Yoga History

Yoga means ‘to yoke’, ‘to unite’, or ‘to be whole’.

Yoga is an ancient philosophical discipline, harmonising the body, mind and spirit. It has many functions on many different levels including physical, mental and on a much deeper level it can lead to self-awareness and liberation – ‘moksha’.

The origins of Yoga though rather vague can be traced back to India approximately 5,000 or more years ago. The ancient rishis or seers studied and meditated to develop a system of yoga. Yoga asanas were developed via meditation and the study of the movements of animals. These principals were passed on by word of mouth from yogi to their pupils or disciples.

The philosophy of yoga is written in Sanskrit –  the oldest known language. The first collection of scriptures are called the ‘vedas’ meaning knowledge or wisdom. These comprise of ‘shruti’ or ‘divinely heard’ mantras.

What to Expect

At Yogalilies we have various classes and courses for all levels from beginners to experienced practitioners through to athletes. Our passion is in helping others find movement and freedom in their bodies with patience, persistence and playful exploration. We have some of the best most respected and experienced teachers here at Yogalilies, simply choose a yoga style to match how you feel and what your body needs.

Choosing a Class

The question we ask you is: what would you like from your class? Maybe it’s to de-stress or work out, relax, lose weight, stretch, tone, to follow a meditative or spiritual practice  ̶̶  or any combination of these. Also, there may be days when you want to try something different. Yogalilies is the perfect place, with a wide range of styles and extensive class schedule. There is no set formula for choosing the right class. Styles of teaching vary as well as styles of yoga, so sample different ones and feel what resonates best with you.

Class Descriptions

If you want to know details about a specific class or teacher at Yogalilies, go to the class schedule and click on any class for a description of what each class is like, so that you can see whether it might be suitable for your needs.

Styles of Yoga

There are lots of different styles of yoga. Several classes are simply called ‘yoga’, as teachers often incorporate different elements from various yogic traditions and styles. Every teacher is different and you may want to sample a few and see what resonates with you.

Class Levels

Classes are divided into levels. Check with your teacher before moving up a level and always inform your teacher if you are pregnant or have any injuries.

Beginners courses

Introducing the basics of breathing, movement and posture. Ideally, we recommend that all those new to yoga complete a Beginners Course.

Level 1

Suitable for those in the initial stages of yoga practice or those seeking a gentler asana practice. Experienced practitioners can also sometimes benefit from going back to this level and getting in touch with the fundamentals of yoga.

All Levels

Open to all levels from complete beginners to more experienced practitioners. The teacher adapts the class according to the students.

Level 2/3

Works on a deeper physical and psychological level, introducing more challenging asanas, sun salutation variations, inversions and backbends. Not suitable for beginners.

Yogalilies Yoga

The benefits of Yoga and Pilates can be found in Yogalilies Yoga, an exercise method combining the strength of Pilates and the flexibility of yoga. The workout integrates Yoga and Pilates training using a mind-body connection for improved physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Lissa first suffered an injury while practicing and teaching yoga. She then turned to Pilates to increase strength and endurance. While she enjoyed the benefits of Pilates, she missed the flexibility and meditation found in a yoga practise. As a result, she devised Yogalilies Yoga, a fusion of both workouts.

The Yogalilies Yoga experience incorporates: soulful music, aromatherapy oils, Kundalini meditations and mantra’s adding to the experience of a truly life affirming class.

Level 1/2 (it is recommended you attend a 6 week Beginners Yogalilies Yoga Course prior to attending class)

Yoga & Meditation

The core practice of yoga, which brings about the full awareness of our true nature. Though simple and easy to practice, its results are powerful and far reaching. A growing body of modern research has shown the benefits in terms of deep relaxation, emotional balance, creativity, a sense of well-being and many others.

But its ultimate fruit goes beyond the body and the mind, to connect us with a deep sense of inner awareness and plenitude – our inner Self.

All Levels

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga focuses on a specific sequence of postures (asanas), which are linked through movement (vinyasas) and breath (pranayama). The unique aspects to this practice include engagement of the internal locks (bandhas) and deep breathing (sometimes called “ocean breath”) which are used to assist the regulation of the flow of energy or life force (prana). Ashtanga is an athletic flow combining strength, flexibility and stamina for a complete practice.

