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THE AMAZING ADVANTAGES OF PILATES:
Reduces back pain
Helps you maintain a healthy weight
Helps you develop a strong core - flat abdominal and strong back
Increases body flexibility
Hatha & Hatha Flow Yoga
Hatha yoga is at set of postures (asanas) designed to align the muscles and bones and open the many energy channels of the body, especially the spine, so that energy can flow freely.
Hatha yoga is intended to create a balance of strength and flexibility in the body as well as balance in each asana. It requires that one pay special attention to the breath, which helps calm the fluctuations of the mind.
Flow-Based Hatha Yoga uses movement and breath together to produce a "flow" of postures that lead from one to the next. Classes focus on releasing tension, connecting with the breath and working with the joints.
Our Hatha Flow class is taught with a unique sequencing to promote a dynamic and relaxing experience. The class incorporates aspects of traditional Hatha Yoga, being breath and postures, while challenging your co-ordination through movement.
Vinyasa (pronounced "vin-yah-sah") is a Sanskrit word for a phrase that roughly translates as "to place in a special way," referring—in hatha yoga—to a sequence of poses. Vinyasa classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices. Vinyasa teachers sequence their classes to smoothly transition from pose to pose, with the intention of linking breath to movement, and often play music to keep things lively. The intensity of the practice is similar to Ashtanga, but no two vinyasa classes are the same. If you hate routine and love to test your physical limits, vinyasa may be just your ticket.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a style of yoga as exercise created by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century, often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. The style is hot and energetic. The individual poses (asanas) are linked by flowing movements (vinyasas). This dynamic, physically demanding practice synchronizes breath and movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body. Ashtanga yoga, with its many vinyasas, is great for building core strength and toning the body. Prepare to sweat as you briskly move through a set sequence.
«Soul and spirit are stretched - along with body - making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.» - Anne Christian Buchanan
Prenatal yoga is very beneficial for pregnancy and birth:
-Yoga gives us a chance to slow down and focus on all that is going on in our bodies, it helps nurture a deep sense of connection with your growing baby.
- Helps ease pregnancy aches and pains
- Improves circulation on cardiovascular and lymphatic level which will help prevent fluid retention under the skin, leg cramps, etc.
- Helps with balance on both physical and mental level.
- Helps to build strength and stamina without putting stress or strain on the body.
- Calms our nervous system. Yoga poses, combined with deep breathing and meditation brings our nervous parasympathetic mode, which helps move our bodies into a state of relaxation.
- It helps empower a woman and creates space for becoming a mother. Pregnancy is a huge time of transition and a major life change for many women, and while nothing can fully prepare you for this incredible new role, feeling grounded and happy within yourself is vitally important.
Prenatal class is open for moms who are 12+ weeks pregnant until giving birth.
Beneficial side effects of practicing Hatha stretch may include increases in strength, flexibility and the ability to relax. However, one of the main physiological purposes of Hatha stretch is to improve the circulation in the body.⠀
-Increases flexibility –
There are two major schools of scientific thought on what actually most limits flexibility and what should be done to improve it. The first school focuses not on stretching muscle fiber itself but on increasing the elasticity of connective tissues, the cells that bind muscle fibers together, encapsulate them, and network them with other organs; the second addresses the “stretch reflex” and other functions of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. Yoga works on both. That’s why it’s such an effective method for increasing flexibility.
-Strengthens and tones the body –
Yoga poses are weight-bearing, are held for varying lengths of time, and are repeated multiple times during practice. It is a great option for functional fitness since it allows your body to be both strengthened and stretched in positions that your body is naturally in on a day-to-day basis.
Kids over 3 years of age are encouraged to come and practice yoga as they are now dealing with distractions of watching too much television or using electronics at an early age. They are also handling too much stress at home & school when they are asked to perform and compete with their peers. This leads to depression at an early age and loss of creativity.
Prima Performing Arts
Students are introduced to a level of formal training consisting of barre and centre work. The posture, placement and comportment of classical ballet will be emphasized. The practice exercises introduced at this level for alignment, flexibility and coordination will develop a strong foundation of physical and cognitive understanding necessary for Classical Ballet training.
Modern-jazz grades work on technique, performance, line and style. Modern Theatre Dance Classes incorporate elements of modern theatre jazz, lyrical and street jazz to promote fitness for fun, while students also have the opportunity to study graded exam syllabus work from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.).
While classes will ultimately focus on Modern Theatre and Jazz dance, students will also experience different genres of dance including classical ballet, contemporary dance and hip hop, in order to create a better understanding of movement and physical awareness and develop the physical Abilities which are communicated through the movement in an expressive and artistic way.
Prima introduces students to the fun of tap dancing and encourages rhythm, coordination and movement as well as providing good exercise. Student progress through the grades and majors achieving examinations organized by I.S.T.D.
Contemporary dance is designed to give dancers a well-rounded experience of lyrical based technique, movement, body isolations & barre work; staple for any dancer’s education; students will experience a variety of music & styles which could fluctuate from classic lyrical dance to modern jazz.
Musical Theatre students will learn repertoire from Broadway Musicals, combining singing, dancing and acting in positive and encouraging environment.
Dram is a fantastic way of developing confidence and encouraging creativity and imagination. Drama modules will incorporate improvisation, mime, script work, vocal training and acting skills.
A loose jazz form sometimes referred to as funk that is often seen in music videos and in dance clubs. This is a high energy, rhythmic form of dance focusing on body isolations and is the latest form of physical expression in today’s pop culture.
Hip Hop dance classes can be found under many names – Break dance, Street Dance, Urban Dance, Locking, Popping and smooth hip hop.