January 20, 2021 Life Design Yoga

Live Classes vs On-Demand

Live classes happen in real-time. Our classes are taught this way because this method creates commitment, connection and accountability, as both the student and teacher get real time feedback. It’s important to understand that new habits are hard to build when our underlying nature often sticks to what’s comfortable. With a live class, a teacher can easily view their student’s potential and steer them safely to progress further. With a live class, half the battle is already won by showing-up on the mat. You’re now much more committed to follow-through and work at the pace and focus of the class. It’s also a great experience to share with friends and colleagues. Having fun and enjoying your classes is an important part of staying committed and seeing the magic happen.
On demand are recorded videos available for students to play in their own time. These are useful when traveling or wishing to practice at different times. We offer these for all our class types. However, we understand that on-demand classes can require a lot more on-going motivation and don’t really engage at the same level as having a live class with a good yoga teacher. It can feel like a solitary experience.

Demo vs non-demo

Demo example

Non demo example

A teacher demonstrating every posture of their sequence may not be paying enough attention to what the students are doing. Likewise, if the student keeps looking at the screen they may not be completely self-aware at that moment. This self-awareness and internal focus is a vital way to enhance the practice – as it’s a moving meditation. It’s also what keeps the student safe, as they learn to listen to their body, calm mental chatter, release tension and relax their nervous system.
For the most part, our Level 1 classes are fully demonstrated, suitable for students new to the practice. Eventually, they learn to rely less on the screen and listen more to clear verbal instructions. Learning to do this can be pivotal for many students, this is the beginning of connecting meaningfully to the practice and progressing faster.

Vinyasa Level 1, Level 2, and Yin

Vinyasa – Level 1 is meditation in motion by synchronising breath and movement, creating a connected state of presence and awareness. It is designed to challenge and align the body – developing and utilising core strength and overall stability resulting to enhanced mind/body awareness and improved mental stamina. Perfectly suited for all levels.
Vinyasa – Level 2. A more dynamic take on the sequence of the month. Flow through yoga postures and seamless transitions with various options to level up your experience. Explore challenging postures aimed to get you physically and mentally fit. An invigorating and transformative journey for the adventurous yogi.
Jivamukti is a method created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984. As a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings, Jivamukti Yoga is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as “seat or connection” – relationship to the Earth. (Earth implies all of life.)
Now a well-known style across the globe, Jivamukti focuses on the physical, ethical, and spiritual aspects of the practice.
Sequences are creatively pieced together in vinyasa-based physical style with adherence to five central tenets: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsā (nonviolence, non-harming), nāda (music), and dhyana (meditation).
Yin. Postures are primarily passive and are all about release. They can be held anywhere from a minute to well over five minutes targetting the body’s connective tissues, rather than muscle groups. Yin classes have a much slower pace.consisting of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.
Yin Yang.Explore both yin and yang sides of yoga in a well-rounded and thoughtful practice. This class is a perfect balance of effort and ease by combining high-energy Yang-inspired asana with calming, Yin-style postures.
A remarkably therapeutic style, it is designed with specific attention to alignment and full-body opening.The balanced yin and yang sequence will challenge your mental focus and physical strength in a lighthearted way.
You will feel relaxed, open and supple at the end of the class.
Pranayama + Meditation. This short free guided session has been developed to help support a morning routine especially for those who have a busy schedule. We are not 5hr-a-day yogis and this style of pranayama and meditation should be helping you feel more balanced and focused (not lethargic) at the start of your day. Much like eating a salad once a week won’t make you healthy, pranayama and meditation require regular practice. This efficient practice does not take much time and the pranayama can be limited to weekdays.