Hatha Yoga

Breath, Focus, Balance

Accessible to everyone hatha yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the west and works on the body and energy levels. It is designed to promote physical and mental well-being, to allow the mind to focus and to be present in the unfolding of each moment.
Through bodily postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation and meditation, we develop strength, flexibility, balance in the body and the mind.

Thus all asana practices - i.e. all styles of yoga offered at Shanti Home - are rooted in hatha yoga.

Iyengar Yoga

Alignment, Strength, Exploration

The Iyengar yoga method focuses on the alignment of the body with the different asanas (postures) so to develop flexibility, strength and sensitivity. With each type of posture (standing, sitting, forward or back bending) the body becomes a laboratory for exploration and a tool for transformation. Props (such as belts, bricks and blankets) allow the asana to be adapted to everyone whatever their condition or age. The class ends with a period of relaxation to ease, release and nourish the nervous system.

Kundalini Yoga

Le Kundalini Yoga est un yoga ancestral, de la tradition tantrique.

Structuré et complet, il apporte équilibre et harmonie en agissant sur le corps, l’âme et l’esprit. Puissant et ressourçant, il régénère l’énergie vitale et redonne de la tonicité. Appelé le yoga de la force nerveuse, il aide à évacuer le stress et à renforcer les systèmes nerveux, digestif, immunitaire, glandulaire. Un cours se déroule en 3 phases : une séance de postures ou/et de mouvements alliés à une technique de respiration, une relaxation et enfin une technique de méditation utilisant très souvent les mantras (sons vibratoires). L’alchimie d’un cours aide à s’intérioriser et être dans son ressenti, à se connecter à son cœur et ses qualités profondes, à gouter à l’instant présent.

Sivananda Yoga

Sequence of postures, Breath, Relaxation

This vinyasa yoga class is based on a series of twelve main asanas. There is emphasize on the breath and proper relaxation, flexibility and vitality in the body while calming the mind. This class has parts that are dynamic and others that are more slow and meditative. The asanas follow an exact order that allows for the systematic movement of every major part of the body in a balanced way, keeping the mind quiet and without the need to think beyond each individual pose.

Viniyoga

Séquence de postures, Pranayama, Relaxation

Il s’agit d’une forme d’Hatha Yoga traditionnelle divulguée par T. Krishnamacharya et son fils T.K.V. Desikachar  à qui on doit la célèbre formule: «  Ce n’est pas la personne qui doit s’adapter au Yoga mais le Yoga qui doit être ajusté à chaque personne. ». La pratique se base sur une approche graduelle des postures (vinyasa) en mettant l’accent sur leurs adaptations ou intensifications selon les besoins et les capacités. La mémorisation des enchaînements, la régulation et le contrôle du souffle, aident le pratiquant à être vraiment présent. Grâce à cette présence à soi, le corps et le mental se débarrassent de leurs tensions favorisant l’équilibre physique et psychologique. 

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a gentle and calm yet intense practise for all levels of flexibility and fitness. With basic anatomy principles in mind, it accommodates each person’s unique body type, respects our borders and develops patience with oneself. With primary focus on stretching thighs, hips and back, Yin yoga may help to re-establish a healthy joint movement and alleviate fascia-related pain. Long held stretches stimulate energy channels (meridians), relax the nervous system and, over time, serve to prepare both body and mind for meditation.

Pratiques de
Mindfulness

Scan Corporel, Yoga, Marche, Méditation Assise

Mindfulness ou Pleine Conscience fut initiée dans le domaine de la santé par Jon Kabat-Zinn pour la réduction du stress (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, MBSR) et signifie « diriger son attention d’une certaine manière, c’est-à-dire délibérément, au moment présent, sans jugement de valeur » sur l'expérience vécue. ("Où tu vas, tu es", Jon Kabat-Zinn).

