The Yoga Forest offers classes for all levels, from beginners to advanced students, in different styles of yoga lead by various teachers and their personal approach to the yogic path shaped by their own experience and studies. At The Yoga Forest, we aim to approach yoga philosophy and practice holistically, a path demonstrated in Akhanda Yoga and Sadhana Yoga. Akhanda, meaning whole or indivisible in Sanskrit indicates a holistic approach that embraces the four traditional paths of yoga. Sadhana means spiritual practice and indicates that all yoga practice is considered an inner spiritual journey.
The Yoga Forest incorporates a balance of teaching, discussion and practice of the four traditional paths:
- Jnana Yoga (Vedanta philosophy and the concept of Oneness as the essential reality of the universe)
- Raja/ Ashtanga Yoga (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: mindfulness, meditation, and the eight-fold path)
- Bhakti Yoga (kiirtan chanting, mantra yoga (the use of Vedic mantras for clarity and peace), contemplation of devotional aphorisms and the attitude of surrender)
- Karma Yoga (discernment of right action, and responsive versus reactive action)
Holistic Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga
Our morning classes of Holistic Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga is the yoga of spiritual practice based in Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa traditions. Postures are linked and connected with breath throughout each sequence. At The Yoga Forest, we like to move away from set sequences and encourage our teachers to explore their creativity; throughout the flow of each class incorporating techniques in kriya, asana, bandha, pranayama, mudra and meditation. Within the practice of holistic yoga classes is an emphasis of the balance between checkpoints for body mechanics, and guidelines for inner inquiry.
Restorative / Yin Yoga
Restorative/ Yin yoga is the spiritual practice of yoga based on the concepts and restorative or yin yoga. Compared to Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga, which would be considered a yang practice to stimulate and invigorate us, yin yoga soothes and calms us. Poses are held for between 3-5 minutes and we use bolsters, blocks, straps to support and deepen each pose. Learning to stay in a pose for longer periods of time trains the mind to become calm and endure distraction, both mental and physical. This in turn cultivates physical ease and mental calm. We come out of the practice refreshed and rejuvenated each afternoon.
Bhakti Yoga - Kirtan & Song Circle
Bhakti Yoga (भक्तियोग), The root Bhaj, which means “to adore, to devote or worship God.” Bhakti Yoga has been called “love for love's sake” and “union through love and devotion.” Bhakti is uniting of the individualized consciousness with the Universal through active surrender.
Share your voice with our ecstatic meditations, singing ancient Mantra, Bhajan, Medicine Music and Heart songs in several languages to Awaken Love.
"You are the key, love is the door. To a heart that sings, the whole world responds" - Jayānanda
Nada Yoga - Sound Ceremony
Nāda Yoga (नादयोग) is an ancient Indian metaphysical system. It is equally a philosophical system, a medicine, and a form of yoga. The system's theoretical and practical aspects are based on the premise that the entire cosmos and all that exists in the cosmos, including human beings, consists of sound vibrations, called nāda. (source: Wikipedia)
Come be with Jaya Saraswati for an intimate gathering and healing meditation, learning the essentials of Nada Yoga - the yoga of listening as we are serenaded in a unique shower of shamanic soundscape with instruments from all over the world.