“We do not use the body to get into a pose – we use the pose to get into our body.” Bernie Clarke
Hatha Vinyassa Flow
The lessons are a combination of Hatha & Vinyassa Krama (Flow) Yoga. Each class is different and has its own intention and focus. In general, the classes aim at helping building strength, flexibility and stamina, connecting you to your body and breath, bringing awareness and help to calm and rejuvenate the body, nervous system and mind. Most important is that the classes are meant to make you feel good and happy and about connecting you to your body in a way that is pleasant and comfortable (sometimes perhaps including challenge but not force, pain or strain). The invitation is to become aware and connect to how the poses feel to you in your body rather then that it has to look a certain way, though some tools of alignment can be helpful sometimes. The lessons are suitable for all levels.
On the scale of intensity restorative yoga is least intense and includes only very gentle postures to let the body unwind, rest and restore. In a way every form of yoga practiced in a gentle and mindfull manner can and will work restoratively, depending on the state, injuries and condition of the body. With the term ‘restorative’ as used here it is meant to refer to a gentle class to relax, unwind and restore either after intense practice, on a day of rest, or at the end of a busy day. Restorative classes are specifically designed to help you with specific conditions or to help restore after an injury (Yoga therapy). Yoga designed in this manner has a very healing effect and can help in many aspects of our lives and our body.
Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, is a beautiful and powerful meditation technique that is becoming increasingly popular as a strong and effective antidote for our modern, stressful lifestyles. It is one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. While the practitioner rests comfortably in savasana (corpse pose), this ancient systematic meditation technique takes you through the Pancha Maya Kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness, rejuvenation and deep relaxation. In Yoga Nidra, the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. The practitioner is guided into a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping that is conducive to deep emotional and physical healing, rewiring of the brain and deep self-exploration.
Yoga Nidra is an effective and efficient way to access the “rest and digest” parasympathetic state of the nervous system and has been found very successful in reducing stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. Yoga Nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation, while still maintaining the full consciousness. It helps to rest, restore, de-stress, increase awareness, undo bad habits and bring awareness to deep-rooted conditioned behavioral patterns, it helps bring insight into our true calling and will help with bringing our life into alignment with our truth. Thirty minutes of Yoga Nidra practice is said to be equivalent to 3 to 4 hours of deep sleep. The health benefits of Yoga Nidra include:
- ♦ Relaxing and rejuvenating the body
- ♦ Soothing the nervous system
- ♦ Reducing fatigue
- ♦ Lowering high cholesterol and blood pressure levels
- ♦ Strengthening immunity
- ♦ Improving quality of sleep
- ♦ Reducing depression
- ♦ Reducing mental, emotional and physical pain
- ♦ Boosting concentration and memory
- ♦ Supporting brain function and boosting creativity
Yin Yoga is an amazing form of yoga that can bring a profound state of calm, pleasure and rest to the whole body and mind. Yin aims at targeting the more deeper lying connective tissues of the body, generally the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. These tissues are also called ‘yin’ tissues and are usually not addressed so much in the other more active styles of yoga where the focus is generally on the more superficial muscular or ‘yang’ tissues of the body.
Yin yoga works deeply on the whole body, including the nervous system, organs and meridian system. Including Yin Yoga in your daily or weekly practice works as a great complement to the other more active practices and in general can help to bring more balance in our mostly very active ‘yang’ lives.
After a yin yoga class you can literally feel like you just had a good deep tissue massage and it can help release old cellular memory and blockages that are held in the body and tissues. So even though Yin yoga may seem very ‘soft’ or passive it can actually be quite intense and can go very deep.
“Eva is a wonderful yoga teacher and a beautiful human being. Her presence is radiant, accepting and magically supporting. She welcomes everyone to simply be and relax. She understands that yoga is a journey inwards and teaches by gentle example that goes so much deeper than words could ever go. I have learned so much from her yin yoga classes, about being present and allowing life to just flow through. I would recommend wonderful Eva to really everyone. She is a gentle medicine for the soul and a truly amazing woman.“