L’entraînement à la Pleine Conscience consiste entre autres en diverses pratiques formelles de méditation : le scan corporel en position couchée, du yoga soit debout soit couché (exercices corporels simples), la marche consciente et la méditation assise (avec ou sans objet). C’est cet entraînement qui nous permet au quotidien d’être davantage présent à soi et aux autres. Lors du cours, ces pratiques seront guidées et se finiront avec un petit temps de partage sur l’expérience.

Ce cours est proposé à toutes les personnes qui ont déjà suivi un cycle de 8 semaines et qui souhaitent soutenir leur pratique en groupe et également à toutes celles qui souhaitent découvrir les pratiques de Mindfulness.
Ce cours ne remplace pas un cycle de 8 semaines de réduction du stress basé sur la pleine conscience.

Sanskrit

Sanskrit is not only a beautiful language in sound and script, but it is also said that the study of Sanskrit grammar by virtue of its systematic structure powerfully help develop mental factulties of logic and systematic thinking.

A study of the Sanskrit language for beginners !
Pronunciation / Reading and writing the script (Devanāgarī) / Sanskrit’s transliteration (I.A.S.T. standard, 1894 ICO) / Grammar (Pāṇini) / Philosophy, scripture, chant

Quote from Vyaas Houston, Founder and Director of The American Sanskrit Institute, New York:

"Sanskrit seems to promote healing and to generate inspiraton, whether you understand it or not. I spent many years chanting what I did not understand. But as I became proficient enough to begin translating, more and more of the actual meaning came through. Now, when I chant, I do understand the meaning. And it has aligned me much, much more deeply with the teachings, because I am getting the resonance and the meanting as one, simultaneously..."

Sanskrit Mantra Chanting

Sanskrit is an ancient Indian language predominantly used in Hindu ceremonies and rituals in the form of recitation of sacred texts and compositions known as ‘Mantras’ and ‘Shlokas’.
There is continuing scholarly debate on the definitions of Mantra and Shloka and often these terms are used interchangeably. The oldest known Hindu scriptures – The Vedas - were preserved through ‘Shruti’ or “sound” by the recitation of texts using strict rules of pronunciation, notes and intonation.

Chanting these and other compositions are believed to create vibrations already existing in nature and can be used as a tool to develop a spiritual practice. Chanting with a group can be an extremely powerful experience, even if it seems like a strange practice at first. There are specific chants to access different vibrations of peace (Shanti Mantras), success (Ganesha Mantras) and abundance (Laxmi Mantras) just to state a few examples. The classes at Shanti Home are designed to introduce participants to an authentic chanting practice and do not require any previous Sanskrit or chanting experience.

Yoga Nidra

Deep Relaxation, Awareness, Restoration

Thisis a useful and powerful practice in which one learns to relax consciously releasing both physical and mental tensions. It can evolve a state of inner awareness and contact with the subconscious and higher consciousness.

The practice can be used in self-healing, for increasing one’s creativity or to transform one’s nature. This practice was originally formulated by Swami Satyananda and based on the ancient tantric practice called “nyasa”.

Yoga for Healthy Aging

Live Well

A deeply relaxing class of simple seated & lying poses to improve flexibility, joint health & balance.  Supporting joints such as the hips, knees & ankles with blankets & bolsters lets you relax comfortably in each pose for 2 - 5 minutes, allowing the pose time to work its intense & vital magic on your body.

Based on Yin yoga, this class is intentionally led at a relaxed & slow pace, ensuring it is accessible to everyone; no need to be flexible or have prior yoga experience.  Please wear warm, comfortable clothes; all other yoga materials are available at the Shanti Home.

Yoga pour Ados

Force, Confiance, Estime de soi

La période de l'adolescence est riche en transformations, interrogations et remises en question et elle n'est pas toujours facile à vivre. Le yoga aide à retrouver un équilibre tant physique que émotionnel et à faciliter le contact avec soi et les autres. Pendant la pratique, tout en s'assouplissant et en se renforçant, on approchera la relaxation, la respiration et l'éveil des capacités physiques et psychiques. Un cours de yoga pour les ados est à mi-chemin entre celui destiné aux enfants et aux adultes, pour cela des réflexions philosophiques, chants et moments ludiques viendront parsemer les séances. Donner aux jeunes l'opportunité de comprendre toutes leurs possibilités, c'est les préparer réellement à la vie : "personne ne sait ce qu'il peut faire, jusqu'à ce qu'il essaie!!!" 

