Yoga Styles

WE OFFER A WIDE VARIETY OF YOGA CLASSES

At Inner Embassy we value keeping authentic yoga traditions alive. We offer many different yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Mysore programme, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Yin Yang, Yoga Nidra and much more. Our classes are accessible for everyone – you don’t need experience to join. If you’re unsure which yoga style is best for you, we suggest you start out by trying a variety of different classes, with different teachers. You can also ask our teachers and hosts to recommend classes to try.

Ashtanga Led

Ashtanga is a dynamic practice that links movement with breath, with three main focus points of stability, focused eyes and breath with soft sound. It’s a practice that builds strength, flexibility and mental focus. Ashtanga yoga includes a set series of postures that are held for five breaths. The practice starts with sun salutations A and B, followed by standing poses, seated poses, backbend and final poses, including inversions. As opposed to Mysore Ashtanga, which is a self-practice, Ashtanga Led is guided by a teacher to the class in unison. Breath control gives the most benefit, specifically with ashtanga as it is a practice of breath.

Ashtanga Mysore

Mysore is the traditional way to practise Ashtanga yoga, as taught by K. Patthabhi Jois in the Indian city of Mysore. Mysore is a self-guided practice in a group setting. Students practise a set series of postures, all at their own pace, and according to their own familiarity with the postures in the series. The teacher gives tailored, one-on-one instructions to each student. In Mysore classes you’ll get to know the Ashtanga system and how you can use it for your own individual needs. Experience is not required, as each student practices at their own level.

(Gentle) Vinyasa

Vinyasa is a dynamic form of yoga with roots in modern yoga of Krishnamacharya. There is no set series of poses and the sequence, intensity and pace of the practice will depend on the teacher. Each Vinyasa class is different, embodying creativity and freedom, and enabling you to explore many different postures and sequences. It’s a flowy practice in which the breath guides you from one posture to the next.

(Gentle) Yin Yang

Yin Yang classes alternate slower and softer Yin elements and more dynamic and powerful Yang elements; it embraces slow stretches and dynamic flows. Yin poses are held for a longer time and are aimed at strengthening and softening connective tissues. The Yang elements are more dynamic and focused on strengthening muscles. Yin Yang yoga promotes both relaxation and vitality, reflecting the interconnected nature of opposing forces.

Vyayam

Vyayam yoga has its roots in ancient yoga teachings. It’s a series of subtle postures guided by the breath that energise the body and harmonise body and mind. The set of dynamic and accessible postures are based on concentration and focus, breathing techniques (pranayama) and isolated physical movements.

Do-In Yoga

Do-In yoga alternates yin (stillness) and yang (movement/power) and is based on Taoist principles. Meridian exercises, aimed at channelling Qi energy (life force energy), are the basis of Do-In yoga. We do this through movement, stretching, massaging pressure points and breathing. We hold poses for a longer time to cultivate stillness, groundedness, flexibility and a meditative mindset.

Hatha (and breathwork)

Hatha is one of the oldest yoga forms, rooted in the foundational teachings of yoga. It’s a slower-paced practice in which we hold poses for a few breaths. A hatha yoga class will often include breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation in addition to the physical poses (asanas). The practice is aimed at spiritual growth by working with and creating space in the physical body. If you’re new to yoga, hatha could be a good place to start and familiarise yourself with poses, because they are held for a longer time. In hatha and breathwork classes, there is more emphasis on breathing techniques (pranayama).

Pralaya

Pralaya Yoga is a physically challenging form of yoga. It combines teachings from Krishnamacharya, one of the founders of modern day yoga, with new insights into the human body and anatomy. Pralaya yoga focuses on alignment, core engagement, strengthening weak muscles and loosening up the connective tissues. It enhances strength, stability and self-awareness in each pose.

Yin

Yin yoga is based on Taoist principles and ancient yoga teachings. It’s a gentle and slow practice in which passive postures are held for a longer time. It works deeply into your body, targeting deep lying connective tissues. It improves the energy flow in your body, allowing for Qi (life force energy) to flow to your organs. Yin yoga practice cultivates stillness, flexibility and a meditative mindset.

