Guringai Yoga Shala - Mona Vale - Class Styles
Visit Guringai Yoga Shala for Yoga classes in a range of styles including Hatha, Restorative, Pranayama, Meditation, Ashtanga and Yin.
Our boutique Yoga studio is based in Mona Vale on Sydney's Northern Beaches. We offer regular, open classes in Yoga for beginners to experienced. Our focus is on small classes and traditional Yoga. We specialise in Hatha Yoga (from a gentle offering to a more dynamic and fast-paced class), as well as Restorative, Pranayama, Meditation, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga.
To reserve your spot in a class, please book online here.
Hatha Yoga in the West is a general term to describe a style of Yoga. The truth is Hatha Yogais any form of Yoga involving Asana, Pranayama, Mudras, Bandhas and Meditative practices on top of the Shatkarmas, the cleansing practices.
In our Hatha classes, you will find that movement and breath are the focus. The time of day, the presence of the elements, the ability and experience of the students combine to create how the class is taught. Most poses and techniques offer variations to meet the students’ individual needs.
Suitable for all levels, including beginners.
DYNAMIC HATHA YOGA
Previous experience preferred
Similar in style to our general Hatha classes, at a Dynamic Hatha class you will find a faster-paced practice in which there is some assumed knowledge of alignment, sun salute flow, contraindications and use of the breath.
You may also find that inversions, pranayama, chanting and other elements of Yogic philosophy flavour the class. The pace and style of the class is stronger and more flowing, although provision is always made for each student's requirements and level of experience.
Open to students with previous experience.
GENTLE HATHA YOGA
These Hatha classes combine gentle, slow Asana (poses) with Pranayama (breath work) and Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) to provide the perfect antidote for a busy lifestyle. They're also a great entry-level class for beginners.
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 level of experience.
The Ashtanga Yoga Method is an ancient system, 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.
CUSTOMISED 1:1 YOGA
Personalised to your needs
Yoga was traditionally taught one-on-one with a master and a student over a lifetime (or many lifetimes!). In the West, we have lost sight of this type of Yoga practice, and now tend to focus more on group classes. Whilst group classes are great, we highly recommend customised either one-on-one, or in small groups - perhaps with a partner or some friends.
The great advantage of customised private classes is that they can be tailored to meet your precise needs, and can be amended as their needs vary over time.
Great for the absolute beginner, as well as for the very advanced student seeking to gain more knowledge in practices as diverse as: asanas, bandhas, mudras, pranayama, relaxation and meditation and shatkarmas (ancient yogic cleanses).
To find out more about customised 1:1 Yoga and how it could help you to reach your goals or to heal injuries please send us an email.
Personalised to your needs
Created by Fabio, Freedom Yoga is like a private class, but in a supportive group environment. Begin with a private one-on-one with Fabio to set the direction of the practice, to create a student-teacher relationship and if needed, to design a sequence appropriate for your current needs. Sequences are designed to suit your experience, your health and your goals.
Then, come along to Freedom Yoga sessions once or twice per week, to practice your yoga, at your own pace, in a supervised environment.
Freedom Yoga enhances the student’s personal Yoga practice, allowing students to 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.
Ideal for students who want a self-practice but don't know how, and for experienced Yogis who want to deepen their practice or take the next step.
PRANA, PRANAYAMA & JAPA
This class has a focus on postures, breath and meditation, and is a great addition to your regular practice, whether you're a beginner or a more experienced Yogi.
In this class, you'll spend some time moving the body gently, to open to heart and lungs. This is then followed by Pranayama (breathing) practices, and finishing with Japa (mantra) meditation.
This class is open to everyone with an interest in varying their regular practice, or deepening their experience of Yoga through breath and meditation.
Designed to nourish your nervous system and create deep rest, this class covers breathing, meditation and gentle movement techniques to release tension and soothe the mind.
We use props generously to support the body in relaxation through a series of poses held for several minutes each, and finish with a luscious savasana and a swinging chimes sound bath.
This class is ideal for healing the effects of stress, promoting restful sleep, releasing tension, and feeling lighter and calmer in your body.
In this specialised style of yoga you are invited to slow down and nourish your body and your soul. Slow yet deep, passive yet challenging, Yin allows you to connect with your body in a whole new way.
This style of Yoga goes way beyond working on the muscles; instead we work on the deeper connective tissues and fascia to access and release long-held injuries, stresses, pains and tension.
Suitable for any level of experience, including beginners, and especially useful for athletes in training or recovery mode.
Guringai Yoga Shala
Yoga and Meditation School in Mona Vale, Sydney
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