Which Class Is Right For Me?

We offer many different styles and classes at Semperviva Yoga. If you’re a new Semperviva  student, it can seem overwhelming to decide not only which style is best for you, but also which teachers you vibe with the most.  Here’s a quick snapshot of our key classes and what to expect from each style.

Remember:

No-one should feel intimidated to join any class. Unless specified, our classes are open to all levels of experience. Work at your own pace. No matter what level you are at, modifications are always given for more challenging postures, and we encourage you to slow down and rest any time you need to.

In the beginning we recommend taking our new student pass that allows you unlimited access to classes at all Semperviva locations. Try different teachers, styles and locations and find out what resonates best with you.
All our teachers are highly trained and experienced. The love what they do and are there to help. So feel free to talk to them, as well as our Yoga advisors at the front desk.

Our 4 studios are really close to each other – think of them as different studios in large building, they’re all an easy walk from each other and this allows you to experience a range of different yoga experiences without limiting yourself to one studio.

Hatha Yoga

What:

The word “hatha” can be translates in two ways – the yoga of action (force) and the the yoga of balance: sun (ha) and “moon” (tha). Hatha yoga is the classical form of yoga postures and breathing The practice incorporates the same sequences as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Power Yoga, but in a slower flow. Eddie Modestini refers to Hatha Yoga via the symbol of a ladder and each sequence as a step. Students should not rush through the steps but to enjoy the beauty of a basic pose. Even though Hatha is a slower flow it is by no means easy. This is a full body workout for all levels that can be as challenging as you need it to be

Why:

–  Uplifts the mind and body
–  Improves muscle tone, flexibility and focus
–  Aligns, balances and calms
–  Helps with cleansing and stress relief
–  Relieves tightness in your body from sports and office work
–  The physical postures and deep breath work prepare your body for a state of deep relaxation and meditation
–  You will leave feeling refreshed and renewed

Vinyasa Yoga

What:

The term “Vinyasa” is a Sanskrit word used to define the sequence in the sun salutation series of… chaturanga, up dog, down dog, all linked to breath. This sequence builds upper body strength and heat in the body, while stretching the legs and relaxing the spine. Heat is created in Vinyasa Power Flow classes (Power Yoga) through challenging work. (As opposed by not to heat created via room temperature controls as in a Bikram or Hot yoga class). Smooth flows using the breath as a guide, create a dance-like practise.

Why:

– Vinyasa yoga gets us moving
– Builds lean muscle to create definition (think Madonna arms)
– Detoxes and re-energizes our bodies.
– Focuses and relaxes a racing mind
– Releases any blockage of energy flow throughout our bodies
– Improves creativity and fluid thinking through a wide variety of poses

Yin Yoga

What:

As our internationally acclaimed Master Yin Yoga Teacher and best selling author, Bernie Clark says: ”Life requires balance, For every down there is an up, for every outside there is an inside.” Our Yin Yoga classes are a perfect complement to a more yang or more active style of yoga such as Vinyasa Power Flow (Power Yoga) or Ashtanga. Yin Yoga involves a deep practice of floor postures that are held from three to five minutes at a time. There are only about thirty six postures Yin Yoga, therefore in a full Semperviva Yin class you can expect to do an average of thirteen poses.

Why:

– Greater range of motion
– Healing flow of energy
– Calmer hearts and minds
– Anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic effect
– Could aid in pain management
– Regulates energy in the body
– Improves stamina
– Enhances flexibility in joints & connective tissue
– Release of fascia throughout the body
– May assist with TMJ and migraines

Kundalini Yoga

What:

Kundalini classes at Semperviva are a dynamic, powerful, fast-paced and effective form of yoga that create visible changes in body and mind in a matter of days, regardless of your age and fitness level.
At Semperviva, we teach Kundalini Yoga classes both in the traditional style as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and in our own personal style with internationally acclaimed Master Yoga Teacher, Gloria Latham.

Why:

-Increased flexibility
– Expanded lung capacity
– A strong core
– Alleviates stress
– Strengthens and balances the nervous system
– Improves intuition and inner guidance
– Increases positivity and aids in combatting depression
– Induces deep relaxation
– Balances the glands
– Purifies the blood, and cleans out subconscious thought patterns
– Aids emotional balance
– Increases willpower and physical and mental stamina

Restorative Yoga

What:

Restorative Yoga balances todays fast paced lifestyle and helps to capacity to distress the mind and body on a deep level. Restorative Yoga can be done even if you are ill or recovering from an injury. It incorporates props and there is no muscular contraction involved. The result is to create openness and softness in parts of the body that are tight or hardened. During a restorative Yoga sequence, you will stretch, by relaxing fully in the stretch so that tension can slowly be released.

Why:

– Enhances flexibility
– Deeply relaxes
– Quiets the mind
– Improves capacity for healing and balancing
– Balances the nervous system
– Boosts the immune system
– Reconnects us to compassion for ourselves and others
– Uplifts
– Re-energises

Yoga Fundamentals

We run a Yoga Fundamentals class exclusively for new students and students starting back to yoga after an extended period. You will learn the fundamentals of yoga postures and breathing techniques, as well as gain insight into the principles of yoga philosophy. This is the place to cultivate inner body awareness to guide your practice. The supportive environment of this class will provide you with the necessary foundation to develop a safe and rewarding yoga practice.

For more information visit our schedule or class style info.

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