Classes we teach
We offer a wide variety of classes. Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced practitioner. Our classes are usually 60 or 75 min and open to all levels. However, our schedule is continuously growing and evolving, just like us!
This class is structured just as traditional Hatha classes where we practice alignment and strength while promoting flexibility and calm to the body and mind. It includes breathing techniques for which we go deep in order to work extensively with our body locks (bhanda’s). Hatha yoga also has great benefits for the internal organ-, nervous and lymphatic systems. As far as the poses go, participants should be prepared for the challenge! After warming up the spine and rest of the body with a number of rounds of classical surya namaskar (sun salutations) we work towards poses such as side crow, eka-pada koundinyasana, forearm balances and handstands. If you’ve been practicing for a while and are ready to ascend to the next plateau, this class is for you!
Yin Yoga poses are designed to bend and heal your connective tissue and are experienced as deep stretches as they increase your range of motion and clear your energetic pathways. In Yin Yoga we focus on the ‘white matter’ of the body: The ligaments, tendons and bones. Yin Yoga poses – which can still be very challenging – give the body a calming sensation and are designed to activate your parasympathetic nervous system (your natural, nurturing ‘rest and digest’ state of calm). Poses are held for some time, up to 5 minutes. During these you will be encouraged to stay with your breath let go where you can. Leaving class you’ll feel supple, content and confident. Yin Yoga is suitable for all levels; modifications, when needed, are given by the teacher.
Flow & Breathwork
Breathwork pranayama is one of the 5 pillars of yoga according to Swami Sivananda and crucial in undergoing a full yoga-class experience. This is why these yoga classes start with just this. The teacher chooses between alternate nostril breathing, breath of fire, deep cellular restorative breathing and other techniques. Afterwards be prepared to move! We start flowing, focus on connecting breath to movement and building heat, strength and flexibility. Challenging postures are explored including balancing poses, inversions and backbends. Some yoga-experience and a maintained physical condition are recommended to join this class. Every class ends with a well deserved guided savasana (final relaxation).
Gentle Flow & Yoga Nidra
This is a calming stress-relieving class to stretch and gently and gradually strengthen the body. Emphasis is on building awareness of the breath and body. Postures (asanas) are practiced at a slower pace with attention to alignment and detail. This gentle practice is a great preparation for your Yoga Nidra practice, known also as yogic sleep in which you are guided into a full theta-brain-wave body and mind relaxation. 20 minutes of yoga Nidra is comparable in restfulness to a full hour of regular sleep, so be prepared to come out of this class relaxed and calm. For all students at all levels looking for a soothing, relaxing, and restorative experience.
This is a gentle class in which we use props such as blocks, bolsters, blankets, and straps. The props are there to support the body so you’re able to relax fully in the poses. These are designed to be super comfortable and held for a long time. This practice is for those looking to slow down, relieve stress and calm the mind, as well for those recovering from injuries. This yoga is also beneficial for people suffering from insomnia and enables deep sleep. Because you’re fully supported by props, you allow the mind to let go of the tension that brings negative thought and stiffness off the body. This deep restorative practice brings nourishment to mind, body and spirit. It’s for everyone, even those who have never experienced yoga before!
This class is taught in the traditional way it has been practiced for over 120 years in the motherland India when the great spiritual leader and medical practitioner Swami Sivanda unified the various millennia-old surviving yoga traditions. All classes start with initial relaxation: some ancient-old nervous system calming breathing-exercises, a number of rounds of classical sun-salutations and followed by classical strengthening and relaxation poses. In traditional Hatha Yoga the emphasis lies on Sthira Sukham Asanam (comfortable steady pose). Each class ends with a guided full-body relaxation, traditionally known as savasana.
Hatha Yoga & Meditation
This class is the most traditional form of yoga taught in our studio. Postures are practiced to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in the body and mind. Hatha yoga includes breathing techniques and has great benefits also for the internal organ-, nervous and lymphatic systems. In this class there is an emphasis on simplicity, repetition, and ease of movement. Challenging poses are sometimes alternated with relaxing ones. Hatha Yoga is a path towards full-body relaxation and balance as we go through a full circuit of the body’s range of motion with standing postures, twists, backbends, forward folds and hip openers. The silent meditation afterwards allows the student to go deep inside promoting inner peace and acceptance. This class is the embodiment of yoga the way it’s meant to be.
First time yoga with us?
For many people who have not tried yoga can seem daunting. You might be expecting a bunch of 20-somethings in tight leggings, men with shirts off, stretching, chanting in extase and shaping their bodies into pretzels. We do welcome these people, however, we welcome anyone and everyone! In preparation for your first class all you need to have is an open mind and try to put your expectations on zero.
We sometimes hear people saying they’re not flexible enough for yoga. Our sincere reply to this is that saying this is like saying that you’re too dirty to take a bath. Yoga is truly for everyone: from super-senior to kindergarten, from men to women and everything in between. Just make sure before you enter the room you’re clean (shoes and socks come off).
Because of the “new-normal” we’re applying the most safe regulations possible so you can enjoy your practice carefree!
- First off, we’re proud of having the latest advanced clean air technology available at our AYC x The Innersense location in De Pijp, where all the air is fully refreshed every 4 minutes.
- We encourage you to bring your own mat and a towel to cover the props. (We do have available mats for rent at €2,50 and towels for €1,50)
- We also kindly request you to wipe your own mat off back home as to limit the amount of traffic within the studio.
- As of January 2021 face masks are mandatory while walking through the building until you are at your designated yoga-spot where you can remove it again.
- Please make sure to go to the bathroom before you arrive.
If you feel any of the symptoms that are reminiscent of cold, fever, throat ache or shortness in breath we strongly urge you to stay home.
Furthermore we adhere strictly to the 1,5-meter distance rule. Between students among each other and between students and teachers.
Frequently asked questions
Come in! The door is always open for walk-ins. Though if you’d like to have something to make you accountable to your intentions we would prefer you to sign up through our website. We offer classes at different locations so check out the schedule where to be after you’ve booked a class. If you are unable to sign up for your first class online, please show up at least 10 minutes early to register with our host.
Wear comfortable clothes you can move in without them falling over your face because you might (will)have your head below your heart at some point. You will not be wearing shoes or socks.
A smile! And if you don’t have a smile today, don’t worry, we’ll help with that and are here for you. We recommend having the following for your practice:
- Yoga mat – Due to COVID-19 please bring your own mat. We have mats available for rent (€2,50) if you don’t have a mat.
- Towel or pillowcase to cover props during class.
- Water bottle – After class it’s good to hydrate. Only closed off bottles are allowed in the yoga hall.
- We have separate changing rooms and showers, but are currently closed due to measurements.
Your phone, iPad, or laptop. Please leave them turned off, or better yet – at home. As a courtesy to others with allergies, please refrain from heavy oils or perfumes.
Register (click here) for a class online if you like or pay for one at a time or buy a classpass and save some money and practice all you can!