What styles of yoga do you teach?
So glad you asked! Here at TPY, we teach hot power, power, core power, vinyasa, yin, restorative, hatha and women’s only nude yoga.
Here’s a little yoga history (very basic and summarised a lot): Krishnamacharya was the number one man who taught BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois and TKV Desikachar. Pattabhi Jois was the founder of ashtanga yoga, a strong style of yoga with a focus on breath and movement. The Primary Series is mostly taught in ashtanga studios around the world. It is a set sequence of poses that are practised in a specific order. It would seem that some yogis got a bit bored with routine, but loved the power of the ashtanga style, so off they went and taught sequences that were still strong, but more varied. These are often called power yoga, flow yoga, vinyasa yoga, etc …
Now back to Twisting Peacock Yoga (TPY) …
Hot power and power vinyasa
Hot power and power yoga are strong, vigorous styles of yoga from the ashtanga lineage. These classes are different every time, with sequencing selected from a wide range of poses.
The power yoga styles are a strong, athletic form of yoga so they are no good if you want a slow, relaxing practice. You’ll find lots of standing leg strengthening poses, leg balances, arm balances, hip and hamstring openers, spine openers and a whole lot more. Core strength is always a focus, and you’ll move everything from your fingertips to your toes. This is a serious full-body workout – all the muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, organs and systems of the body. Usually these classes are strong and challenging, sometimes a bit easier.
Power yoga classes provide the chance to stretch and lengthen the outside and the inside. You’ll learn to breathe with all of your lungs, not just the top bit. They also provide a great opportunity to de-stress as you don’t get a chance to think of anything while you’re in there!
We finish with a short lie down to reset and rejuvenate the body, and when you do get back to those stressful things, they often don’t seem quite so bad. Make power yoga your consistent practice and you’ll look good and feel amazing.
How hot is the room?
During TPY hot yoga classes, the room is heated to about 30–32 degrees Celsius. Warm Classes are 28 degrees.
All classes are warmed in winter with the infrared to a cosy 24 degrees.
SUITABLE FOR: Hot power and power yoga classes are available for all levels; however, we do advise completing at least 2–3 months of regular yoga practice first, or attending our 6-week beginner course.
This class is a mix of power flow with a greater focus on … you guessed it, the core! The vinyasa flow is great for building heat, and strengthening the core is important for improving your yoga technique, posture and general wellness.
SUITABLE FOR: Core power is available to all levels; however, we do advise completing at least 2–3 months of regular yoga practice first, or attending our 6-week beginner course.
Power and myofascial release (not currently on the schedule)
Are you often sore after your yoga class or workout? Do you have tight muscles?
If so, consider adding myofascial release to your routine. Fascia – the soft tissue component of connective tissue – can become restricted due to overuse from exercise and stress, resulting in tension, muscle pain, and diminished blood flow. Myofascial release techniques can help alleviate this pain and increase blood flow by massaging the tissue.
The class starts with power flow to warm up and energise the mind and body. We then sink into some myofascial release with balls to deeply massage your connective tissues.
Power and myofascial release is fantastic for athletes, yogis who are working on increasing flexibility, and anyone working on rehabilitating an almost-healed injury.
SUITABLE FOR: Power and myofascial release is available for all levels; however, we advise completing at least 1–2 months of regular yoga practice first, or attending our 6-week beginner’s course.
Hatha (not currently on the schedule)
The word hatha means ‘wilful’ or ‘forceful’. Hatha yoga sequences are designed to align your skin, muscles and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body – especially the main channel, the spine – so that energy can flow freely.
Hatha also translates as ha meaning ‘sun’ and tha meaning ‘moon’. This refers to the balance of masculine aspects – activity, heat, sun – and feminine aspects – receptivity, cool, moon – within all of us. Therefore, hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. Through each pose, we also learn to balance effort and surrender.
Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment. TPY hatha classes are relatively slow, with each posture held for 5, 10 or even 20 breaths.
SUITABLE FOR: Hatha yoga is slow and easy to follow. It is a great glass for beginners, those seeking a calmer practice, and for the experienced yogi wanting to refine alignment.
Yin yoga is the perfect complement to the more dynamic, heat-creating ‘yang’ styles of yoga such as ashtanga, vinyasa and power yoga. While these practices primarily target our muscles, yin works to lengthen the connective tissue of the body (tendons, ligaments and fascia) to increase flexibility and mobility, generally targeting the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Poses are held for longer, and the focus is to relax all muscles so you can access the connective tissue.
Yin yoga is extremely relaxing and makes your body feel supple, nourished and invigorated. Practicing yin regularly will support your more dynamic yoga practice by creating more flexibility and mobility in your joints.
SUITABLE FOR: Yin is for anyone and everyone, including your nanna! No yoga experience required; this is slow, passive and easy to follow. Yin is very different from the other yoga styles we teach at TPY.
This class is the perfect mix of two yoga styles. We start with a good old sweat with the active hot power yoga, then slow it down at the end with a gentle and delicious yin session.
SUITABLE FOR: Yang and yin is available to all levels; however, we advise completing at least 1–2 months of regular yoga practice first, or attending our 6-week beginner’s course.
Chakra Balance Breathe and Restore
Breathe and Restore is a special blend of all things delicious – pranayama (breath work), meditation, hatha, yin and restorative yoga.
Be led through a beautiful class each week, centred on a specific Chakra (energy centre) We focus on unblocking chakras and clearing out unwanted negative perceptions and energies, simply inviting you to tune in with yourself.
SUITABLE FOR: Breathe and Restore is for anyone and everyone, including your nanna! No yoga experience required; this is slow, passive and easy to follow.
Back to Basics
Back to Basics is for those new to yoga or simply wanting to get back to basics and check in with their flow. We will teach you vinyasa and hatha styles, with emphasis on proper alignment of asana (postures), engaging bandhas (body locks), breath work and philosophy.
SUITABLE FOR: Back to Basics is perfect for anyone wanting to start their yoga journey, or for new yogis keen to refine their technique.
Women’s only Nude Yoga
Join Mel for an uplifting, invigorating night of restorative, yin and hatha yoga, pranayama and guided meditation. Of course, as the title suggests, you are completely naked.
This is a space for women to just … be. We all have wobbly bits, cellulite, parts of ourselves that we may not love. This is the time to embrace the perfectly imperfect bodies we were given and enjoy this beautiful practice sans clothes. This is a chance to drop away all the bullshit, come together to practice, and realise we are all the same.
This is a fun, liberating class by candlelight in a darkened room with nothing but total love and support. We focus on a different intention each week – gratitude, happiness, peace, love. We talk yoga philosophy and delve a little deeper into the 8 limbs of yoga. Then, if you wish, hang around to chat and connect.
Please wear a sarong, shawl or dressing gown to enter the room and bring two towels: one for your mat, the other for the bolster. Women who are menstruating are invited to wear a nude colour G-string. However, for everyone else, it’s all about the birthday suit.
All women welcome.
Email ua.moc.agoykcoaepgnitsiwtnull@lem with any questions.
Please note that this is just like any other class except we will be fully naked. If you want to work through deeper issues with body image or self-love see rosierees.com for all she has to offer.
SUITABLE FOR: Women’s only Nude Yoga is for all women, including your nanna! No yoga experience required; this is slow, passive and easy to follow.