeness you can experience from an all round great class, setting you up for whatever the day may bring to you.

BEST SUITED TO:
Intermediate or more experienced Students who want to flow and move in a more dynamic and active style of Yoga

Yin

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style in which poses are held for five minutes or longer. Even though it is passive, Yin yoga can be quite challenging due to the long holds, particularly if your body is not used to it. The purpose is to apply moderate stress to the connective tissue – the tendons, fascia and ligaments – with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.

WCY Offer 3 variations of Yin Class. Yin + Meditation, Yin + Restore which uses props and has its focus on calming postures. Yin + Release which combines traditional Yin with Connective Tissue release techniques.

BEST SUITED TO: All levels including athletes, this style of yoga is great for getting in deep with those muscles and fascia. As we get older our body starts to “seize up” and Yin is a great way to work through this.

Yin + Release

Using the traditional principals and methods of Yin Yoga, this class also brings techniques of trigger point and targeted fascia and connective tissue release with the aid of Balls and Rollers. The Release methods help to deeply release built up tension and the Yin allows the body to go into at deeper state of letting go. Breath is very important in this style of class and students will be guided through breathing techniques that allow them to be happy in stillness, move through the discomfort (Duhka) and into the sweetness (Suhka) of the pose. You wont ever want to leave this class.


BEST SUITED TO: Students with deeply held stress and tension, bought on my repetitive movement and the general stressors of life. This class is also great for anyone who is looking for more mobility.

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