YOGA – CAPE TOWN
Welcome to The White Lotus studio! Currently we have Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga on offer at 79 Kloof street, Cape Town. Please click here for our timetable and contact all teachers directly to book a class.
The light filled studio is located on the lower ground floor of The White Lotus Wellness Centre. As you enter the courtyard, note the signage to your immediate left and follow the steps down to the entry gate and ring the bell to gain access.
Kindly contact the relevant yoga instructor directly to book your space in a class. Please note that space is limited, therefore booking is essential. Private sessions are also available on request.
What are the benefits of Yoga?
Regular practice of yoga can increase muscle strength, endurance and flexibility, reduce stress levels
and encourage relaxation. Yoga is completely accessible to total beginners. The White Lotus in Cape Town is an intimate studio venue, that allows for personalised, individual attention, making it the ideal place to develop and grow in your yoga practice.
Wear comfortable clothing and bring extra layers. The body gets warm when flowing from pose to pose
and it cools down during relaxation. Bring a yoga mat, a towel, and plenty of water to keep hydrated.
KUNDALINI YOGA & MEDITATION as taught by Yogi Bhajan, uses a combination of breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks and asana. Holistically, it balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, expands lung capacity and purifies the blood. The majority of the physical postures focus on navel activity, activity of the spine, and selective pressurisation of body points and meridians.
Through the practice of Kundalini Yoga, one is able to transform one’s awareness and understanding of oneself. Our past experiences, current patterns and outlook can shift by means of this powerful practice. It is often referred to as “the yoga of awareness” and is designed to give one more than just a physical workout. It’s a dynamic, powerful tool aimed at developing one’s spiritual potential.
Kundalini yoga is for everyone; it’s universal and non-denominational. It’s the perfect yoga for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of holding jobs, raising families and managing businesses. Whether you are a novice to Kundalini Yoga or already established in your practice, classes are designed to accommodate all.
IYENGAR YOGA is based on the teachings of the yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, author of the classic yoga treatise Light on Yoga.
The Iyengar method develops strength, endurance, and optimal body alignment, in addition to flexibility and relaxation. The Iyengar method develops self-awareness, intelligent evaluation, and profound inward reflection.
- It involves a safe and systematic progression of yoga postures to develop each student’s ability and skill, both within each class and from class to class. Other features of this method include specific sequencing of poses to develop strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration, and body alignment. Props such as blankets, blocks, and straps, are used to facilitate learning and adjust yoga postures to individual needs.
Iyengar Yoga teachers must complete intensive teacher training for at least three years before undergoing an independent rigorous assessment process. The Iyengar certification is a sign of excellence, clarity and depth of understanding and the certification mark is used by certificated Iyengar yoga teachers worldwide.
The hallmarks of Iyengar Yoga include precision, alignment and a sustained focus of the body’s feedback during practice; all of which induce a state of calm and growth of self-awareness.
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HATHA YOGA is a foundational style of yoga and it is the source of most modern yoga styles. Its philosophical roots reach far back in history to the Yoga Sutras written by Patanjali, the first text written on the subject of Yoga 2500 years ago.
Contemporary Hatha Yoga classes are aimed at growing the student’s self-awareness through a combination of Asana Practice (mindful physical postures), Pranayama (conscious breathing techniques) and Deep Relaxation (Guided). The underlying structure of a Hatha Class Sequence aims to integrate all of these modalities (body, breath and mind). If the latter is done in an informed and mindful way it increases and directs the flow of life energy, which in turn increases the benefits derived from dedicated and regular practice.
Some of the possible benefits are: Stress reduction, enhanced physical and emotional well-being and a revitalisation of body, mind and spirit…. the possible beginnings of an inward journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth.
VINYASA YOGA a dynamic, flowing form of yoga that synchronises the breath with a sequential pattern of Yoga poses. This ‘moving meditation’ helps practitioners to bring themselves fully into each moment and experience a unique integration of body and mind. Vinyasa Yoga also generates warmth within the body, develops balance and muscle strength, endurance and flexibility.
The classes focus on helping beginners find their path in Yoga but are also suitable for intermediate practitioners. The sequences strike a balance between gentle and restorative and fiery and dynamic. No previous experience is needed and you don’t need to be able to touch your toes!
A typical class will include a sequence of Asana’s or postures that, when combined with mindfulness, will allow you to experience harmony on all levels of being.