Types of Yoga

 

Viola’s teaching practice is based upon the Hatha School of Yoga, but in addition she also teaches the Five Tibetan Rites.


Hatha Yoga


This includes a blend of classical postures (Asanas), breathing practices (Pranayama), deep relaxation and meditation techniques:

  1. -Asanas - postures that loosen the joints, strengthen and stretch muscles, improve blood circulation and remove toxins from the body.

  2. -Pranayama - breathing practises that improve respiratory and heart function and increase energy. This reduces tension and stimulates a sense of aliveness.

  3. -Meditation - various techniques that can slow your heart rate and diminish negative emotions. It induces calmness, joy, clarity of perception and improved memory.

  4. -Relaxation - guided awareness of the body and breath with particular emphasis on the practice of Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) and Progressive Muscle Relaxation. This alleviates deep mental stress leaving us refreshed, positive and clear headed.


The Five Tibetan Rites


Derived from Hatha Yoga, the Five Tibetan Rites are an exercise programme originating in the Himalayas. Used over the centuries by Tibetan monks to live long, vibrant and healthy lives they were brought to the west in the early part of the 20th century by a retired British army officer who had learnt them in a Tibetan monastery.


The Five Tibetan Rites are a series of postures designed to stimulate the functioning of our whole system on a physical, energetic and mental level. The secret of the Tibetan Rites is that they appear simple on the surface, but in their simplicity is a golden centre which needs to be discovered by each individual.