Kirsty Forrester, a Brighton based yoga and fitness instructor teaches our new Sun Power Yoga classes in Brighton. This unique style of yoga practice integrates fitness and mental clarity together in powerful workouts that reshape the body. Sun power yoga blends Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, with a focus on correct breathing and alignment. In this exclusive interview, Kirsty shares her tips on how to awaken your energy and flow through dynamic Sun Salutations linking breath and movement.
The 7 benefits of Sun Power Yoga
Many of you who already have a daily yoga practice know the benefits of yoga. Here are seven ways that Sun Power Yoga can improve your health and well-being especially as the dark nights and winter weather kick in.
- It combats the physical ageing of our bodies
- Keeps the spine flexible, the muscles long and strong
- Keeps the mind calm and alert
- From head to toe, every part of the body is greatly benefitted by doing sun salutations
- Practicing at least three Sun Salutations in the morning is a wonderful way to awaken your body
- The sequence in Surya Namaskar is designed to centre you in your heart, to focus your mind, to energise and give you inner power
- It can be a great workout and an excellent exercise for weight loss
So…what is Sun Power Yoga?
Sun Power Yoga is a mix of three yoga styles Dynamic Hatha for Alignment, Sivananda Yoga for Subtle Mind and Breath work and Astanga Vinyasa for Heat, flexibility and stamina. Sun Power Yoga uses the image of the sun as a symbol of empowerment, hope, determination, letting go, warmth and light. Image a sun inside that allows you to shine from within even on a dark winter’s day.
How is Sun Power Yoga different from other yoga classes?
Sun Power Yoga is based on ancient yoga scriptures it’s how Yoga was taught years ago. This method allows students to learn how to get into positions safely. It’s tuneful, to keep with the ‘vintage’ theme I play vinyl on my portable record player and it depends on my mood what we listen to – anything from Bon Iver to the Cabaret soundtrack!
What can I expect in the class?
The class begins in relaxing in Savasana to calm the mind and the body to prepare for the 60-minute practice. Then we focus on the breath, as this is key to Yoga, as it links the body and the mind. Your limbs and joints are then warmed up by a few rounds of Surya Namaskar Classical (Sun Salutations). Then we’re ready to work on forward and backwards bends, balances and inversions. The whole body gets a work out internally and externally. We end the class back where we started in final Savasana.
Is Sun Power Yoga competitive?
Sun power yoga classes are suitable for people of all levels. In Yoga we practice Ahimsa which means ‘non-violence’ – I encourage students to listen to their bodies and be kind to themselves. You can take the class at your own level and try not to compare yourself to others as Yoga should not be competitive.
What should I wear to a Sun Power Yoga class?
It’s best to wear anything that you’re comfortable to move in. Dress in clothing that allows the skin to breathe and body to move. If you want to keep it organic, go with cotton. Fitted cropped or full-length leggings are ideal – and ladies, check your pants for holes in the crotch!
Finally, what does Namaste actually mean?
Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us centred in the heart chakra. I like this definition the best “The Spirit within me honors and respects the Spirit within you.”
Feeling bendy and ready to try Sun Power Yoga? Book a class today!
Kirsty is originally from Scotland but has lived in Brighton for nearly 3 years. Whilst in Scotland she became a REPs Level 3: Personal Trainer with Referred Populations (able to train those with various health issues) and trained individuals 121 at home, outdoors or in the gym.
Kirsty is also a certified Circuit and Group Studio Cycling Teacher and taught Spin classes in Scotland and Circuit classes in Brighton at Active for Less. Then in 2014 she trained with Sun Power Yoga to become a Yoga Teacher (CYQ YA200hrs). She is fully insured, CRB checked and has her First Aid certificate.
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