Join The Yoga Chi’s online live-streamed and offline sessions that can be group or personalized, one-on-one sessions. Anyone is welcome to join, any level, any experience, even if you are a complete beginner. Discover the combination of physical and mental exercises that have helped heal many people around the globe. Our classes are a simple and powerful way to stay connected, inspired, and committed to your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
HOW TO BREATHE: BREATHING TECHNIQUES
Breathing is something many people don’t think about. Breathing is something many of us do on autopilot. Incorrect breathing can really mess up your health, sleep, mood, digestion, heart, nervous system, muscles, brain, and more. In this class, we will re-learn how to breathe and explore different breathing techniques: for stress, anxiety, eating disorders, migraines, panic attacks, and even weight management. This practice will benefit your health in ways that medications and more conventional medical therapies cannot, providing numerous health benefits beyond the standard respiration required to live.
QIGONG (CHINESE YOGA) & TAI CHI – INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS
Learn the ancient healing arts Qigong and Tai Chi. Qigong is an Internal Martial Arts system and basis of all martial arts. Tai Chi is a form of Qigong, it is originated from Qigong. Qigong was developed between 3000 and 5000 years ago; Tai Chi is only about 800 years old. Our energy-raising sequence will make you feel energized and refreshed on mental, spiritual and physical levels. The aim of Qigong: to promote the movement of Qi (Chi, life force energy) in the body. This is done by opening certain energy gates (points in the body), and stretching and twisting our energy channels. That is why Qigong is known to have an amazing healing effect on the functioning of all the internal organs and bodily systems. It’s truly an excellent psycho-physical practice which helps lower one’s blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and even if one has diabetes and she/he has been inactive. Qigong and Tai Chi have been shown to be beneficial for a number of medical conditions such as: arthritis, stroke, heart disease and heart failure, Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, breast cancer (and its side effects), low bone density, asthma, high and low blood pressure, and fatigue. What is more, clinical studies reported the effectiveness of Qigong therapy in treating chronic arthritis patients where other treatments had failed to show any benefits. How amazing is that!
MODERN HATHA YOGA
Hatha, an umbrella term to describe any style of yoga. The main components of any Hatha yoga class are: postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, and self-reflection. In Hatha class, you move slowly and hold a pose for several breaths before you move onto the next pose. Benefits: stress reduction, reduced depression symptoms, muscle and joint strength and flexibility, improvement in core muscle strength and balance (it’s possible even in 21 days, according to a 2016 study).
CHI FLOW (VINYASA) YOGA
Also called the Flow Yoga where there is a smooth transition between poses and each movement is synchronized with breath. Vinyasa moves at a faster pace than Hatha yoga; however, the pace of the flow varies. Vinyasa yoga class benefits: endurance and strength training, cardio workout, stability and balance, helps lower stress and anxiety levels, improve your fitness.
POWER (FITNESS) YOGA / SCULPT YOGA
Power yoga (aka fitness yoga) is a stronger form of practice, an offshoot of Ashtanga yoga, a vigorous style of yoga (unlike Vinyasa) that tends toward strength building because the poses are held longer. Power Vinyasa designed to move the body in all directions while creating heat and energy in the body. It’s a strong workout. Sculpt yoga involves resistance training, where we use gravity and your body weight to power your movement. Benefits of power and sculpt yoga styles: weight and weight loss management, muscle building, muscle strength, toned muscles, improved endurance, enhanced blood circulation, stronger immune system, improvement in bone density and strength, enhanced mental concentration, and reduced mental stress.
BALANCING YIN YANG YOGA
Yin Yang is a symbol of balance between two opposites. A Yin Yang Yoga class blends two styles of yoga into one practice, where we combine passive (yin) and vigorous (yang) yoga postures. This session focuses on strengthening and conditioning (Yang) and releasing and relaxing (Yin). In the class, we are going to target body’s major joints and connective tissue (fascia), by practicing opposite concepts and energies. We will be playing with dynamic and slow poses, helping blood, lymph and Chi (energy) flow throughout the body. Whilst strong yoga practice energizes and refreshes us, yin yoga calms and rejuvenates us. Benefits wise, by balancing your Yin and Yang, your energy flow will increase, giving you a peaceful, balanced, calm mind, and a more open, flexible body.
RESORATIVE YIN YOGA
Yin means passive so it’s a passive practice, a slow-paced style of yoga where we hold shapes (asanas) for a longer periods of time (several minutes). This style of yoga was developed to penetrate deep into connective tissue, fascia, expanding flexibility while invigorating the energy centers of the body (nadis, aka ‘nerve endings’ in Western medicine) to release blockages and increase your energy flow. Focus is on a static movement, breath work (pranayama) and meditation which helps create a deep practice. Benefits: releases fascia, body’s connective tissue (myofascial release), improves joint mobility, balances the internal organs, improves the flow of chi or prana (in Hindu philosophy), increases flexibility, calms and balances mind and body.
MERIDIAN YOGA THERAPY (YIN & YANG)
In a Meridian yoga class, we focus on certain meridians of the body, aka pathways, energy centers where the life-energy known as Chi (Qi) flows, incorporating principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. When the Chi moves, blood follows. If Chi is blocked, there is a stagnation in the body or the organ. There are 12 primary meridians (also called Principal Meridians) – they are divided into Yin and Yang groups (according to the yin or yang organs with which they are connected). Yin Organs: Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Kidneys. Yang Organs: Gallbladder, Stomach, Small intestine, Large intestine, Urinary Bladder, and Triple burner (a functional organ that does not have a physical structure). Benefits: meridian yoga helps unblock energy channels, remove stagnation, bring harmony. This style has profound physical, emotional and energetic benefits.
YOGA NIDRA MEDITATION (CONSCIOUS DEEP SLEEP)
Yoga Nidra is a powerful meditation technique that promotes deep rest and restoration. It promises the equivalent of two hours of deep sleep in just one 30-minute practice. When you practice yoga nidra, you basically mimi csavasana (corpse) pose. However, in savasana, your body completely surrenders and relaxes. In yoga nidra, you are tuning into the guided meditation and keeping track of your breathing. Benefits: yogic sleep regulates hormones, stabilizes glucose levels so it’s beneficial for those who have type 2 diabetes; yoga nidra alleviates post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), regulates PMS mood swings, reduces anxiety and depression symptoms, helps with insomnia, back pain, and promotes better health on many levels.
MFR TRIGGERPOINT & FASCIA THERAPY
Myofascial trigger points usually occur around an injury or an overused muscle group. If you’ve ever had a massage therapist comment on the knots in your back, for example, or maybe your glutes, then she/he most probably referred to trigger points or so called knots. These are not actually knots, but areas of tightly contracted muscles that feel firm to the touch and even produce some discomfort and pain. In this class, we use foam rollers and special balls to help release tension in the fascia (connective tissue) and muscles. Benefits: increased flexibility, improved range of motion, reduced muscle soreness, improved performance to mention a few.
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