If you are looking for a way to live a more conscious life, improve your sleep, balance your hormones, increase your strength and flexibility and decrease stress or anxiety, these are just some of the many potential benefits that yoga can offer you.
However, if you feel resistant to attending a standard power yoga class with little individual attention paid to the spiritual aspects of yoga we hear you, and we want to present you with better options that cater to you and your unique needs and conscious growth.
Gentle Yoga for Holistic Health.
At Affinity Wellness we believe that yoga is for everyone and that the fundamental benefit of having a consistent practice is conscious growth.
We teach a gentle process driven yoga by focusing on your individual needs working with body, mind and spirit.
Yoga is an ancient system of personal-development.
Yoga encompasses an understanding of how the body works as well as the effect that food, breath, meditation and movement have on your health.
Yoga takes into account all aspects of the individual and suggests ways that you can maintain your health on many levels including:
Asana (static and dynamic poses) helps develop strength, flexibility and stamina. Static poses can aid detoxification of the tissues and pain relief.
Our approach: We understand that not every body works in every yoga posture, so we work with an organic alignment philosophy. By taking into account your individual needs, as well as your body composition and structure, we help you to determine the kind of practice that will best suit you.
In addition, Yogic herbal remedies, dietary changes and cleansing practices are designed to detoxify the body.
Mental / Emotional health
Asana develops focus and strength of character.
Meditation has numerous benefits in calming the mind whist relieving symtpoms of depression, stress and anxiety.
Adopting yogic philosophy in our daily lives helps to break down what it takes to live an emotionally healthy life into an easy to follow process.
Yoga was originally practised for spiritual awakening. It is said that yogic practices such as meditation can help to connect us to our higher self or true self (the Atman).
Yogic philosophy and wisdom you can develop a more profound knowledge of how you can live a more conscious life and how you can gain a deep understanding of what your purpose is.
Anyone who wants to grow in consciousness should maintain a regular yogic practice including meditation, pranayama (breath) and asana (movement).
Vibrational or Energetic health
All yogic practices serve to direct energy flow (prana) and balance our subtle energetic body which includes chakras, meridians and nadis. The energy body operates as an interface between consciousness and matter, and we can affect our energy but working through the body to clear blockages.
Keeping the body healthy on all four of these levels is vital for fulfilling the key goals of life.
Gentle Strength Yoga
Our gentle strengthening yoga style is a variation of Hatha (sun/moon) and works the muscles and nervous system in a succession of functional postures, providing the body with the tools to develop strength and resilience, while increasing flexibility, discipline and focus.
Soothing Yin Yoga
Our soothing style of yoga, (Yin Yoga) is the process of working with the less responsive tissues in the body, fascia, ligaments, tendons and joints. These are tissues that become compressed and bound up with stress and day to day activities like sitting.
Yin yoga takes the body through a series of long holds (3-5 minutes) providing gentle traction on the joints, releasing fixation and the stress of compression.
Yin yoga incorporates a meditation component and is an excellent stress release therapy.
Kristen will be teaching with new studio HARK YOGA in Ferntree Gully from October 2018.
Private Yoga Lessons:
These can be carried out in the comfort of your home or in our spaces in Hawthorn or Rowville, Melbourne.
Find out more.
Do you want to establish a home practice?
We believe in empowering you to establish your home-based practice, and our private lessons will help you to discover how you can practice at home confidently.
Kristen Ross is a qualified sports kinesiologist, counsellor, yoga and meditation teacher.
As a former professional dancer and yoga practitioner for over 15 years, Kristen believes that establishing a healthy mind-body connection is key to enjoying a healthy and happy life.
Kristen has completed multiple yoga teacher training in Purna, Yin yoga and Meditation. Her work with yoga goes beyond the physical.
Kristen includes meditation, breathwork, philosophy, mantra and energetics to create a holistic practice with a focus on self-compassion and care.
Kristen’s teaching style is integrative, nurturing and individualised.
Kristen runs a private kinesiology practice in Melbourne and has experience facilitating workshops and for groups, individuals and organisations. She has spoken about the mind-body connection at events such as the Mind Body Spirit Festival and Evolve Yoga Festival.