Here's our class descriptions; a list of classes you can expect to find at Urban Zen Yoga Studio. We're positive that you will find what you're looking for in our list of class descriptions, we have everything from beginners classes to power yoga to infrared hot yoga and pregnancy yoga.

chair-yoga

Seniors Yoga is a safe space to come and work gently towards improving balance and proprioception, increasing flexibility and strength in the muscles and ligaments and extending joint mobility. There will be some time at the beginning and end of class for breathing and relaxation.

Hot Flow - Class Descriptions

This Hot Vinyasa class will warm you up inside and out. Expect dynamic which you will work on developing strength and steadiness by staying connected with the breath. The room will be warm, heated to approximately……degrees. Previous yoga experience is recommended.

sivananda-yoga

The Sivananda tradition focuses on the key messages of proper breathing, proper exercise, proper relaxation, proper diet and positive thinking and meditation.  

Classes are suitable for all and include breathing exercises, warm ups including sun salutations, asana, positive affirmations and guided relaxation. Postures allow for the movement of major parts of the body in a systematic way which enhances prana or life force energy. They open the energy channels of the body whilst enhancing flexibility of the spine, strengthening bones, stimulating the circulatory and immune systems, calming the mind and reducing stress.

Rise & Shine - Class Descriptions

Start your weekend with a flowing sequence of dynamic poses harmonising breath and movement. Classes build strength, endurance and flexibility to energise the body and calm the mind. Appropriate for beginners as well as those with an ongoing practice.

Child - Class Descriptions

Yoga develops physical flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. It can also promote serenity, mindfulness, creativity, improved focus and self confidence. In our child yoga and meditation classes this all goes hand in hand with having fun. The yoga routine is wrapped into an adventure where the children ride on camels, climb up mountains, find treasures and see many wonderful creatures on their way. Still, the best part for many is when they get to practice their headstands and aeroplanes!! Each class finishes off with a meditative relaxation where the children lay under their blankets listening to a calming story.

Breath is at the core of all yoga practice. Teaching children to be aware of their breath has a multitude of benefits. Concentrating on breathing promotes a sense of calm and can help children to focus. It can be used to calm a tummy ache or a headache or in situations where a child may be feeling nervous or upset. For all children aged 4-11 years old.

Mum & Baby - Class Descriptions

Stretch, bond and breathe with your baby in this special yoga series designed for mothers and their infants.

Meet other mums and babies while you strengthen and support post-partum bodies with specifically chosen postures and sequences. Suitable for all babies from 7 weeks, classes combine Developmental Baby Massage with Mum and Baby Yoga.

These gentle and therapeutic classes are open to all mothers regardless of yoga experience. In a warm and supportive environment, you’ll be guided through a varied class that includes yoga postures, breath work and singing joyful songs with your baby.

The beautiful combination of baby massage and yoga can relieve common ailments such as colic, wind and constipation whilst encouraging good posture and co-ordination and promoting deep sleep. It is a lovely way to connect with your baby and to share yoga time. Each class finishes with time for relaxation.

Family yoga - Class Descriptions

Family Yoga for babies, toddlers, children, parents, aunts, uncles, friends, carers and grandparents.

Everyone welcome and all will experience mindful movement, yoga poses, songs, relaxation and visualisation to bring balance and a sense of calm to their day.

These classes give everyone the opportunity to explore traditional yoga postures, breathing techniques and relaxation in a fun environment. Yoga teaches children (and adults!) to relax and empowers them with self-awareness, confidence and focus. It develops flexibility and balance, both physically and emotionally. 

This class is suitable for all from 7 weeks old!

Aerial - Class Descriptions

With the weight of the body supported, students learn how to achieve proper postural alignment through relaxation rather than effort, enhancing a relaxed and peaceful state of mind as well.

Challenging traditional Yoga postures such as inversions and deep backbends can be achieved without effort and without strain with the use of the Aerial Yoga hammock, it lengthens muscles, increases flexibility and decompresses the spine, and its great fun!

Aerial Yoga will enhance other sporting activities and your traditional Yoga practice in numerous ways. Students must remove all jewellery before participating to avoid snagging the fabric. A t-shirt must be worn to cover the armpit area to avoid excess sweating into the fabric and avoid the fabric rubbing on the skin. It is advised to wear leggings at least 3/4 long to avoid rubbing behind the knees and allow for easy movement within the hammock. We also advise students to have clean feet or alternatively ask them to bring a pair of socks.

If you have had recent surgery, glaucoma, if you are pregnant, if you have high or low blood pressure or suffer a heart condition then Aerial Yoga is not for you...If you are nursing a current injury please get in touch and discuss with the Instructor as to whether the class is suitable for you.

