What is Yoga? Yoga is the practice of an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. The main objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster awareness, well-being and mindfulness. In short, the practice of yoga will help to create balance and equanimity so as to live in peace, good health and harmony.
Yoga Classes at Sukoun
Foundations of Yoga Yoga has many meanings; It can simply be defined as "unity". The practice of yoga helps one concentrate on unifying the body, the breath, and the mind. Asana, the physical aspect of the yoga practice, is what is generally perceived as yoga. People rarely notice how they breathe, and how they coordinate breath with physical movement. This class offers you the chance to learn the foundations of the yoga practice, focusing on the breath (pranayama) and primary postures of yoga. *This class is a prerequisite for pure beginners to join other level classes.
Hatha Yoga Hatha is a classical form of yoga that is the most widely practiced in the world. Hatha Yoga uses postures (asana) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength and flexibility, and relaxation. Through proper alignment and mindful actions of the body, Hatha Yoga brings balance, strength, and a sense of well-being to the practitioner.
Gentle Yoga Flow Gentle Yoga is a class that blends relaxation & effort for your overall health. This is a great place to start for beginners, anyone who needs to take it slow, or anyone who wants to bring it back to simplicity.
It is also great for those who are recovering from an injury. Foundations will be presented for physical poses, concentration, meditation and breath work and variations will be given for challenge and ease. Vinyasa Flow Vinyasa means "breath-synchronized movement," and Vinyasa yoga is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Vinyasa movements are smoothly flowing and almost dance-like, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow or just Flow. This form of yoga focuses on connecting the body and the breath in order to quiet the mind. This fluid form of yoga uses intelligent sequencing and strict alignment to bring strength and flexibility to the body, beginning with fiery sun salutations and moving on to dynamic standing sequences which will build up to the peak pose of the class.
At the end of this class there will be some cooling and calming restorative postures to bring you back to balance before a well-deserved Savasana. It is also great for those who like classes with upbeat movements that will work up a sweat and stimulate an increase in energy. The Vinyasa form of yoga is great for morning classes or pick-me-ups after a long day.
This class is great for upbeat movements and will work up a sweat and stimulate an increase in energy, great for morning classes or pick-me-ups after a long day.
Restorative Yoga Restorative yoga passively uses gravity and time to release knotty connective tissue (fascia). This practice is designed to move the spine in all directions through the use of blankets, bolsters and straps. This will allow the body to 'actively' rest, thereby stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system bringing balance to your body and mind. Restorative yoga is suitable and encouraged for all levels of fitness and compliments a more vigorous yoga practice so everyone can benefit from this nurturing environment.
Meditation Meditation is one of the oldest and deepest aspects of yoga. It is a way of gradually refining your mental focus, and intended to generate both greater mental calm and greater clarity. Meditation is a time to sit quietly and to move our awareness inward. It pulls you away from the bombardment of external stimulation which characterizes most of our lives. Practicing and progressing our meditation creates a new relationship to our breathing and helps us become more conscious of our passive breathing and mindfulness throughout a busy day.
Yoga Nidra Yoga Nidra is a deeply relaxing, restorative and meditative class. It is a systematic method that induces mental, physical and emotional relaxation as you lie down in a savasana. Yoga nidra has also been shown to help relieve stress, tension and anxiety, and has become a valuable therapeutic tool in many contexts.
(Pre/Post-Natal Yoga) In this class, mothers-to-be in any stage of pregnancy, will learn yoga postures and relaxation techniques to alleviate the common discomforts of pregnancy and prepare for childbirth. New mothers are also encouraged to return to this class as a great way to transition back into a regular yoga practice after childbirth. This is a very gentle yoga class, and no prior yoga experience is needed.
Yin Yoga Yin Yoga was inspired by gentleness, precision and letting go. This practice draws together different elements of yoga such as, softness combined with strength, inner balancing, outer stillness and flowing into movement. The yin form of yoga is based on holding postures passively for sustained periods of time while encouraging softness and internal release.
Kids Yoga Kids Yoga allows children to explore and express themselves through Yoga as they go on “wild adventures” through animal and nature based yoga sets, dance and music. This class instills self-confidence as the children balance a bit longer and stretch a bit further each week. It also encourages and enhances the health, intuitive awareness and creative freedom of their young spirits.
Well-Being Yoga This Yoga class applies the principles of Healing Yoga to help us age gracefully. It addresses many of the common age-related changes in all of our physical systems. In addition to the many benefits of the practice for your body and mind, you will have an increased sense of mobility, energy and well-being, as you learn to live each precious moment to the fullest. No prior yoga experience is necessary; all levels welcome!
Integral Yoga Integral Yoga is a complete system for personal transformation—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. This style of yoga borrows from the many branches of yoga tree and from sister sciences such as Ayurveda, soundhealing and Chakra Balancing. The Integral Yoga class works with inner awareness and the breath, fostering an individual experience. That takes each student to his or her own limits, yielding maximum benefit and preventing injury; thus, Integral Yoga can be practiced by anyone of any age or condition. Core poses tone every organ of the body, while optional poses challenge and strengthen. A unique and intuitive sequence of poses, followed by deep relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation, leads to the encountering of one’s own, true Self. Ashtanga Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
Chakra Yoga In Yoga, chakras are viewed as spinning vortices of energy in the body and as storehouses of experiences and memories. When the chakras are balanced—meaning they’re not over- or under active—a Yoga practitioner can experience clarity, access power, and feel more joyful, fearless, and free. A powerful combination of asana, mantra, mudra, and bandha (energy lock) and chakra (energy center) work that you can use to build strength, clarity, and bliss in everyday life.
Kundalini Yoga This Yoga offers a system of physical poses, breathing techniques, mantra and focused meditation that when practiced together will bring you increased physical health and strength, emotional balance, heightened sensory awareness, enhanced intuition and creativity, greater peace and fulfillment and a deeper sense of self.
Gong Bath A gong bath is a form of sound therapy where the gong is played in a therapeutic way to bring about healing. The term gong bath means that you are bathed in sound waves, there is no water involved, or clothes removed. Ideally you will experience the gong bath lying comfortably on your back on mats. All you have to do is lie comfortably and close your eyes and relax. Theta brainwave frequencies are most often where the gongs will take you. You will most likely enter a dreamlike, deep meditative state. Some people might enter the Delta brainwave state (deep sleep frequency). Theta brainwave is a good state of consciousness to be in for healing to occur. The gong is an amazing and powerful instrument for healing work; we recommend that you take it easy for the rest of the day to allow the treatment to continue to do its work. We also advise that you drink plenty of water!
Private Classes Are you new to yoga and would like to get a personal introduction to the practice? Or would you like to improve your practice and work on specific areas? Do you need your practice to adjust to your own needs? Private yoga classes allows the practitioner to have a more one-on one focus from the instructor. The yoga instructor will be able to give more attention on adjustments, alignments and provide a more personal and private space for the practitioner.
We offer private classes for 1 – 2 persons, or for small groups!
Sukoun is a ladies wellness center located in the heart of Riyadh established by four passionate and motivated Saudi women. We cater to the ever-growing demand for intelligent approaches to healthy lifestyle solutions and holistic care.
Our focus is your overall health and wellness, for mind, body and spirit.