What goes on in the Hatha Yoga Class?
WARM UP To gently mobilise joints and muscles and prepare them for the yoga poses we practise.
YOGA POSTURES That gently stretch and strengthen muscles.
BREATHING Exercises to help us become more aware of, and deepen, our breath.
RELAXATION The session will end with a relaxation practice to help you release stress.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA?
- If practised regularly, yoga will strengthen and tone your muscles; improve the quality of your breathing, increase joint movement; and help you to relax your body and mind.
WHO IS THIS CLASS SUITABLE FOR?
- These Hatha yoga classes are suitable for adults of all ages and fitness levels. You do not have to be flexible, young, fit or thin to do yoga. Yoga is about discovering what you can do today and then exploring that.
COST – block booking for the term or drop-in price available.
ABOUT YOUR YOGA TEACHER
I have completed the course for a British Wheel of Yoga teaching certificate. Established in 1965 the B.W.Y. is the largest yoga membership organisation in the UK, committed to promoting a greater understanding of yoga and its safe practice through experience, education, study and training.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING /WEAR TO THE CLASS?
CLOTHING – Dress comfortably – stretchy or loose clothing is best.
EQUIPMENT – Bring a yoga/exercise mat and a blanket for relaxation. (I have spare mats, so don’t worry if you don’t have one.). You may also like to bring a bottle of water.
ATTITUDE – Please bring yourself and a willingness to explore
TIME/DAY – See ‘Schedule’ for times and days. Please arrive in time for a prompt start.
Other info – If unforeseen circumstances make you late for class, please enter as quietly as possible. Mobile phones should be turned off.
Yoga is a practice in which postures are used to strengthen, stretch and tone the body. Each session will build on previous ones and will often include new practices to help develop flexibility and knowledge of mind, body and breath.
During a Hatha yoga session, you will
- Learn about relaxation and meditation
- Move through a selection of postures
- Discover the benefit of flowing sequences
- Study how to control and monitor the breath
- Learn something about anatomy and the philosophy of yoga
It is important to:
- Stay mindful. Every action in yoga is intentional. Take the time to understand and approach a pose or movement at your own pace. Make sure you are always aware of your own needs during the class by taking a break, observing instead of doing, or modifying a pose.
- Be considerate. Please arrive on time and turn off your mobile phone during the class. Excessive noise and disruption can disturb others.
- Try to accept that Yoga is non-competitive. It is a practice that will keep you interested and challenged for a lifetime. There’s no need to achieve – or even try – everything that others in the class can do. You are here purely for your own personal development. Hopefully, in time you will gradually discover your body and mind becoming stronger and more flexible.
General Health and Safety advice:
- Use comfortable, non-restrictive clothing in breathable fabric.
- No socks, dangly, chunky jewellery during active practice.
- If you feel cold during relaxation do bring a blanket to class.
- Mats and blocks are available but you may prefer to bring your own.
- If you have health issues (especially heart, lung or other serious health problems) please contact your GP before taking up yoga.
- If you’re not sure whether a pose or movement is right for you, ask your teacher for assistance. It is important to keep your yoga teacher up-to-date with your health so she can advise alternatives if needed.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal just before you come to your yoga class.
What goes on in a Restorative Yoga Class?
Less movement than a Hatha yoga class. Enjoy gentle stretches before centring your breath and body. The focus is on aligning the physical and mental through the practice of stillness or gentle movements for extended periods of time.
- No prior yoga experience necessary
- Wear comfortable clothing, with extra layers such as socks (you will not be moving around as much as you would in a ‘normal’ yoga class)
- Limited spaces are available – booking is essential.
- Usually last Tuesday in the month, 7-8pm
- Cost is £6, payable with booking and is non-refundable
What goes on in a Yoga Nidra Class?
We start with a very short sequence of gentle stretches from a seated position, and then move to Savasana (lying down) for the remainder of the 40 minute session. Yoga nidra (also known as yogic sleep) is a technique for accessing your body’s relaxation response. This session usually runs on the second Tuesday of the month, 7-7.40pm. Cost is £5, payable with booking, and is non-refundable.
You can contact me:
Mobile: 07837 594469