Yoga styles & benefits

Welcome to Little bird. We hope to see you soon.

Here is some information on yoga, its benefits and the various styles practiced in the studio:

How do I book?

All online and in studio classes can be booked via the Little bird app or on the 'yoga timetable' section on our website.

When you book an online class, you will receive an email with a ZOOM link and password. To join the class, just click on the ZOOM link. You do not need to create a zoom account but you may need to install zoom on your computer or mobile device or ok a few permissions.

If you have booked an in studio class or course, please arrive 5/10 min before your class is due to start. We kindly request students to arrive with their yoga gear on and to maintain safe distancing. Please bring your own mats and props. Class attendance is limited to 6 students.

What do I need?

You will need a yoga mat (and access to the internet for the online sessions).

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. If possible, avoid eating before class but make sure you are hydrated.

Yoga is about learning to listen to and respect your body. Please be mindful of your own boundaries and remember, you should never ever feel pain in class.

Class Levels

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Open to those in the initial stages of yoga. Level I classes provide a solid, safe foundation and are suitable for all levels.

Level 2

Intermediate classes are for students who want to develop and refine their practice and learn more challenging postures. Not suitable for beginners

Mixed Level

These classes are open to anyone with some yoga experience. Students are offered variations to suit their levels of practice and abilities.

Benefits of Yoga

As with many forms of physical exercise, yoga will increase your strength and energy levels, improve your blood circulation and muscle tone, help with weight loss and encourage overall heath.

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It will also help you to develop better posture, balance and flexibility, leaving you feeling lighter and at ease in your body. In addition it improves your metabolism and digestion by massaging the internal organs.

Above all, (and the reason why so many people are turning to yoga) it is hugely beneficial for relieving stress and increasing focus and concentration.

Yoga Styles

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There are many different forms of yoga and the range of styles can be confusing. Most styles practiced today derive from Hatha yoga, the forerunner of all postural yoga. Many styles emphasise the connection of breath and movement as an integral part of the practice; some include an element of meditation, and all include relaxation at the end of class.

 

Vinyasa Flow

This is a dynamic flowing style of yoga, harmonizing breath and movement to develop strength, flexibility, and concentration. While Vinyasa flow classes are generally physically demanding, teachers' styles can vary greatly. Some classes can be slow-paced and focus on holding poses and fluid, graceful transitions; others can be more fast-paced and emphasise a vigorous aerobic workoutVinyasa Flow is suitable for those with a medium to good level of fitness.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is essentially a series of postures designed to improve body alignment and to calm the nervous system. Classes tend to be gentle and slower-paced with a focus on simple breathing exercises and meditation. Hatha yoga is particularly suitable for beginners.

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a slow paced style of yoga. Classes involve mostly passive poses practiced on the floor wrapped in blankets. Poses are held for 2-5 minutes and help target connective joint tissue and fascia flexibility, unlike more yang styles of yoga which generally target muscle flexibility. Yin is a relaxing but challenging practice, and is a fantastic compliment to other forms of exercise. Yin is suitable for all levels.

Iyengar Yoga

Developed by B.K.S Iyengar, it places great focus on precise physical alignment and refined instructions. Students are guided step by step into the poses, sometimes with the use of props to cater for the needs of each individual student. Poses are held for longer periods of time, and classes concentrate on different areas of the body. Iyengar yoga is excellent for beginners, as it provides a deep understanding of the basic poses.

Restorative Yoga

A gentle, nurturing, slow-paced type of yoga anyone can do. Postures are usually deeply supported by blankets and bolsters and held for several minutes at a time, thus encouraging the body and nervous system to relax deeply. Our restorative yoga classes are usually in the evening and candle-lit: you will leave feeling nourished and relaxed, ready for a deep, deep sleep.

Yoga for Seniors

This is a gentle yoga class for anyone over the age of 60. The class will concentrate on breathing, stretching and strengthening the body to improve flexibility and clarity of mind. We are as young as we feel!

Breathwork

Breathwork is an active meditation, with deep rhythmic breathing to increase the oxygen flow through the body, resulting in a highly cathartic and slightly psychedelic state of mind — one that can unblock stuck energy and elevate us to deeper levels of clarity and awareness.

Inner Body Connection

These classes use slow concentrated movement and breathing techniques to lead you back into your deep core. You will be guided through a series of detailed exercises that are designed to turn off the dominant outer muscles of the body and to allow the inner core to do what it was designed for: To support us. This can be a slow, but deeply rewarding process: Once we connect to our inner core, we can breath more easily, move more fluidly and think more clearly.

 

Pilates

Pilates is an exercise regime that focuses on movements that stabilize and strengthen the core while maintaining a neutral spine. While core stability is the focal point of Pilates, the exercises also help build strength and stability around other joints like hips and shoulders and improve quality of movements, coordination, and breathing. Pilates is safe, effective, and suitable for everyone, from professional athletes to office workers.