“The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. The goal is to create space where you were once stuck. To appreciate your body and become aware of your mind and the noise it creates. To make peace with who you are.” – Rachel Brathen
The ancient practice of yoga unites breath with movement, bringing harmony and balance to the body and mind.
The physical postures, or asana, are said to help us purify the body of stress and toxins – whether physical, mental or environmental, allowing our energy, or life force to flow better. Whilst the emphasis on breathing consciously helps to settle and calm the mind, creating a gateway into meditation.
Over time, the practice becomes less about the movements, and more of a journey inwards. We begin to know ourselves – our reactions, our habits and our thought patterns. And from this place of awareness, we can then choose to change ways of being that are perhaps not serving us.
The StillPoint teaches in studio on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, particularly Manly and Freshwater, as well as offering corporate yoga classes all over Sydney, with clients in North Sydney, Sydney CBD, St Leonards, Mosman and Cromer.
The StillPoint offers the following styles of yoga:
Vinyasa means to place with care, or attention.
This is a flowing, dynamic style of yoga synching movement with breath. There is no end point to a pose, rather a process of continual, mindful transitioning. With practice, this style of yoga becomes almost dance like, a moving meditation.
Vinyasa yoga improves fitness, flexibility, stability, balance and strength in the body, and helps to calm the fluctuations of the mind.
Gentle Hatha Yoga
Ha – the Sanskrit word for Sun, depicting the masculine aspects of the world – dynamic, heating and strong.
Tha – the Sanskrit term for Moon, or those feminine, soft, cooling and gentle characteristics.
Hatha Yoga brings harmony and unity to these opposite elements within us, creating balance in the body and mind.
A Hatha class moves at a slower pace than a Vinyasa practice, making it the perfect entry point for those just starting their yoga journey.
This is a deep, complex and nourishing style of yoga involving long, passive holds.
The practice particularly targets the area from the chest to the knees (lower back, hips, glutes, hamtstrings, quads), providing a fantastic stretch for these areas of the body that typically hold a lot of tightness.
Yin yoga encourages students to slow down, to relax, to connect with breath and drop into a quieter, more meditative space, making it the perfect counter balance to more dynamic forms of exercise.