Description of the different yoga classes

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is the art of traditional Indian Yoga: the learning of the exercises and postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation.
Classes are taught using the method of Swami Sivananda ( for all information).

Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a style of yoga developed by Shri K.Pattabhi Jois who has greatly contributed to the expansion of yoga in the world. It consists in the practice of a dynamic series of asanas (poses). Sequences are always the same. Vinyasa means “synchronizing the movement with the breath.” All exercises of Ashtanga are linked by transitions in which each movement is synchronized with an inhale or an exhale. This leads to an increase of the internal temperature of the body and to sweat. It is very purifying for the body by removing toxins. Ujjayi breathing, also called “victorious breath” is used during the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. It is only through the nose, with a contraction of the throat.
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Yoga Flow

Yoga Flow is a fluid and dynamic sequence of yoga asanas synchronized with the breath. Dynamic and dancing yoga, this practice brings a sense of immediate well-being by releasing all tension thanks to the freedom of movement. It invites creativity within. Choreography are inspired by the teaching received by Shiva Rea, world-renowned American Yoga teacher who founded the school of Yoga Prana Flow. Classes are inspired by the practice of Prana Flow to discover “the pulse of the breath in the body”, the vitality that vibrates in each cell of the body through movement.

Pranayama or yogic breathing exercises

Yogic breathing exercises, or the practice of Pranayama, cleanses the respiratory system, thus enhancing the breathing quality.
They are highly recommended for anyone wishing to discover the path of meditation and for those who are passionate about diving and snorkeling.
These techniques lead to a state of mental relaxation; they channel the thoughts and lead to the state of meditation. “Pranayama” is a Sanskrit word which means to control the vital energy:
“Prana” means “vital energy” “Yama” means “control”

What top athlete Max says about the immense benefits of yogic breathing technics:

Very often during my competitions (just before the start) stress, anxiety, etc … made me pack my heartbeat!
– Usual average pulse at rest before event: 80 to 90
– Average pulse before a race and before discovering yoga breathing (pranayama): 140 to 150
– Average pulse before a race and after pranayama: 95 to 105
It’s a better 40 or 50 beats before the start!
This is huge. It’s what allows me to be fresher and more efficient especially on my competitions.
Testimony of a hyperactive seeking by all means to channel his energy!

Partner Yoga

Partner Yoga is a practice to discover Yoga with a partner; it expands the traditional and individual science of Yoga to the realm of relationship.

Yoga for kids

Yoga for kids enhances self-awareness. Children who practice yoga learn early how to develop a healthy and flexible body and the art of breathing. It improves concentration and removes anxiety.

During the Yoga class, you breathe and oxygenate every cell of your body, you stretch and strengthen every part of your body, thus you reinforce the organism and remove tensions and toxins. You open your heart to the light, you open yourself fully to welcome the vital energy of the elements around you. Nothing else matters but to allow this energy within and make you feel better, refreshes you and raise your spirit. By removing tensions from the body you remove tensions of the mind to make room for light and truth, for a clear mind, a source of well-being. Yoga leads to the perfect posture for meditation. The benefits of meditation are many and great: meditation calms the mind, helps to control the thoughts and revitalizes the body.

Science & Yoga

According to Swami Vishnu-Devananda, disciple of Swami Sivananda, the wisdom of yoga condensed into 5 principles for physical, mental and spirtual well-being :

Proper exercise (asanas)

They improve circulation, increase flexibility and strength. Asanas not only act on the body: they soothe and balance the mind and develop concentration.

Proper breathing (pranayama)

It stimulates the solar plexus, where there is a tremendous potential of energy. Through specific breathing techniques this energy is released, thus regenerating the body and mind.

Proper relaxation (savasana)

Relaxation is essential to be healthy physically and mentally.
Yoga teaches three levels of relaxation: physical, mental and spiritual.

Healthy diet (vegetarian)

The vegetarian diet is the most that is beneficial for the body and mind together and cleaning the environment.

Positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)

Practice of meditation and positive thinking relieves stress and restores energy.

Kirtan chanting session :

In Indian tradition, Kirtan is a sacred song sung in group, in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is the language in which we address the gods in the hindouism tradition.
It is the repetition of mantras on a melody. The vibrations of these songs affect the body and mind to a feeling of well-being both physical and mental.

Yoga and apnea :

Yoga and apnea : Discover the techniques to control the breath

Particularly designed for snorkelers, divers and anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of breathing and breath control, Pranayam workshops are held once a month in the greenhouse at the Jardin de la Piboule on Saturday mornings from 11:00 to 12:15 .

These sessions deepen the awareness of the breath, go through techniques to cleanse the respiratory system and to increase its capacity, and also how to strengthen the body and relax the mind .

Inspired by the work of apnea world champion Umberto Pelizzari and my experience as a yoga teacher to lead these workshops, we immerse ourselves in the art of breathing and preparing for diving.

Apnea, as Hatha Yoga, when practiced with intensity and regularity allow us to perceive and put us in touch with our “inner world”, as long as listening to our internal sensations.

The purpose of yoga is to enable the practitioner to blend into the world around, whether it is water or air and to wake up our vital faculties which are nowadays atrophied, as the reflex of immersion. [Umberto PELIZZARI]

Umberto Pelizzari , world recordman 16 times has popularized the practice of yoga as a technique of preparation and concentration for apnea. With a lung capacity of 7.9 liters, the Italian diver can remain in apnea for more than 7 minutes. Follower of relaxation therapy and yoga, Jacques Mayol thought him, Umberto Pelizzari has democratized the sport.