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.
Designed to align the muscles and bones and open the many energy channels of the body, especially the spine, so that energy can flow freely. Hatha yoga is intended to create a balance of strength and flexibility in the body as well as a balance of effort and surrender in each asana. A powerful tool for self-transformation, Hatha yoga requires that one pay special attention to the breath, which helps calm the fluctuations of the mind. This allows the practitioner to become more present in the unfolding of each moment, resulting in more awareness and relaxation.
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.
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.