Yoga

Types of Yoga Classes at Samahita
Dynamic Core Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Restorative

Yoga asana is incredibly effective at both strengthening and opening the body leading to balance across the different bodily systems. Yoga asana is of ancient origin, designed to aid:

  • The inner organs of the body, especially digestive system
  • Support and stimulate the spine
  • Improve joint mobility and their long-term durability
  • Enhance neuro-muscular activity that shows up as strength and flexibility

Of course, this is only possible if done correctly and practiced for a while. Our emphasis is on core support to aid inner organs first by managing the autonomic nervous system, and second, for equal impact on the spine. In this process, mobility is key with strength and flexibility as good outcomes of the conditioning power of yoga asana. To help this development, we offer both guided dynamic and restorative classes as well as teacher-assisted self-practice.

Samahita’s founder, Paul Dallaghan, has spent over 20 years immersed in the yoga practices and brings this experience to the offering of yoga classes at Samahita. He has become one of the most senior teachers worldwide in the breath (pranayama) yogic practices and was one of the dedicated few to spend many years living in Mysore with Pattabhi Jois in the old days of ashtanga vinyasa, certified by him, with an expertise in asana. Added to that has been early practice experience in many other asana methods as well as other physical activity forms of work out. Above all though, a deep yogic understanding of how and why to do asana and use the breath lies behind Samahita’s Dynamic and Restorative forms of yoga asana practice.

Breathwork, pranayama, and meditation classes also feature as part of the yoga program within YogaCoreCycle, additional to these dynamic and restorative yoga-asana classes.

Yoga Asana Classes

Dynamic Core Vinyasa

(different sequences)

A dynamic class that both challenges and conditions the body, breath and mind. We have developed three different sequences to target separate areas in practice. These sequences are spread across different days during the week so you get a more holistic effect on your body. Skilled teaching makes sure modifications and degrees of intensity are offered for the different capacity of each person in class. You can expect to cover a variety of asanas across standing, sitting, forward and back bends, twists and inversions, as well as a movement base from sun salutations, and a variety of targeted core exercises.

Dynamic Linear Ashtanga Vinyasa

(one sequence used to detail the poses)

Many flow, power and vinyasa classes today have their roots in early ashtanga practice. Paul was one of the few senior teachers of this in the past. Regular ashtanga is long and cumbersome but one of the benefits of having really learned it is the experience to know how to modify, adapt and change it. In this class, we still follow the regular linear routine of the system but infuse good detail and remove unnecessary heavy movements.

One can still work on full or reduced ashtanga sequences in their own practice in the Teacher-Assisted Self-Practice Classes.

Restorative Asana

(different sequences)

Restorative, popularly these days called yin or similar names, can take many forms, some being very relaxation focused while others being slow-moving or long holding of positions to go deeper into restoration of the body. This is why we have four different sequences we offer throughout the week so you get a balance of approaches. We also like to incorporate breathwork and some sitting towards the end of practice, where you can tune into the sound of the sea and the nature around you, center.

Practice is the Key

“Practice becomes firmly grounded when done for a long time, continuously and with full sincerity”

∼ Patanjali Yoga Sutras (I – 14)

“He who untiringly practices Yoga in all its aspects attains success even if he is young, old, decrepit, diseased or weak.”

“Success is attained by those who practice. How can one attain success without practice? Success in Yoga is not achieved by merely reading authentic books.”

∼ Hathapradipika of Svatmarama (I – 64 + 65)

What is Dynamic Core Vinyasa about?

Dynamic Core Vinyasa is designed to cultivate your center: physically, mentally, energetically it takes the tradition of yoga asana practice and combines it with modern scientific understanding of the body. So the deep core is targeted to stabilize the pelvis and spine and then work the outer core for muscle tone, tightness and strength while emphasizing breathing and movement to develop the nervous system with classical yoga poses. So your work out is both challenging and enlightening. It targets large powerful muscles of the body that build strength and burn fat with strength based flowing moves so your core is built in the right way adding yoga’s forward bends, backward bends, side bends, twists power standing and inverted balancing for a holistic cover of the body and its physiology with the aim of optimizing strength, breath, and flexibility in 60 minutes all to kick ass fun moving motivating music.

Benefits

  • Target the deep core
  • Build integral strength
  • Cover all areas of the body in a balanced manner
  • Train the breath
  • Intense isometric holds for strength
  • Powerful use key large muscles to increase metabolism
  • From intense holds to moves to stimulate fat burning and muscle strengthening
  • Develop balance and stability
  • Increase cellular health by boosting mitochondrial function
  • A strong core yet freedom for breath movement to reduce stress patterns
  • A dominant lower abdomen allows the heart to be free
  • A healthy body cleansing sweat for great skin
  • Increase mitochondrial activity through cellular detox effects
  • Increased energy through piezoelectric effects
  • Trigger growth hormone release
  • Look and feel younger

Class Style

The suite of practices at Samahita is taught in a variety of guided group classes, teacher-assisted self-practice classes, or one-on-one private sessions.

Guided Group Classes

A group class where the teacher leads the class offering verbal guidance shows visual cues, and offers some amount of physical hands-on correction to a group of people in one class, being led through the same sequence of activities or poses. Skilled teaching makes sure modifications and degrees of intensity are offered for the different capacity of each person in class. It is an ideal setting to receive more detail and be motivated by both the teacher and within the group.

Teacher-Assisted Self-Practice Classes

This is a traditional yoga approach where the student has some experience with the asanas and is aware of some sequence to practice in. The teacher does not lead in normal group verbal way but rather approaches each student individually and offers a combination of verbal guidance, visual cues, or physical hands-on correction or adjustment to the position (asana) to either show how it is done, reveal to the student it is possible to do, help to get into the pose, correct or improve one’s position in the pose, or, most subtle, to highlight certain nuances of the body and mind while engaged in the asana. The class then is a mixture of people each following their own practice receiving guidance from the teacher. In popular yoga language (from ashtanga) it has also been called Mysore Style. However, this is inaccurate as it is just a city in India and all traditions of yoga in India have engaged in a self-practice style. We believe it is a great way for a student to go deeper into what they are doing. Caveats exist where a routine becomes mechanical and dogmatic. A student should then be in a good guided class, as we offer here, and then come back to self-practice refreshed. The aim is to practice with awareness, connection and feeling.

One-on-One Private Sessions

If you desire more direct and personal attention in what you are learning in a practice then our team of teachers is adequately skilled and available for booking on a one-to-one basis. This is additional to the regular schedule and can also be booked for a small group up to 4 individuals.

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