Yoga Styles

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Which Yoga is right for you?

There are many different styles of yoga, designed to suit the needs of many individuals. In addition, each teacher offers a unique set of skills. Because of that, you may need to try a few classes before you find the right fit. The class descriptions below will help narrow your choices. If you’re still not sure which to choose, call us or stop by and we’ll help you find the right class!

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Beginner’s Classes

If you’re new to yoga or you haven’t practiced recently, we recommend that you spend some time in our introductory classes. Yoga is very different from other forms of exercise and you will get more out of yoga if you start your journey with a solid foundation and understanding of the poses and the practice.

Pilates for beginners

This class is designed as a starting point for anyone new to Pilates. It will enable you to master the fundamentals (Alignment, Breathing, Core Stability) and build strength and body awareness, opening the doors to a more advanced practise. Also a helpful revision class for those that have some existing knowledge of Pilates.

Yoga for Beginners

This 6-week course is perfect for beginners or the ones who want to revisit the fundamentals. Classes build week to week, introducing you to the basics of yoga postures, breath and relaxation techniques. Personal attention from the teacher will help you stay safe and create a solid foundation for your practice.

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Mindful Movement

Like every yoga class, this class invites you to move mindfully. We will be focusing on movement education through exploration and reflection. We will move in yogic and non yogic ways.

The aim of the class is to create a counterbalance to the so often sedative, predominantly seated lifestyles. Keeping yourself strong, flexible and open minded about the body and movement experiences. There is a different focus every week. You can expect education about posture and movement physiology as well as some music.

Build strength

If you want to develop your strength, flexibility and mobility you should explore this category of classes. Though these classes focus primarily on the physical side of yoga, you will find that they also help in developing inner strength and are calming for the mind as well.

Vinyasa Open

In these fun welcoming open-level classes, you will synchronise breath and movement as you flow through the postures and transitions.

Vinyasa

Vinyasa level 1-2-3: In these classes, poses are linked together in a non-stop sequence and supported by consistent breath. Vinyasa classes can be fast or slow and include a range of poses from easy to challenging. Newer practitioners should start with Vinyasa Level 1, while the ones with a regular practice are welcome to attend Level 2. Vinyasa level 3 offers a fast paced flow, where you will be challenged in strength, arm-balances and inversions, and is suitable for you who are familiar with the names of the poses – or asanas – as the practice resembles mysore. Best for: the yogis who want a physical and cardio-vascular challenge and a practice that is built with creativity.

Hatha 2

The name Hatha refers to any yoga that teaches the physical postures. At RAW Yoga, Hatha classes level 2 are a slow and gentle mix of physical poses, breathing and meditation practices. Poses are normally held for a longer time than in the Vinyasa practice. Best for: the yoga practitioners looking to focus on the alignment of yoga and at the same time build strength. Hatha level 1 is recommended for new yogis and Hatha level 2 for the more experienced practitioners of yoga.

Ashtanga

In this physically demanding practice, students flow through a fixed series of poses, with every movement linked by the breath. In ashtanga classes you will move non-stop from pose to pose, so students should have already have a foundational yoga practice to attend. This practice is best for: yoga practitioners who want to work up a sweat and build stamina.

Pilates

Pilates is a physical exercise that strengthens your body with focus on the core. Pilates is designed to build strength, improve body-posture, balance and coordination. Pilates is not based on the yoga tradition, but may or may not include certain yoga poses in the practice. Best for: yogis who want to build strength in combination with their yoga classes.

Express

Our express classes are designed to enable the ones with a busy lifestyle to find time for their yoga practice. They also fit perfectly for the ones who prefer to practice during lunch break. We offer Express classes in Vinyasa, Hatha, Pilates and Yin. Best for: yoga practitioners who are looking for all the benefits of yoga packaged as a 45 min class.

Hatha Open

In these fun welcoming open-level classes, you will synchronise breath and movement as you flow through the postures and transitions.

Hatha Flow

The pace of this class is slower than the usual Vinyasa class.With emphasis on alignment and breath.Some poses will be held for a few breaths ,others will flow together in moving meditation.This fun class will offer opportunities for those new to the practice to experience flow and experienced yogis to find a deeper expression of poses.Expect to strengthen, lengthen and relax.

Mysore Style Asthanga

In Mysore style classes, the teacher will work with you one-to-one to teach you the proper alignment of each posture of the Primary Series.
This is the way Ashtanga is taught in Mysore India where this practise comes from.
In this class you will go through the sequence on your own pace and rhythm, practising the postures you’ve learnt and linking breath with movement.
We recommend you to attend an Ashtanga class first to become familiar with the Primary Series sequence.
This class is suitable for practitioners that are familiar to the Ashtanga series or that can follow the sequence with an instruction guide.

108 Sun salutations:

This class is not suitable for beginners.

In this class we will be leading you through a sequence of 108 repetitions of Surya Namaskar.

Why 108?

•There were initially 54 sounds in the Sanskrit alphabet: 2 X 54 = 108
•There are 108 Upanishads, which are part of the oldest scriptural texts of Hinduism. They primarily focus on philosophy, meditation, and the nature of God.
•There are 108 names for Hindu deities.
•The distance between the earth and the sun is 108 times the diameter of the sun, therefore, the number 108 is taken to represent the “distance” from the devotee to the divine.
•Some say there are 108 feelings: 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future.
•Some people believe that doing 108 Sun Salutations is a way of breaking out of the darkness that accumulated from the long winter. It’s a way of “spring cleaning,” your body and your mind.

