The world renowned Indian yogi BKS Iyengar has developed an active and focused approach to yoga which leads to a thorough understanding of the postures (known by the Indian word ‘asanas’). As people have differing skeletal structures and degrees of flexibility, Iyengar yoga makes use of props and supports such as blocks, belts and blankets so that each person can work in the way which is best suited to them.
Karuna means "compassion". Karuna yoga was founded by Ruth White who was a student of BKS Iyengar for 20 years. The style progressively stretches and strengthens all areas of the body and focuses on the fundamentals of postural alignment, breath awareness and self acceptance.
There are also different classes for different levels of experience
Open level are an ideal introduction to yoga and a good way to keep your yoga practice going. We offer lunchtime, evening and weekend morning classes.
One year level classes are suitable for those familiar with the Iyengar approach to postures and who have been practising for one year or more, and offer the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the asanas and to work on the more challenging postures.
Yoga for relaxation is suitable for all levels of experience, with an emphasis on relaxation.
Yoga and Meditation: yoga practice has traditionally been seen as a prelude to sitting meditation. Yoga can help to develop the same sort of awareness, integration and concentration which we cultivate in sitting meditation. Oasis Yoga and Health run meditation and yoga events from time to time, and the Buddhist Centre on the floor below the yoga studio and runs a wide range of meditation classes and courses.
For more information on meditation classes, please click here.
Rivendell Retreat Centre in Sussex offers a range of yoga retreats throughout the year. Click here for more details. Please note that these retreats usually book up a long time in advance.