Hatha Yoga (All Levels)
Hatha is the general Sanskrit term that encompasses any of form of physical yoga. In contemporary yoga lingo, Hatha has come to mean a slow-paced and gentle way of practicing. A Hatha class can be a good place to begin a yoga practice as it provides an introduction to the basic yoga poses.
Like Hatha, Vinyasa has also become a widely used term that is used to describe many different types of classes. Vinyasa essentially means linking movement to breath. Vinyasa Flow classes are generally a more vigorous style based on the performance of a series of postures creatively linked together and fluidly matching movement to the breath. A Vinyasa Flow class will typically start with a number of sun salutations to warm up the body leading to more intense stretching and stronger holds and finishing with a cooling down sequence and relaxation at the end of class. The particular style and focus of each class will be dictated by the teacher.
All Levels Vinyasa Flow classes are simple, strong, and fluid. Perfect for all abilities to enjoy opening the body, stilling the mind and moving into calm.
Level 1-2 classes are for those with some experience of yoga – some intermediate and more challenging poses are incorporated but variations and modifications will be offered.
Masterclass Level 2-3
A more dynamic and demanding 90 – minute class for intermediate and advancing students. The sequencing is more complex and playful, including lifts, inversions and full backbends. A basic understanding of Vinyasa yoga, breath and body alignment is needed so this class is not suitable for beginners. Expect to sweat!
Our focused Beginners classes are Hatha based and offer a supportive environment for those new to yoga, for those coming back to yoga after a break, or for those that simply want to refresh their understanding of the key elements. These classes will be gently paced to facilitate full instruction and are the ideal foundation for any style of yoga.
Slow Flow (All Levels)
A slower form of Vinyasa Flow moving in and out of postures. This class incorporates a unique, floor based loosening and warming up sequence for all areas of the body combined with core work and breath control – moving fluidly to postures with longer and deeper holds. Less vigorous as the name implies but nonetheless effective in stretching and strengthening the body and releasing tension and stress. All levels will enjoy this deep satisfying practice.
Ashtanga Vinyasa (All Levels*)
Many of the classes at Marulamala have a basis in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. This method is the most athletic and physically demanding form of yoga. Classes are derived from the popular teachings of the late Sri.K.Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. The method was passed down to him by his Guru Sri T.Krishnamacharya.
In a nutshell, Ashtanga is a dynamic practice, which challenges the body and the mind on all levels. Through repeated practice the student develops stamina, strength and flexibility but also a greater awareness and understanding of themselves and their potential.
The practice contains three core elements, Breath (Ujjayi pranayama), Bandha (internal energy locks) & Dristi (gaze point). The synchronisation of these elements creates a dynamic yoga that uses the breath and flowing movement enabling a moving meditation. There are a set sequence of postures practised in each series and six series in total to work through – beginning with the Primary Series. In each class you will be guided through the elements of the Primary Series. Emphasis is placed on precise technique and alignment to ensure an injury-free body and a practice that continues to deepen and evolve. Be prepared to work hard as options will be provided to suit all levels! Please bring a towel.
*For complete beginners and for a deeper understanding on all aspects of Ashtanga Yoga try the 6 – week Introductory Course.
Power Yoga (All Levels)
“Power Yoga” has also become widely generic term and is most often used to differentiate a more intense flowing style from other gentler more static and meditative styles of yoga. In essence it combines aspects of both Vinyasa Flow and Hatha yoga. It is one of the most popular types of yoga today and is an effective way to tone one’s body, strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and relieve stress and anxiety. It incorporates faster paced dynamic movements and slower strengthening postures with breath technique and meditation into a complete practice. Classes are medium paced and suited to all levels. You will work up a good sweat, so be sure to bring water and a towel! Be prepared to leave floating out the door after a beautiful relaxation period at the end of class.
Pilates (All Levels)
Pilates is an exercise system designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the entire body. It improves your posture and increases stability and flexibility. It works the deeper musculature in a focused manner, to strengthen core postural muscles and develop correct body alignment. Classes are mat based and suitable for complete beginners to more advanced students.
Pre and Post-natal Yoga
These classes create a relaxed and nurturing environment for specialist teaching cultivating strength, flexibility and breath awareness for mothers-to-be and new mothers. Open to all levels of practitioners after the first trimester from complete beginners to the more experienced.
Yoga for Sport Performance
Ideal for Runners, Cyclists and Horse Riders
Learn how a tailored yoga practice can improve performance and reduce injury focusing on exercises to create better alignment, stretch muscles properly, develop critical strength and utilise the breath for increased efficiency. Particularly effective for running, cycling, horse riding, tennis and golf. It is also a greatly beneficial addition to a weight training programme.
Kiddie’s and Teens Yoga