Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Vinyasa means – ‘breath synchronised movement’. Vinyasa is a flowing style of yoga linking movement with conscious breath. Each class is a unique sequence of poses designed to tone your body, improve your posture, stamina and flexibility. You will leave feeling calmer, energized and more focussed.
There is room for the individual teacher’s personalities, style and experiences to come through. Vinyasa’s strength is its diversity, but will almost certainly include sun salutations. Expect movement, not just stretching. Whether the class is fast or slow, is very alignment -oriented will depend on the individual teacher. The class will be challenging but very rewarding.
The essence of Yin Yoga is surrender. To balance the heat-building, blood-pumping, strengthening “yang” side of a Vinyasa Flow practice, Yin focuses on postures that lengthen the muscles surrounding the hips, pelvis, and lower back. Students typically hold these postures for 3-5 minutes per side in order to lengthen the connective tissue that surrounds the joints and increase its elasticity. The elasticity of our connective tissue diminishes with physical activity and aging, which makes Yin essential for injury prevention and joint health. Since a Yin Yoga practice often includes several long, seated forward bending postures, it also restores energy and calms the nervous system. Pure bliss!
Hatha Yoga (Yoga Fusion)
Hatha Yoga classes generally start with a short grounding and centring practice followed by a standing and then floor based Asanas (poses). These classes are suitable for all levels.
Yoga and Nia Teachers
Nia Blue Belt Teacher (See Nia for more details about this amazing practice)
I have always loved to move and dance…exploring different dance forms and cultures and gaining personal insights from movement.
I love the way Nia combines different energetics, inspiring my spirit, nourishing my body and calming the mind……it gifts me with a practice that is relevant in ANY situation, allowing me to choose to experience more joy !
I love to share this joy of movement with others as we dance through life together!
Chaitanya Deva (Chai) Dip TM,E RYT
Chaitanya vividly remembers the night of his awakening. It was the first full moon of 1995 and he was mid-way through a six-month pilgrimage in Poona, India. Chai was already dedicated to a daily practice, meditating up to 10 hours a day, but it wasn’t until that night, as the moonlight dripped through the banyan trees, that he finally felt the power of the witness within him. Something switched inside and life was never the same again. He walked in and out of ‘satori’ for the next three months, before returning to the UK. Pilgrimages to India from the UK continued for the next four years. In 2000, he moved back to New Zealand. Around this time, he he started practicing Ashtanga yoga, worked as a Reiki Master completed a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage and undertook yoga teacher training at Hot Yoga Nelson in 2008. He completed an additional 300 hours of teacher training at Purna Yoga Byron Bay in 2015. Together with his wife Bex, Chai owns Studio Evolve Nelson and runs the transformational festival, Evolve, at Founders Park.