Yoga can be practiced by anybody, regardless of age, gender or level of fitness. It is a question of your personal commitment and discipline. We practice Yoga in different ways but all aspects. We so source our teachings from our teachers and Gurus from the Sivananda and Krishnamachara lineage, our own practice and focussed self-study and study of self.
Yoga is the suspension of the modification of the mind
Asana classes at our Studio
We offer several level Hatha Yoga classes practicing Asanas (poses) in a step-by-step sequential, static way, holding the poses and working on alignment. We also offer more dynamic Vinyasa classes with more rapid transitions and more gynmnastical moves. For lightness and added flexibility in postures we offer Aerial Yoga, and for good alignment and opening we offer Iyengar/chair yoga. Breathing, relaxation and chanting is an essential aspect of all of our classes.
Restorative Yoga is a passive healing Yoga where we practice with the intention to access a deep calm state. This Yoga is especially for those who are in physical or psychological pain and simply need to enter into a body meditation that allows it to restore its natural levels of energy. We practice slowly, with closed eyes, on the floor, holding postures with props for 5-10 Minutes.
Yang & Yin
Yin and Yang Yoga blends two energies of Yoga into one practice - bringing together the benefits of passively holding poses with my dynamic sequences and standing postures. Here, we practice the concept related to the feminine, internal, passive, cooling, downward (Yin) and masculine, external, dynamic, warming, upward form (Yang). When applied in Yoga postures, Yan describes the active styles of practice, working with muscles, whiles yin describes passive, long held postures working with connective tissues and fascia. A class to achieve ultimate harmony.
Ashtanga Modified Primary Series is progressive practice is, based on the most accessible postures of the first classical series of the classical Indian Ashtanga practice; and it is a fixed, standard set of postures.
Breath, bandhas - the energy locks - and awareness in the movement will be practice - you will bring the body to its peak; and gain an internal sense of stretching and strengthening, the body will be relaxed and full of energy, while the mind is getting calm and focussed.This is a strong practice made available to all.
In Yin Yoga we synchronise our female energy, we engage with our deep tissues, in passive postures, also working with our Meridians, inspired and rooted in Taoism. We hold postures from 3-7 Minutes. We have Yin Yoga classes that focus on different physical aspects: Hips, heart, shoulders, even hands and feet/ankles. Santis quiet Yin Yoga classes is taking it a level deeper. We sit in postures, in silence, listen to poems, songs, sounds and silence that touch the soul and simply… let go.
Aerial Yoga is practiced in silk like hammocks, suspended from the air. You will practice Yoga with an added sense of weightlessness, improving your flexibility with deeper stretches due to the support of the hammock, Inversions are practiced without any stress on our spine or the neck. And you open your heart for nice and deep backbends supported by the hammock. Relaxation is pure bliss as you float softly in the soft tissue. We practice in T-shirts covering arm pits and with socks for hygiene. You can practice once you are confirmer ‘flyer’ - having participated on one Aerial First class for security. A wonderful complement to your practice or simply a different Yoga class to enjoy, building strength, confidence and overcoming fear.
Yoga with Props/therapeutic
This is a special Yoga class provided to those with injury, health issues, or limited flexibility, but who wish to practice actively. Inspired by Iyengar, one of our Yoga Gurus, we use support like chairs, blocks, blankets, straps etc to assist the students to achieve the Asana in a peaceful and effective way.
Yoga Level II
For practitioners with a minimum of 2 years everyday intense practice, practicing some more intermediate poses. Yoga Teachers welcome, Santidas Teacher training trainees need to take these regularly. They are taught by a Yoga Master/Acharya. Great for those who are serious in their Asana practice.
This class is open for all those who have a regular yoga practice. Its open as we also introduce a few more challenging options to Asanas, and we practice also inversions, also for those who prefer more basic practice. Its a great class to allow you to progress.
In this class we teach basic Asanas, suitable for beginners as well as the regular practitioner. We begin with breathing and chanting, followed by sun salutations, basic postures, and close of with a relaxation. Perfect for re-entering your Self.
This course runs for for weeks, and is for those who are new to Yoga who enjoy a deepening of practice, through understanding and a bit of the background of Yoga practice. We perform the basic postures, breathing chanting and deep relaxation.
Meditation is at the core of the practice of Yoga. It is to attain the knowledge of your Self. It is through its practice that can liberate yourself from your mental attachments, travelling to your divine core, to attain a blissful state of peace.
Meditation cannot be taught, but we can provide guidance, to assist beginners, and to create joint energy within the group, which can be a wonderful experience. We close most classes with mediation or deep relaxation. We offer regular Mediation sessions on Sundays.
Pranayama (Extension of Breath)
We control our mind and body through our energy that comes from our breathing. This energy is called prana. Through breathing practice - pranayama - we intend to regain physical and mental balance. Clean our our lungs & create focus, balance and energy between body and mind. In our fast paced world, many of us have forgotten deep and natural breathing, thus increasing levels of stress hormones in the body, and depleting it of energy. Through conscious breathing we come back to our Core balance. Pranayama is thus an essential part of our practice and is also taught in workshops.
Satsang (the company of the highest truth)
We regularly meet as truth seekers and convene to mediate, discuss and explore together truth. This involves reading from the scriptures and questions and answers of how to integrate the lessons into your daily life.
Several times a year we offer special Yoga retreats in selected locations. Every year we travel to India, go Yoga sailing to Greece, practice intensively in Mallorca, or retreat for our TTC in Italy twice a year, amongst other. The purpose of these journeys is to allow the individual to reconnect, find his/her sources, and through the practice of Yoga find enjoyment and harmony. Please check our event page or news page for further info and upcoming retreat.
For those who would like to take their practice of Yoga further, we offer a special teacher training course of 260 hours dedicated to focussed study of Yoga for teaching, including anatomy classes, the philosophy of Yoga, Sanskrit, Chanting, and teaching methods. We are beginning a new course in September 2018. Check out the page on Teacher training.
Our Yoga is a practice that is inherent in all of our actions, we don’t seek profit beyond what we need, and we give as much selfless service as much as we can. All of our students are encouraged to give without expecting fruit for their action. You are welcome to ask whether you want to perform karma yoga in our studio, in exchange for reduction or free classes. That means helping with the reception, maintenance, communication or applying any talent that you have for the good of the community .
Chanting is a liberating, healing and mood elevating practice and thus an integral part of our Yoga. Our body is made up of water and the vibrations that chanting emit into our body has a direct impact on your psychological and psychical health. We chant sanskrit mantras due to their special effect to the psychical body, but also others. We chant mantras in our Yoga classes and offer voice training workshop.