Our back to back open-air yoga and pilates sessions are the perfect space to get lost and connected. Celebration, Transformation and Connection are at the heart of these workshops. Bringing together the most revered local and global yoga and Pilates teachers who will showcase a variety of yoga and pilates methods as well as meditation for a genuinely authentic experience.
Insider Tip: Don’t forget your yoga mat, sweat towel and water bottle!
Always wanted to try Yoga and Pilates but not sure what could be the best option for you? Here is a quick and easy breakdown to give you a kickstart you before you come and try the workshops.
Yoga v Pilates
Yoga can be used for improving the flexibility of the body and it will also gradually increase the flexibility of your joints. Whereas Pilates focuses on trying to relax muscles which are tense and provide strengthening of the numerous muscles of the body.
Although you can read the difference, like any type of physical activity, until you actually try it you won’t understand the positive physical and mental effects it has on your own body and mind.
Yoga can be like a foreign language with styles such as Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Vinyasa. Many of these words are not common for the novice yogi, so here is a quick overview of a few of the styles:
Hatha – Most yoga classes are some form of Hatha yoga; it generally means that you will get a gentle introduction to the most basic yoga postures. You probably won’t work up a sweat in a hatha yoga class, but you should end up leaving class feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed.
Ashtanga – This is a rigorous style of yoga that follows a specific sequence of postures and is similar to Vinyasa yoga, as each style links every movement to a breath. Ashtanga always performs the exact same poses in the exact same order. This is a sweaty, physically demanding practice, so make sure to bring your trusty yoga mat towel.
Vinyasa – These classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices. The classes are often a sequence of smoothly transitioning poses, with the intention of linking breath to movement and often play music to keep things lively. The intensity of the practice is similar to Ashtanga, but no two vinyasa classes are the same. If you hate routine and love to test your physical limits, vinyasa may be just your ticket.
Bikram – In a Bikram class, you will sweat like never before as you work your way through a series of 26 poses. Like Ashtanga, a Bikram class always follows the same sequence, although a Bikram sequence is different from an ashtanga sequence. Bikram is usually done in 40.5-degree heat!! Depending on the weather that day you might find some classes will feel like a Bikram workout!
Iyengar – This is a very meticulous style of yoga, with utmost attention paid to finding the proper alignment in a pose. An Iyengar class often uses an array of yoga props such as blocks, blankets, straps and chairs. There isn’t a lot of jumping around in Iyengar classes, so you won’t get your heart rate up, but you’ll be amazed to discover how physically and mentally challenging it is to stay put. Iyengar teachers must undergo a comprehensive training — if you have an injury or chronic condition, Iyengar is probably your best choice to ensure you get the knowledgeable instruction you need.
Restorative – This is a euphoric way to relax and calm the nerves, also described as yin yoga, A good restorative class is more rejuvenating than a nap. Studios and gyms often offer them on Friday nights, when just about everyone could use some profound rest.
If you are not sure which style will suit you why not come down and taste a few! In these workshops, you will also learn about the health benefits of yoga and Pilates.