Pranayama comes from Sanskrit word which translated into “the extension of the prana”. Pranayama contains two words: “prana” which means life force and “ayama” means to restrain or control the prana.
Prana as the life force is a form of energy which we cannot see, touch, smell, hear or feel the physical form. However, this energetic exist within our body and helps us to maintain our bodily circulation. The energetic enforcement is a very subtle form, thus in order to connect, regain and maintain it’s quality, the practice must be done in a very gentle and soft technique most efficiently through breath.
Therefore we often known pranayama as a set of breathing technique sequences that helps us to improve to maintain the quality of our physical body and also helps to empower our mental body. Thus, when practice pranayama we must include our quality of the mind and thoughts, as it will influence the quality of our practice.
Benefits of practicing pranayama are mainly helps us to clear the mind, so we understand the path of spiritual journey and not being captured or stuck in this crowded life. Pranayama also helps to decrease stress and confusion, helps to regain self-confidence and self-comfort through understanding of the truest-self-desire.
Bali Prenatal Yoga is a innovative yoga specially for pregnant women group or private. This practice is specify to help practitioners to feel relaxed and also helps to release tension especially on the hips, back & spine, shoulders and neck area. Also to strengthen the legs and tights muscles.
The asana is performed in slow pace with deep breath and relaxed mind in order to maintain the bodily circulation and energetic circulation, also gaining focus and concentration and decrease stress and crowded mind, these are benefit of prenatal yoga.
When shall you start practice prenatal yoga? The best practice starts as early as possible. However, some women has difficulties at the beginning of her prenatal stage, therefore best start practice on week 12th of the pregnancy. How often should you practice yoga when pregnant? The practice is best to be performed at least once or twice a week to help maintain strength and flexibility of the body. As when pregnant most joints become more flexible, practitioners must gain strength of the muscle to support the joints. How long each class should be? Normally class for pregnancy yoga is being done in 60 – 70 minutes, it is all depend on the condition of the body. Best not to over-worked with the body, practitioners must check-in with the body at all time and not get too tired.
Our prenatal yoga is available every Wednesday , at 10.00 – 11.00 AM at Yoga Umah Shakti. This class is only based on reservation. Please book your space or contact us for further question.
Yoga for beginners is designed to be followed by anyone who are new to physical yoga (asana) practice. The practice introduce slow-deep-connected breathing combines with gentle movements of postures.
Beginners yoga class is started with simple meditation, slow movements of warm up on seated position, warm up with Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B, coming to standing postures, balancing postures, seated position and cooling down positions. All practice incorporate movements and breathing dynamically and continuously. The teacher actively gives adjustments and assistance to each of participants while they’re doing their practice.
In the practice we are using the “heaven breath,” breath through the nose at all time. The heaven breath helps to calm the mind and allow the body to feel more relax while doing the asana. Besides also improve focus and concentration.
Yoga for elderly is designed for seniors. Gentle asana flow is designed for 60/ 65 years old ++ participants. Usually the practice combines warm up with Qi Gong practice and Yin practice or Hatha practice.
Qi gong practice align breathing and movement is slow pace. The practice improve focus and concentration, also training to calm the mind. While gentle Hatha or Yin practice will be targeted to certain part or the stretching, for example, hips opening or hamstring stretch or even targeted for releasing rheumatic, etc. This way, the practice on the regular basis can help on lengthening the muscle, strengthen joints area, release tension and relaxing.
Special Class for Manula (Seniors/ Elderly) is opened on monthly basis at our shala. Each session maximum 15 participants. With more than 3 teachers assisting in the session, we ensure all participants are supported while their are doing their practice.
Anti-gravity yoga is also known as “aerial yoga”. It involves performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga, pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics in a hammock, in order to achieve a total-body workout.
A special kind of hammock which can support up to 300 kilos of weight. The rig consists of support chains, a webbing strap, a silk hammock and carabiners. Two support chains hang down from the ceiling to less than one meter from the floor, and the hammock is connected at the height preferred by the user, normally between waist and shoulder. The hammock acts like a swing or soft trapeze, supporting the hips for forward bends and back bends. Yoga postures which some find difficult to do on the ground, such as the reverse post, may be easier in mid-air using the hammock.
Anti-gravity yoga facilitates bending and stretching of the whole body during exercise, muscles and joints will be strengthened and rehabilitated, and the spine decompressed as the body hangs freely. As with other forms of active exercise, the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems are improved through increased blood circulation.
Flyhighyoga is popular and relatively new style of yoga. It appear in Ubud, Bali in 2012. Hanging Belt, simple and unique tool for unique, precise and alignment-based style of modern yoga practice. The hanging belt was inspried by yoga Kurunta from Iyengar yoga tradition. Thus, Flyhighyoga keeps all the traditional yoga knowledge, transformed in attractive, intense and fun approach to yoga.
Flyhighyoga method is a unique mixture gives users unlimited possibilities of use. Because of it’s creativity, playfulness and attractive new approach it brings yoga practice closer also to users who have never been interested in (traditional) yoga before. And to long-term yogis, it helps them to deepen their practice, no matter strengthening, stretching, joint mobility or spiritual aspects of yoga. Flyhighyoga can become a bridge to good physical, mental and spiritual health for almost all groups of society.
