Katies-Yoga-collective

Sun salutes with Katie

Sun Salutations or "Surya Namaskara" is a sequence, or pattern of postures which helps you to both concentrate on how your breath and body move together in transition between poses, but also how the stilling of the breath coincides with the stilling of the body in asana poses.

This fusion of movement and breath can bring about a quietened mind and a flexible & warm body! This vinyasa (sequence) is used as a warm up for Ashtanga Yoga.

There are many styles of this practice, of which I will guide you through three different versions.

This is a lively, vibrant and fun session, with elements of concentration, focus and alignment.

Sun salutes with Chloe

Welcoming and opening gathering in the kitchenette

Vinyasa flow with Chloe

A dynamic, flowing practice, vinyasa flow yoga combines sun salutations, warrior poses, backbends, hip openers and balances with the power of breath. You can expect to bring a sense of calmness to both mind and body, while improving mobility, flexibility and strength in a sustainable and mindful way. Modifications and variations will be offered to make this class suitable for all experience levels.

Shakti Flowing Yoga with Maite

Shakti Flowing Yoga, is a movement based yoga, based on Shakti Dance, the Yoga of Dance and having its roots in Kundalini Yoga. The session consist on a seamless flow of gentle, yet powerful!, floor stretches coordinated with the breath to a background of mantric music. It may include standing up movements leading into free dance, and ending in a final relaxation. It is about HOW we do it more than WHAT we do.
In each session, we embark into a body-mind-heart exploration by slowing the flow of movement down and coordinating it with our own rhythm of breath. Letting go of judging and pushing the body to perform, bringing kindness, curiosity and acceptance into our unique experience, we drop into a state of presence with the body as it is. In that way we reconnect with our bodies as our source of life force, of joy and wisdom. We regain our feeling at home in our body, as a temple, as well as a sacred living creature of Earth.
I love sharing these nurturing, healing and life-giving spaces, experience a deep connection with the conscious life force that permeates everything, Shakti.

Fusion Flow with Gina

Put an extra spring in your step with a flowing hatha-fusion yoga class!

Positive and down to earth in her approach, Gina’s style draws on multiple yogic disciplines and Chinese Five Element theory. 

Classes combine breath, alignment and energy work in creative sequences to free cluttered minds and bodies and bring them into the here and now.

In this session we’ll be take a journey through the chakras exploring the theme of ‘bliss’ as we radiate from the heart centre. 

Re-connect to find the best version of yourself in these challenging times. 

Warm welcome to all levels.

Acro

Adam and Natalie invite you to start or continue your Acro Yoga journey with us at Move Forward Wellness Studio Totnes. You will learn how to embody the fundamentals of Acro yoga in a fun, safe and enriched way.

Acro yoga is a mix of yoga, acrobatics, partner or group movement The massage. There is the solar side ‘Acro Yoga’ and the luna side ‘Flying therapeutics’.

Yoga is union, making connections between  mind, body and breath but also with others around you. Acro Yoga gives us all of elements. Acro Yoga allows you to explore balance, playfulness, trust and much more which puts us in a place of giving and receiving each other’s weight. Acro Yoga gives movement a chance to leave the ground and for you to feel  weightlessness. Being also known as flying Yoga. It helps to build strength, flexibility, learning the principles of movement, body awareness, communication and much more that you will discover by joining the class.

There are normally three roles within Acro yoga, first is the base. This roll will be supporting by standing, or lying down doing the balancing. This helps to build strength, build confidence, team building and flexibility. Secondly, is the flyer who is mostly off the ground, moving from pose to pose. Thirdly there is the most important role which is the spotter. This person is there for safety, to not only make sure there are no injuries but also to help with direction and assisting the flyer, and to ensure communication is completed successfully. These roles can all interchange and there could always be more than one flyer or one base working together. Come and trust your body and others.

Everyone is welcome to these classes. Come alone or with a friend or partner. These classes will be a progressive class working first on weight sharing and still poses. Moving on to the various poses/movements of Acro Yoga such as washing machine, hand standing, flow, group Acro Yoga and fly therapeutics.

Yin with Chloe

Pause from the busy-ness of everyday life and come to your mat to simply be. Yin yoga is a beautiful, calming, meditative practice where we hold static poses for 3-5 minutes at a time, with bolsters, blocks and blankets for support. The poses are held with relaxed, soft muscles enabling us to work with the fascia of the body – improving mobility and flexibility, releasing tension and creating space in the body.

Acro with Natalie/Adam

Adam and Natalie invite you to start or continue your Acro Yoga journey with us at Move Forward Wellness Studio Totnes. You will learn how to embody the fundamentals of Acro yoga in a fun, safe and enriched way.

Acro yoga is a mix of yoga, acrobatics, partner or group movement The massage. There is the solar side ‘Acro Yoga’ and the luna side ‘Flying therapeutics’.

