I believe Yoga is suitable for everyone and every body. Each person takes the postures their own level and we always listen to our own bodies.
General Hat-ha class – Classes vary each week and are suitable for all levels including beginners. Hat-ha Yoga is a system of postures and breath for the whole body – the Asanas (postures) are the physical stretches or postures which are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body, thereby increasing its efficiency and total health. The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work and evolve in the world. Asanas come in standing, sitting, and inverted forms and are designed to improve suppleness, flexibility, and posture. They also stretch the muscles, and help to build stamina and strength in the body, as well as calming the mind. Using Pranayama : which are breathing exercises designed to master the movement of prana (or life-force) within us. The practice of pranayama enhances lung capacity, oxygenating and energizing the body, and improves the circulation. Like the asanas, pranayama also calms the mind, allowing a feeling of tranquility and emotional well-being to develop over time. Meditation techniques: Meditation allows us to become aware of how our mind works and allows us to accept ourselves. We become more single minded, our concentration improves, and we give up on habitual thought patterns, allowing us to become self-confident, open, and honest with ourselves and others.
Yoga is a very personal practise, even though we work together in a group; each individual works to their own ability and take each posture to their own level of comfort. Everyone is reminded that Yoga is not a competition and you certainly do not have to be flexible to start, you can be any shape or size.
If you have any serious health issues then the gentle class may suit you better.
Gentle Yoga – This class is designed for students who like a slower pace e.g. people who have back/neck problems, seniors, etc. The postures are practised slowly with time for adaptation. Perfect for a lovely relaxing class
Chair Yoga for ME/CFS – This is a Restorative Yoga class. This class uses the support of the chair for seated postures and focuses on stretching and releasing muscles. This class will help you improve your range of motion, balance, circulation, strength and focus.The most important part of the class will be breathing…….in our everyday lives we tend to breathe quite shallow, which leaves the body in a state of stress. Yoga breathing helps to lengthen and slow down the breathing which will induce a sense of relaxation. This will aid sleeping and stress.The class will suit people with ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia/back problems and people with limited mobility
Meditation – A beautiful class suitable for everyone. Using various simple techniques to help bring stillness to body and mind. Meditations helps induce the relaxation response which can help lower blood pressure and bring clarity to the mind.
Yoga Nidra– translates into yoga sleep.It’s a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously. In Yoga Nidra, sleep is not regarded as relaxation. People feel that they are relaxing when they collapse on the chair in front of the tv or read a paper etc but this is not true relaxation, only sensory diversions. For absolute relaxation you must remain aware….this is yoga nidra, the state of dynamic sleep.
In this state one appears to be asleep but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level. It is in the threshold state between sleep and wakefulness. This class is suitable for everyone.
Sunday Chillout – This three hour workshop is aimed to set you up for the rest of the week. Starting with 1.5hr Yoga practise followed by 1hr Yoga Nidra, the perfect way to end the week and start another! Suitable for everyone inc beginners
Sivananda – Sivananda Yoga is a yoga system devised by Swami Sivananda who was a self-realised master of Yoga. It is a classical Hatha Yoga practice, which promotes mental balance, relaxation and physical wellbeing.
Hatha Yoga classes in the Sivananda tradition follow a classical sequence of breathing exercises, sun salutations, yoga postures and deep relaxation techniques. Classes emphasise relaxation and deep breathing and include a structured sequence of 12 powerful yoga postures, which are held for progressive periods of time. As confidence in these postures increases, variations of the 12 postures are then introduced. The Sivananda Yoga class sequence can be both physically challenging and deeply relaxing at the same time. The classes always end with a 10-15 minute deep guided relaxation focused on physical, mental and spiritual relaxation to encourage stress-release and healing.
Gong Bath – Come and enjoy the healing sound of the Gong allowing you to embark on a mystical, deeply meditative journey. The Gong bathes the entire body in powerful sound vibrations or tones, which can affect you at an energetic and cellular level. When the gong is played with intention profound healing can occur. A gong bath is a very relaxing experience and can be very effective in dealing with stress, creating a sense of wellbeing and peace. Participants often receive clarity about issues they are experiencing and the new wave of energy a gong bath produces can create positive change on all levels.
Yin – In Yin Yoga postures are held for longer (up to 3 -5 mins) with emphasis on connective tissues rather than muscles. When holding the posture for longer we work on the deep tissues/fascia allowing energy to be freed up in the body. Mainly floor based postures are used in this style of Yoga. A deeply relaxing class….suitable for everyone but would need to be careful with hypermobility and pregnancy, please speak to teacher before attending.