Which Class ?
Vinyasa Flow – movement
These classes flow from one pose to the next, aligned and linked with your breath. Whilst you are safely guided into each pose, there isn’t too much focus on the finer points of each pose. These classes are fun and upbeat, with some balancing poses and relaxation to finish. It is influenced by Ashtanga yoga and also known as Vinyasa, which means "to place in a special way".
Heated Vinyasa Flow - strength
This is the favourite of those loving a good sweat. These classes use infra-red heaters to raise the temperature of the room. The heat assists in stretching the muscles as well as increasing blood flow and "rinsing" the organs of the body. A great detoxifying and strengthening class – not for the faint hearted!
Yin - release
Yin comes from the Taoist tradition (as opposed to Hindu). It is a slower-paced, more meditative version of the popular physical and spiritual discipline of yoga. In Yin, the poses are held for a long period of time (typically three to five minutes or longer) to target the connective tissues (such as the ligaments, bones and joints) rather than focusing on the muscles.
Hatha - balance
In Sanskrit, 'Ha' means sun and 'Tha' means moon. The sun is associated with the masculine aspects of our nature - heating, dynamic, and active. The moon is associated with the feminine aspects of our nature—cooling, soft, and receptive. The goal of Hatha Yoga is to find the balance and harmony between these two opposing energies or forces. Poses are held for several breaths. Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Meditation are included in these classes.
Restorative - calm
Restorative is a gentle, relaxing style that allows students to release the body into a gentle stretch that is held for as long as 10 minutes. This style makes use of a wide range of props, including bolsters, blocks, straps and blankets. The intention is to provide support within each pose, making it easier to completely let go.
The Oasis 8 - Yoga Studio Etiquette
There’s no doubt: Yoga culture can be daunting. Whether you’re new to Yoga or you need a refresher on the rules, here are some general tips and tricks for making your practice a pleasant one for you and your fellow students.
1. Arrive in plenty of time
Scurrying into a class after it’s begun is distracting for your fellow yogis. Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes to allow time to check in, put away your items, roll out your mat, and gather any props you’ll need for class.
Got a few extra minutes before class begins? Sit quietly and focus on your breath or do a few gentle stretches to warm up. And please, avoid picking your toes. (I wish I were kidding.)
2. Remove your shoes
Yoga is practiced with bare feet, and most yoga studios prefer shoes to be kept in the foyer or in an area close to the studio entrance. By removing your shoes, you’re not only helping with studio cleanliness, but you’re respecting a space that’s revered and cherished by others.
3. Tell your teacher about any injuries
Many teachers like to give gentle assists in class, like guiding you deeper into a pose or shifting your position to correct misalignment. If you’re sore, injured or just don’t feel like being touched, tell your teacher before class begins.
4. Devices are a no-no
By bringing your phone to class (even on silent!), you’re distracting yourself and those around you. Expecting an important call or a do-or-die text? Consider skipping class altogether and returning when you can fully focus.
5. Be aware of your space
Yoga classes can get packed; when the last-minute stragglers file in, you’ll often see them scanning the room for a strategic spot to roll out their mat. Be neighborly by making room for them, if it’s available.
In a less-packed class, it’s common courtesy to stagger your mats so that the person behind you has a clear view of the teacher and the mirror. And unless you’re practicing with your bestie or your sweetie, give your neighbor some breathing room.
Lastly, mind your steps: it’s polite to avoid walking on a fellow yogi’s mat.
6. Minimize conversation
Many studios are considered a space for reflection, self-study, and focus, and maintaining a quiet atmosphere (if not an altogether silent one) supports this frame of mind. Granted, there are studios that have an air of social happy hour before class begins, and you’ll know this immediately upon walking in. But if the studio is quiet and meditative, keep it that way by refraining from chitchat. It’s not only polite, but it’s beneficial to your own state of mind.
7. Can’t stay for Savasana? Leave before.
The traditional benefits of Savasana claim to restore your nervous system to its default settings and offer your mind a chance to sink into meditation. But above all, it’s a rare chance for you to do nothing for a few minutes. Close your eyes, focus on your breath, and feel the weight of your body against the floor. It’s your own little R&R opportunity. Take it.
Absolutely, positively must leave class early? Let your teacher know before class, position yourself close to the door, and be sure to leave before Savasana begins. When it’s time to leave, pack up and scoot out as quietly as you can.
8. Clean up
—yoga is a prop-happy practice. If you’re borrowing the studio’s props, be sure to return them to their rightful place upon leaving. If you’re borrowing one of the studio’s mats, be sure to hang it up at their mat-cleaning station. Leaving your space as clean as you found it is respectful to the studio and students in later classes.