Yoga, Sound
& Meditation

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa is a creative form of yoga where poses are linked together with the breath in a flowing sequence.

The beauty of Vinyasa yoga is the variety in the sequences. The style, pace and intensity will all vary. The class may be dynamic and focus on strengthening postures, or it may be a slower flow with an emphasis on mobility and flexibility in the spine or the hips.

The term vinyasa refers to the alignment of movement with the breath, so although you may also hold poses for a few breaths, you’ll move from one pose to the next using the inhalation and exhalation.

Vinyasa Yoga may use the bandhas or energetic and muscular locks, which assist you in moving safely in and out of poses and holding them.

Yin Yoga

Yin works deeply into our body with passive, longer-held poses. It targets the deepest tissues of the body, our connective tissues – ligaments, joints, bones, the deep fascia networks of the body and the meridians. This is contrast to a Yang yoga practice such as Vinyasa yoga which targets the muscles.

Energetically, Yin yoga improves the energy flow, enhancing the flow of chi in the organs. To be healthy, we need healthy organs as well as healthy muscles. Yin yoga also offers wonderful emotional and mental health benefits.

A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha is about balancing the body and mind. ‘Ha’ represents the esoteric sun, and ‘tha’ the moon. The practice of Hatha yoga aims to join, yoke, or balance these two energies.

A yoga class described as ‘Hatha’ will typically involve a set of physical postures and breathing techniques. These are typically practised more slowly and with more static posture holds than a Vinyasa flow.

Literally however, Hatha means ‘force’ and is more traditionally defined as ‘the yoga of force’, or ‘the means of attaining a state of yoga through force’.

Group Sound

A sound bath is a form of meditation that utilises ambient sounds to reduce the grip and pace of our thoughts, inviting a state of deep relaxation in the body.

Every cell, organ, and system in the human body has an optimum, healthy frequency or harmonious rate of vibration, also known as resonance. Illness occurs when some part or parts are not vibrating harmoniously with itself or other parts as a whole, known as dissonance.

Sound Instruments are tuned to specific vibrational frequencies which may resolve any dissonance in the body and create harmonious resonance. Group Sound may help with reduced muscle tension and anxiety, improved sleep and much more. Miraculous and spontaneous healings may occur!

Pranayama / Breathwork

Prana means life force or breath sustaining the body. Ayama translates as to extend or draw out. Together, the two mean breath extension or control. As you learn to breathe deeply and consciously, you expand your life force and energy. Breathwork brings life (prana) into your nervous system and strengthens your energy field while clearing out the stagnant and heavy energy that comes from negative and low emotions.

Pranayama is meant to nurture a high level of bodily health and mental clarity, both of which are crucial steps on the path to self-knowledge and a wholesome, authentic life.

Meditation

Meditation can be defined as a set of techniques that are intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness, focused attention and compassion, with these qualities being seen as the foundation to a healthy and happy life.

Meditation is one deliberate means of altering how you perceive and respond to the world around you.

Some of the positive physiological effects of meditation include a lowered state of physical arousal, reduced respiration rate, decreased heart rate, changes in brain wave patterns, and lowered stress.

Meditation for Healing the Nervous System

While the ANS is largely responsible for the actions we do without thinking, it’s also influenced by conscious intent. Because the mind-body connection is a two-way street, meditation can help the ANS return to a homeostatic state.

Meditation brings awareness to our experience, teaches us to let go of thoughts, emotions or situations that are stressing us out, and physically relaxes both body and mind.

Connect with Jessie for more info on her Yoga Classes, Retreats, Group Sound Healing and Meditation Classes.

All levels of experience and abilities are catered for. All are welcome!