Dynamic Hatha Flow
This general level class will focus on controlled breathing, Ujjaii breath.
Ujjayi breathing is a breathing technique employed in a variety of Taoist and Yoga practices. In relation to Yoga, it is sometimes called “the ocean breath“. Unlike some other forms of pranayama, the ujjayi breath is typically done in association with asana practice.
Ujjayi breath – Wikipedia
The breath is used to warm up the body both internally and externally, whilst boosting energy levels, it also relaxes the mind and spirit with the ocean like sound produced with the breath. Ujjayi is cleansing, a Kriya – sanskrit for purification. Dynamic yoga postures are sequenced into an active slow flow. You will find the space to challenge yourself at your own pace. It is likely that you will sweat out toxins, leaving you feeling clearer and lighter in body and spirit.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
This is a general level class suitable for everyone. The focus is on Vinyasa this means, a sequence of postures that flow seemlessly together with the breath. Please see Amasu Blog for more information. Amasu classes are mindfully taught from a Buddhist philosophical perspective and embody a compassionate approach. Each class is an authentic application to the practice of yoga within all forms of postures, movement, meditation, breathing, mindfulness and relaxation. Ujjaii breathing is utilised in this class and the use of bandhas, yogic energy seals. You will learn how to be mindful with your yoga practice and to develop strength and stamina, physically, mentally and emotionally. The foundation of Amasu classes involve all aspects of the Eight Limbs of Yoga – Patanjali. You will also learn some simple breathing techniques pranayama as well as yoga postures that are sequenced into a moving medicine meditation, incorporating, stretching, balancing, twisting, and inversions.
There are often monthly themes that underpin the class with yogic philosophy and focus on specific areas of the body.
“This class is an alchemic weaving of mindfulness, breathing and movement, into a soulful flow.”
Yoga teacher and writer Amanda Evans, will often give guided meditations and narrate her own or other spiritual writers poems, prose or insights.
Practice will be accompanied by music and end with relaxation.
Mindful Yoga a Moving Meditation
“In a mindful yoga class you will be encouraged to work within your body and mind’s limitations, accepting yourself today with compassion and applying yourself within that framework. We are not engaging in any form of ego competitiveness. We are opening to life both on and off the mat, with ahimsa – non violence, firmly entrenched in body, mind and soul, we seek to live life and practise yoga with compassion. In other words being kind to oneself and others”
Amanda Suzanne Evans
That being said, within this class you can expect to meet some physical challenge but with curiosity and interest. You will be guided toward expanding your ‘window of tolerance’.
Through mindful yoga we can learn to practice, proactively, rather than reactively. This means listening, carefully, with deep honesty, satya- truth and honouring, without comparison or judgement, the calling of the body, mind and spirit.
This class is deeply restorative, unifying mindfulness and yoga for a fully embodied practise.
All levels are welcome from beginners to seasoned practitioners.
For further information see Amasu Blog
Hatha Yoga For Beginners Course
This is an eight week course for beginners, it would also be beneficial to those who have been out of yoga for a while, returning or rehabilitating from injury or illness. Suitable for pregnancy.
Classes will be gentle and slow. You will learn how to use props to aid your practice. This course is a thorough week by week introduction to the world and history of hatha yoga.
Please feel free to contact me directly about this course if you would like to discuss anything.
My First Yoga Class
Frequently asked questions
What do I wear?
Be practical! If the class has dynamic, hot, power, Astanga, yoga flow in its name you are going to sweat! Minimal but modest clothing, made from breathable materials is strongly advised.
Do NOT wear baggy t-shirts as they will get caught up in a posture and will fall over your face baring all you have to bare in an upside down pose. Apart from feeling like someone has just turned the lights off before the end of a class you may reveal more than you intended! It is also dangerous.
Leggings or fitted shorts are really helpful for the teacher to be able to see that your body has the correct alignment.
We don’t wear socks in a yoga class, not under any circumstances, as it’s dangerous, we want to take care of you, socks are too slippery. Also, we need to develop the sensitivity in our feet so bare foot is the way to go!
Do I need my own yoga mat?
At the Brighton Yoga Festival we will provide yoga mats for you to use in the class. We keep the mats clean but you may like to buy your own mat spray.
What if I have an illness or disability?
If you have an illness it is not a good idea to do the class unless it is specifically Yoga therapy/restorative or one to one yoga. Doctors refer many clients to yoga. Common ailments can be helped by yoga particularly; back problems, insomnia, sports injuries and post surgery rehabilitation.
Physical disabilities actually have the power to be our greatest teacher! They create a deeper awareness of the body and it’s mechanisms. Please tell your teacher anything that may affect your practise so that they can offer you alternative postures or give you ‘props’ to help you. Also please check with your Doctor if you think you need to be sure if yoga is a practice for you at this time.
Am I too old to do yoga?
You are never too old to do yoga!
A yoga class specifically for the more senior members of our community might be the one for you.
Will I be touched?
Many yoga teachers will use touch to bring your attention to a specific part of your body and employ gently adjustment techniques – if you don’t want to be touched – don’t be shy, we understand just let the teacher know.
How do I know which yoga class is for me?
This is most often a personal choice and sometimes it will take trying out several yoga classes to see if they work for you. If you are a beginner go to a beginners class or a class that says in it’s description – this class is suitable for beginners – If in doubt ask. If you are pregnant you must wait until you are 16 weeks to practise – a specialised pregnancy yoga class is best.
What if I am late for a class?
All classes will begin promptly so to avoid disappointed please arrive early as you will not be able to enter the class once it has started – this is both for your own benefit and as courtesy to the other class members as well as your teacher. It is important to complete the whole class, as it will be designed specifically to allow time to rest after exertion and warm up before exertion. If you need to leave early please tell the teacher at the beginning of a class.
Can I eat before a class?
Try to avoid a heavy meal for at least two hours before a class. A light snack is ok but it does depend on the class – Astanga, Dynamic and Power or Vinyassa Flow classes use a lot of energy so you do not want your energy resources used up by digesting food. You can bring a bottle of water in to the class which should be drunk a sip at a time, if needed. Do drink plenty of water after a class to flush away the toxins that have been released into the body – better out than in!
Will I understand the teacher?
A student new to yoga may be a little confused to hear often-used Sanskrit terms within the teaching. Not all yoga teachers use the Sanskrit names for postures i.e. Savasana (pronounced) Sha –var – san-nah which means ‘corpse pose’ this is a literal translation meaning to lie on your back. This pose is used at the end of the class. This is a time to really assimilate the benefits of the class and at the same time give the body the rest it needs for healing processes to take place. If you don’t understand a word please ask the teacher to explain.
With all this said and done you are now ready to try your first yoga class!