Use our guide to help you select the correct level class for you.
TOTAL BEGINNERS COURSE
Discover yoga! In our 4 and 6 week programs, your teacher will guide you through the fundamentals of yoga. Build tone, strength, flexibility and a sense of calm. By the end of this course you will be ready to safely explore the different styles and classes offered at Yogaloft.
Ideal for those who have already attended our Total Beginners Course. This level is appropriate for those getting to grips with the key principles of yoga. Classes focus on the fundamental principles of postures and sequences. We recommend that new students attend level 1 classes for at least 6 months before trying other levels. Experienced practitioners also benefit by focusing on the basics.
Suitable for those who regularly practice yoga and who have been attending classes for at least 6 months. Classes will typically cover a wide range of postures including forward bends, back bends, twists, inversions and restorative poses. For Iyengar level 2 classes you should already have some experience of the Iyengar method at level 1.
These are challenging classes and typically include more advanced poses. Level 3 classes are suitable for experienced practitioners only.
Don’t know the difference between Iyengar and Vinyasa? Read on for a description of the classes we offer.
Developed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois (1915 – 2009), Ashtanga yoga is an athletic and dynamic practice. Poses are practised in six set increasingly challenging series’ that incorporate standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions, linked by the breath. Classes usuallly focus on the primary series and will detoxify yourbody and leave you feeling strong, calm and invigorated. Suitable for those who are physically fit and enjoy a demanding practice.
These energetic classes combine graceful movements with synchronised breathing, and focus on building strength, stamina and flexibility. Teachers select music to help you immerse yourself fully in your practice. Suitable for those who enjoy a challenging practice.
Flowmotion is a fusion of skill-based movement including yoga, basic gymnastics, dance and animal-inspired movements. It aims to develop practical movement skills, coordination, strength and flexibility with mixed sequences and movement around the room. Your hard work is rewarded with Savasana and a sense of accomplishment. No mats required.
Originating in India in the 15th century, Hatha yoga combines asana (physical postures), pranayama (control of the breath) and meditation to create balance of body and mind. Teachers bring their own influences to their classes to help you gain physical health and experience mental well-being. Suitable for all.
Hatha / Scaravelli
Hatha yoga develops greater flexibility, strength and vitality, enhancing clarity, focus and self awareness. Combined with the softness and grace of Scaravelli yoga, this style is Scaravelli-inspired, and encourages the weight of your body to release towards the earth, lengthening and awakening your spine, enabling the earth’s energy to move throughout your body freely. Classes are gentle but work is deep. Suitable for all including those with injuries.
B.K.S. Iyengar’s method of practising and teaching hatha yoga developed from a profound understanding of the subtleties of yoga asana. Concentrating on building strong alignment, Iyengar yoga ensures a strong, safe and progressive exploration of the asana (physical poses). Props such as belts, bricks, wall ropes and blankets are used to help students perform the correct actions as they develop their practice. Classes tend to be slower paced, but physically demanding, with a focus on alignment and the transformational potential of the asanas. Suitable for all, but particular attention to attending the appropriate level is recommended.
Jivamukti yoga is a method of hatha yoga created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984, which integrates the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of the practice. Classes typically include flowing asana (physical poses) sequences, breathing exercises, meditation, Sanskrit chanting, Yogic philosophical teachings and deep relaxation.
Kids yoga is great for confidence, balance, concentration, strength, flexibility, and of course fun!
Mummy & Baby yoga
The aim is to give you and your baby the space to explore movement and for you to start getting in touch again with yourselves physically and emotionally. The yoga practice focusses on realigning and strengthening your body and mind. A lot of what happens in each class will depend on your babies but whatever we cover, these classes will help you regain some peace and calm in your life.
Pre-natal classes are specifically structured to strengthen birthing muscles, reduce backache, and speed up post-birth recovery. Our pregnancy teachers are all mums themselves with extensive specialist training, and classes often include discussion of how your pregnancy is progressing, where the teacher will offer guidance, support and advice. Classes are fun and informative, offering guidance in preparation for the birthing process and they are also focused on building strength and confidence for both the pregnancy and labour. Breathing techniques and other techniques are used to inspire trust and confidence. This class is suitable for all levels and for women who have never practiced yoga before. This class is open to those who have completed 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Raja yoga is a class that delves into the philosophy of `Yoga’ by expanding and considering its principles. We start with a short meditation to relax and focus the attention. Through discussion of the practice of asanas, onwards to pranayama and meditation, and to the final step of Samadhi, Faustomaria expands the meaning of the journey of Self Realization.
Restorative yoga uses asana (physical poses) to help you restore your energy. Classes focus on asanas that relax and support your body and you’ll be taught how to use your breath to de-stress. Suitable for all, as restorative yoga is an important part of a regular practice. Particularly recommended if you need to recharge your batteries!
Scaravelli – inspired
The practice of Scaravelli-inspired yoga uses the earth’s energy to release the weight of the body towards gravity, which creates elongation along the spine and spaciousness throughout the body. As you learn to move with the natural flow of the breath and allow the body to be drawn downwards by the pull of gravity, it creates a wave-like movement in the spine and space and expansion within. It focuses on unfolding and unraveling the body without force and exploring what lies beneath the external body. It’s a meditative practice, it requires for the mind to be attentive and alert. As a practice, it’s deeply grounding, nurturing, primal and profoundly healing in working with areas of resistance, injury, tension and deep emotional blockages and trauma.
Vinyasa means ‘connecting breath with movement’. This dynamic practise combines flowing movements with synchronised breathing. Poses flow together like a dance in sequences created by the teacher which vary from class to class. You are likely to work up a sweat and these classes will bring an experience of harmony, strength and freedom. Suitable for those who like a fun and aerobic yoga practice.
A class to deeply relax the body and mind, and support and lift the spirit. It’s especially beneficial if experiencing short or long-term stress, fatigue or the days when you feel you need grounding. Each class offers a combination of Yin (long held stretches adapted to suit the individual’s body) and restorative poses (supported postures – using bolsters, blankets, bricks – for deep rest). Guided meditation and calming Pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) to quieten the mind are encompassed in each session. This is the ideal class for when you feel you want to do yoga, but don’t have the energy for it! Or on the flip side feel overly restless, anxious or stressed and need calming down.