Yoga Class Types
Hatha Yoga Classes
Hatha Yoga is a traditional style of yoga which is equally suitable for complete beginners and intermediate students. My Hatha Yoga classes will help improve your flexibility and increase muscle tone, help you to unwind and release physical and mental tension, calm and focus the mind, and bring a you general sense of physical and mental well-being; leaving you relaxed, restored and renewed at the end of the session. Class content and focus varies from session to session, depending on the needs and requirements of the students in each class – some themes I have worked with recently are Yoga for Back Pain, Recharging the Immune System, Better Breathing, Strong and Supple Shoulders, Hips and Hamstrings, Yoga for Skiers, Yoga for Runners and Yoga for Travel.
Dynamic & Vinyasa Flow Yoga Classes
Dynamic and Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes are stronger and more vigorous than Hatha sessions, and are more physically challenging. These classes are suitable for those who already have some experience of yoga and/or a reasonable level of fitness. They bring the same benefits as the Hatha sessions and are also great for working and toning the body, increasing strength, stamina and flexibility, as well as focusing and calming the mind. Working with sequences in which postures flow from one to the next, the complexity of the poses is tailored to students’ experience, fitness levels, and needs, which allows you to work progressively and to appropriately build your practice.
Yin & Restorative Yoga Classes
Yin and Restorative Yoga is a slow-paced, quiet and passive practice that is deeply relaxing and nourishing for body, mind and soul. It is suitable for beginners and those with experience, and is a perfect complement to our high-paced stressful lifestyles, as well as a regular Hatha, Dynamic/Vinyasa-Flow style yoga practice. Yin Yoga allows deep surrender, letting-go; it brings stillness and balance to your whole being. In these sessions you practice a series of simple floor-based postures which are held for extended periods of time, usually up to 5 minutes, but sometimes for longer. Yoga props (blankets, bolsters, blocks, cushions) are very often used so the body is completely supported and all muscular effort can be released. These supported longer holds allow you the time and space to release the deep-rooted patterns of tension and restrictions that we all carry as a result of our stressful lifestyles and ageing. Whilst this is a slow-paced and nurturing practice, it can also be surprisingly intense and challenging, and it is also a great way to learn how to cultivate a calmer and more contemplative state of mind.
Sport Specific Yoga Classes
Sport Specific Yoga classes are designed with sports people in mind, but are beneficial physically and mentally for anybody, including complete beginners to yoga. By applying and using Sport Specific Yoga techniques, athletes, sports enthusiasts, and those keen on fitness, can improve performance, prevent and heal injuries, and develop their mental focus. As needs and requirements vary from sport to sport, so do the sport-specific techniques; Sport Specific Yoga classes are tailored and relevant to the demands of your particular sport(s), eg golf, running, football. Typically a Sport Specific Yoga class incorporates general mobilisation of the joints, core awareness, balancing and dynamic techniques, followed by performance breathing and restorative techniques.