Recently we introduced Sports Joint Release classes to our offerings at YogaBodyWorks. We did this because we know about the benefits of adding yoga (and yin yoga specifically) to your cross training program and we thought you should too.
Speak to 10 practicing yogis and you’ll probably find 10 completely different answers to the question, ‘to heat or not to heat’ your yoga practice. There are certainly benefits to both (which is why we offer both heated and unheated classes in the studio) but here’s some information that will help you decide which style of class is for you.
One of the first things people notice about yoga is it’s great for conditioning the body. We become stronger and more flexible, breathe better and feel more alive. Over time, however, especially when we’ve been practicing a lot, we might notice the odd twinge here or ache there and we wonder if it’s yoga’s ‘fault’…
Self expression is a courageous act. Expressing what it means to be you, wholeheartedly, unabashedly, takes a leap of faith. It’s that weightless moment at the top of the rollercoaster, where you’re not sure if you’ll be ok. You always are. The momentum of the rollercoaster builds, you rush down the other side, realize that vulnerability can be exhilarating and line up for more.
You’ve been practicing yoga for a while now. You started because you wanted to de-stress or get fit, stretch out or prevent or recover from injury. As your practice progressed and your understanding of yoga deepened your interest grew. Now you practice nearly every day and you want to know more!
Ready to sweat? This strong, flowing practice will detoxify your body and quiet your mind. Based on the popular Baptiste hot Power Yoga series these classes build strength, increase flexibility, clarify the mind, and awaken our energy body.
As busy women many of us find we’re at the bottom of the priority list. Our responsibilities to our workplaces, families and friends always seem to take precedence. That is, until suddenly we realize that we’re make decisions for two - at this point there’s no getting round the fact that looking after yourself is priority number one.
Most of us have heard the phrase, “I think therefore I am”. The mind behind that phrase, Rene Descartes, known to some as the father of modern philosophy, was born late in the 16th century. His many contributions to the worlds of philosophy and mathematics included an interest in the pineal gland, a light sensitive gland in the middle of the brain, responsible for producing melatonin and thought to be where the body produces its only in-house hallucinogen, dimethyltryptamine.
Yoga Body Works is proud to announce our sponsorship of Surfest 2014.
Early this year Yoga Body Works added yin yoga to its list of studio offerings. The studio had been open for three years during which time our primary offering had been hot power yoga, reflected in our stutio moniker at the time (Hot Power Yoga). Indeed, Hot Power Yoga was the first studio in Newcastle dedicated to offering hot yoga classes and our teachers have been passionate about sharing this transformative practice.
All things evolve, however, and when yin yoga was added to our timetable this year, students poured into the new classes. We realised we had been missing this important piece of the puzzle - our previously yang space (associated with energy, fire, masculinity, activity, and with the sun, with change and with movement) became infused with a new yin energy (associated with stability, femininity, with matter, with form, with passivity and stillness).