This class is recommended for Yogis that have mastered the basic Sun Salutations sequence and the more experienced practitioners of Yoga. It is a dynamic, challenging, cleansing and meditative sequence.

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Find stillness

If you want to explore your spiritual side or develop a deeper sense of inner calm, try one of these classes. There are also physical benefits to this category of classes, from improved flexibility to channeling your flow of energy.

Restorative

A relaxing and slow-paced practice, where you allow yourself to rest into the poses. Restorative Yoga uses a range of props like bolsters, blankets, and straps to support your body. This practice allows long holds in each pose and is equally a practice for the mind as for the body. Best for: students who want to completely let go of tension and restore their energy in a restful class.

Yin

Yin is a static practice in which students hold poses for 3 to 10 minutes. This practice targets deep connective tissues (cartilages, tendons, ligaments, fascias) to invite longer-lasting flexibility and spaciousness in the body. Yin Yoga is a style of Yoga where you will explore the quality of quietness and stillness more than any other style. We will focus on how the asana feels and not how it looks, this is the difference between aesthetically practice Yoga and functional Yoga. Yin Yoga is ideal for the ones that need to slow down, get prepared for meditation, become more resilient to stress and help the body restore range of motion. It is also very beneficial for the ones regularly attending physically demanding practices. Best for: students who want to increase flexibility while exploring the meditative benefits of Yoga.

Kundalini

Designed to channel the flow of energy throughout the body and the chakra system, Kundalini looks and feels very different to most other forms of yoga. Kundalini classes including chanting, mantra repetition, pranayama, and repetition of movement. Best for: yoga practitioners who want to explore the more spiritual side of yoga.

Mindfulness:

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing without being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
From breath and bodily sensations , from emotions to thoughts, Mindfulness Meditation helps us put some space between ourselves and our reactions by breaking down our conditioned responses and it improves greatly our quality of life , including our mental health and our relationship with ourselves and others.
This class is an excellent way to start your journey to become aware of yourself while learning to accept whatever you experience physically, emotionally and mentally- without judgement. It helps cultivate authentic self-compassion, self-forgiveness and self-love and extend them to others around us.

Meditation

The benefits of meditation range from reducing stress, to increasing attention span and deepening self-awareness. In our led meditation class, the teacher will guide you through your practice, which can be especially beneficial for those who have trouble meditation on their own. In this class you will have the opportunity to explore different meditation techniques. Best for: students who are just learning to meditate or want to meditate in a group setting.

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Yoga Nidra

Sometimes known as yogic sleep, yoga nidra is a deeply relaxing practice that can be done by anyone, regardless of physical fitness. Students lie in savasana while the teacher leads a meditation that will make you increasingly aware of your inner world while maintaining a sleep-like yet conscious state. Our Yoga Nidra includes sound healing. Best for: yogis who want to take a relaxing inner journey.

Pranayama:

When you experience stressful thoughts, your sympathetic nervous system triggers the body’s ancient “fight-or-flight” response, giving you a burst of energy to respond to the perceived danger. Your breathing becomes shallow and rapid, and you primarily breathe from the chest and not the lower lungs.
The basis for all deep breathing practices originates in the science of Yoga, specifically the branch of yoga known as Pranayama.
The word pranayama is derived from two Sanskrit words: prana (life force) and yama (control). By controlling the breath, you can influence
every aspect of your life.
Deep breathing stimulates the main nerve in the parasympathetic nervous system—the vagus nerve—slowing down your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure, and calming your body and mind.

Combined with Specific Meditation for easing emotional stress, this Class helps you master your Breathe and your Emotional world, gradually and safely and it’s suitable for all practitioners.

Restorative Tantra

The traditional scientific system of Tantra Yoga is based on the Ayurveda healing system and it extends Meditation to the whole body through mindful asanas and through the harmonisation of our three dosas- or constitutions.Both the sequences on the floor and the standing ones-called three dosas balancing series- are like medicine for our whole being and they help treating anxiety, depression and fears from the inside out.By keeping a relaxed and floppy body during the practice and by learning to breath consciously to direct Prana through our blockages, we cultivate a relaxed mind, inhabit our bodies gracefully and start creating a real sense of freedom and bliss.Suitable to all levels, this class is ideal to restore a peaceful dialogue with yourself, heal emotional traumas and have an insight of your divine, timeless nature.

Certain ages & needs

In addition to the wide range of styles above, we also offer yoga for mommies to be, teens, seniors as well as corporate classes. In these classes, our teachers will focus on the unique needs of bodies and minds at different stages of life.

Prenatal

For expectant mothers, Prenatal Yoga can have many benefits, including keeping fit, reducing stress, and improving strength and stability of the muscles used in childbirth. It can also help reduce the nausea, lower back pain, and headaches associated with pregnancy.

Gyrokinesis® method

The Gyrokinesis® Method can be adapted to fit anyone’s ability. People from all walks of life including accomplished athletes, fitness enthusiasts, senior citizens, and people recovering from an injury or dealing with a disability take Gyrokinesis classes. By the end of a Gyrokinesis session, one’s entire system is awakened and brought into greater balance. Focus on the breath stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in a sense of calm, wellbeing and mental clarity.

The Gyrokinesis Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method, which coordinates movement, breath and mental focus.

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Where to Find Us

Located in Pietà by the Msida Yacht Marina at 190 Triq Marina (between BOV bank and the jewelers).

Centrally located a short drive from Ta’ Xbiex (3 min), Msida (4 min), Valletta (5 min), Gzira (6 min), Birkirkara (6 min), Sliema (10 min).

Or come by bus, bus stop Marina (904 / 1057)

Parking

Free parking by the marina side next to La Vela restaurant.