Well-being is characterised by comfort and contentment, health and happiness. It is something we all strive for and is one of the many therapeutic benefits of yoga. Regular yoga practice is also known to increase flexibility, strengthen core muscles, improve joint mobility, correct posture, create balance, stimulate circulation, and relieve stress.
Vida Yoga offers hatha yoga classes as guided by Kristy Manuel. As the foundation of many forms of yoga, hatha is a general term that describes the physical practice of yoga. It is a great place to start for those new to the discipline because it is simple and effective. The hour long class with Kristy involves performing a series of poses that are designed to lengthen and strengthen muscles, encourage deep breathing, promote relaxation, and create harmony between the body and mind.
Kristy has more than 12 years of experience instructing yoga, fitness, and dance. As such she is able to tailor the class to suit all levels of ability and experience as well as the individual requirements of those in attendance. Yoga, she believes, is for everyone no matter what your age, gender, or level of fitness is. She is a confident and enthusiastic instructor, but also considerate and responsible and provides clear direction that is easy to follow.
During the class I attended she constantly checked that everyone was comfortable with the poses, advising ways to increase or decrease the intensity, and adapting them to best suit those with specific conditions. "Listen to your body," Kristy reminds us during the class, which makes a refreshing change from other group activities, including the more intense forms of yoga such as Bikram, that tend to promote a 'go hard or go home' approach to fitness.
This is where hatha yoga with Kristy differs, the focus is on personal wellness in a casual and friendly environment with a sense of care and community rather than competition. The workout might not seem particularly vigorous, but my muscles will certainly vouch for the exercise. They trembled in attempt to hold some of the poses and I experienced a subtle ache (especially in my thighs, stomach, and shoulders) for a few days following the session.
Undoubtedly, the most appealing benefit I received after the class was a wonderfully refreshing and thorough night of sleep – the best in a long time. Perhaps it was the 10 minute relaxation session that completes the class combined with the gentle muscular exertion that subsequently contributes to the quantity and quality of z's obtained.
Whatever the reason, an evening hatha yoga class is the ultimate way to unwind after a long day. You'll find it to be challenging but calming and enjoy a sense of strength and balance during and after the class. It relaxes your mind, releases tension from your body, and leaves you feeling revitalized and ready to conquer the next day.
Hatha yoga classes at Vida Yoga are held on Wednesday at 7.15 pm and Friday at 5.45 pm. However, you'll need to arrive a few minutes early to settle in and fill out an enrolment form if it is your first class. The class I attended had about 12 participants from beginners to more experienced yogis, an intimate gathering that allows Kristy to provide you with her full attention.
The Vida Yoga studio is hidden somewhat within the maze of Seaview Downs to the south of Adelaide. It is located at the height of the suburb in a hall that also hosts dancing, music, and language lessons with Casa de Flamenco. An ample amount of parking is available on the street from which there is a stunning view of the city lights.
Heaters were set up surrounding the yoga mats to provide warmth on this rainy winter's night, but the hall is also equipped with ceiling fans for the summer months. The mats are grouped together quite closely and the area is lit with overhead lamps which, along with peaceful music and flickering candles, creates a certain cosiness in the grand old hall.
A casual class costs $15 or you can receive discount by enrolling in one class a week for a 10 week term at a cost of $120. Vida Yoga also hold a 1.5 hour pregnancy yoga class on Monday at 6.30 pm that supports every stage of pregnancy and costs $150 for a 10 week term.
All equipment is provided including yoga mats, pillows, blankets, and the like. You don't even need shoes as the class is performed barefoot, you'll just need to wear comfortable clothes that are suitable for bending and stretching. If you would like to get on a mat and discover the benefits of hatha yoga for yourself then please visit the Vida Yoga website for more information or phone Kristy on 0432 074 849 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.