This is a gentle soothing and nurturing practice. Emphasis is on building awareness of the breath and the body. Recommended for students looking for a restorative experience, especially those newer to yoga, are pregnant, postnatal, have chronic pain or injuries. A class which incorporates props, meditation, restorative or yin practices, and gentle fluid asana.
Designed for anyone who wants to slow their flow and tap into the foundations of a creative and accessible yoga practice. Asanas are practiced at a slower pace with attention to alignment and the subtleties of practice. This is a great class for new yogis to get their footing in a safe and welcoming environment, and for seasoned practitioners to explore a more rooted flow.
A flowing practice linking breath with movement. The practice guides you towards building internal heat, cultivated through attention to breath and a faster pace. Linking postures through seamless transitions, this class gives us an opportunity to explore, be curious and challenge ourselves.
Our Yin Yang Yoga classes combine the slow-paced Yin Yoga postures, that are held for longer periods of time, with an invigorating full-body flow sequence that moves with your breath at a moderate, but intuitive pace.
RESTORE & NIDRA
This class is a practice of intentional rest, through the combined practices of restorative yoga and yoga nidra. Restorative postures gently guide us to a state of comfort and relaxation, preparing for guided meditation and a deeply restful technique called Yoga Nidra, that allows the us to exist in a state of consciousness that is in-between sleep and being fully awake. This is a practice
which allows our systems to rest and replenish
MyoYin combines the use of myo-fascial release(MFR) techniques and Yin Yoga asanas. Myofascial Release is a technique that involves applying gently sustained pressure on connective tissue restrictions in order to restore motion, reduce tension and create more freedom in the body. Suitable for all bodies and all experiences.
Yin yoga is a quiet and simple practice, but not necessarily an easy practice. Yin yoga works deeply into our body. It targets our deepest tissues of the body, our connective tissues — ligaments, joints, bones, and the deep fascia networks of the body — rather than the muscles. Energetically, Yin yoga improves the energy flow, enhancing the flow of chi in the organs. A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. Expect a practice in stillness, one that calms both body and mind.
HATHA YOGA & MEDITATION
Hatha can translate to “ha” the sun and “tha” the moon. Two opposing energies merging into one, a practice balanced in strength and softness, leaving you feeling in balance. Expect a nourishing slower paced practice. The poses are held for multiple deep breaths, and the teacher gives detailed alignment cues giving you and your body the opportunity to truly get to know each pose. Guided Meditation is the second part of this class, so this is ideal for those wanting to establish a ‘loving kindness’ practice
*Please note Hatha Yoga is a generic term that actually refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Most posture based classes such as Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin and Vinyasa are Hatha Yoga. However in the west a Hatha class, generally refers to a slower approach and more traditional yoga postures.
MYSORE DROP IN
A Mysore class is the traditional method of learning Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. You can expect to be carefully guided through the series step by step and at your own pace. A pace measured by the rhythm of your breath. By learning to practice on our own in this way, we cultivate a regular form of ritual to nourish and observe as it grows. The Mysore room is open daily for all levels to embrace being students together in a clear, safe and encouraging space. No prior knowledge is needed, and the sequence does not need to be memorised before you start. If you are curious about the tradition and considering taking up a regular practice, the Ashtanga Foundations Course is recommended before attending.
During this class the teacher guides you through the postures of the Half Primary series, of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Method. The whole class moves and breaths together, it is a powerfully dynamic and focused class. These led classes are a fantastic class to focus the mind, connect with the breath, feel the rhythm of the practice and to learn the Vinyasa count. Led classes are an important compliment to your Mysore practice. A fast-paced class for students with yoga experience. Ashtanga Foundations Course is recommended before attending.
A class that will take you on a voyage through the myths behind the yoga poses in a class that combines vinyasa practice, storytelling, philosophy, mudra, and mantra.
Look closely enough and you will find breathwork is woven into every ancient teaching throughout history. These ancient teachings knew the importance of harnessing Prana, the life force energy circulating through us, cultivating and harmonising this energy through breathing patterns and techniques. Breathwork classes at Open House Yoga are based around various breathwork patterns designed to mobilise the diaphragm, creating expansion and elongation of the breath cycle and freeing the respiratory system channels. When the breath is used in this way, it helps to increase supply of oxygen through the body, increasing inner vitality and peace. Through breathwork there is a bypassing of the mental chatter within the mind to create space for clarity and wisdom and an ushering of the nervous system to a place of balance, favouring a parasympathetic response.