Open Classes are suitable for those who are physically fit or have some previous experience with yoga. They are a general class with a variety of postures – no two classes are the same.
Ashram Yoga teaches traditional yoga. Our Open Class comprise a mixture of asana postures (both flowing & held), with pranayama (breathing) and relaxation to finish, providing an integrative experience of yoga.
We recommend that absolute beginners start with our Beginner Class.
Asanas (Yoga Postures)
Yoga postures release a lot of tension and tightness in the physical body and release energetic blockages. This is why we can feel so great after doing postures. Additionally, they are very strengthening and are hugely positive for all body systems, i.e. circulatory, endocrine, musculatory, immune, digestive, etc.
Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)
We teach simple through to extended breathing and pranayama techniques which:
- purify lungs and increase lung vital capacity
- balance brain functioning, calm the mind and emotions
- enhance brain neurotransmitters and help to balance dopamine and serotonin.
- create transition from beta to alpha brain wave patterns which leads to internalizing the awareness for relaxation or meditation practices.
- harmonise and energise your pranic (energy) body
Yoga Nidra (Guided Relaxation)
Yoga Nidra is a yogic deep relaxation technique. At the end of classes we often use a shortened format of this technique (10 – 15 mins). Yoga Nidra systematically induces complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.
Beginners are often surprised at how effortlessly they can settle down with Yoga Nidra. People frequently say that they never knew that it was so easy to relax. This is because Yoga Nidra is specifically designed to settle the restless mind. Basic skills like this are essential in the modern world – they are a great antidote to anxiety and insomnia.
Like Yoga Nidra, a meditation technique is often used to finish the class. These are simple concentration techniques to help focus the mind and delve into our inner nature. Meditation trains the mind to become strong, aware and gain well needed REST! In our beginners classes we ensure that all practices are simple and easy – don’t worry about not being able to meditate – everyone can!