Our Yoga and Pilates classes are the backbone of Osana and a vital part of our goal towards wellness. With three studios – Earth, Sun & Air – located in different parts of the villa, we welcome people of all ages and abilities to join us in our barefoot classes.
‘Vinyasa’ means to link breath and movement, step-by-step, according to our personal needs. in these dynamic flow class eswe explore the possibilities of what this means. There is a large focus on breath work and creating a solid foundation on which our yoga practice can be built. loosely working from the ashtanga sequence, these classes promote stability, strength and flexibility of body and mind.
Please see each class title for level suitability
Hatha Yoga is the root of all contemporary yoga practices and really is the correct term for what we now just call ‘yoga’. Hatha classes combine a slower sequence of poses, emphasizing alignment and deep breathing. In practice, a Hatha Yoga class will usually involve a warm up through sun salutation, followed by a series of poses (asanas), but without the intense flowing movements of vinyasas. The classes also include pranayama (breathing exercises) to help energise and balance the nervous system. Hatha is suitable for all levels.
Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. At Osana, Pilates exercises are done on a mat. Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling.
One of the first yoga traditions to be introduced to the west, a Sivananda class begins with pranayama (breathing exercises) followed by sun salutations and then a series of 12 asanas with resting in savasana (corpse pose) in between. Sivananda yoga often emphasises the spiritual aspects of a yoga practice.
Sivananda yoga at Osana is open to all levels.
A vigorous, more athletic approach to yoga techniques characterised by flowing poses and sequences that are linked to the breath, giving the student an opportunity to leave stress behind and experience a sense of euphoria through a transformative mind/ body experience. A reasonable level of fitness is required for these classes at Osana.
This is not your average yoga class. Somatics is learning about your body from within. During this class we use slow rhythmic movements to stimulate the brain and muscular connection via the nervous system and retrain the muscles to relax. The class is suitable for all levels and somatic movements work wonders to remove pain, tightness, and soreness from the body whether it is in your shoulders, back, neck, hips or anywhere else.
Somatics at Osana is especially suitable for those with mobility issues and anyone who wants to rid their body of pain.
These Osana classes are suitable for all levels.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
One of the most athletic forms of yoga, the physical (asana) part of Ashtanga consists of dynamic movement (vinyasa) and still, stable asanas (poses). There are 6 sequences in the primary series, with the finishing sequence involving bodily inversions to change the energy flow and prepare you for relaxation. The entire system of Ashtanga involves morality, philosophy, meditation and breath and muscle control… these are touched upon in Osana’s classes.
Please see each class title for level suitability.
Yoga for All Ages
This is for those who think they’re too old, young, stiff or unfit for yoga (it’s not true because it’s never too late).
We believe that Yoga is for every-body regardless of age, body shape or fitness.
Yoga for the young at heart
As we mature in age, we hopefully have more time for ourselves, our family, for leisure, and relaxation. However, it is also the time when we can become more susceptible to some ailments and this is a good reason to stay fit and healthy. Yoga is a form of exercise that adapts to your needs and abilities. It makes your body fitter, the mind calmer and relaxes you. Yoga is also beneficial in the prevention and control of common health problems that are commonly linked with aging. Some yoga poses are designed to normalise your blood pressure and balance the nervous system, as well as being helpful in the prevention of heart conditions.
Yoga for Children
Yoga is for everyone – you’re never too young (or too old) to start.
Kids yoga classes are a wonderful way to increase children’s coordination, focus, self-awareness, confidence, balance and self esteem while they stretch and strengthen their bodies.
Through yoga, children can learn to relax, concentrate and begin to understand and connect with their ever-changing bodies and selves.