Yoga is union, making connections between  mind, body and breath but also with others around you. Acro Yoga gives us all of elements. Acro Yoga allows you to explore balance, playfulness, trust and much more which puts us in a place of giving and receiving each other’s weight. Acro Yoga gives movement a chance to leave the ground and for you to feel  weightlessness. Being also known as flying Yoga. It helps to build strength, flexibility, learning the principles of movement, body awareness, communication and much more that you will discover by joining the class.

There are normally three roles within Acro yoga, first is the base. This roll will be supporting by standing, or lying down doing the balancing. This helps to build strength, build confidence, team building and flexibility. Secondly, is the flyer who is mostly off the ground, moving from pose to pose. Thirdly there is the most important role which is the spotter. This person is there for safety, to not only make sure there are no injuries but also to help with direction and assisting the flyer, and to ensure communication is completed successfully. These roles can all interchange and there could always be more than one flyer or one base working together. Come and trust your body and others.

Everyone is welcome to these classes. Come alone or with a friend or partner. These classes will be a progressive class working first on weight sharing and still poses. Moving on to the various poses/movements of Acro Yoga such as washing machine, hand standing, flow, group Acro Yoga and fly therapeutics.

Yin & Somatics Katie

Yin is an art within the postures. It is a subtle investigation and discovery of your edges, both physical and mental and how you make choices based on your experience in the moment.

Often thought of as a gentle style of yoga, you can make this as challenging as you wish, but many will say they have faced demons in Yin! Others might say they can feel their fascia expanding and stretching to encompass the body space they should be living in. This is also a mental practice of staying present with sensation and practising precious patience for long-standing efficient and beneficial habits in the body and mind.

Intertwined between poses will be subtle somatic movements and observations to strengthen neural pathways in the brain to help you move more efficiently in all your movements both on the mat and off. The soma is the truth of existing within a human body, and the honesty which you bring to your experiences is an essential part of this facet of movement and attention, of the release of tension and deliberate use of the body to delight in ease!

 

Scaravelli inspired Yoga

This way of practising, guided by breath and the feel of the whole body,
is about becoming sensitive to our more subtle interior currents.
resting deeply into our own most basic rhythms,
we can enhance the quality of our embodied presence..
'Like secret creatures cradled in the skin,
resting into the voluptuous density of the flesh,
we can devour the intimacy of our other bodies,
and dare to live more imaginatively, more deliciously.' Justin

Pranayama & Bandhas with Adam

Pranayama is the yogic practice of prolonging, restraining and controlling the breath. It is considered an essential practice for creating the ideal conditions for meditation and the revelation of our essential nature.

This session will include a short talk on pranayama and an introduction to some breathing techniques before beginning with the practice. First we will learn how to practice Complete Yogic Breathing which is very useful when practicing pranayama. We will then practice one or two different pranayama techniques before concluding the session.

Bandhas- The subtle art of harnessing energy within the body, the bandhas are a key into the world of energetic currents within the body. this is an introduction to these incredibly useful superpowers that lie mostly unnoticed in our systems.

Nidra/classical Hatha Yoga with Jane

We will start with some gentle stretches and restorative/meditative postures and breaths, suitable for all levels and experience, from beginners to more advanced. This will prepare us to then practice Yoga Nidra, a perfect way to experience profound relaxation after a wonderful day of yoga J

Brief bio – I’ve been practicing and teaching classical hatha yoga for over 45 years, training teachers for 23, and studying/practicing Yoga Nidra for almost 9 years, and offering YN teacher training for 7 years.

Introduction to Meditation

Adam

 

Each meditation practice is shared free from dogma and on the basis of non-dual philosophy or ‘advaita vedanta’ in Sanskrit. Known as the pearl of Indian philosophy, advaita vedanta has influenced virtually all schools of Indian thought.  At the core of this philosophy is the understanding that there is no separation between anyone or anything. There is a shared consciousness that lies beyond the realms of the mind and personality and this can be experienced directly through the practice of meditation.

Through consistent practice, (as well as other yogic practices), we can start to touch deeper and more subtle aspects of our being. Meditation is an experiential exploration of the fundamental questions of life – ‘Who am I?’, ‘What is this Existence?’.

Kirtan with Maite & co

An opportunity to experience your mind relaxing, your heart opening to the vibration of sound and mantra. We will be sharing our passion for this yogic practice of sacred chanting, helped by our harmonium, guitar, drums, cymbals and vocals, through different mantras.
Bring something soft to be sitting on, and to keep warm and comfortable. Water to drink is also advisable.

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Maite brings her natural passion for using the body as a way to reconnect and reclaim our innate life force, joy, and wellbeing. She has a background as a qualified nurse, both general and psychiatric, as a Movement and Dramatherapist, as a Kundalini Yoga and Shakti Dance teacher, as a Massage therapist and as a Mindfulness Teacher. Tantra and social activism are also great interests for her.

Contact Maite Alonso at maite.shakti@gmail.com