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

Beginners’ classes are 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

Is a relatively gentle, slow style of Yoga and great for beginners or students who prefer a more relaxed style where they hold poses longer and no tricky transitions.

BEST SUITED TO:
Beginners or those wanting a more gentle style of Yoga. That’s not to say that Hatha isn’t challenging, in fact it’s quite the opposite however it’s at a pace that you can decide how deep you want to go.

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.

Meditation

Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind. Meditation can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.

WCY offer Community Meditation Classes on the last Friday of each month. Entry for these classes is a Gold Coin Donation that goes to help causes close to WCY’s heart. Visit our Timetable table to reserve your place.

Over 55's

A gentle age appropriate Hatha style class, which will help keep the body active, supple and strong. Yoga 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.

BEST SUITED TO:
Students who need some gentle exercise and stretching in order to help sustain the body and mind.

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.

Restorative

Restorative is a gentle, relaxing, passive style that allows students to relax and release the body into a gentle stretch that is held for as long as 10 minutes. This style makes use of a wide range of props, including bolsters, blocks, straps and blankets. The intention is to provide support within each pose, making it easier to completely leg go.

BEST SUITED TO:
All levels, Restorative is the best way to wind down for anyone with a busy life. Come in and turn that brain off, let go and totally relax

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.

Vinyasa

Vinyasa essentially means movement synchronized with breath and is a vigorous style based on a rapid flow through sun salutations. You may also see a Vinyasa class referred to as a flow class, which refers to the continuous flow from one posture to the next.

BEST SUITED TO:
Intermediate or more experienced practitioners and those who’d like a more vigorous practice, Vinyasa is a great way to tune into to what the instructor is asking you to do and switching of that “every day brain” it is often referred to as moving meditation.

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.

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.

Slow Flow

At WCY our Slow Flow class offers the student a gentle but dynamic style of Yoga without the tricky transitions of Vinyasa, with a little more flow and movement than a Hatha Class. The Traditional Asana (Poses) of Yoga are explored at a pace that is well suited to people who are new to Yoga or simply want a gentler form of class. Slow Flow is easy to follow and at the end the student will come out feeling fully restored and revitalised, whilst gaining all of the benefits Yoga has to offer.

BEST SUITED TO:
Those new to Yoga or that haven’t practised for sometime and need to get back into it. Slow Flow is also wonderful for those needing a slower more mindful practice or perhaps those recovering from injury.

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