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 Akhanda Yand 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)
Daily Yoga Schedule
7.00am Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga*
4.00pm Gentle Yoga/ Yin/ Restorative Yoga**
(*Sundays 7am Self Practice, **Tuesdays Kirtan at 3pm instead of 4pm class)
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 and restorative 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.
Hop into a silky sling-like hammock, which is draped from the ceiling to support your full body weight. Learn to fly and experience a unique way to practice asana, calm the mind and have some fun with Aerial Yoga. Aerial yoga is a type of yoga which uses a fabric hammock to allow students to perform anti-gravity postures. It combines traditional yoga with moves inspired by pilates, dance and acrobatic arts that builds on core strength, flexibility and safe alignment in your poses.
Private class 1 person Q400, 2 people Q625
Drop in Wednesdays at 12.30-2pm: Q100/person
Synchronizing breathing and movement in the asanas heats the blood, cleaning and thinning it so that it may circulate more freely. Improved blood circulation relieves joint pain and removes toxins and disease from the internal organs. Ashtanga is a dynamic style of yoga that follows a specific sequence of postures, in the same order while linking every movement to a breath.
Bhakti Yoga - SONG ceremony & Kirtan
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.