Level 1/2 (not suitable for complete beginners to Yoga, we recommend you try a Hatha Yoga Class)

Iyengar Yoga

The Iyengar method is internationally respected for its vigorous style and its sophisticated understanding of the yoga asana. It develops strength, flexibility and endurance. You will learn precision and subtlety in your asana and pranayama practice. The method is progressive, safe and orderly. The teaching and the postures are adjusted to meet the conditions and needs of each student.

All Levels

Shakti Yoga

Shakti Yoga is a Meditative Vinyasa Flow. This unique practice infuses the physical intensity of a level 1/2 class with the meditative practices of Mantra and Pranayama, creating a perfect balance of working the body while calming the mind. A deep internal awareness is created through the weaving of Classical Sun Salutations, Vinyasa Flows, Inversions, Backbends, Arm Balances, Hip Openers and other classical poses that is complemented by Yin Yoga restorative elements. Complete with a deep guided relaxation.

Level 1/2 class (not suitable for complete beginners)

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness and consists of simple yoga techniques that can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what age or physical ability. It is a complete science that includes breath (pranayama), yoga postures (kriyas), chanting (mantras) and meditation.

With Kundalini Yoga you can build a healthy body, develop a balanced mind, make contact with your infinity and your innate inner wisdom as well as opening the door to your highest potential.

It gives you the vitality and health that is your birth right. It makes you radiant, peaceful and strong. The nervous system is strengthened, the glandular system is balanced, meditation and mantra enhances mental concentration and calms the mind.

Level 1

Power Yoga

Suitable for all levels, shapes and sizes, Power Yoga offers a vigorous yet accessible style of yoga which sculpts your body, builds strength and flexibility, releases stress and calms your mind. You’ll leave class feeling like you stepped out of your daily life and returned a different person!

Unlike a gym work out which works on specific muscle groups, our teacher will guide you through a yoga class that will stretch and strengthen your entire body. If you do other sports, Power Yoga will support your recovery as well as injury prevention.

Level 2/3 class (not suitable for the complete beginner)

Restorative Yoga

Is a nurturing practice releasing deep tension within the body and mind. Yoga asanas are held with the support of various props so it’s a practice of being rather than doing.

In the chaos of living we often forget how to let go and relax. Restorative Yoga allows the opportunity to nourish yourself and actually retrain your nervous system to find proper rest.

Revive your body and spirit by allowing yourself to sink down into a delicious state of relaxation. You will leave this session feeling reconnected, rejuvenated and revitalised.

All Levels

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

A class to tone, strengthen and release the potential of your body and mind. Vinyasa Flow Yoga is designed to take you to the edge of yourself so you can see how much further you can go. Tap into the hidden energy inside yourself in this empowering, dynamic and rewarding class.

Level 1/2 class (not suitable for complete beginners)

Yin Yoga

A stilling practice which cultivates a deep sense of awareness and the capacity for limitless potential through a profound release of mind/body stresses and conditioning. The perfect antidote to urban life, Yin focuses on releasing and letting go via the deep musculature of the body and connective tissues, aiding physical, energetic, mental and emotional flexibility. It is the ideal complement and balance to ‘doing’ a dynamic practice.

All levels

Hatha Flow Yoga

The true meaning of ‘hatha Yoga’ is simply the practice of postures. But in the west when people say ‘hatha Yoga’ they usually mean a gentler form of classic Yoga postures. Our Hatha Yoga classes will introduce you to classic Yoga as it has been practiced for centuries. A combination of postures and breathing, it is excellent for fitness, suppleness, mental calm and relaxation.

All Levels (suitable for beginners)

What do I Wear?

Please dress for comfort ensuring you have complete freedom of movement (most people wear stretch pants or shorts and a t-shirt or sports top). You don’t need shoes – you’ll train in bare feet or socks, whichever you prefer (bare feet is best). Mats are provided, however it is recommended that you bring your own to help build the relationship between you and your mat! Bring water and a towel.

How to book you place

View our schedule page. Click onto class you would like to attend, you will then be directed to our online booking system.