Yoga Classes + Teachers

Yoga classes

There are many benefits to choosing yoga as a way of nourishing yourself and staying whole. YinYoga Napier offers four different yet complementary styles – YinYoga, Vinyasa, Yinyasa, and Sivananda. You can find out more below. Our classes are taught by teachers with a deep knowledge of these yoga styles. They will guide and support you throughout each class and its series of asanas (postures).

Vinyasa

Fluid, continuous and flowing with breath. The Vinyasa flow deepens and stokes your inner fire, strengthens the body and expands your inner self with knowing and clarity. Each teacher brings a depth of well lived yoga practice, and their own knowing to each class. The classes are suitable for all yogis. Please let your teacher know if you need modifications or help with specific postures.

Yin

This floor based flow that focuses on holding simple postures longer. Yin targets the deep connective tissue which binds bones/joints together as well as the inner body covering called the fascia. It strengthens joints, increases flexibility and joint mobility. Yin is an intentional, meditative and beautifully accessible form of asana practice for all yogi’s. Its purposeful practice settles the mind, relaxes and releases tension. A gratitude filled, sensory experience, a Yin class is like stepping into sanctuary, where all else falls away. The class is often backgrounded with music.

Yinyasa

A combination of both Vinyasa and Yin, this is an invigorating, heart centred, fire-producing flow followed by calming Yin asana’s. Life right in your face? This class can dust you off and calm you down.

Deepening

Deepening¬†is for Yogi’s who wish to deepen, nourish and explore their practice. A deeper meditation, longer held yin postures will allow a settling into stillness and a surrendering to self. Deepening is exactly what it implies, a deep dive into Y O U journeying towards your soul. Leaving everything behind and meeting your true essence when it all falls away. Oftentimes it is not a journey for the faint-hearted, and yet along the way you will find courage, soften into your compassionate heart and unleash your creative mind. Deepening is the practice to which you bring life, and burn away the dross in the crucible of your practice. Deepening is an alchemical practice from which you will leave emerged and renewed.

Sivananda

This class consists of a comprehensive series of pranayamas and asanas that are always performed in a particular sequence. In addition to opening and closing prayers, a standard class starts with breathing exercises, followed by a few rounds of the Sun Salutation. This leads up to exploring the Twelve Basic Poses and finally concludes with Savasana.

There is an anatomical science behind this specific order of postures that has to do with how each asana counteracts the one before. The poses themselves are designed to bend and rotate the spine, lubricate the joints and lengthen the muscles. And the exact progression of these poses leaves the entire body toned, balanced, supple and properly aligned. Yogis of all levels can practice this sequence, since each asana has simplified, intermediate and advanced variations.

Compared to other styles of yoga, you can expect to experience an easy-going pace, minimal or no props, longer holds, frequent intervals of relaxation and an emphasis on the spiritual aspect of yogic practice.

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