Yoga/Pilates Schedule for Fall & Winter 2020
Sadly our classes at Hammock are on hold due to government regulations. Our classes are now online (not live), please contact us for more information. Private Yoga Classes are also available at Hammock.
Information about classes on our Program.
The Physical Practice of Yoga:
Yoga has six branches, from which Hatha Yoga focuses on the practice of yoga postures, or asanas. Hatha is the yoga of balance, where ‘ha’ means ‘sun’ and ‘tha’ means ‘moon’ in Sanskrit. The practice of Hatha is designed to align and calm the body, mind and spirit, and bring balance to every aspect of life; the day and night, the good and bad, the positive and negative, the happiness and sorrow, and so on.
In the West, where the physical-based practice is the most popular, Hatha Yoga refers to all the styles of yoga that are grounded in a physical practice (e.g. Vinyasa, Power, Ashtanga, Iyengar, etc.). In other words, all the different styles of physical-based yoga are under the umbrella of Hatha Yoga, as the asanas are the same. The variety of styles just enables us to choose the style of yoga practice that best suits to our needs, our abilities and tastes.
Hatha Flow Yoga:
In a typical Hatha class, static yoga postures and breathing exercises are introduced, whereas short meditation and relaxation are encouraged. In the cases where breath and gentle movement are used to move from an asana to another, the yoga practice is called Hatha Flow, due to the fluid movement that occurs. The objective of Hatha Flow is to find calm amongst a stormy world, stillness in movement and flow in stillness.
Both Hatha styles are suitable to increase strength, balance, flexibility and body awareness, improve posture and concentration, and bring stillness to mind. By the end of each session, everybody leaves class feeling lighter, longer and relaxed.
Hatha Yoga and Hatha Flow Yoga are not intensive physical practices, as they are paced slower than other styles of yoga (e.g. Vinyasa and Power Yoga).
Power / Vinyasa: 45 minute workout
Power and Vinyasa Yoga constitute powerful and energetic forms of the physical-based yoga practice, where the fluid movement from one pose to the next is synchronized to breath. Both styles incorporate interval and cross-training yoga exercise to challenge both the aerobic and anaerobic systems of the body. Thus, Power and Vinyasa are suitable to improve strength, flexibility, balance, breathing habits, blood circulation and focus, and increase stamina and metabolism.
Every session ends with guided relaxation, so to consciously and mindfully release the tension from every part of the body, slow down the breath and heart rate, appreciate and enjoy stillness, and relax.
Yoga Fusion: 60 minute workout
Yoga Fusion is a blend of several yoga styles (e.g. Hatha, Vinyasa, Power) inspired by other fitness regimens such as Pilates, strength training and dance. Sessions follow the typical yoga class structure (short meditation, breathing exercises, warm up, asanas/exercises and relaxation) and encourage the use of props and other relevant equipment, so to enrich the repertoire of exercises.
Some of the main benefits include the increase of strength, flexibility, energy and stamina, and the improvement of body alignment, breathing habits, cardio and circulatory health.
Yogi Ballet : 45 minute workout
Yogi Ballet is an intense and effective workout, inspired by ballet, yoga and pilates exercises that focus on small, isometric movements of certain muscle groups. This way enables overall core and leg strengthening and body alignment improvement (proper posture), without adding pressure to the joints and tendons, as it happens with other exercise regimens. At the same time, it improves cardiovascular endurance and metabolism, whereas endorphins released during physical activity increase the overall feeling of well-being and calmness, reducing stress and tension.
Note: The YogiBallet workout is suitable for any fitness level and does not require previous ballet experience or dancing skills.
Pilates Mat: 60 minute workout
A low-impact workout to tone and strengthen the muscles, increase mobility and flexibility, and improve posture. The term ‘low-impact’ does not mean easy, as the level of difficulty depends on the movement combinations, the number of repetitions and the use of props or equipment, but it implies that during the workout the amount of stress placed on the bones and joints is much less than experienced with other forms of exercise. This helps to protect joints like the knees, hips and ankles from injury. Pilates Mat workouts consist of small movements and core-focused exercises performed with attention to proper breathing and abdominal muscle control. A strong core is essential for stabilization and to reduce back pain. It also improves the body functioning increasing the overall strength and mobility, improves physical coordination, concentration and balance. Another important benefit is that this form of exercise reduces the risk of injuries related to muscle imbalances and momentum. Last but not least, proper breathing during movement leads to stress release and mental relaxation.
Fat Burning Pilates : 45 minute workout
Fat Burning Pilates is a moderate-intensity program, during which the number of repetitions and the level of difficulty of the exercises are increased, or even movements are speed up, so to turn a typical Pilates discipline into a Fat Burning workout. To achieve overall fitness and significant fat burning, a mixture of cardio, strength and flexibility training is required throughout the week. So, Fat Burning Pilates is ideal to be combined with other low-intensity workouts (such as Pilates or Yoga) and high-intensity exercise (i.e. Cardio) during the week, so to maintain muscle mass while improving metabolism, burning more calories and thus, lose weight.
Cardio Yoga : 45 minute workout
Performing yoga-inspired dynamic movements at a quicker pace and with continuous flow helps to engage more muscles, challenge endurance and the cardiovascular system, increase the heart rate and burn more calories. In order to achieve overall physical health, it is best to follow a combination of high and low intensity exercise. Cardio Yoga uses dynamic movements that ramp up the intensity and elevate the heart rate. Hatha Yoga and Power Vinyasa focus on breathing techniques, static or fluid movement and postures, whereas Mobility & Stretching focus on improving the body functioning and increase flexibility. Consequently, adding Cardio Yoga into the weekly Yoga or even Pilates practice routine will definitely improve your overall fitness level.
Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga:
Prenatal yoga is suitable for any trimester and offers a holistic approach to ensure healthy pregnancy and mindful preparation for motherhood. During the sessions, up-coming mums receive support and useful information about pregnancy and self-care, learn techniques to ease their pregnancy and labor, and enjoy this unique experience to the maximum.
The regular practice of asanas strengthens and lengthens certain muscles that help the body deal with the increasing weight, find balance and ease labor. Moreover, the physical practice improves circulation, reduces fluid retention, tones the muscles, releases tension, maintains the body agility and increases flexibility. Breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation help to reduce nausea and stress, bring stillness in mind and aid better sleep pattern, improve the ability to control mood swings and constitute useful tools to relieve pain during labor. Meditation also helps to experience pregnancy in mindful way and create a unique bond with the unborn baby.
Postnatal yoga is a nice way to reconnect with yourself and body after birth. It is recommended six weeks after a vaginal birth and longer after a cesarean. Postnatal yoga can offer a mild reintegration to your fitness routine, as it helps to tone the pelvis and lower back and regain core-strength, figure and overall fitness after birth. It also helps to release tension from the back, shoulders and neck, relieving the pain caused by holding your baby on your lap. Furthermore, yoga breathing techniques and meditation help to stay energized from within, find emotional balance, learn to calm, improve patience and promote better sleep.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Practicing yoga on a regular basis does not replace visiting your doctor or midwife. Having his/her consent before starting your yoga practice (as with any other form of exercise) is necessary.