Next term – 19th February to 30th March 2018 – Yoga Classes In Tinwell, Preston & Ryhall

In keeping with our theme of the heart we will work opening the heart space with the Bow pose (Dhanurasana). This is an excellent posture for improving the digestion and so we’ll also be thinking about food – our love of food. There will be some time spent considering our relationship with food, how we eat our food and we will start with the benefits of detoxifying and purifying our bodies – which one of the first steps on the path of yoga.

New Timetable for Autumn 2017

My new timetable will begin on September 4th – get yourself sorted and book your place now!

From September I will be making a few alterations to the timetable…. The number of classes I teach will be reduced from 7 to 6 as I would like to offer more workshops for students and explore alternative styles of yoga, meditation and nutritional therapy for myself.

There will be more of the 90 minute classes on offer as this is the norm for traditional yoga. Historically yoga has been taught in 90 minute sessions to allow sufficient time for posture work, (strengthen the body), breathwork (calms and purifies the body and mind) and relaxation or meditation (for optimum relaxation and healing). 90 minutes works with the body’s natural time cycles often called the Ultradian rhythm. Ultradian rhythms are actually quite fascinating – by learning more about your own rhythm you can optimise your efficiency and enjoyment of your days, see this website for more information.

Please have a look at the new timetable and class descriptions here and book in asap for September. Current class members will have priority until Friday 21st July, after which I will be taking bookings from new students. Please do let me know, even if you are carrying on with your old class, as space is limited and I wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone.

Yoga Fit – June 17

For this whole year we have been concentrating on our ‘core’ – the muscles of the centre of our body which act like a corset at the front, sides and back. This is a large collection of muscles on the surface and deep inside the body. They help us to keep mobile and have a well aligned posture. Our aim is not to have “6 pack abs” but to gently strengthen this part of our body, get to know it and to love it. This type of appreciation is at the centre of yoga – to make the most of ourselves and get our body to work as nature intended.

Over this next 6 weeks we’ll be revisiting the Plank posture, refining and improving using the balancing cat as we go.

For those who wish, we’ll be integrating the Plank into our Sun Salutation which we have been learning – an excellent routine to keep the core healthy, ideally practiced on a daily basis.

We’ll also be working with some sideways postures – the Gate and Half Moon (shown above) to develop strength in the obliques (sides of the waist) and our adductors (inner thighs). These postures help to pull in the waist and keep the thighs trim – just the job for the summer.

Why not join us? Whilst the year is developing an overall theme, beginners are most welcome and brought up to speed with individual help and guidance throughout the class. To book in simply email me here

Yoga and Meditation 9th Jan – 17th Feb 2017

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Following our theme Bringing About Balance we will be working with Mantra to still the mind and relaxations to calm the nervous system – all good for us after the busy period of Christmas and New Year. Our asana will focus on improving energy flow in the body with the Shakti Bandha series. We will also be revisiting, chanting and reflecting on the Yamas to see how they may influence balance in our lives.

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This class is suitable for people with experience of yoga. There is no need to be super fit but an understanding of the holistic approach that yoga takes means that you would gain the most from time spent in this class.

Please contact me here if you would like further information about joining one of these groups.

Yoga Fit October 2016

Our mission in Yoga Fit this year is to get a strong core!!

Last term we worked with the plank and this term we’ll be moving on to a standing balance ‘Warrior lll’ which needs all the core strength we can muster.

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In our usual lively approach we’ll work through all the parts of the body firstly warming up and then with strengthening and stretching postures. Using some jumping techniques which use a surprising amount of tummy strength we will keep ourselves on the go for pretty much the whole session, winding down in the last 10 minutes with a few restorative postures.

 

Beginners Yoga October 2016

Continuing with our theme this year of Systems of the Body, we are working this term with a focus on the musuclar system. We’ll look at how the muscles work with the bones of the body to give us our shape and movement.

