The roots of yoga lie in India. It is an ancient philosophy of life that entails much more than merely performing movements. Yoga restores the balance between body, mind, and soul. It makes you feel better physically, your energy can flow more freely, and it offers a moment of rest.
Thermae Sports Merchtem offers 4 styles of yoga and 12 classes. If you are up for an intense session, go for Hot Yoga in our Zen Studio, which is heated to 40°C. Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Yin Yoga are less strenuous styles of yoga.
As the new Zen Studio can be heated up to 40 degrees, we have also included Hot Yoga in our range. The heat helps to relax muscles, tendons and other tissue and to stretch them deeper. In addition, the warm temperatures help you to experience your breathing even better and more intensely. The heat also increases your heart rate, which boosts the cardiovascular intensity of the exercises.
Pilates is a form of movement that helps you to get know your body a lot better. The different exercises require intense concentration, well-controlled breathing, and full muscle control. In other words, you take back control of your body. During Pilates, you will work with the ‘core’ (stomach, back and pelvis). You will create more body awareness starting from the core of your body. The effects of this training method are quite diverse. You will become more agile and calm, and will improve your stamina, posture and coordination.
Ashtanga Yoga is one of the most dynamic forms of yoga. It consists of a number of fixed series of poses (asanas) that flow together. Through deep and conscious breathing, you connect body and mind. The concentrated execution of these poses and movements provides a more in-depth inner knowledge. It is, as it were, a meditation in motion. Ashtanga Yoga is working, moving, and paying attention: 99% practice and 1% theory. The more you sweat, the more thoroughly your body is purified.
Hatha yoga is based on posture, breathing and relaxation. Ideal for the body and mind to relax in complete serenity. Moreover, it is the perfect form of yoga for a beginner to get to know this zen discipline. Hatha yoga improves your concentration, vitality, body control, and breathing.
Yin yoga improves flexibility, suppleness, and firmness of the connective tissue and the joints. It increases your concentration and offers you better introspection, by sitting still in the same position for a long time. It is a passive, softer version of yoga that helps you to let go of all the ‘mental’ pressure and physical efforts. For everyone who likes working peacefully and who is looking for some relaxation.
Mindfulness is the training of attention in the present moment. It seeks to develop attention in a non-judgmental and compassionate way. This scientifically supported practice teaches you how to gain more insight into your own thoughts, feelings, and sometimes fixed mindsets. You’ll learn to be satisfied with what is and who we are now. This half-hour lesson teaches you the basic principles you’ll need to know to start meditating. Various forms (seated, lying down, and walking meditation) and themes (dealing with stress, fatigue, anxiety ...) will be addressed.
Power Pilates in an advanced form of Pilates, with greater intensity. The focus of these lessons is on the strength of the abdominal muscles and the core as a whole. Power Pilates will therefore challenge your strength, coordination and endurance. This lesson’s flow is faster, but there are always options for every level.