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Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonising system of development for the body, mind and spirit. There is a huge diversity in styles within the yoga tradition. The focus in my class will always be on developing strength and flexibility and a variety of yoga techniques will be used to achieve this. This is not a spiritual class and I don't use chanting within the class, preferring instead to focus on modern techniques and practices. Classes will incorporate asana (postures - the physical aspects of yoga), vinyasa (flow), basic breath techniques, pranayama (breathing) exercises, concentration, relaxation and meditation. We may explore mudras (hand positions) and bandhas (locks) during sessions. This class will maintain awareness and focus on the breath whilst holding and moving through a series of postures. The sequence of postures will vary from class to class. Expect to work hard during the class but leave feeling relaxed.

Yoga is for everyone, no matter what age, fitness level or flexibility. Remember that your body is different from everyone else's. Every day your body will have a different endurance level and your yoga practice will help to increase your awareness of this. Never be afraid or embarassed to come out of a posture before others, or before being told to do so, if you are feeling discomfort or tiredness. 

This Yoga class is:

  • suitable for all levels of fitness and for both men and women
  • suitable for both beginners and more advanced participants
  • a mixture of standing and seated postures
  • less intense than my Fitness Yoga class but still challenging
  • more focused on flexibility than Fitness Yoga

 

What to wear/ bring?

Something that's not too tight and allows you to move freely. Yoga is best performed in your bare feet or yoga shoes. If you prefer to wear socks they should be non-slip (yoga or pilates socks are ideal). Please bring a yoga mat and water. It is a good idea to have warm socks and a long sleeved top for the relaxation section. You are also welcome to bring a blanket and/or a small pillow for the relaxation at the end of the class.

How much does it cost?

My 1 hour class costs £5 or you can buy a 10 class card for £40.

Can I just turn up?

Yes, for the Friday 9.30am class, please just come along. 

The hall on Tuesdays is smaller, therefore I have had to make these classes booking only.  The 9.30am class is monthly block booking and is currently full, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the waiting list.

All new participants will be asked to complete a very short health questionnaire which you can either download by clicking HERE or complete at the class.

Will it be too difficult for me?

You are free to go at your own pace and progress with time. Please always try a class such as Yoga for at least 8 weeks so that you can start to see the benefits and the positive changes in your muscle strength and flexibility. It can actually feel strange at first if you are not familiar with yoga poses, it can feel wrong before it feels right.

It is important to listen to your body. If anything causes discomfort or pain, let me know as I can modify the posture for you or give you an alternative. If you have any concerns, please let me know at the beginning of the class.

Will it be too easy for me?

There are lots of ways that you can make the postures more challenging. Alternatively try Fitness Yoga.

Is there anyone that shouldn't come to the class?

No pregnant ladies, please go to a yoga class specially designed for pregnancy. Yoga is fantastic during pregnancy and hugely beneficial, but only as part of a specialised class.

If you have recently given birth, please wait until your doctor gives you permission to resume exercise activities. If you have given birth within the last year, please do let me know so I can give you important information.

If you have a diagnosed back/ joint condition or if you suffer from dizziness/ fainting please contact me. Please let me know about recent injuries or surgery. 

What will I gain from coming?

You should start to see benefits within 8 weeks. You should see improvements in muscle strength and endurance, increased flexibility and stronger core stability muscles. You may also see beneficial changes in your posture. Yoga also helps relieve mental and physical tension and supports the body's systems.

What happens during the class?

We begin with a focus on breathing and relaxation followed by a mobility warm up to lubricate joints and then start developing heat in the body. We then move to sun salutations to heat the body further before moving to asana practice, starting with standing postures and ending with seated. There is a section where we concentrate on developing balance. The class ends with relaxation and a short meditation. Please arrive in time to be ready to start at the advertised start time. If you need to leave early for any reason please do so quietly so as to not disturb other participants. I will guide you through asanas by giving you advice and teaching points to help you get the most out of your yoga practice.

Safety

I will advise about safe ways to practice postures. It is up to you to listen to your body and practice with care and mindfulness. Everyone's body is different. By tuning into your body you can tailor your practice to suit your body type within the constraints of the instruction. If you experience any pain whilst practising, release out of the posture and let me know. If you experience pain after practising remember to tell me before your next class. Real pain is different from the expected sensation in muscles when they are working hard and also the tension you might feel stretching tight muscles.

Eating prior to class

It is advisable not to eat a full meal less than three hours before a class, as it impacts on your digestion, making it uncomfortable for you during the class. If you get hungry or know that you feel weak if you don't eat, have a small snack before but try to leave at least 30 minutes between eating and starting the class. 

Please go to the Find a Class page to see when and where the class is on. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. me if you have any questions.

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