Every Tuesday at 6.15pm.
A way of movement, breath and posture derived from Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar yoga.
It also has influences from far eastern yoga traditions such as Tai Chi and western medical physiotherapy.
What makes the style of movement unique is that it incorporates musculoskeletal systems and physiology as a foundation of the teaching style. It is not Synergy’s intention to create a new yoga or physical activity style, but to enhance movement applied to many disciplines improving health and longevity.
This is done through four observances:
1) Active internal movement… (ie not momentum, gravity or pulling with arms)
2) …from the base of the lumbar spine (kunda/core)
3) Natural breathing
4) Flow (moving between planes of direction, ie forward bending out of a side bend)
The classes work on a fundamental sequence which is systematically worked through. This style offers alternatives to make postures suitable for anybody (including those who practice full vinyasa), but it’s particularly beneficial to those who may otherwise have difficulty putting most of their body weight on the hands (as in a pushup for instance). Options are encouraged and the premise of the class id that you find a version of the posture that works best for your suitability each time you practice.
Each week will focus on a posture or set of vinyasas. For those with an already established yoga practice it will be beneficial to take a fresh approach on anatomy in the context of their posture and movement. For beginners its absolutely safe and effective way to increase energy instead of feeling tired or sore, and to improve flexibility without painful stretching.
Most importantly this practice leads to a very calm sense of well-being throughout and following the sessions. Aiming to establish a long running practice which is enjoyable and will lead to long term health for both physical and mental wellbeing.
The teaching style uses less words and a clicking system and gestures (a little like charades) which leads to less thinking and allows students to access that intuitive right brain. People commonly find they can overcome challenges when practicing in this way as it quietens the inner critic which is so ready when interpreting words.
It is particularly recommended for anybody who wishes to enhance their ability to gain energy from movement patterns of posture. Especially those who have attempted yoga classes in the past but fallen to the common misconception that the poses need to look particular way and ended up sore. If you have ongoing blockages of postures in your practice chances are there’s a link up elsewhere we can look at to enhance the challenging poses (often in the fundamental postures we can address this).
You don’t need to be flexible or strong to get the benefit from these classes. If you have a physical or physiological condition which you believe will prevent you from being able to participate then there is no need to count yourself out before speaking to your teacher! Due to the nature of the style being devised by physiotherapists as well as yoga teachers you will be guided in a way that will help to heal injuries that may otherwise prevent you from enjoying the practice and cultivating long term health.
This class is taught by Stefan.
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