Guringai Yoga Shala offer classes, workshops and courses in Yoga for beginners to advanced. Our yoga school is in Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern beaches.
View the timetable here.
Expect to join a faster pace practice in which there is some assumed knowledge of alignment, sun salute flow, contraindications of the poses and clear use of the breath. Inversions, pranayama, chanting and elements of philosophy flavor the class. Open to intermediate students with substantial previous experience.
Visit our calendar for other Dynamic Yoga classes.
Hatha Yoga in the west is a general term to describe a style of Yoga. The truth is Hatha Yoga is any form of Yoga that involves Asana, Pranayama, Mudras, Bandhas and Meditative practices on top of the Shatkarmas, the cleansing practices.
However, you may expect to join a lead class in which movement and breath are the focus of the practice. The time of the day, the presence of the elements in varying degrees, the ability and experience of the students all combine to create how the class is taught. Most poses and techniques offer some variations to meet the students’ individual needs.
Stacy's Gentle Hatha Yoga class on Mondays 10:00 - 11:30 and Claire’s Gentle Hatha Yoga class on Tuesdays 09:30 - 11:00 combine gentle, slow Asana (poses) with Pranayama (breath work) and Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) to provide the perfect antidote for a busy lifestyle. The gentle nature of the class is designed to help students feel rejuvenated, refreshed, energised and vibrant. The practice works deeply on the nervous system, allowing stress and tension to be released, balance to be restored to the body and calm to the mind. The classes are suitable for any age or experience of yoga.
Visit our calendar for Hatha Yoga times.
Yin Yoga is a great balance to all the Yang activities in our lives (our Hatha or Ashtanga practices, any other exercise, and just our general day to day activities). The pace is slow and the poses are held for a longer time, allowing students to sink deeply into their practice. This style of Yoga goes beyond working on the muscles, instead we work on the deeper connective tissues and fascia to access long held aches, pains and tensions. In this practice, you are invited to slow down, create space and nourish yourself in a completely different way. Yin Yoga is a powerful practice, with many physical, mental and emotional benefits. It has many therapeutic advantages, especially for athletes, for people suffering from pain or injury or for those who are considering or have recently had surgery. Curious? Come and play!
The Freedom sessions are designed to enhance the student’s personal Yoga practice and to meet individual needs. They are non-led yet supervised classes where each student can go deeper into their own zone, following the practice that is best suited for their Body-mind at that time. Fabio is present to guide, assist, adjust and support where needed.
They feel like a one on one but in a group environment. They always start with a one on one with Fabio to set the tone and direction of the practice, to create a student-teacher relationship and if needed, to design a sequence from scratch or to upgrade an already existing one. They are ideal for students who want to create a self practice but do not have the tools or experience to do so, and for experienced Yogis who want to deepen their practice or take the next step on their journey. The sequences could be experimental, therapeutical, with or without use of props and can involve Pranayama, relaxation and meditation.
Details of Freedom Yoga classes are available on our calendar.
The Ashtanga Yoga Method is an ancient system that has been traditionally taught by the late master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, who began his studies with Krishnamacharya as of 1927. In the original manuscript, passed on from guru to disciple, there are teachings on the sequencing of the postures or the vinyasa, the drishtis, the bandhas, the mudras and the philosophy.
When practised in its correct sequential order, this traditional form of Yoga gradually leads the student to a vibrantly healthy body and mind. The emphasis is on synchronising the movement of the body with the breath through a progressive series of postures that creates internal heat. This in turn, detoxes the mind and body, improves circulation, builds strength, improves flexibility and stamina. Each posture is a preparation for the next, developing the strength and balance required to move further into the practice, with a graceful flow.
Details and registration for Ashtanga Yoga classes are available on our calendar.
Sessions can be one-on-one or in small groups designed for the absolute beginner as well as for the very advanced student seeking to gain more knowledge in the following areas:
• bandhas and mudras
• relaxation and meditation
• shatkarmas— ancient yogic cleanses
Yoga and the bush:
To work more intimately with the Pancha Maha Bhutas (the great 5 Vedic elements), some of the sessions are offered out in Nature, without props, to enhance the power and potency of the practices. The chosen locations are impregnated with the energy of one or more of the Subtle Elements to facilitate healing and transformation.
Next dates for a group program to be announced.
To organise a one on one in the bush please contact Fabio.
Yoga for men:
This class has been designed to address common issues that men face when practising Yoga, including tightnesses and restrictions in the hips, thighs and knees. Also a great place for like-minded men to practise Yoga together without the added pressure/perception of lots of skinny girls watching them! Here is a testimonial from one of our students:
"For men, Yoga has an image problem - all those wonderfully flexible ladies can be a bit intimidating - (albeit eye catching!) doing 'soft' stretching classes (men like the concept of strength). So the idea of a 'men only' class really appealed; my tight hips and hamstrings, and wobbly one legged stances were hopefully going to be the norm rather than the exception. And so it has turned out. Our little group came together a couple of months ago under Claire's gentle and encouraging guidance. She made it clear that it was now okay to not have to sit cross-legged without support or to consider downward dog as unpleasant rather than a relaxing resting pose. It was also okay to have a little banter during the session - all that inward focus can be a little too serious at times. Claire worked with us as a group and individually, and in doing so, she gave each of the necessary permission to do and enjoy what we could and not to mind what we couldn't. One particular aspect of Claire's classes that I enjoyed was the introduction of some Yin Yoga poses at the end of the class. Besides the physicality of these poses, the different thinking underlying them helped put the whole 'Yoga thing' into a more complete context of the physical, intellectual and emotional being. I eagerly await our next session of Men's Yoga with Claire.' - Malcolm, Newport, NSW, Australia
Starting 2nd May, Mondays 4.00pm – 4.45pm, 9 week term - boys and girls are welcome, primary school age preferred but can cater for other age groups by arrangement. ($12 for a drop in class or $90 for the term).
Stacy's Kids' Yoga classes are nurturing and non-competitive with a beautiful balance between creativity and structure. She loves engaging children through yoga games, breath awareness, postures, and relaxation. Passing on skills of self regulation that they can draw upon at any stage of their lives. Yoga is a fabulous tool for children - as well as simply being lots of fun, it offers improvements in posture, balance, body awareness and strength as well as benefitting concentration, creative thinking and their ability to relax.
Stacy (Level 1, Yoga Teacher - 350 hr) has more than 200hrs of training with 'Life Skills Group' - and she has been teaching the 'Yoga To Go Kids' program in schools for 4 years.