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.
Yin and Yang Yoga:
This class is a union of flowing movements (yang) and and deeply powerful slow postures (yin). The first part of the class (yang) features set sequences which are designed to increase your heart rate and challenge your muscles. We vary the sequences from week to week, and play with speeding them up and slowing them down, whilst always encouraging students to move at their own pace. We then slow down to explore the slower, more yin side of our Yoga practice. We may practice just three poses, holding each in a gentle manner for a longer time. This part of the class is about introspection and quiet, whilst creating freedom in deep tissues and releasing long held tensions.
The balance of the yang and the yin creates a feeling of energy and peacefulness that is hard to beat!