Thrive offers various complementary yoga styles, of which two main streams can be distinguished. First is the active Vinyasa Yoga and Jivamukti Yoga form, both based on movement and breath. And second we offer relaxed Yin Yoga and Restorative classes, which compared to (Yang) Vinyasa Yoga are more calm and meditative, as you remain for several minutes in one pose. The Yin / Yang class is a combination of Yin and (Yang) Vinyasa Yoga. And finaly our Hatha Yoga Class is suitable for all levels with a focus on the different Yoga postures alignmemnt and breathing techniques. Find the style that best fits your needs or try them all!
Without specification a class is open to all levels and classes are tailored to the composition of the group. In the 'Basics' classes the pace is a bit lower and we go deeper into the 'basic alignmentâ€™, making the class ideal for beginners, but also interesting for an intermediate level. In 'Intermediate classes' the speed and exercises are more advanced.
Vinyasa is a flowing, dynamic form of yoga in which poses alternate to the rhythm of the breath. The continued focus on breath and movement brings attention easily into the now. Elements from the sun salutations are a recurrent part and used as a link between the postures. The emphasis is on increasing (inner) strength, concentration and endurance. Each lesson has fixed parts, such as the warming up with the use of sun salutations, standing and floor postures, meditation and relaxation at the end .
The Yin classes at Thrive offer a peaceful yoga practice based on the principles of Yin Yoga in which especially floor exercises are practised in which the muscles remain relaxed. This yoga form is very suitable to relax and deeply connect with yourself. If you do not fancy an active flow, or if you have an injury or need to rehabilitate Yin Yoga is also a very good choice. Unlike Yang based yoga, whereby the muscles are engaged in a position, in this form of yoga the muscles stay relaxed and you focus on the deeper connective tissues and joints. The postures are held longer time so that you get the opportunity to explore your body and mind and deeper experience. Yin Yoga is a wonderful addition to our (more focused Yang ) Vinyasa Flow .
Yang is all that is dynamic, ever-changing, visible, warm and strong . Yin is all that is static, silent, hidden, cold and soft. One does not exist without the other. In our Yin Yang classes, we combine the physical aspect of Vinyasa Yoga with the silence and relaxation of Yin Yoga. The lesson may start with quiet Yin postures and then be more active or just starting with Yang Sun Salutations and finish with relaxed Yin Yoga.
In a Hatha Yoga class, we practice asanas (postures) focusing on the external alignment as well as on the subtle energies in our bodies. We move gently from one pose to another observing the breath and alignment. A Hatha Yoga Class involves a set of physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation. The poses are practised more slowly and with more static posture holds than in a Vinyasa flow class. So our Hatha Yoga classes at Thrive are very accesible and suitable for all levels and ages and are a great support to learn the different yoga postures in depth. At thrive we teach regular Hatha classes as well as Hatha Yoga Aroma and Hatha Basics classes. AS we practice in small groups the teacher will adapt the class to your personal needs.