Types of yoga

We have three new styles and classes bespoke to South Coast Yoga


Our unique yoga style system makes it easy for everyone to select a class each day based on your mood or energy. These styles are not to be confused with beginners, intermediate and advanced, but more about how you feel that day. We have also designed three new classes that embody our three styles, take a look below:

Base Style

Base Style: Covers the nourishing fundamentals of yoga for everyone to join in. Perfect for beginners and people new to yoga, but also suitable for an advanced practitioner who wants to take things slowly that day. This class is suitable for anyone who wants to move gently, breathe, relax and restore their energy.

Vital Style

Vital Style: Working on mental and physical maintenance for a strong yoga body and mind. This style uses breath and movement to explore balance, build strength and gain flexibility. You will challenge your body and mind, leaving you feeling balanced and refreshed. This style is a happy medium between our Base and Dynamic styles and suited for the more active person.

Dynamic Style

Dynamic Style: Challenging and empowering, building strength for a stronger, fitter body. This style is absorbing and powerful, but will bring enhanced awareness to the mind and body as well as encouraging balance and focus. Perfect for the advanced and energetic yogi.

Types of classes

Ashtanga Self Practise (mysore style) Yoga

These classes are the traditional method by which Ashtanga Yoga is taught in Mysore, India. The students work closely with their teacher, so that each student develops at their own pace.

By teaching in this way each student is practising at the right level for them not a ‘generalised’ class level and so it is like having one to one tuition within a class environment. Your teacher will guide you through each pose when you are ready and by doing this you gradually will learn a set sequence off by heart. Once learnt you will have a wonderful feeling of accomplishment, because you will have your own individual practice.

This style of yoga is all about developing a personal yoga practice that works for you, which you can then continue anywhere you have room to lay your mat down.

The format of the class always remains the same – Each practice begins with Surya Namaskar A and B (sun salutations) and ends with Padmasana (sitting) and rest.

In-between these are asanas (postures), starting gradually with Standing poses, Seated poses and a Closing sequence.

Once familiar with your practice most people try and practice 6 days a week, having one day off and also resting on full moon days. However, this is not mandatory and sometimes unrealistic when coping with every day modern life.

Ashtanga yoga is an inward practice, a moving meditation. It is a fantastic tool that will improve the health of your mind and body, once the sequence is learned you can keep forever.

Hot Flow yoga

Hot Flow yoga is held at a warm, comfortable 30 degree celsius, using infrared heat. This heat differs from radiant heat in that the heat warms the body (not the air) providing for a breathable, efficient and therapeutic work out. Infrared heat boasts a number of benefits including removing toxins, improved flexibility, easing muscle and joint stiffness, increasing circulation…the list goes on. During the class you will build heat internally using breath and movement, with a balance of building strength and gaining flexibility through a dynamic flowing sequence. This class will give you the opportunity to challenge your body and mind, leaving you feeling balanced and refreshed. This style of yoga is suitable for the more active yogi.

Vital Yoga Class

Vital Yoga Class: This class focusses on mental and physical maintenance for a healthy yoga body and mind. You will be guided or counted through slow, grounding and flowing sequences that will keep your body and mind engaged but is also calming. You will use breath and movement to explore balance, build strength and gain flexibility leaving you feeling relaxed and refreshed for the week ahead. This class is suited for the more active person.

Base Yoga Class

Base Yoga Class: This class nourishes the body and teaches the fundamentals of yoga. You will move gently, breathe, restore energy and end with a relaxation. Perfect for beginners and people new to yoga, but also suitable for an advanced practitioner who wants to take things slowly that day. A Base class is designed to be accessible to everybody and will generally be slow paced, focusing on correct alignment of simple postures, breathing exercises and builds on the foundation of Yoga.

Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a style of yoga suitable for the more active yogi. Vinyasa is both challenging and dynamic led by breath and movement are synchronised in a graceful flowing sequence. Often set to music, you build strength, cardiovascular fitness and enhance awareness of the mind/body connection.

You will experience a full body workout that will strengthen and stretch your entire body, and leave you feeling amazing – both physically and mentally.

Dynamic Yoga Class

Dynamic Class: Both challenging and powerful. Led by breath and movement, the classes are synchronised in a graceful and upbeat flowing sequence. Often set to music, you will build strength, tone muscles including your core and have a full body workout. You will also gain flexablitly, better cardiovascular fitness and enhance awareness of the mind/body connection. This is a full body workout that will strengthen and stretch your entire body, and leave you feeling amazing – both physically and mentally. This class is perfect for the advanced and energetic yogi.

Ashtanga Led Counted Class

This Class is NOT for Beginners or any one that has not practised Ashtanga before.
 
This is a guided class that takes you through the Full Ashtanga Primary System. All the postures and breaths are counted out loud and the class follows along together making sure the sequence is being learned and practiced correctly in the same way its taught every Friday morning at KPJAYI Mysore, India.Led classes reinforce the correct vinyāsa system (linking breath with movement)t remembering and mastering when to inhale and when to exhale as you enter into and out of each posture. 

As a group we practise and learn “trishtana” the 3 points of attention

BREATH
ASANA (Postures)
DRISHTI (Gazing point)
For both new and experienced students, led class is an important compliment to a regular Ashtanga Self Practice.

Furthermore, surrendering to the teacher’s count and pace is an opportunity to increase stamina, strengthen your muscles, focus your mind and build a healthy relationship with the traditional lineage.