Holistic Yoga Classes
Our regular classes consist of body postures (asana), breathing practices (pranayama) and a guided meditation practice (Yoga Nidra). The gentle and systematic approach makes it suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. Practices are taught with modifications to allow for individual abilities and possible health conditions. Beginners meditation practices are given occasionally. Suitable for all levels.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, we offered classes online. We found this was a great way to stay connected with the yoga practice and with each other. Online classes have been very popular, so we have decided to continue to offer a few, for people in other areas and those wanting to do extra sessions at home. Just as our with in-person classes, every online class consists of body postures (asana), breathing practices (pranayama) and a guided meditation practice (Yoga Nidra).
The Sunday class includes an 15-20 Meditation practice, in addition to Yoga Nidra.
Release & Relax: This is a shorter (60 min.) online class that focuses on body parts that often hold tension: hips, back and neck. Gentle breathing practices help the mind to gain clarity and release agitation. This class finishes with a guided meditation (Yoga Nidra).
We're using the online meeting platform Zoom to guide you through your practice in your own personal space. Give it a go - it's easier and more effective than you might think!
You need to let us know of your intention to join an online class at least one day before the class. Book online and we will email you a meeting invitation link prior to class.
We also offer to tailor a class to your individual abilities and goals, i.e. if you have a certain health condition or wish to work on a specific insight. Individual classes are also a great way to get to know us, if you are new to yoga or are feeling a little nervous about joining a group class. To organise an individual class, contact us.
Yoga Nidra is simple, yet profound process which is used to develop deep relaxation, in the management of stress and as a meditation technique. It is practiced in the lying position of Shavasana, often, but not necessarily, at the end of a yoga class. A Yoga Nidra is approximately 20-30 minutes duration. The yoga teacher systematically guides you through the various stages of the practice, to release tensions on physical, mental and emotional levels and in the formation of a positive resolve for your life.
Kirtan is an important aspect of yoga. It is not religious chanting, nor is it just singing one word many times. It is a part of Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound, in which we produce sound waves and follow them with our awareness. By singing kirtan we are able to withdraw ourselves from the body and our external environment. We do not confront the mind at all, we bypass it.
In order to experience peace within, it is of utmost importance that, along with other Yoga practices, we develop and positively channel our emotional personality. Emotions are the eyes through which we can experience a greater love and awareness.
How can we do this? There are many ways, but the easiest, cheapest and safest method is kirtan.
(Adapted from the article: Kirtan: Rocket to Self-realization by Swami Satyananda Saraswati BSY Munger, January 1982)
Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all people you can, in every place you can, at all times you can, with all the zeal, strength, love, heart and interest you can, as long as you ever can.
~ Swami Sivananda ~
Havan is a fire ceremony – an ancient ritual that still has great significance today. It is a science, a cause which has an effect, a vehicle through which we can connect with a wider reality. Yogis talk about the practice of havan contributing toward restoring balance in the atmosphere and the environment – something much needed these days.
Not something for the intellectual mind to chew on, it is about an experience based on the idea of offering with a positive intention and the symbolic use of various materials. Mantras are chanted while offering a mix of special herbs to the fire. Havans practiced here at Atma Darshan mostly use the Mahamritjunjaya mantra (Great Healing mantra) which is offered for health, happiness and well-being of all people, for the environment and all sentient creatures.
~ Atma Darshan's Yoga Room, Western Creek ~