My classes tend to follow the format of a Sivananda class. They typically last 75mins and begin with a relaxation (Savasana) and meditation. Next we perform some breathing exercises (Pranayama) and then we warm up the body with the sun salutations (Surya Namaskara). This is a vinyasa - a flowing sequence of movements linked to the breath. Depending on how warm it is and the energy in the room, we either perform the more gentle Sivananda sun salutations which really help bring some movement to the spine, or we practice the sun salutations from Ashtanga which are a lot more energising and bring more heat to the body. After warming up, we then explore a series of steady poses (Asanas). These are drawn from both Sivananda and Ashtanga but tend to follow the order of the Sivananda sequence. Finally we return to relaxation (Savasana). Occasionally we will do a specialist class, eg. focusing on hip opening or back flexibility.