YOGA & WELLNESS
Vinyasa flow yoga classes are characterised by dynamic yoga asana poses that flow beautifully together from one pose to another, linked by breath (usually Ujayyi breath technique). "Vinyasa" originates from the Sanskirt term "nyasa" meaning "to put", and "vi" meaning "in a special place". Every class is always different, featuring new sequences and often will focus on a theme such as Backbending, Hip opening, Hamstring stretching for example. These classes are ideal for those who enjoy flowing movement and variety. Vinyasa flow classes are a excellent way to move into a meditative, mindful state through repetition and flowing movement.
Yin Yoga/Yin Yang Yoga
"Yin yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (which we are calling yang tissues.) Yin yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasise internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin yoga generally targets the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis, lower spine." Bernie Clark, Chapter One, YINSIGHTS.
Yin yoga classes are characterised by holding the yin asana poses for a longer period of time, say 3 to 5 minutes at a time; the student usually moves into the pose till they feel the strong sensation in a target area/meridian channel, then they move into stilling the body, mind and breath in the pose, and then they hold for a specified amount of time.
"Hatha" is translated in Sanskrit as Ha, meaning "sun" and Tha, meaning "moon". This implies a balancing of the masculine aspects such as active, hot, sun, with feminine aspects - receptive, cool, moon, aspects that exist in all of us. Very similar to the balancing aspects of Yin and Yang, Hatha yoga is a path of yoga that aims to create balance between strength and flexibility in our bodies. In Hatha yoga there is a balancing of effort and surrender in each pose. Hatha yoga aims to unite the opposites that exist in everyone. In Hatha yoga, we perform physical poses (asana) and sequences of asanas, whose purpose is to align your body-skin, muscles, tissues, bones, in order to open the channels of the body, specifically the spine, so that the energy (prana, life force) can flow freely. Hatha Yoga is slower in pace than Vinyasa flow, and poses are held for longer moments while integrating the breath and intention into the pose.
Sivananda yoga is a traditional, exact and easy-to-learn yoga system based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda, and which were summarised and spread globally by his main disciple, Swami Vishnudevananda. It is based on the Five Points of Yoga: Proper Exercise (Asana), Proper Breathing (Pranayama), Proper Relaxation, Proper Diet, Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana). A more gentle and introspective style of yoga, classes typically start with Savasana, then move into Pranayama practises of Kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma, followed by rounds of Surya Namaskara. Then what follows is a set sequence of 12 basic asanas held for a period of time, that work the body as well as the chakras. Classes last for an average of 90 minutes. Practitioners can expect to feel refreshed in body, mind and spirit after the sessions.
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga
Prenatal yoga is wonderful preparation for birth through asana, labour breathing/relaxation breathing exercises, body and mind awareness. Yoga during pregnancy can relieve many of the discomforts of pregnancy, and prepare women physically and mentally for birth. The classes are a support for women through pregnancy and after birth. Prenatal classes include periods of relaxation, focus on hip opening, leg strengthening, and birthing positions that aid giving birth and promote optimal foetal positioning (OFP). Postural alignment, breathing exercises, pelvic floor strengthening exercises are also emphasised. Post natal classes feature relaxation for busy new mums, breathing exercises to relieve tension and restore energy, abdominal exercises to bring back strength and tone, and Vinyasa sequences and static asana poses to generate heat and revitalise flagging energy. All classes are always finished with savasana to give expectant and new mothers ample time to relax the body and mind. *Note: it is required for any expectant and new mother to check with your health provider if you are fit to embark on a yoga program, before joining any yoga class.
Assisted Yin Yoga Sessions
Done on a one-on-one basis, in assisted Yin Yoga sessions, the receiver's body will gently be held by the practitioner in specific floor postures for 3 to 5 minutes, with the intent of working through stretch, compression, tension or shearing, a specific meridian (energy channel) and body part. Because the poses are being held by the practitioner, one is able to completely relax and receive the stretch (or action) more fully. Through Assisted Yin Yoga, the receiver is able to get into poses that they may not normally be able to achieve on their own, and thereby they can fully receive the benefits of the pose. Ideal for all levels of yoga ability, especially for those more challenged by stretching, Yin Yoga is extremely relaxing and deeply nurturing.
