At Padma Yoga our classes are organised in levels. This is to guide you to the most appropriate class for your experience. If you require any further information please get in touch.
Yoga Basics – This short course is for completely new students of yoga, where the basics of posture work (asana), breath awareness and deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra) are introduced. Attention to body and breath is encouraged to help develop inner awareness. Practices are simple and accessible to all, allowing students of all abilities to try yoga. We close each class by chanting the mantra OM three times.
At the end of this course students are encouraged to join a Beginners Level class. Don’t feel ready? You’re welcome to attend the course as often as you like. It’s also a great way for experienced students to revisit the foundations of their practice.
Satyananda Beginners – This class is for students that have completed the Yoga Basics course with up to 9 months regular yoga practice. Building on the fundamental elements of posture work (asana), breath awareness and deep relaxation explored during the Yoga Basics Course. This Beginners level class introduces a wider range of classical yoga practices, including asana, the foundations of pranayama (breath practices), mudra (hand gestures), mantra and deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra).
If you can’t make our Yoga Basics Course you are welcome to join this class directly. This is a lovely class for students that may have physical limitations either as a result of ill health or advancing years! If you can’t make our evening Beginners level class, why not try Yoga & Meditation. The class is open to completely new students of yoga, along with more experienced students wishing to explore meditation.
Satyananda Improvers – This class is for students that have a foundation of regular yoga practice, usually a minimum of 9 months. The fundamentals of asana (postures), pranayama (breath practices) and deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra) are developed further. This means that asana practice will be more challenging than at our Beginners level with a wider range of asana and pranayama practices included. We also chant mantra, use hand gestures (mudras) and reference is made to the energy flows (prana). The basic tenets of yoga philosophy are introduced.
This is a great class for students from other traditions to get to know Satyananda Yoga. In some instances we will take beginner level students in to this class.
Satyananda Intermediate – This class is for students with an established yoga practice, usually more than two years, who have a good level of experience of the classical yoga asana and pranayama. The class is a more challenging than our Improvers level and focuses on deepening your experience of the different elements of yoga. A willingness to develop your practice is recommended. The class includes asana, pranayama and Yoga Nidra. Longer mantras are introduced, as well as a wider range of hand gestures (mudras). Reference is made to energy flows (prana), energy centres (chakras) and the wider concepts of yoga philosophy.
This is a great class for more experienced students who have solid experience of asana and pranayama practices. Intermediate classes go a little deeper than Improvers level classes, with more time invested in exploring each posture and developing pranayama practices. This means that the class will often include less postures but the same amount of posture work. If you’re not sure whether you have enough experience for the class please get in touch.
Satyananda Yoga & Meditation – This class is for students who wish to learn simple meditation techniques alongside developing a regular yoga practice. Building on the fundamental elements of yoga, the class includes posture work (asana), pranayama (breath practices), mudra (hand gestures), mantra (chanting) and dharana/dhyana (concentration & meditation techniques). It is a lovely way to combine the physical benefits of yoga with the mental benefits of meditation to bring balance to body and mind. Meditation practices are taught in a way that is suitable for complete newcomers to meditation, along with those who wish to explore meditation in a supportive environment.
We currently offer two Yoga & Meditation classes in our schedule. A day time Beginner level class (for new students) and an evening Improver level class (usually for students with a minimum of nine months practice). Both classes combine posture work, breath practices and meditations from the yoga tradition appropriate to the level of the class. For those unused to sitting on the floor there is the option to use a chair.
Iyengar Yoga – Iyengar Yoga is a highly regarded system of yoga developed under the guidance of B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, India. Iyengar Yoga focuses on bringing alignment to the body as a means of integrating body, mind and spirit. It’s a great practice for those who enjoy the more physical aspects of posture work. Classes are accessible to all, using a range of different props to support and encourage even the stiffest of individuals to achieve their full potential. Classes include asana, simple mantra and end with a period of guided relaxation.
Taught by Mark Isaacs, these classes are a wonderful opportunity to try Iyengar Yoga. Taught in a systematic way and adjusted according to experience and flexibility, the classes explore classical yoga practice with a different emphasis to our Satyananda classes.
Hatha Yoga – Hatha Yoga draws from a variety of different teachings. Each teacher is influenced by their training, teachers and own interests. As such their practice tends to be more eclectic and individual than our Satyananda and Iyengar classes. A beginners level class, there is a balance of posture work – to extend, open and strengthen the body – and breath practice. Classes end with a period of guided relaxation.
A gentler type of practice than our previous Hatha Flow class, this class is designed to bring mobility and build strength in a way that is accessible to all. Taught by Yvette Mayo, you will be encouraged to explore what’s possible for you, deepening your understanding of your own body and improving your health and wellbeing
Sun Power Yoga – An eclectic mix of styles, Sun Power Yoga has been developed over the last 20 years by Anne-Marie Newland. A flowing, vinyasa style of practice, it is influenced by the classical teachings of Sivananda, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Hatha Yoga. The practice flows from one posture to the next, bringing warmth in to the body, whilst building strength and flexibility. While it may sound challenging, there is a lovely sensitivity in the teaching encouraging you to go a little deeper without straining your body.
A monthly class on a Friday evening, Sun Power Yoga is most suited to those students with a regular practice who prefer a flowing style of practice or who would like to experience something new. Taught by Regina Padma Rintchen, this class really compliments the later Friday evening Restorative Yoga class. Check our class schedule for the date of the next class.
Restorative Yoga – Based around the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar, Restorative Yoga is intended to promote healing and deep relaxation. During the class you will be guided in to a handful of postures, each held for some time. Using props – belts, blankets, cushions and bolsters – to create a comfortable position, you will be encouraged to focus on breathing deeply, releasing physical tension, promoting deep relaxation and finding a sense of inner stillness. The class includes mindful awareness and simple meditation practice allowing you to go deep within and work on the mental patterns that cause stress and tension.
A calmer, more introverting practice this class is a lovely way to wind down after a busy week. Taught by Regina Padma Rinchen, Restorative Yoga includes light twists, seated forward bends and gentle backbends held for five minutes or more. The class is suitable for anyone with a little yoga experience. Check our class schedule for this monthly Friday evening class.
Which style of yoga should I try? No one style of yoga is better than another. Each brings something different, which means you can try different styles until you find one that’s right for you. As you become more experienced you may find what you want from yoga changes or you just want to try something else. While each style will have a different emphasis, our classes include the same fundamental elements, allowing you to switch between the different classes as and when you want. If you’d like more information please contact us.