I recommend THE MUSCLE BOOK by Paul Blakey which gives you a useful self-help guide to your own body with some pressure/massage points for when we get the inevitable aches and pains.

We’ll be working with the Downward Facing Dog and the Holy Fig Tree amongst other postures to focus on the largest muscle of the body (Gluteus Maximus).  Seeing and feeling how this muscle works, what it does to hold us upright and how yoga helps to get and keep this muscle fit.

Our relaxation exercises will give the opportunity to see how effective relaxation is at the muscular level and we’ll also be thinking how our mind works to help the muscles and sometimes override the impulsive nature of our muscles.

Yoga and Meditation October 2016

Throughout this year our work will be focused upon finding Balance in our lives. This term we’ll revisit the concept of the Pancha Koshas or 5 Sheaths, reminding ourselves that as ‘human beings’ we are not just made up of a body and a mind – often at odds with each other. The yogic view is that we exist on 5 plains – even more scope to be out of kilter I’m afraid. Once the principle is understood, we will have time to reflect about how these Koshas are working within ourselves. Are we out of balance in a particular one?

The Pancha Koshas are

the anna-maya-atma or the “Self (atma) made of Food”
the prana-maya-atma or “the Self made of Vital Breath (prana)”
the mana-maya-atma or “the Self made of Mind (manas)”
the vijnana-maya-atma or “the Self made of Consciousness or intellect (vijnana)”
the ananda-maya-atma or “the Self made of Bliss (ananda)”, where one attains to Brahman

You can see the definition in Wikipedia here

Our asana will be varied and demanding (if you wish), with movement and static posture work included. The Pranayama will consist of Nadi Shodhana, implementing the  counted breathing from last term to the practice of balancing the left and right nostril breathing.

As and when you get your mala beads bring them into class and we can begin to learn the technique in preparation for our mantra work after Christmas.

Working on our soft side…

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This term in the Yoga Fit classes we’ll be working with one of the moon postures (Ardha Chandrasana). Our flow will be a kneeling selection of postures and we’ll work up to the classical vinyasa called the Moon Sequence. This type of asana is very good for the hips, shoulders and is very helpful for our respiratory system. From a psychological view point the postures are great for building confidence – as we show our ‘soft side’, getting used to revealing the more vulnerable areas of our body. The moon is the symbol of femininity and this pose helps us to get in touch with all things feminine.

Yoga is about balance – with the longest day on it’s way we can feel a bit out of kilter – or perhaps a sense of trying to fit too much into each day. The nights are short and this may mean we don’t get enough rest… Our practice of the Moon Sequence is a way of redressing this balance.

Classes take place at Tinwell Village Hall 6 – 7 on Monday evenings from June 6th – July 18th. If you would like to come along please contact me to see if there is space available.

Yoga Fit – February Half Term

In YOGA FIT this term we will study the postures of the classical ‘Sun Salutation’ with an emphasis on alignment and correct posture throughout the flow. Sun salutations are a series of yoga poses performed in a continuous flowing sequence and intended to improve the strength and flexibility of the muscles, cultivate concentration and give a sense of meditation in movement. Where students have tightness or limitations in flexibility to perform the ‘true’ postures we will look at modifications. We will work on postures to develop the necessary dexterity in the body to be able to perform a version of the flow that is safe. There are many benefits to practising the Sun Salutation including reduction of weight around the middle of the body and balancing the hormones.

 

 

 

Stretch & Relax Your Shoulders….

If you find you are carrying tension in your neck, shoulders and upper back after all the frenzied activities of Christmas and the New Year, why not give yourself a treat and try out yoga???

In my relaxed classes this term, we’ll be stretching out the shoulders and whittling the waists with some floor exercises…

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wall exercises…

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and seated postures…

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The term begins on 4th January and runs up to 12th February. No experience is necessary – you will just need to bring a smile, yoga mat and blanket with you. Please contact me here if you would like to book a place.