Private Yoga and Meditation Sessions
In groups or one on one, private yoga sessions are available by request. They are beneficial to those seeking to balance the body, mind and spirit by way of personalised guidance. It is an excellent way to deepen yoga practise and meditation knowledge. Personalised guidance can be given as an introduction to yoga, or as a deepening of a current yoga practise. Alignment and instruction based on your specific & unique anatomy, personalised yoga sequences, instruction in advanced asana, private meditation, personalised pranayama are all features of a private yoga instruction. With private sessions, you can learn what you need to, at your own pace, in the privacy of your own space or alternatively in a private space held by Shanti Devi.
Reiki Healing (Usui System)
Reiki (from the Japanese "rei" meaning Universal and "ki"meaning life force energy) is one of the leading safe Energy Medicine approaches. It is a non-invasive healing system which features a specific type of subtle energy healing work wherein the healing is performed by the laying on of hands of an attuned reiki practitioner, allowing the flow of healing energy coming from the a limitless source (God energy). Reiki promotes stress reduction, well-being and healing, treating the person's body, mind, spirit, emotions, and balancing the chakras/energy centres. Reiki is a simple, safe and natural method of healing that promotes health and well being, endowing feelings of peace, relaxation, peace and security.
In a reiki treatment, the patient lays fully clothed, whilst the practitioner passes their hands through the patient's energy field (aura), alleviating any negative energy that can cause dis-ease. Sessions are tailored to each patients' individual needs
Reiki is a spiritual practise developed in 1922 by the Japanese Buddhist Doctor and sage, Mikao Usui. It is a wonderful support to medical treatment and medicine that a patient may already undergoing.
Distance Reiki Healing
Reiki sessions are usually done in person, but distance healing treatments can be arranged, together with Skype consultations. Reiki energy is not limited by time and distance, therefore distance reiki healings can be given without the patient being present in person.
Reiki Attunement Trainings (Level 1 and 2)
Reiki is easy to learn and easy to practice. Reiki level 1 attunement, fully empowers the student to practise Reiki on themselves at any time, and informally give it to family, friends and even pets. In Reiki level 1 training, Reiki protocols for self treatment and for sharing with others are taught as well as the Reiki precepts, philosophy and history. Reiki level 1 training is a strong support to a person's wellness, health and medical treatment, and these benefits extend to family members and friends.
In Reiki Level 2 Attunement students are taught distant, non-touch treatment, as well as deepening of the Reiki learning is given through teaching of the Reiki symbols and their use, which increase the power of the Reiki energy attunement received in Reiki level 1.
Crystal therapy is a safe, non-invasive form of therapy. Extremely relaxing, the patient lays fully clothed and crystals are placed on the body on specific energy centres and locations, and in the surrounding area to create wonderful sense of calm, peace, balance and well-being. Sensations of tingling, vibration, temperature change may be felt, as well as visual imagery and light may be seen with the eyes closed. Crystal healings are so relaxing that is it usual for the patient to fall asleep during the session.
Crystals through their unique structures, emit electrical impulses which may be very subtle, and which are received by the body's neurological system. Each crystal has a specific energy signature which can align and balance the energy channels (meridians) and energy centres (chakras) of the patient. Through intuitive and correct placement of crystals on specific points on the body, emotional, mental, spiritual harmony can be achieved. By bringing the body into this state of equilibrium, natural healing can occur. The therapy is customised to the patient's unique needs.
Reiki Crystal Healing
Crystals are laid on specific points of the patient's body during a Reiki treatment session, thereby enhancing the healing and energy balancing aspects. Used in this way, crystals complement and speed up the healing process during a Reiki treatment. Chakra balancing is a central feature to this type of healing session. Treatments are tailored to each patient's specific needs. Reiki Crystal healing sessions are wonderfully relaxing and balancing, promoting a sense of well-being, peace and calm. It is not uncommon to fall asleep during these sessions.
*NOTE: Reiki and Crystal healings are not a replacement for medical treatment. Please see you medical physician for primary physical and psychological care.