What classes are suitable for Beginners?
All the classes are suitable for beginners other than the Ashtanga class on a Thursday at 6pm which requires a wee bit of knowledge of what the sequence of postures is.
Do you run classes for ante-natal or pregnancy?
Sorry, no, we don’t current run any specific ante-natal/pregnancy yoga classes. Please take a look at the following web site. It has specific information about one of our CYS students, Scott, who runs a class specific for pregnancy.
What’s the difference between Hatha, Flow and Ashtanga Yoga?
Hatha yoga is the building block for mostly all other forms of yoga so covers all the rudimentary basics of each posture, or asana as they’re called. A breakdown of each asana is given with alternatives for those who may find a particular variation a challenge. Each position may be held for a few minutes as the teacher explains aspects within the posture to look for, alignment, foot and hand positioning, and so on. Students often continue with the same postures from week to week working into deeper and more challenging variations as the classes progress.
Yoga flow takes this one stage further and combines each asana into a rythmic sequence or ‘flow’ of positions one after the other, often concentrating on a sequence of postures which are in balance with the particular season we’re in. This type of class is often referred to as ‘season flow yoga’. Typically the flow is different from week to week especially as the seasons change though the teacher will often work on a core sequence in the middle of the class. Alternatives for each posture are readily available. Please note that this is by no means a ‘dance’ class so is suitable for all types.
Ashtanga Vinyasa is a specific systematic sequence of asanas taught in succession in what’s called a ‘led class’ where the teacher counts you through your breathing cycle as you go into and come out of each posture. The sequence starts with sun salutations (a warm up if you like), followed by standing, seated, and twisting asanas. Each asana is repeated on each side where appropriate and is generally held for 5 breaths. This can generate a lot of heat so be prepared to sweat a bit! The class always finishes with a sequence of shoulder stands and head stands. Don’t be put off by this, as there are always a few of the Chi Yoga Centre teacher trainees on hand to help you out. The same sequence is taught each week though depending on class make up and energy levels the teacher may choose to introduce or omit some of the more challenging postures. The 7.30pm beginners class will introduce you to each posture and the sequence in a less formal environment where the teacher has more time to go over the aspects of each posture. This class generally isn’t counted though this may be introduced depending on the practice level of the students and where they are in their practice.
A Mysore class is where all the students practice at their own pace with little or no verbal instruction from the teacher, though they are often guided by the teacher with suitable adjustments and corrections to postures as required. This class style may also included a precursory Led Primary class (see above) which is formally ‘counted’ by the teacher. This is the traditional method of practicing Ashtanga
For more information on Ashtanga please visit www.ayri.org.
Can I just turn up at class and what do I need to bring?
You can drop in for all other classes. See the teacher when you first turn up. Please turn up with loose clothing and a mat if you have one though there are a few available for general use. We have separate toilets and changing rooms.
What information do you have about the Ninjitsu classes?
The Ninjitsu classes are private hires of the Chi Yoga Centre and as such we don’t have any information on their classes
Please contact the Ninjitsu teacher directly by turning up at the start of one of their sessions (Wednesday 8pm or Sunday 8pm)