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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. Expect to work hard during the class but leave feeling relaxed. The class will flow through Yoga postures that develop both strength and flexibility.

(Level 1 - Hatha Yoga or Yin Yoga - available online)

Level 2 - Hatha Flow Yoga (or Energising Morning Yoga)

(Level 3 - Vinyasa Yoga)

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
  • easier than my Vinyasa Yoga class but still challenging
  • more difficult than my Hatha Yoga class as there are some flow sections

 

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, water and any other yoga equipment you might like to use, for example a yoga block or blanket. It is a good idea to have warm socks and a long sleeved top in case you get cold.

How much does it cost?

£6 paid via the booking system, also available online.

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. Alternatively, you could try some of my gentler classes which are online.

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, just ask me or try Vinyasa Yoga.

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 a sequence of yoga postures, starting with standing postures and ending with seated. There is often a section where we concentrate on developing balance. The class ends with relaxation. 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 the class by giving you advice and teaching points to help you get the most out of your yoga practice. I am a 'hands off' yoga instructor, your position will not be manually changed during the class. 

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. 

Click HERE to start booking a space at Juniper Green Church Hall or join the online classes!

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