YOGA FOR ALL
In this class, you'll get an all-over, balanced yoga practice - a combination of warming the body slowly, focusing on pranayama (breathing exercises), and an asana practice inspired by Hatha Yoga. You will focus on stamina, co-ordination, health, happiness, and strengthening and stretching the whole body in this "perfect balance" class.
Each teacher encourages correct alignment and a slower pace in the class to focus on building strength safely. Some of the class will feature mat-based seated poses, letting the body unfold into stretches aided by blocks, straps, and blankets, to un-do any tension, aches, and pains, and reduce anxiety.
As awareness and acceptance of the issues of mental health, stress, and depression grow, more people are seeking out ways to combat these debilitating illnesses. Many have turned to yoga.
Yin Yoga is a wonderful way to calm the mind. Postures are held for longer (3 to 5 minutes) than in other forms of yoga, using the aid of blankets, blocks, bolsters, and straps. Yin helps to undo the aches and pains of everyday life, like sitting for long periods of time - whether that's at your desk at the office or whilst driving.
Yin Yoga has an incredible uplifting yet grounding effect on the human spirit. Holding the postures for longer creates a deep meditative state, as each active stretch unwinds the stress and tension in the body, leaving you loose, relaxed, and calm. It is a wonderful way to access a more mindful state of awareness.
Each class is planned so the whole body is stretched and postures are well thought out to create a balance across the whole being. Runners and cyclists especially claim that Yin is the perfect complimentary practice to their exercise routine.
SLOW AND RESTORE
A joining of the mind, breath, and body, Flow and restore is a gentle class, which is often a floor-based practice.
Postures are taken from Hatha yoga, a practice that originates from Northern India and has been practiced for over 5,000 years.
This class moves at a calm steady pace, where you will make time to work on the breath, the alignment of the body, and find your place in each posture, all helping to cultivate a healthy, flexible mind and body on and off the yoga mat.
Come, step out of the fast lane, soften and settle into this supportive practice. Create the time and space you deserve.
The wonderful benefit of Hatha Asana but with a flowing movement - opening all areas of the body, physical and astral, with an added playful element
Each Asana or posture is linked carefully with the breath, in a sequence which has been compared to dance. Vinyasa creates wonderful energy throughout the whole body, and is great for stamina, co-ordination, health and happiness.
At Echo Yoga we encourage correct alignment and a steady pace in our Vinyasa classes - you will work up a sweat but with a focus on moving with awareness to build strength and to calm the mind.
Your teacher's knowledge and understanding help breathe extra depth into your experience of each practice, especially when it comes to creating a flow sequence.
Restorative yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. We hold just a few postures in the course of an hour. It is a completely different experience to most contemporary yoga classes.
During the long holds of restorative yoga, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. It's a unique feeling because props, rather than your muscles, are used to support your body.
Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices (as well as our busy lives) and an excellent antidote to stress.
Stillness is a powerful practice.
Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and posture. It was created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s and incorporates elements of yoga, martial arts and Western forms of exercise.
Initially adopted by professional dancers in the US as an effective form of recovery after injury, pilates has steadily grown in popularity around the world.
MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS
Come in your comfiest clothes, prop yourself up with bolsters, pillows, and blankets, and be guided into a quiet state of mind.
You will be led through one or two meditation practices and/or breathing exercises (pranayama) to help calm the mind and tune into the present moment.
Mindfulness is especially good at switching off your "monkey mind". If you have a lot on your plate, or thoughts of your to-do list wake you up at 3 am, come and find a safe space in the studio to learn valuable techniques to help you de-stress and re-focus.
You will be led through a deeply restorative yoga Nidra practice: the body takes deep rest as the mind is guided through a body scan or calming visualisation.
Nidra is also a wonderful practice for anyone who is experiencing loss, trauma, extreme fatigue, and exhaustion. The practice heals on a deep level and can be profoundly effective.
YIN YANG YOGA
In this class, you'll get an all-over, balanced yoga practice.
A combination of warming the body slowly, through a flowing practice inspired by Hatha and Vinyasa. Followed by deep stretches, taken from Yin practice - it's the 'perfect balance' class.
In the first part of this class, we focus on stamina, co-ordination, health, and happiness. At Echo we encourage correct alignment and a slower pace in her flow to focus on strength and the breath. Then after heating the body through an uplifting flow, we let the body unfold into Yin postures: to un-do any tension, aches, and pains, and reduce anxiety.
A perfect class if you haven't got time in your busy week for Vinyasa and Yin - combining the two means you get the best of both worlds.
Be prepared to leave feeling super chilled out and ready to tackle anything the week might throw at you!
VINYASA SLOW FLOW
The wonderful benefit of Hatha Asana but with a flowing movement, rather than a high energy practice.
The postures are linked but with moments of stillness for a chance to settle into each posture and work on alignment of the pose to ensure a safe and grounded practice.
Each Asana or posture is linked carefully with the breath, in a sequence which has been compared to dance.
It creates wonderful energy throughout the whole body, this class is great for stamina, co-ordination, health, and happiness.
Each teacher encourages correct alignment and a slower pace in the Vinyasa classes - you will work up a sweat but with a focus on moving slower to really build strength and to calm the mind.