Yoga Basics - 4 Week Course for Absolute Beginners
Learn some of the fundamentals of any yoga practice - how to develop awareness of body and breath, stretch and strengthen the body, experience the 3 stages of the breath and learn the art of relaxation.
A physically demanding form of yoga, following a series of set postures in a sequence. The room is not heated but the practices will naturally build heat within the body.
Yin/Yang fusion. Expect a buoyant Vinyasa Flow with music; elevating energy, generating heat, getting sweaty – ideal methods to unburden and re-energize our systems. As the Yang practice segues into a Yin practice, we enter the space of longer held seated postures and more contemplative inner arts. Yin poses penetrate deep into connective tissue expanding flexibility and aiding healing while freeing energetic blockages and increase energy flow. The perfect duo to start the week. Open to everyone who likes to move including enthusiastic beginners.
As well as working with the muscles in a similar fashion as in the classical Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, Forrest yoga (created by Ana Forrest) focusses on strengthening the abdominals, back, and shoulders whilst at the same time releasing built-up tension, particularly in the neck and the jaw. Practitioners are encouraged to use strong Ujjayi breath throughout the practice with the emphasis on the exhalation to release tension, especially in the jaw line. Postures are also held for a bit longer compared to a usual flow style. Please note this is a strong asana class, suitable for people wishing to challenge themselves physically.
A traditional blend of physical postures (asana), breathwork, (pranayama), deep relaxation and/ or meditation. Classes tend to be at slower pace and postures held for a longer period of time than in more 'flowing' styles.
Suitable for students who are very new to yoga or within their first year of practice. Classes involve easily accessible physical stretching and postures, breath-work and relaxation.
Hatha flow is a dynamic approach to asana practice, firmly rooted in Yoga traditions but combines spiral, linear and fluid movement patterns with an increase in stability and mobility of the inner and outer bodies. This flowing practice promotes self exploration and awareness whilst cultivating energy.
Hatha Yoga - Intermediate level
This class is designed for those who have a good understanding of the basic yoga postures and have begun to explore a wider variety of poses and styles. The intermediate student understands the relationship between breath and movement. Each class will include some gentle pranayama breathing exercises, a sun salutation flow, standing/seated and floor based asanas to develop strength, flexibility, increase energy and culminate in a guided, final relaxation session.
Whether you’re new to yoga, or looking to improve your technique, Iyengar Yoga is a great way to boost your well-being, increase flexibility, build strength and relieve stress.
Iyengar Yoga places particular focus on body awareness to help you develop healthy alignment in the poses. You will also learn about appropriate sequencing and how to use props for support and to encourage deeper release or increased extension.
Our Introductory class is ideal for beginners as well as those with experience of other yoga styles wanting to explore the Iyengar approach.
A traditional style of yoga with a focus on using props to develop precision and correct alignment in asana.
Our intermediate class will focus on refining the practices by deepening the understanding of the relation between the groups of asanas and their sequencing and revising the techniques in more detail.
Iyengar teachers teach each and every pose during the classes for the students to build the knowledge, self confidence and awareness to take their practice home. It is during an independent self-practice when the deep physical exploration and the mental purification can truly take place, as well as the discipline and will power challenged. This new class will be a guided self-practice session where the teacher will announce the name of the pose and do the pose their self whilst the group follows. There will be no correction from the teacher, but time will be given for students to reflect on their own body within the pose. Each session will be based on a different group of poses but will include inversions and restoration. Please note this class is suitable for students who are already familiar with a wide variety of yoga asanas.
In this way, students will be supported to develop their own practice so that they can begin to make yoga more part of their lives.
Jivamukti classes integrate the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of yoga. Classes include dynamic vinyasa based asana practice, hands-on adjustments, breath awareness, meditation and deep relaxation. Theme of a class is supported by Sanskrit chanting, eclectic music, readings, spoken word and references to yoga philosophy texts.
A Kundalini yoga class features the familiar elements of asana, meditation, and chanting, but it combines these in unique way. Each class consists of a different kriya, or set of poses that are designed for a specific purpose, such as opening the heart, fighting off illness, or nurturing creativity. Each class includes mantras and meditations that support the purpose of the kriya. It can work very well in conjunction with a traditional asana practice.
Anyone can yoga! This is an accessible, mobility-friendly class for seniors or anyone with reduced mobility. The majority of the practices are on the floor or on a chair.
Full attention is given to each participants' individual needs - the focus of this class is adapting yoga practice to you, and in order to do so a range of modifications are offered throughout the class.
Restorative Yoga uses seated and lying postures and props to create a grounded, soothing practice, with a focus on calming and centreing the body and mind.
Beverley Nolan's special blend of intelligent movement enquiry and restorative yoga makes for a unique chill-out session.
Expect to relax deeply and to come away from each session feeling replenished.
Just yoga, no fuss! This class focuses on simpler movements for maintaining general wellbeing, strength and flexibility.
It welcomes relatively fit and independent seniors, people returning to fitness after a longer break, beginners, or anyone who just wishes to ... well, keep it simple!
A dynamic, 'flowing' style of yoga blending the transition between postures into one seamless sequence. Vinyasa is for building strength, focus and endurance. Classes may include music and though the pace of each class may vary according to the style of each teacher majority of vinyasa classes tend to be faster paced.
Well Woman classes focus on nourishing and enriching practices for women at all stages of life. By developing a respectful awareness of the shifting cycles within women, greater health and freedom can be gained.
Yin Yoga involves mindfully working with seated and lying postures, which are held for longer periods of time. The focus in on the connective tissues in the body, with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
A specialised class for people who experience chronic low back pain. The class will safely and effectively introduce a range of practices to develop and encourage self-management of back pain. You will be led through postural improvements, mental focus and relaxation techniques, which will increase your physical and mental health.
Satyam Yoga draws on traditional yoga practices, introducing asana, pranayama, mudras, bandhas, yoga nidra and meditation into the sessions. Practices are introduced safely and systematically, enabling students to work at a pace which is right for them. The physical practice includes both yin and yang elements, and each session may incorporate slow and deep floor-based stretching, more dynamic sequences, classic yoga asana or more somatic led explorations. As sessions progress, yogic philosophy, physiology and chanting may also form part of the practice.
Five Elements Yoga
MogaDao Yoga rekindles an embodied awareness of how nature’s cycles flow within our human bodies. By varying asanas and quality of our movement, each class harmonises within us the energy of one of the Chinese Five Elements - Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. Movement is mindful, inviting curiousity and sensitivity to the energy shifts within.
A gentle yoga class will be accessible to all and may focus on floor or chair-based practices. It is suitable for anyone - even those practitioners that may be more experienced - and may be especially beneficial for those recovering from illness or with long-term conditions.
Kripalu means “being compassionate” in Sanskrit, and a Kripalu Yoga practice derives its focus from this phrase. In Kripalu Yoga, we seek to cultivate self-compassion by focusing on breathwork and listening to the body throughout our practice. Classes are structured to encourage an inward focus or “meditation in motion”, and they always include modifications for different body types. Ultimately, Kripalu Yoga aims bring the practice off the mat, with the understanding that if you bring compassion to yourself – through yoga – you’re better able to bring compassion to the world around you.
Restorative Yin focuses on balancing the passive, lunar, deep and still asana by holding postures for a longer period of time whilst being supported by props. This is a softer variation of Yin and aims to increase the health and integrity of the myofascial body and joint complexes. Yin practices are a direct antidote to the stresses and challenges of modern life. ‘To be in the state of Yin is to acquaint with your true self’.