Below are my list of top yoga classes you can attend in Cape Town. Before that I will dwell into why yoga is beneficial and the different styles of yoga poses. I will make sure you understand why yoga exercises are good for your body. There has always been a strong connection between beauty massage therapy and yoga. I personally think that yoga poses increases flexibility, body tone and muscle strength. This in turn helps you to live longer with the proper structured yoga exercises. Yoga together with massage enhances health and improves performance with holistic treatments using the mind, body and spirit. An article I found recently from the Yoga Journal explains 7 ways to upgrade your next massage.
I remember my first trip to the Bahamas for a yoga retreat was amazing, it is always more productive with the other yogis when there is support for one another. You also learn quite a bit from one another and each one of them can critique your progress on the different yoga poses. Various retreats around the world offers different kinds of lodging in the various greenery forests and beaches. Massages on the beach and some where far greenery is always an adventure not to miss. Should you be interested in planning your next vacation, read more Yoga Spa Vacations from Yoga Journal for amazing tips and retreats.
Why is Yoga beneficial?
- Helps with flexibility – it decreases the risk of injury, time to recover from an injury. Increases motion ranges to improve power and strength.
- Stronger Core – improves the posture and taking the pressure off the lower back.
- Endurance – assists the body with more energy to do more through the full workout with less breaks.
- Proper body connection – easier to to build a connection between the muscular and skeletal systems.
While you are practicing you will be able to concentrate to achieve happiness and contentment. Yogis like to call this enlightenment – it is the exploration for the full body to concentrate and improve the mind. This is a phase where the stress exits the body very similar to a massage therapy session. The ultimate objective for any person practicing Yoga is to achieve enlightenment.
There has always been a strong connection between Tantra massage, Yoga, and the Kama Sutra. Many groups of people have different understandings of how Yoga originated. For history on how Yoga originated – See Wikipedia link. If the Indians invented the Kama Sutra and Tantra massage then surely they invented Yoga. The Kama Sutra is basically Yoga, Sex and a Roller Blade accident gone wrong.
What is Yoga Massage?
Yoga is a fully immersive experience with essential oils, music, yoga props, and intelligent sequencing designed to give you deeper awareness of your body and mind. The massage therapist is in charge of the massage and uses his hands to move you in the appropriate pose. Below is video that explains Thai Yoga Massage in more detail.
Different types of Yoga
A good number of yogis from the retreat engages in other forms of sport such as soccer, rugby, weight lifting, cycling and running. There has been a study that was completed in the United States of America (USA) that looked at the motivations behind doing yoga and the types of people practicing yoga exercises. Yoga exercises is not only a good complementary to improve health but it also helps to reduce injury and stress. Massage therapy gets rid of the stress and injury where as yoga decreases the chance of it happening. See info graphic below:
People in general in the modern day are now spending money on yoga classes as well as massages. This has seemingly become a new trend. The younger crowd seems to practice yoga more. Some yogis are the retreat were saying that yoga could become part of regular life. Employers are now seeing the benefits of having a regular yoga practice available to their staff. Experience and knowledge of yoga poses makes a good yoga teacher.
Indeed, there are different kinds of yoga styles and yoga poses. At the beginning it is very difficult to choose a yoga style. I have outlined the different styles and yoga videos below.
Bikram is 26 Hatha poses that needs to be performed in a heated room (about 40 degree Celsius), more like a sauna or outside in the very heated hot sun. The classes are usually 1 hour and 30 minutes in length.
Ashtangis move quite fast from pose to pose while inhaling and exhaling (be ready to sweat). Ashtanga is very good for the tone of the body and to maintain core body strength.
Hatha yoga is where there is a system of physical exercises and breathing motions.
Kundalini yoga is the system where the energy that is at the bottom of the spine gets released. Kundalini takes into account all the mental, spiritual and physical parts of yoga into one system. The instructors are more spiritual in this class as some times they tend to wear turbans.
I guess the name says it all, this is a more relaxed version of yoga. Here you will spend about 15 minutes in 6 different poses.
Vinyasa Yoga is all about sequential movement and breathe also known as power yoga. Vinyasa is a style of yoga using postures together where the mind needs to concentrate and focus.
Prenatal yoga is for women who is currently pregnant. During the pregnancy the body experiences various kinds of changes. This yoga helps women achieve strength while pregnant and after giving birth. Mama Massage offers Pre Natal Massage Therapy in Cape Town.
If you are not attending Yoga classes yet, make a plan to attend those classes. It is really fun and you will enjoy it. Look below at the yoga videos that I have put together.
Hot Dog Yoga Studio
Hot Dog Yoga Studio is located in Sea Point with breath taking views of the beach as well as mountain. They offer Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar, Back to Basics, Pre Natal Yoga, Kid’s Yoga and Restorative. Their classes share one thing in common – a comfortable space in which to explore and nourish the body, mind and soul.
Yo Yoga is based in an area called Claremont in the Southern Suburbs. They offer Bikram, Yo Bikram, Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow yoga. Their aim is to help you to improve both your physical and mental wellbeing through the regular practice of yoga.
YogaZone is based on the 10th floor of Pickel Parkade in Strand Street in Cape Town. Very central for going during or after work hours. They offer Bikram, Heated Vinyasa flow yoga geared to optimize health and wellbeing.
I Am Yoga
I Am Yoga is based in Durbanville. They offer Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Almost anybody can practice Yoga no matter what age.
Pilates and Yoga
Nirvana Studio is located in a peaceful and secure area in Durbanville, Cape Town and offers classes for all age groups and fitness levels. They offer Hatha Yoga. The Yoga classes remain informal, friendly and definitely non-competitive.
Yama Yoga is based in Bellville near the Tyger Valley Shopping Centre Mall. They offer Vinyasa, Bikram and Power Yoga. Be open and present, as long as you listen and try, you are moving in the right direction. The more you come to class, the more you will transform your practice, mind and body.
Yoga Life is situated in the heart of Cape Town. They offer a variety of yoga classes for all skill levels.
Virgin Active is a Health Club situated all around the country, please check their website for the nearest branch. One of the many services they have on offer is Yoga, please check their timetable for more information.
Yoga Spirit is located in Constantia Village, Constantia, Claremont and City Centre in Cape Town. They offer Bikram, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. If you can breathe, you can do Yoga.
A massage treatment with a Yoga session is always beneficial.
- Massage is great in making loose the connective tissue in the upper thighs
- Massage assists with increasing body awareness and relieves the tension
- Massage releases tension in problem areas that are difficult to find with Yoga
For a massage in Cape Town, by a male massage therapist contact Ian Marshall today.