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“Set thy heart upon thy work but never its reward.”- The Bhagavad Gita.

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Our Studio for Strength, Growth and Dedication

25 Rodney Street, Upper Studio.

Hatha yoga provides the means for people of any age to develop balance, coordination, and a sense of centeredness. It renews, invigorates, and heals the body – stretching and toning the muscles, joints, and spine and directing blood and oxygen to the internal organs.

As you further your practice with Hatha yoga, you will notice the difference gradually.

• Significantly increased and respiration and lung capacity.
• Reduced body weight.
• Improved ability to resist stress
• Decrease in cholesterol and blood sugar level.

Hatha yoga works by restoring our body to its natural state of wellbeing and health.

Levels: All Levels
Main Results: De-Stress, Toning, Flexibility

Moon Sequence: Chandra Krama
Chandra Krama is intended for practise on the full moon, the new moon and those times when you are feeling more tired than usual. This sequence has been described as both restorative and energising. It is especially therapeutic for shoulders, hips, knees and lower back.This is the first of Matthew Sweeney’s Vinyasa Krama Sequences. When combined with your main practise (Astanga or Vinyasa Krama) this sequence help you develop a fuller and energetically well rounded practise. Helping you nurture a meditative and still mind throughout your practice.

A yoga class specifically designed for the older yoga practitioner. With the ageing process we face different challenges both on a physical and mental level. This is a gentle class including breath work, postures to promote continued joint mobility, short yoga nidra relaxation and meditations to promote inner wellbeing. Absolute beginners are welcome – suitable for all levels.
A fantastic short and dynamic cardio driven class suitable for ALL levels that follows the order of the Ashtanga Primary Series missing out the more challenging postures that require extreme flexibility and instead focuses on the flow of the sequence and deep breathing.

A great class at the end of the working day to blow away the cob webs from sitting at a desk all day.

Levels: All
Main Results: Fitness & Cardio

After completing your Beginners Course it is now time to start developing your practice. This is a Level I class and aims to put into practice what you learned on the course. Through consistent practice you will be able to develop a deep understanding of postures, flow and breath.

Level: All

The perfect led, flowing class for regular students or those who are part of the Beginners 1 or 2 Course. This flowing and dynamic class follows a modified Ashtanga Primary Series, in line with the beginners level 1 course. Including up to the end of the standing postures followed by a modified Finishing Sequence.

 

A great way to practice what you have studied in Beginners 1 or 2 Courses, or the perfect short led class for the more experienced yogi.
Levels: Beginners 1 onwards
Main Results: Flexibility, Fitness & Cardio

The perfect led, flowing class for regular students or those who are part of the Beginners 2 Course. The class follows the Beginners 2 sequence, which is the same as the Ashtanga Primary Series up to and including Navasana (Boat Pose) followed by a modified Finishing Sequence. Sequence sheet available at front desk for regular students.

A great way to develop your Ashtanga practice in conjunction with Mysore classes.

Levels: Beginners 2 onwards
Main Results: Flexibility, Fitness & Cardio

Ideal for those who have completed a Beginners 2 course or who have attended regular Ashtanga classes followng Beginners 1. Here you will be guided through the entire Primary Series. This is a 1 hour 45 minute class which will push your fitness, prove your stamina and leave you toned, flexible and ready to enjoy your weekend!
‘The Rocket’ is a modern interpretation of traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. It incorporates postures from the first three series of Ashtanga in a playful, energetic practice.

This class flows through dynamic sequences and encourages exploration into balance postures, lifts and inversions to promote strength and flexibility. You will learn to see the world upside down!

Modifications of postures will be given to make it accessible to all.

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.”
Mary Kay Ash

Traditional yoga sequencing. In this class we will bring clarity to ideas around breathing into the core and body symmetry.Learn how to tap into deep sources of strength in your asana practise. Accessing movement from your core is the best and easiest way to reduce pain and discomfort in your yoga practise and day to day living.

This is the perfect class to balance and release both your body and mind at the start of the day. The first part of the class will follow a yin sequence, allowing your body to open up slowly in preparation for the second half of the class; a flowing, dynamic yang sequence. Leave the class fired up and ready for the day!

Our Studio for Detox, Recovery and Flexibility.

25 Rodney Street, Lower Studio.

A Yin Yoga Practice of long, passively held floor poses is deeply nourishing & has myriad of benefits.
Yin enhances the natural range of motion in the joints. By keeping your muscles soft, you release deep layers of connective tissue, creating more ease in any style of yoga & meditation.
Yin can work to compliment / enhance a dynamic or yang practice. Yin enhances the flow of prana (life force) in the tissues around the joints, where energy often stagnates.

