Which Yoga is right for you?

There are many different styles of yoga, designed to suit the needs of many individuals. In addition, each teacher offers a unique set of skills. Because of that, you may need to try a few classes before you find the right fit. The class descriptions below will help narrow your choices. If you’re still not sure which to choose, call us or stop by and we’ll help you find the right class!

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Beginner’s Classes

If you’re new to yoga or you haven’t practiced recently, we recommend that you spend some time in our introductory classes. Yoga is very different from other forms of exercise and you will get more out of yoga if you start your journey with a solid foundation and understanding of the poses and the practice.

Hatha 1

The name Hatha refers to any yoga that teaches physical postures. At RAW Yoga, Hatha level 1 is a slow and gentle mix of physical poses, breathing and meditation practices. Poses are normally held for a longer time than in the Vinyasa practice. Hatha level 1 is recommended for new yogis looking to focus on the alignment of yoga and at the same time build strength.

Yoga for Beginners

This 6-week course is perfect for beginners or the ones who want to revisit the fundamentals. Classes build week to week, introducing you to the basics of yoga postures, breath and relaxation techniques. Personal attention from the teacher will help you stay safe and create a solid foundation for your practice.

4-week Yoga for Beginners Workshop

These 2-hour series of workshops are designed to give those new to Yoga a foundation on which to build a safe, sustainable practice. Each workshop works well independent of the full course. This is with the aim of providing an opportunity for returning Yoga practitioners, as well as those with an established practice wishing to revisit and refine their fundamentals.

Build strength


If you want to develop your strength, flexibility and mobility you should explore this category of classes. Though these classes focus primarily on the physical side of yoga, you will find that they also help in developing inner strength and are calming for the mind as well.

Vinyasa

Vinyasa level 1-2-3: In these classes, poses are linked together in a non-stop sequence and supported by consistent breath. Vinyasa classes can be fast or slow and include a range of poses from easy to challenging. Newer practitioners should start with Vinyasa Level 1, while the ones with a regular practice are welcome to attend Level 2. Vinyasa level 3 offers a fast paced flow, where you will be challenged in strength, arm-balances and inversions, and is suitable for you who are familiar with the names of the poses – or asanas – as the practice resembles mysore. Best for: the yogis who want a physical and cardio-vascular challenge and a practice that is built with creativity.

Sivananda Hatha Yoga

The Sivananda Spiritual Yoga system aims to teach an authentically Vedic system of yoga and it focuses on five main principles: Proper Exercise (āsana), Proper Breathing (prāṇāyāma), Proper Relaxation (śavāsana), Proper Diet & Positive Thinking (vedānta) and Meditation (dhyana).

The emphasis of Sivananda Hatha Yoga is on mastering twelve basic āsanas first, from which variations are then added to further deepen the practice, followed in a precise order with the primary intention of allowing Prana, or life force energy, to circulate more freely.

A session of Sivananda Hatha Yoga typically starts with Sāvāsana, continues with prāṇāyāma (breathing exercises), followed by 6-8 rounds of sūrya namaskār- or Sun Salutation-before the standard program of the 12 basic āsanas. Each class included a Guided Relaxation practice to ease the Body from tension and free the mind from stress and anxiety.

Suitable to everyone, this class is a Classic from the Indian Yoga traditional system and it can benefit people of all ages and experience.

Hatha 2

The name Hatha refers to any yoga that teaches the physical postures. At RAW Yoga, Hatha classes level 2 are a slow and gentle mix of physical poses, breathing and meditation practices. Poses are normally held for a longer time than in the Vinyasa practice. Best for: the yoga practitioners looking to focus on the alignment of yoga and at the same time build strength. Hatha level 1 is recommended for new yogis and Hatha level 2 for the more experienced practitioners of yoga.

Ashtanga

In this physically demanding practice, students flow through a fixed series of poses, with every movement linked by the breath. In ashtanga classes you will move non-stop from pose to pose, so students should have already have a foundational yoga practice to attend. This practice is best for: yoga practitioners who want to work up a sweat and build stamina.

Yoga Wall

The Yoga Wall is a versatile prop that is used to teach alignment and to access your body in ways that can be difficult in traditional yoga practices. In addition, the support provided by the Yoga Wall can help you to relax the mind and become more receptive to the benefits of yoga. Best for: all yoga practitioners from beginners to the more advanced.

Mythology Flow

This class goes beyond the physical asanas of the yoga practice. Allow yourself to immerse in the myths and stories behind the physical practice and its heritage while the teacher is guiding you through your Vinyasa yoga sequence. Combining the sacred with the physical yoga experience. Best for: yogis who are looking to interfuse the history of yoga with their physical practice.

Pilates

Pilates is a physical exercise that strengthens your body with focus on the core. Pilates is designed to build strength, improve body-posture, balance and coordination. Pilates is not based on the yoga tradition, but may or may not include certain yoga poses in the practice. Best for: yogis who want to build strength in combination with their yoga classes.

Express

Our express classes are designed to enable the ones with a busy lifestyle to find time for their yoga practice. They also fit perfectly for the ones who prefer to practice during lunch break. We offer Express classes in Vinyasa, Hatha, Pilates and Yin. Best for: yoga practitioners who are looking for all the benefits of yoga packaged as a 45 min class.

