What is yoga?
The word yoga means union in Sanskrit - meaning the union between breath and movement, or the union between mind, body and soul. Yoga helps you to improve your flexibility and strength, to release chronic stress in the mind and the body, to tune into your body’s needs and to treat yourself with kindness and acceptance. Yoga is for everyone - it doesn't matter how old, fit or flexible you are! Our yoga classes are always tailored to individual needs so that everyone can participate at his/her own level and pace.
About our yoga teacher...
Chesca is our resident yoga instructor from England, and has spent the past 2 years teaching in India and London. Before joining the MoaAlm family she taught at the Sivanada Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas as a resident karma yogi. She believes there is no such thing as being 'good' at yoga and can be practiced by everybody. With an element of fun and a focus of being present and in touch with the Self - she encourages her students to take the balance of energy and relaxation found on the mat back out into daily life, encouraging the idea that yoga isn't something that we do, but something that we are. To Chesca the meaning of yoga is personal and unique to every individual and comes in many shapes and forms, believing that this diversity is what makes our individuality so beautiful and inspiring.
Types of yoga:
Hatha Vinyasa Yoga
Hatha yoga is a classical style of yoga, literally translating to ha meaning "sun" and tha meaning "moon." This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. Incorporating ‘vinyasa' allows the body to warm up more efficiently and move smoothly from one pose to the next, combining breath and movement to create a mind-body connection. Hatha Vinyasa yoga combines movement and stillness, allowing space in between more challenging poses for integration and return to the breath.
Restorative yoga is a relaxing, meditative style of yoga, using little to no muscle strain. In our restorative classes we only practice six to ten poses that we hold for a longer period of time. We use props like pillows, blocks or blankets to support the body in the different poses. Restorative yoga is about relaxing the body completely, whilst keeping the mind focusing on the present moment, the sensations in the body and the breath. This is a very restorative practice after a day out in the mountains, and a powerful practice for learning how to slow down and release chronic stress.
MoaAlm yoga studio
At MoaAlm we have a beautiful, cosy yoga studio with a panoramic view of the mountains. This room invites you to relax, to breathe and enjoy life. Our studio is well-equipped with mats and props to support you in your poses. Whenever the weather allows, we like to go outside to practice yoga.
Our yoga holidays
Please contact us if you have any questions about our yoga offerings.