Yoga Enfants 7-12 ans

Amusement, Souplesse, Concentration

Tout enfant a besoin pour s’épanouir de développer force et souplesse tant sur le plan physique que mental. Par  la pratique posturale et respiratoire, l’utilisation d’outils venant de la tradition classique (visualisations, chants, bols tibétains, histoires, relaxations) et d’autres plus actuels (jeux de relation et coopération, mouvement sur musique, dessin etc.), les enfants seront guidés de façon ludique et imaginative à la prise de conscience de leur corps, de leur façon d’être et d’interagir. En se connaissant on apprend à s’accepter, en s’acceptant on apprend à s’aimer et à s’ouvrir au monde!

Yoga des petits

Avantages de la pratique du yoga pour les enfants de 4 à 7 ans :

Canaliser l’énergie : jouer en faisant de l’exercice
Développer la conscience corporelle : coordination, souplesse, contrôle du corps
Favoriser la concentration : on respire, on apprend des séquences de mouvements, on crée des poses.

Encourager l’estime et la connaissance de soi.

Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy, Postures and Preparation

Inspired by the Active Birth approach, the classes include the gentle practice of safe yoga postures, simple but effective breath-work and relaxation.

The use of gravity and the breath in gentle yoga-based movements helps women alleviate some of the common complaints of pregnancy, and develop a sense of renewed vitality, physical and emotional well-being. Relaxation, visualisation and hypnobirthing techniques are gently woven into the class.

The classes empower women to get deeper in tune with their inner wisdom during pregnancy, effectively preparing their body and mind for a calmer labour and positive experience of birth and motherhood for themselves and their baby.

Suitable from 14 to 40 weeks of pregnancy. It is essential to book your place and check availabilities by contacting Sophie in advance. 
info@sophieyoga.net

Mama & Baby Yoga

Vitality, Restoration, Recovery

This class offers some nurturing space and time for mum to restore energy and vitality in the supportive yogic company of other mamas and babies.

Through the practice of restorative yoga postures, sound, breath-work and relaxation, we look at :

  • releasing tensions in the parts of the body under strain from carrying baby, feeding, etc.
  • regaining balance and lightness to counteract the effects of tiredness
  • giving special care to the abdomen, pelvic floor and joints to help the body adjust to the post-pregnancy months.

Suitable from 8 weeks after the birth. Babies are welcome until too mobile. It is essential to book your place and check availabilities by contacting Sophie in advance. 
info@sophieyoga.net

Ashtanga Yoga

Dynamic flow, Heat and Breath

The Asthanga yoga is a flowing routine of postures (vinyasa). Throughout the practice the mind is kept steady by focusing on the breath, energy locks in the body (bhandas) and correct gaze points (drishti). Throughout the practice the movements align with the inhale and exhale, providing a mental focus point to allow the practitioner to cultivate inner awareness and also creating internal heat leading to sweat & purification of the body. 

Vinyasa Flow

Flowing, Dynamic, Bliss

At the beginning of the practice we start slowly, disconnecting from the busy day outside and discovering the life force of each breath and its infinite possibilities to open up to a meditative yet dynamic movement practice. 
As we link the breath to the movement we create the possibility to flow through  from one posture (asana) to another effortlessly, just like a dance or imagining the breath is our very own massage therapist. We will prepare the body as  we move to the breath to strengthen and create flexibility and rejuvenate physical, mental and hopefully emotional bodies. 
From stillness to motion, from chaos to silence, from the all different directions where the mind goes into healing and blissful presence of the here and now of the breath.
Yoga Meditation Relaxation Ashtanga Hatha Iyengar Nidra Kids Pregnancy Yogatherapy Chanting Massage...