There are many physical and mental benefits to practicing yoga. Some of these include:
Definitely not! Your instructor is there to guide you through poses, they will explain how to do each one and offer variations where necessary. Over time you will become familiar with some poses and continue to learn more challenging ones as you advance in your practice.
There are many different styles of yoga and yoga classes available in the USA today. Paradigm Yoga offers the following types of class:
Flow yoga (vinyasa flow) is a flowing, dynamic practice connecting movement with the breath. During each class you will be guided through a variety of yoga poses to build strength, stamina, balance and flexibility.
Gentle Yoga is gentle practice suitable for beginners, seniors, and regularly practicing yogis looking for a change of pace. This is a slow, meditative practice which includes standing and floor poses. You may still break a sweat in some poses, and not at all in others!
Restorative Yoga for stress release is a calming and relaxing class full of gentle stretching. This nourishing, stress relieving class encourages you to cultivate the attitude of letting go, and relaxes deeply held tensions from both body and mind. This class is practed at a slow paced class, many supported with blocks and/or bolsters (supplied by studio) with poses held from 1-5 minutes to release stress and tension.
Chair Yoga is gentle practice suitable for seniors, anyone who finds getting up and down from the floor difficult, and those looking to increase range of motion, build balance and increase flexibility gently and with support. In Chair Yoga, all the poses have been modified to be practiced sitting on a chair, or using a chair for support. There is no getting up and down from the floor required.
'Intro To Flow' is a 6 week course in which we introduce the fundamental poses of our flow yoga classes and focus on alignment, transitions, and modifications to suit your body. Though taking this course is not required in order to take part in our flow classes, it is a wonderful opportunity to familiarise yourself with the basics. Perfect for anyone with limited yoga experience or new to a yoga practice. Contact us for dates of the next Intro To Flow workshop!
Meditation Workshop a perfect opportunity to learn more about meditation, from why we should practice to how to sit comfortably. We practice several styles of meditation to help you find one that feels good to you! Contact us for dates of the next Meditation workshop!
If you own a yoga mat please bring it with you to class.
If you do not own a yoga mat, we do have a limited number which can be rented for the duration of class. There is a $2 service fee for yoga mat rental and maintenance. We recommend calling, emailing or selecting the 'mat required' option during online class bookings to reserve a mat if required.
Mats are available to purchase from Paradigm Yoga, in many stores and online. All mats are not created equally and some are better for some styles of yoga than others. Your instructor will be happy to discuss the different types to help you choose the right mat for you and your practice.
Any other props that may be needed to assist you in your practice such as blocks, straps and bolsters are all provided by Paradigm Yoga for the duration of the class, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
We recommend avoiding very large or heavy meals before practicing yoga, especially within the two hours before class.
Wear comfortable but lightly fitted clothes that you can move freely in. You do not want something too loose that you need to pull up during movements or pull down during a forward fold.
No. People from all different religious backgrounds practice with us. Nothing we teach approaches any religious teachings, and there is no iconography or alter in the studio.
At the end of your class, your instructor will bow their head, as if in prayer, bring their hands together in front of their heart and say 'namaste'. Translated as 'I bow to you', this is a sign of gratitude and respect from teacher to student. Students will respond by doing the same, though it is not mandatory if you are not comfortable making the gesture.
The classes offered by Paradigm Yoga are not hot yoga classes (where the room is set to 104F and a set percentage humidity), though you may still work up a bit of a sweat during the class!