Flyhighyoga postures explore the variation of Hatha practice. Thus makes the asana class become more friendly and easy to understand. The biggest challenge for most of beginners are their fer to be hanged upside down onto the hanging belt. The props of hanging belt is unique and strong. The hanging belt is made of wide parachute fabric lines, two wooden blocks and padding on the bottom for softer support. The belt can support up to 200 kg of weight. With the precise method, it can be one of the best way to support a deeper stretch.
Feel a sense of calm as you gently sway a few feet above the ground doing graceful yoga poses. Work your core like never before, strengthen arms and tone legs. Aside from a brilliant way to de-stress, flyhighyoga practice relieves pressure on the spine and neck, lengthening your whole body.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time. For beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or maximum 7 minutes.
Yin yoga poses apply release stress to the connective tissue of the body, including the tendons, fascia, and ligaments with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
The practice of holding yoga postures or asanas for extended periods of time has always been a significant part of traditional yoga practice, both in the hatha yoga tradition of India and in the Taoist yoga tradition of the greater China area. Some regard Yin yoga as the oldest form of hatha yoga, since it is an effective method of physical conditioning for prolonged sitting in meditation, which was the principal concern of ancient yogic practitioners.
The combination of both India and China practice makes a perfect approach in yin practice. Practitioners may understand the relation in the meridian line target throughout the asana practice. Using asanas for a deeper stretch and even to give massage to the important organs.
Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915 – 2009). Today this system also known as the classical Indian yoga. “Ashtanga” means “the eight limbs,” indeed Ashtanga yoga named after the eight limbs of yoga mentioned in Yoga Sutra Patanjali, including yama, niyama, asana, pranayama.
Often, Ashtangi practice their yoga in Mysore style. The term “Mysore style” comes from the city Mysore, in Karnataka, India, where Pattabhi Jois and T. Krisnamcharya taught. In this practice, students are expected to memorize a sequence and practice in the same room as others without being led by the teacher. The role of the teacher is to guide as well as provide adjustments or assists in posture.
Usually an Ashtanga practice begins with five repetitions of Surya Namaskar A and five repetitions of Surya Namaskar B, followed by a standing sequence. Following this the practitioner begins one of six series, followed by the closing sequence.
Alignments in Ashtanga practice are emphasized very detailed alignment and posture-break down instructions. Tristhana means the three places of attention or action: breathing system (pranayama), posture (asana), and looking place (dristhi). These three are very important for yoga practice, and cover the three levels of purification: the body, nervous system and the mind. “They are always performed in conjunction with each other”.
The method of Ashtanga yoga involves synchronizing the breath with progressive series of postures. A process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body and calm mind.
“Vinyasa is, I believe, one of the richest concepts to emerge from yoga for the successful conduct of our actions and relationships.” – Desikachar, Krishnamacharya’s son.
“Vinyasa” is derived from the Sanskrit term nyasa, which means “to place,” and the prefix vi, “in a special way”. In the practice of physical yoga (asana) the most common understanding of vinyasa is as a flowing sequence of specific asanas coordinated with the movements of the breath. Thus, vinyasa practice also known as “breath-synchronized movement.” The practice on vinyasa series will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling within the poses. Vinyasa movements are smoothly flowing and almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow.
The six series of Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga are by far the best known and most influential. Jois’s own teacher, Krishnamacharya, championed the vinyasa approach as central to the transformative process of yoga. But Krishnamacharya had a broader vision of the meaning of vinyasa. He saw vinyasa as a method that could be applied to all the aspects of yoga. In Krishnamacharya’s teachings, the vinyasa method included assessing the needs of the individual student (or group) and then building a complementary, step-by-step practice to meet those needs. Beyond this, Krishnamacharya also emphasized vinyasa as an artful approach to living, a way of applying the skill and awareness of yoga to all the rhythms and sequences of life, including self-care, relationships, work, and personal evolution.
Hatha is a very broad term that encompasses any of the physical practices of yoga. It can be used to describe every kind of yoga asana practice from Iyengar to Ashtanga and everything that falls between and beyond. In fact the many contemporary types of physical yoga (asana) that are popular today can be described as hatha yoga.
Hatha means forceful in Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language that is the source of most of yoga’s terminology. Today, hatha is most often used to describe gentle, basic yoga classes with no flow between poses. Expect a slower-paced stretching-focused class with some basic pranayama breathing exercises and perhaps a seated meditation at the end. Hatha classes are a good place to work on your alignment, learn relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with doing yoga while building strength and flexibility.
Try a hatha class if the idea of gentle yoga appeals to you or seems right for your body. It can be a great introduction to yoga, but shouldn’t be mistaken for easy yoga since it can still be challenging both physically and mentally. Hatha classes provide an opportunity to stretch, unwind, and release tension, providing a good counterpoint to both busy lifestyles and cardio workouts. If you go into a hatha class and it feels too slow or not active enough, don’t give up on yoga completely.