Mat Yoga

(For All Levels)

Ashtanga Basics

Ashtanga is the original form of dynamic yoga. It is a system of combining Breath and Movement into a sequence of postures in a controlled and synchronised way. This synchronicity of movement from posture to posture is what we call Vinyasa. It draws upon the body to build strength as well as develop flexibility for an all-round balanced practice.

The word ‘Ashtanga’ literally means ‘8 Limbs’ (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi) and it looks to connect all of these together in a single yoga practice.


Alignment Flow

Alignment Flow focuses on poses (asana) through clear and intelligent alignment, building strength and ultimately creating a thorough understanding of each pose through the use of props, partner work and drills. Poses are held longer to build strength and explore alignment whilst keeping the internal heat with a vinyasa between sides to maintain the breath. Full inversions, arm balances and backbends may be explored in this luxuriously longer 75-minute class.

 Jowing Zhang in a Yoga Balancing Pose at Little Mandarin Yoga Studio
 Jowing Zhang in a Yoga Balancing Pose Goddess Pose at Little Mandarin

Vinyasa Flow

Integrate alignment, movement, core-strength, and awareness through Vinyasa Flow. Keep the body fully engaged in the present moment through this moving meditation by synchronising breath with movement and becoming strong and resilient both on and off the mat. By focusing on breath leading the movement, we learn to quiet the mind and stay in the present moment.

Designed to warm your body though moderate pacing and subtle reminders to move from your centre, activate the energetic and literal centre of your balance and strength through this invigorating practice!

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Yin

Yin Yoga will challenge your body and mind in a different way through the use of longer, static holds of stretches with the support of props. You will leave the class feeling re-energised and peaceful. Suitable for all levels of practitioners.

Yin(阴) and Yang(阳) are opposite energies. Yin Yoga places emphasis on stillness and stability whilst Yang Yoga (for example, our vinyasa flow classes) emphasises movement and mobility. Both yin and yang energy co-exist in our body and are constantly flowing relative to one another in balance. However, most of us are in a constant state of yang energy as we rush from place to place. Yin Yoga helps balance the two energies to bring our body back to a harmonious state.