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Find stillness

If you want to explore your spiritual side or develop a deeper sense of inner calm, try one of these classes. There are also physical benefits to this category of classes, from improved flexibility to channeling your flow of energy.

Restorative

A relaxing and slow-paced practice, where you allow yourself to rest into the poses. Restorative Yoga uses a range of props like bolsters, blankets, and straps to support your body. This practice allows long holds in each pose and is equally a practice for the mind as for the body. Best for: students who want to completely let go of tension and restore their energy in a restful class.

Yin

Yin is a static practice in which students hold poses for 3 to 10 minutes. This practice targets deep connective tissues (cartilages, tendons, ligaments, fascias) to invite longer-lasting flexibility and spaciousness in the body. Yin Yoga is a style of Yoga where you will explore the quality of quietness and stillness more than any other style. We will focus on how the asana feels and not how it looks, this is the difference between aesthetically practice Yoga and functional Yoga. Yin Yoga is ideal for the ones that need to slow down, get prepared for meditation, become more resilient to stress and help the body restore range of motion. It is also very beneficial for the ones regularly attending physically demanding practices. Best for: students who want to increase flexibility while exploring the meditative benefits of Yoga.

Kundalini

Designed to channel the flow of energy throughout the body and the chakra system, Kundalini looks and feels very different to most other forms of yoga. Kundalini classes including chanting, mantra repetition, pranayama, and repetition of movement. Best for: yoga practitioners who want to explore the more spiritual side of yoga.

Yoga Nidra

Sometimes known as yogic sleep, yoga nidra is a deeply relaxing practice that can be done by anyone, regardless of physical fitness. Students lie in savasana while the teacher leads a meditation that will make you increasingly aware of your inner world while maintaining a sleep-like yet conscious state. Our Yoga Nidra includes sound healing. Best for: yogis who want to take a relaxing inner journey.

Meditation

The benefits of meditation range from reducing stress, to increasing attention span and deepening self-awareness. In our led meditation class, the teacher will guide you through your practice, which can be especially beneficial for those who have trouble meditation on their own. In this class you will have the opportunity to explore different meditation techniques. Best for: students who are just learning to meditate or want to meditate in a group setting.

Restorative Tantra

The traditional scientific system of Tantra Yoga is based on the Ayurveda healing system and it extends Meditation to the whole body through mindful asanas and through the harmonisation of our three dosas- or constitutions.Both the sequences on the floor and the standing ones-called three dosas balancing series- are like medicine for our whole being and they help treating anxiety, depression and fears from the inside out.By keeping a relaxed and floppy body during the practice and by learning to breath consciously to direct Prana through our blockages, we cultivate a relaxed mind, inhabit our bodies gracefully and start creating a real sense of freedom and bliss.Suitable to all levels, this class is ideal to restore a peaceful dialogue with yourself, heal emotional traumas and have an insight of your divine, timeless nature.

Certain ages & needs

In addition to the wide range of styles above, we also offer yoga for mommies to be, teens, seniors as well as corporate classes. In these classes, our teachers will focus on the unique needs of bodies and minds at different stages of life.

Prenatal

For expectant mothers, Prenatal Yoga can have many benefits, including keeping fit, reducing stress, and improving strength and stability of the muscles used in childbirth. It can also help reduce the nausea, lower back pain, and headaches associated with pregnancy.

 

Kids Yoga

These classes focus on the fun aspects of yoga and can help increase children’s concentration, self-awareness and self-esteem. Yoga also helps strengthening their bodies, boost stamina and develop good posture and coordination. Kids Yoga is suitable for ages 6–11.

 

Teens Yoga

Our teenage years can be the most stressful of our lives. These classes offer a place where teens can learn how to manage their stress levels and also work on building strength and developing flexibility as their bodies grow. Yoga is great for building self-esteem, concentration, and energy too. Suitable for ages 12–16.

Chair Yoga

A seated yoga practice, Chair Yoga is suitable for Seniors to help older adults to stay flexible, stretch and loosen painful muscles, and improve strength and balance. Designed especially for seniors, this is a safe practice which can help elderly bodies stay fit and healthy. Note: This class is also suitable for anyone with lower body injuries, and students who spend the most part of their day in office or in front of the computer.

 

Gyrokinesis® method

The Gyrokinesis® Method can be adapted to fit anyone’s ability. People from all walks of life including accomplished athletes, fitness enthusiasts, senior citizens, and people recovering from an injury or dealing with a disability take Gyrokinesis classes. By the end of a Gyrokinesis session, one’s entire system is awakened and brought into greater balance. Focus on the breath stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in a sense of calm, wellbeing and mental clarity.

The Gyrokinesis Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method, which coordinates movement, breath and mental focus.

Women’s Circle

This is a gentle and empowering sharing circle for women, and a space where all your experiences of being a woman will be received and heard. Each circle is being held as a ritual to create a safe space for every woman to share as much or as little she is comfortable with. All that you experience and wish to bring to this circle is warmly welcomed. Dates coming soon!

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Where to Find Us

Located in Pietà by the Msida Yacht Marina at 190 Triq Marina (between BOV bank and the jewelers).

Centrally located a short drive from Ta’ Xbiex (3 min), Msida (4 min), Valletta (5 min), Gzira (6 min), Birkirkara (6 min), Sliema (10 min).

Or come by bus, bus stop Marina (904 / 1057)

Parking

Free parking by the marina side next to La Vela restaurant.