Yoga Flow/Hatha Flow

 

"Flowing with the breath, a dynamic style of Hatha yoga which joins physical postures, or asanas, with inhales and exhales, creating a steady internal rhythm for the practice.  Designed to cultivate heat in the body with creative sequences involving sun salutations, standing and seated postures, back bending, arm balancing and a strong focus on the power of breath awareness.  This class is more aerobic in style and may include more upbeat music.  It will help you to connect movement with breath.  Suitable for people who have some yoga experience and enjoy a more yang style practice.

 

Hatha Yoga

 

In this class, postures are practised to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in the body.  Breathing techniques and meditation are also integrated.  You can expect an emphasis on simplicity, repetition and ease of movement.  Full body relaxation and balance are the goals, as we make a full circuit of the body's range of motion with standing postures, twists, back bends, forward folds and hip openers.  Suitable for people with some yoga experience, but as postures are held, there will be chance to focus on alignment and posture.

 

Yin Yoga

 

Enjoy the feelings of rejuvenation and steadiness that arise from a Yin Yoga practice as you slow down, move from noise to silence, from agitation to calm from complexity to simplicity.  this practice integrates the ancient Yoga teachings with Meridian theory as taught in Chinese medicine.  As the whole body rests and opens with long held poses the natural healing power of chi is used to rejuvenate and repair. This class focuses on the connective tissues within  the body and on stilling the mind, by using long passive holds.   The perfect antidote to stress and a great balance to a more 'yang' style yoga practice like Vinyasa. Suitable for anyone looking for a slower paced class, and a chance to connect in with your mind and breath. 

 

Slow Yoga for Beginners and Beyond

 

The complete Beginner's class is suitable for those who are new to yoga, or for anyone who has some experience.  Slow Yoga is a great way to bring us to relaxation. It really helps to support our mental health and well-being in a world where most of us are running at 100mph all the time.. An introduction is given to mindfulness, breathing techniques and foundational yoga poses.  The class ends with a meditation.  The class helps complete beginners to build confidence in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment

Pregnancy Yoga

 

Pregnancy yoga is designed for students following their 12-week scan who are looking to keep their body and mind healthy during pregnancy. You will also learn yogic techniques such as pranayama and yoga nidra to prepare for birth. The classes begin with a cuppa and a chat so are a great way to meet other prospective parents. Beginners welcome.

Yoga for Bigger Bodies

This class is a gentle, Hatha class, designed to be inclusive and to celebrate the physical body, in all its’ shapes and sizes. There are plenty of options offered and the chance to be welcomed into a space where you are accepted for exactly as you are. This class is sure to make you feel like you are celebrating what your body can do, rather than punishing it for what it can’t.

“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel” - this class will help you to discover this.

 

 

Baby Yoga and Baby Massage

 

A nurturing, yet fun and interactive practice for both mother and baby (or dads, or grandparents).  Yoga poses and stretches for infants aid digestion, constipation and relieve colic.  they increase body awareness for both baby and parent.  Yoga is a great way for Mums to strengthen their bodies, calm their minds,   feel relaxed, and get back in shape.  Yoga reduces stress for both parents and babies. 

 Suitable for babies 6 weeks to crawling. A great way to meet other babies and Mums,  or a chance to come and rest in one of our bolster nests.  Space downstairs for prams, or you can bring Baby in a car seat. 

Yoga for Balance

This class will provide you with an opportunity to balance effort with ease, to encourage balance between flexibility and strength, movement and breath. This class flows beautifully and allows for some quiet time in our busy lives. If you feel as though you are pulled in too many directions, and need to feel more balanced, this class is a great way to do that.

Tai Chi

This ancient martial art is designed to balance the Yin and Yang, it is slow and meditative and really helps to improve balance, focus and co-ordination. Suitable for all levels and is wonderful for bringing about a state of mental calm and clarity. Tai Chi has been shown to reduce the risk of falls in older adults, as it helps with concentration and balance. Tai Chi is suitable for those with conditions such as COPD and osteoarthritis.

 

 

 

Ashtanga (Power) Yoga

Ashtanga (Power) yoga is a classical and profoundly healing form of yoga, practised by (amongst others) Sting and Madonna. 

A regular Ashtanga practice can radically improve flexibility, strength, concentraioin, focus  discipline and calm.

Teacher Rachel Lightbird, has been teaching yoga for 19 years, and has trained with the world's top Ashtanga yoga teachers, including founder Patthabi Jois, and Union Yoga's Brian Cooper.

 

 

 

Kids Yoga

 

Fun games and stories are used to engage children in yoga postures and stretches. Helps to calm and settle, develops confidence and concentration, and teaches children how to exercise.

 

 

Pilates

In the 1920s, physical trainer Joseph Pilates introduced Pilates into America as a way to help injured athletes and dancers safely return to exercise and maintain their fitness. Since then, Pilates has been adapted to suit people in the general community.

Pilates can be an aerobic and non-aerobic form of exercise. It requires concentration and focus, because you move your body through precise ranges of motion. Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in your body in a balanced fashion. It requires concentration in finding a centre point to control your body through movement. Each exercise has a prescribed placement, rhythm and breathing pattern.

In Pilates, your muscles are never worked to exhaustion, so there is no sweating or straining, just intense concentration. The workout consists of a variety of exercise sequences that are performed in low repetitions, usually five to ten times, over a session of 75 minutes.

This class is suitable for beginners and those wanting to focus on the deep postural muscles of the core, so helps keep backs healthy.

POP Pilates

 

POP Pilates is a total body, equipment-free workout that sculpts a rock solid core and a lean dancer's body like nothing else can. This is a really fun class and would be suitable for beginners, or those who want to work out.

Teens Yoga

This class includes asana to strengthen and tone the body, breath work to provide ways of staying calm and dealing with stress, improved sleep patterns. There will be partner work, balances, and plenty of snacks to keep hungry teens going!  Suitable for young people from the age of 12 -19, who feel like they need some down time, and some tools for dealing with the stress of their modern lives.