Healing Yoga & Meditation

Healing Yoga & Meditation is based on principles of Tibetan medicine and Ayurveda and we connect with the wisdom of nature and the subtle body. The focus of classes is on opening ourselves through flowing movements, the breath, and awareness. Healing Yoga & Meditation is a grounding and energising practice that can help harmonise the flow of energy, improve blood quality and stabilise hormone production. It has benefits in different dimensions of well-being: physical, energetically, mentally.

Lu Jong / Tibetan Healing Yoga

Lu Jong is a centuries old Tibetan system that combines movement and breath to enhance health and happiness. It’s a grounding and energising practice. Lu Jong was influenced by buddhism, Bön and Tibetan medicine. It’s a dynamic practice and through movement we put pressure on specific points in the body that are often blocked. There’s an emphasis on the natural elements of earth, water, fire, air and space. Through the practice of Lu Jong you learn to discover and balance the elements within yourself.

Meditation

Meditation is an integral part of the ancient teachings of yoga, and helps cultivate mindfulness and self-awareness. Meditation involves various techniques, such as focused attention and breath awareness. In focused attention you try to bring your attention to an object or a physical sensation rather than trying to empty your mind. Meditation helps attain mental clarity and inner peace.

Care Circle

Care Circles are therapeutic sessions in which you can follow your own path; they are guided by your own intention, and you can choose your own form and speed. In teacher guided Care Circles we focus on what naturally heals, without manipulation or pressure. We connect compassionately to our own body, breath and mind, as well as to each other and the Earth. We do this through classical yoga, internal family systems, compassion-focused therapy, and the polyvagal theory (which describes the role of the vagus nerve in emotional regulation, social connection and fear response).

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a meditative practice facilitating profound relaxation and inner awareness. In Yoga Nidra classes we lie down comfortably as the teacher guides you through a systematic process of body scanning, breath awareness, and visualisation. The essence of Yoga Nidra is to enter a state of deep relaxation while remaining consciously aware, promoting stress relief, better sleep, and self-discovery.

Postnatal Yoga

Postnatal Yoga helps a mother’s body to recover from childbirth. The group classes are suitable from 6 weeks after giving birth. The practices are designed to be accessible to all women and their babies. In this body-based practice the focus is on centering and stabilising at a time of intense transformation. These classes offer a safe way to retone and “close” your body in the first year after giving birth, and help avoid long term problems such as joint instability and hyper-mobility. Other health benefits include: gaining strength and stamina, keeping the spine and joints healthy and supple, relieving stiffness in the shoulders, promoting relaxation, improved blood flow and hormonal balance, and regaining new energy. 

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga classes are accessible to all pregnant women, whether you are a yoga practitioner, or new to yoga. These classes offer a caring, relaxing and nurturing environment and an atmosphere of shared celebration and enjoyment of this very special time of transformation and growth. The classes cover yoga techniques to promote physical fitness during pregnancy, and are a gentle way of maintaining or gaining fitness. Classes also promote relaxation through breathing techniques. Prenatal yoga classes impart a holistic approach to maternity, including the physical, emotional and spiritual aspect of well-being.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is a gentle and nurturing practice designed to promote relaxation and healing. This practice draws inspiration from traditional yoga teachings and modern therapeutic approaches. In restorative yoga classes, poses are held for a longer time and we use props and mindful approaches to allow your body to tap into its innate capacity to restore balance and inner harmony. Restorative yoga allows for deep rest and rejuvenation of the body and mind.

Restorative & Sound

Restorative & Sound is a 90-minute practice, designed to open your heart while restoring your body, mind and spirit. We use props such as blankets, bolsters and cushions to fully support the body and allow you to let go of tension. The healing sounds of the Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls will help you relax and enter into a meditative state, in which healing can happen and creativity can be boosted. We hold poses for a longer time, somewhere between 5 and 20 minutes, while the sound and its vibrations will guide you to inner stillness. Make sure to dress comfy and warm for these classes, and you might want to bring your own eye pillow or a blanket for extra warmth. These classes are simply self-love.

Silent Sit

Silent Sit is a sanctuary space. Here, our community is invited to anchor in silence, everyone in their own unique way. Whether you choose to meditate, reflect, pray, or simply be, this space is yours to honour stillness in a manner that resonates with you.