Yoga Styles at Oasis Health Centre
Align and Flow - expect to practice and learn good alignment through a series of fun flows. We'll explore all different planes, from standing to seated, twists, back bends and inversions; whilst working all parts of the body.
We'll create length, space and awareness in our muscles and joints. A great basic flow to start your day with a well rounded yoga practice. Suitable for all levels.
Gentle Yoga- Perfect for first timers and beginner yogis. A combination of styles, this class will teach the foundations of yoga. A Gentle class could include sequences and poses from Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative, to give you a well rounded, calming practice.
You'll build a solid foundation of yoga knowledge both mentally and physically. This class will leave you feeling more connected to your body and mind.
Gentle 'Plus' - Perfect for beginner to intermediate yogis, however variations will be offered for all levels.
A combination of styles, this class with build on your yoga foundations and allow you to expand on your practice. A Gentle Plus class could include sequences and poses from the Hatha and Vinyasa traditions, with perhaps a little yin/restorative sprinkled in.
You'll be able to deepen your practice, with some more challenging pose options offered as well as relax of course! This class will leave you feeling stronger, grounded and relaxed.
Hatha - 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.
Intermediate- Perfect for those who have been practicing regularly (two to three classes per week) for at least six months.
A continuation from the Gentle Plus class, Intermediate mixes both Hatha and Vinyasa styles to offer more challenging variations and potentially poses held longer. Intermediate may also include more alignment cues for you to go deeper.
You'll be adding new levels to your yoga practice built upon your previous knowledge and experience. This class will leave you feeling warmer, more in your body and chilled out after a glorious savasana.
Power Flow- a vigorous, dynamic Vinyasa that incorporates strong flows and movements to develop holistic strength and flexibility in your body. It is quicker paced and keeps you moving.
These classes are designed to improve mobility and cardio vascular endurance, leaving you feeling vitalised in your day to day life. All levels are welcome with alternative postures offered to ease you into the practice.
Restorative - Perfect for all levels. A divine restful practice,(mostly sitting or lying) which will have you holding postures for three to five minutes supported by props (bolster, blanket, bricks). This class is designed to allow your nervous system to rest and reset, so you can have your eyes closed for the whole class if you wish!
You'll be moving gently and deliberately through a range of supported poses and guided to let go and use your support throughout. Restorative classes will leave you feeling completely nourished, grounded and maybe even a little sleepy. Bring layers and socks for this class, you'll want to be cosy.
VinYin- is a skill based class combining Vinyasa and Yin elements that uses targeted flows and movements to prepare the joint(s) to open up, leading the body to deeper stretch and a peak pose! VinYin offers a safe and energising space for you to explore the limits of your body in healthy and holistic ways. These classes aim to impart confidence and improve fundamental movement patterns to find grounding and mobility in your yoga practice. All levels are welcome with alternative poses offered to facilitate a stable foundation to supplement your movement on and off the mat.
Yin - 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.
Mat Pilates-Mat Pilates involves performing a sequence of exercises undertaken in an order that builds off of each previous exercise and from week to week.
The exercises are performed on a yoga mat on the floor in a slow, controlled and precise manner that requires focus and concentration by the student.It is a practice of incorporating mind body and breath techniques.
Within a 45 min class and with consistent effort and regular participation the sequence of exercises will develop pelvic and scapula stability, abdominal control, improved flexibility, muscle tone, body balance, spinal support and lower back health.
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.