Within all sessions, be it group or 1:1, the U-Shape team teaches a mindful and conscious but strong and challenging style of Vinyasa Flow Yoga as well as a less dynamic form of Hatha Yoga, with attention to both breath and alignment.
If you would like to add a Yoga practice to your training to enhance your performance in your sport, we will start by looking at the biomechanics of the particular sport you're doing and then see how we can tailor the yoga practice to your needs in strengthening and lengthening muscles/tissues, finding any imbalances in areas of your body, as well as supporting your progress in any rehabilitation following any injury you've had.
Vinyasa Flow is a style of yoga that emphasizes synchronising your movements with your breath. So each posture is joined by either an inhale or an exhale, which anchors your attention within your body, making it tricky for our busy minds to wander off. Apart from learning how to perform the postures we move through, it's equally important to maintain a fluid motion, helping us to cultivate focus and concentration, and the ability to not (!) multi-task, whilst re-connecting to our bodies.
Generally in Vinyasa Yoga there's a lot of room for variety as the sequences of poses can be totally different every time you come to class. Whilst offering a rounded class, meaning you go through all the main types of postures (hip openers, forward/back bends, twists etc), the teacher can mix it up by finding a different focus for each class, to enable you to deepen your practice in that area.
One particular sequence though you will most certainly always find in every class: the Sun Salutation, probably the best known of all yoga sequences. The Sun Salutations are the most basic building block of the yoga practice and are repeated between 3 or 5 (or more) times. It is said that just practicing the Sun Salutations on their own can make up an entire yoga practice which makes them a great and easy way if you're short on time or if even you want to start your own home practice.
"When taken as part of a daily practice the Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara) awaken the fire of purification deep within the inner body. The internal fire is key to detoxifying the body and cleansing impurities through daily yoga practice. Once the body is fully cleansed the mind becomes sharp, focused and balanced." Kino MacGregor
Eva says, ‘I love practicing Vinyasa Flow yoga due to its variety and creativity needed to combine intelligent sequences together, as well as the increased flexibility, strength, improved posture and circulation - which are a fantastic "by-product" of the practice. On a more subtle level of your being, there are some other amazing benefits you can take away with you, from the moment you step off your mat. The fluidity within your movements combined with the focus on your breath really helps to calm the mind and visibly reduce stress in the crazy lives we lead, helping us to step back, get out of our heads and check in again to come back to what's really important to us in our lives.'
"I am one of U-Shape's older clients... much older...70 last Leap Day! In the last 10 months of training, I have gained strength, improved my balance and now have increased confidence in my physical ability to run the media training business which continues to be the mainstay of my small public affairs and broadcasting company. Along with that, I now feel confident that I can resume 'granny duties' each Tuesday - after all, variety is the spice of life and U-Shape has helped put the spice back into my life!"
Principal, Chalmers Communications