Pregnancy-yoga - Class Descriptions

This friendly class will guide you through exercises of mind, body and breath to prepare for birth.

The class is suitable from 14 weeks of pregnancy, offering a great way to connect to your body and baby and meet other expectant mums. Nourish your health and wellbeing whilst preparing for labour and birth through yoga.

Benefits of pregnancy yoga include:
- decreases anxiety
- improves sleep
- reduces backache
- increases your energy

Hatha Yoga - Class Descriptions

This class is suitable for beginners or those with some experience of yoga, looking to be guided through a Hatha yoga class. We will practice asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), a little meditation and relaxation. Yoga develops flexibility, strength and balance, whilst calming the body and mind through movement, breath awareness and relaxation. Kathryn’s classes have an alignment focus. All welcome.

Foundations of flow - Class Descriptions

A fun and relaxing class working with the foundational movements and principles of yoga. Jeni plans her classes so that they are accessible while maintaining a gentle and steady pace to get you moving. Suitable for all ages, perfect for those new to yoga, looking to get back to activity after a break and for those ready to get more active, Jeni offers modifications for some of the more challenging movements to help build skill, strength, balance and stability in a safe and sustainable way.

Restorative Yoga - Class Descriptions

These restorative yoga classes will give plenty of time to enjoy calming pranayama (breath practice), rebalancing asana (yoga postures) and restorative held yoga postures, leading into a deep and restful guided yoga nidra (relaxation). You will be supported by bolsters, belts, blocks and cushions. Bring a blanket for deep relaxation.

All welcome regardless of previous yoga experience. A wonderful opportunity to relax, revive and restore. A fantastic way to start the weekend.

kirtan - Class Descriptions

Kirtan chanting is part of the path of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion. Mantras are sung as devotional songs, accompanied by harmonium, rather than being repeated in the more precise manner of Vedic chanting. The repetition of mantras has a calming effect on the mind, helping to reduce mental chatter and leading to a deeper connection with our true nature.

Chanting is a practice which can help us to access our authentic voice, through working with the emotions which are unlocked when the heart is touched. We sit to chant, so please bring cushions to make yourself comfortable on the floor.

Power Yoga Vinyasa Flow - Class Descriptions

Power Yoga Vinyasa Flow is a dynamic, challenging and energizing practice. This practice improves strength, stamina, mobility and flexibility. Vinyasa Flow practice means that the movements are linked to each other and the main link is the breath which helps the mind to stay calm and focused. The class follows a gradual progression through different variations to suit individual needs and ability. Although physically and mentally challenging Power

Yoga Vinyasa flow is suitable for different abilities. It is an invigorating practice that leaves your body feeling stretched and strengthened and your mind feeling focussed but calm and refreshed.

Yin Yoga - Class Descriptions

Yin yoga is a deeply meditative and relaxing practice, during which a selection of floor based yoga postures are held for up to 5 minutes.

These long held postures are designed to gently release tension in the body's fascia/ connective tissue, whilst simultaneously stimulating and balancing the acupuncture meridians, bringing deep healing benefits to the whole being.

Yin yoga is a wonderful tool for strengthening our mindfulness meditation practice, as we come into stillness, breathe and observe what is arising in the body and mind during each of the postures

akhanda - Class Descriptions

In Sanskrit, Akhanda means whole, or indivisible.  We think of the yoga system as being a vast, whole tradition that evolved into many different streams, like Vedanta, Tantra, and Samkhya; different paths, like Bhakti, Karma and Jnana; and aspects of practice like asana, pranayama and mantra.  In a holistic class we use themes to weave various aspect of yoga theory and practice together into a tapestry that offers students a powerful experience, and an experiential toolkit for their journey.

Meditation - Class Descriptions

Classes will include some meditation, this will help reduce everyday stresses of life.

Chanting - Class Descriptions

When we chant we change the vibrational frequency, which helps to prepare for practice.

“Yoga is for the cultivation of the silence of the mind”

Pranayama-Breathing--Techniques - Class Descriptions

You will learn how to control your breathing, you will learn how to maintain postures for longer using different breathing techniques which will assist.

Kundalini-yoga - Class Descriptions

The word Kundalini in Sanskrit literally means coiled, and is usually symobolised by a sleeping serpent coiled at the base of the spine. 

Classical Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogrishi Vishvketu incorporates, postures, oscillating movements, Tantric Bija mantras, visualization of the chakras and pranayama techniques that help clear the subtle energy lines (nadis).