Sunday 14th April 2019
Matt will guide you through a 2 hour workshop aimed at releasing tightness along the four quadrants of the legs, mobilising the hips through their range of motion, opening the front of the body with backbends and side stretches and inviting space back into commonly tense areas. You’ll also learn various breathing and mindfulness exercises aimed at improving lung capacity, helping to take your running or cycling to the next level.
Sunday 5th May 2019
Join Toni Osborne to focus on a dedicated workshop that helps strengthen the postnatal body. There will be a focus how to adapt your practice to prevent injury as your children grow. Pelvic health, muscle separation and core stability will be covered, essential when improving your vitality and confidence after childbirth. This workshop is without the baby.
Beginners Hatha yoga classes ensure that you learn all of the essentials of Hatha Yoga from the ground up. We will cover the foundation postures of Hatha yoga (asanas), Pranayama (breathing techniques), an introduction to Surya Namaska (the sun salutation), and meditation.
It is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience and provides an excellent start to the practice.
Our All Levels Hatha Yoga classes are open to everybody, whatever your level of experience. Beginners are welcome provided you have a good general level of fitness. We recommend attending our beginners classes if you are completely new to yoga.
The classes cover a full repertoire of postures, sun salutations, breathing exercises and guided relaxation techniques. There is usually a theme to the class each week, covering an important aspect of Yoga, such as; ‘listening with the body’, ‘how to use the breath’, ‘grounding oneself’, ‘observing the mind’, and so on…
‘calming, meditative and nurturing…’ Time Out’.
Enjoy a rigorous but accessible sequence that will challenge and work your body, leaving you feeling accomplished and relaxed. This practice will help you build the endurance and strength required to target some of those trickier postures including arm balances and inversions.
Open to all who have a regular practice, (except beginners) who want to challenge themselves! These classes do tend to raise the temperature of the room, so may we ask that you bring a towel.
This is a mind-body class consisting of a series of ‘core-building’ exercises, with specific emphasis on breathing and alignment. Through consistent practice, this class will strengthen the pelvic floor muscle, core stabilising muscles, improve flexibility, balance, alignment and overall posture.
The core muscles of the body (abdominals, pelvic floor, back muscles & glutes) all need to work in harmony together to stabilise and provide support for the spine and the pelvis. This class will combine exercises and movements from across disciplines to leave the body feeling ‘switched on’ and strong!
These classes are suitable for any level of practitioner, but are not suitable for pregnancy.
Discover how to ‘do’ less yet achieve more! Let go and consciously breathe in a sequence of energy-restoring poses. Using the support of props, you will explore a deepening flexibility and release ‘sticky’ areas of tightness.
Restorative yoga is used to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for balancing the body. By stimulating this system, you experience a lower heart rate and blood pressure. This also helps stimulate your immune and endocrine systems in healthy way. When you experience stress or feel overwhelmed, it the parasympathetic nervous system that restores balance. According to Lasater, the deep relaxation response elicited by restorative yoga also results in benefit to internal organs.
We will incorporate breathing techniques (pranayama) to help bring an awareness to the breath and to quieten the mind.
In this class we hold our positions for longer, allowing the body to absorb the wisdom of the shapes and organically unfold, connecting deeply and releasing completely. Yin Yoga enables a softening of the mind, body and emotions, opening of the fascia and balancing of the meridians. It provides a wonderful complement to other more Yang practices and our typical busy city lives. Through mostly remaining still in poses we begin to tap into our calm intuitive wisdom and relax into ourselves.
Yin yoga poses allow us to release the fascia/connective tissue in the body, through floor-based postures which are held for several minutes. Within these long holds there is an encouragement of softness and an emphasis on relaxing muscular tissue. Through this stillness, we can become aware of the various sensations within the body and the fluctuations of mind, emotions and breath.
This is a quiet, slow and meditative practice, with a focus on the hips, pelvis and lower spine, all supported by the earth using props and variations to allow the body to open up and the mind to still. By holding postures for an extended period, the connective tissue is stimulated and joints are nourished. Yin Yoga is open to all levels.
A gong bath is a form of sound therapy where the gong is played in a therapeutic way to bring about healing in the body. It is a very effective way of stimulating the natural good feeling of the body and most often leaves the recipient grounded with an indisputable sense of well-being.
The experience is often likened to ‘being massaged all over’ by those who are sensitive as they feel their skin tingle and deeper sensations as the waves of sound vibrate through the body and trigger a tangible release of tensions. Often during a gong bath, a deep sense of neutrality is felt and nerve rejuvenation is achieved.
Scent & Sound Immersive Meditation Gong Bath experience is on Saturday evenings every 4-6 week.