Yin conditions you to stay with any intense sensations that arise. It trains you to become more comfortable with discomfort. It marries meditation & asana into a very deep practice. It stimulates perception & awareness of the quality & joy of the breath.

A Hot, Flowing and Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga Class with temperature up to approximately 30C. Flowing sequences link breath and movement, opening your body and releasing tension. Drink plenty of water before and after and come along prepared to sweat! Brilliant for relaxing the muscles, increasing flexibility and increased tone.
A true blend of balance, core strengthening and flexibility. Combine. the meditative, detoxifying qualities of hot yoga with the intensity of power yoga to help you deepen your yoga practice. Open the shoulders, hips and spine while strengthening your core and upper body.
Similar to Hot Flow, but slightly less dynamic and warm rather than hot! A flowing vinyasa yoga class with temperature up to approximately 25C. Flowing sequences link breath and movement, opening your body and releasing tension. Drink plenty of water before and after and come along prepared to work flexibility! Very good for relaxing the muscles, increasing flexibility and increased tone.
A Yin practice takes you slowly and gently to your “edge” where you meet your resistance and teeter there. With the use of restorative props we are able to stay on that edge much longer allowing for a deeper, intenser release of tension and stretch of the body’s connective tissues.

A practice for all levels that provides the space to allow your body to really release, heal and relax.

Which Type of Yoga Class should I pursue?

Below is a very loose guide on the benefits of each style Union offers. Individual classes vary within each – if you need further advice on your path…please call us on 0131 5583334, drop us a line frontdesk@unionyoga.co.uk or speak to us at front-of-house.

A wee note on “relaxation”…arguably some classes are more ‘relaxing than others’ but all yoga-styles should leave you with a feeling of release and deep relaxation following class.

Ashtanga Yoga

Weight Loss/Cardio
High
Flexibility
Medium
Strength & Tone
High
Spirituality
Class Dependent
Relaxation
Low

Classes: All Ashtanga, Mysore, Beginner Courses.

Hatha/Restore

Weight Loss/Cardio
Low
Flexibility
Medium
Strength & Tone
Class Dependent
Spirituality
High
Relaxation
High

Classes: Warm Yin, Hatha Yoga. Moon Sequence, Meditation.

Hot Yoga

Weight Loss/Cardio
High
Flexibility
High
Strength & Tone
Class Dependent
Spirituality
Low
Relaxation
Class Dependent

Classes: Anything Hot!! 😉

Classes by Experience Level

Before reviewing this section please note that all classes are accessible to ALL levels of fitness. However, some classes require prior knowledge of postures and sequences in order to gain the most benefit. We strongly recommend attending a BEG 1 course if you wish to attend regular classes.

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Warm Yin
  • Warm Yoga HIIT
  • Moon Sequence
  • Morning Mysore Programme
  • Meditation & Pranyama Breathing
These classes are appropriate while attending a Beginner 1 Course or following the course completion.

  • Ashtanga Level 1 (Complimentary to BEG1)
  • Ashtanga Develop your Practice (Complimentary to BEG1)
  • Core Strength & Lightness
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Warm Yin
  • Warm Flow
  • Warm Power
  • Warm Yoga HIIT
  • Moon Sequence
  • Morning Mysore Programme
  • Meditation & Pranayama Breathing (Complimentary to BEG1)
These classes are accessible to those attending a Beginner 2 Course or following the course completion.

  • Ashtanga Level 2 (Complimentary to BEG2)
  • Ashtnaga Full Primary (Complimentary to BEG2)
  • Ashtanga Express (Complimentary to BEG2)
  • Ashtanga Level 1
  • Ashtanga Develop your Practice (Complimentary to BEG2)
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Warm Yin
  • Warm Flow
  • Warm Power
  • Warm Yoga HIIT
  • Moon Sequence
  • Morning Mysore Programme
  • Meditation & Pranayama Breathing
All classes on the timetable are open to all levels of physical fitness and flexibility. If you have specific fitness goals speak to our Front of House or one of Union’s teachers – you can also look at our class goal guide here.

If you wish to continue your Ashtanga Journey and would like to pursue a dedicated, daily practice – we recommend signing up to our Morning Mysore Programme with Ben.

Broughton Timetable of Yoga Classes