A Satyananda Yoga class is typically one and a half hours long and consists of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), relaxation, and meditation or Satyananda Yoga Nidra TM ~ deep relaxation.
*Intro I ~ This is for beginners and works systematically from the foundations up. Learn abdominal breath, yogic breath, joint release series, and postures to release physical tension and blockages. Breathing techniques to increse breath capacity and control. Yoga Nidra relaxation at the end of each class to release stress and tension.
*Intro II ~ This class is for those who have done Intro I and wish to progress towards stronger postures and advanced breathing techniques (pranayama). The course involves learning the sequence of 12 postures called Surya Namaskara(Salute to the Sun) starting with the modified version.
*Progressive ~ It is advised to complete at least 2 terms of Introductory Yoga classes before moving on to the Progressive course. In this class you practice Surya Namaskara, balancing & harmonising pranayamas and meditation. We recommend Progressive students to purchase Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati available from the bookshop.
*Meditation I ~ The focus is on developing comfort and steadiness in a seated position, and the class includes gentle yoga postures to release physical tension, breathing techniques to calm, balance and focus the mind, Kaya Stairyam (body stillness) and Satyananda Yoga Nidra TM- Deep Relaxation. 90% attendence is required and it is recommended if you are new to yoga and meditation to attend one term of Intro to Yoga before the Meditation course.
*Meditation II~ Once stillness and steadiness has been developed then you have the opportunity to explore a classical meditation technique. This term the practice being taught isAjapa Japa.
*General Yoga ~ is suitable for anyone to join. It is advised however that if you are new to Yoga, to begin with Intro to Yoga. The Wednesday class is with a stonger focus and Salute to the Sun is often taught. The Monday class is gentle Beginners yoga with practices suitable for those with limited movement or recovering from illness or surgery.