6 WEEK YOGA COURSES

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6 week courses each consisting of weekly, one hour lessons following a progressive pattern of set practices - each course is stand alone and follows the same format but with a different set of 6 Asanas - completing all 3 courses will provide instruction and practice in 18 Asanas.

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6 Week Beginners Course 1  £36

Starts 19th February 2019

6pm to 7pm

Terms:

Once booked the course cannot be cancelled as room charges are incurred - no refunds are given except in exceptional circumstances (e.g. hospitalisation). By clicking the Buy Now button below you agree to these terms

6 Week Beginners Course 2  £36

Start date to be confirmed

Terms:

Once booked the course cannot be cancelled as room charges are incurred - no refunds are given except in exceptional circumstances (e.g. hospitalisation). By clicking the Buy Now button below you agree to these terms

6 Week Beginners Course 3  £36

Start date to be confirmed

Terms:

Once booked the course cannot be cancelled as room charges are incurred - no refunds are given except in exceptional circumstances (e.g. hospitalisation). By clicking the Buy Now button below you agree to these terms

Some common Q's and A's

please contact me by email or text if you have any other queries.

WHO ARE THE COURSES FOR?

These courses are designed for absolute beginners of Yoga or those that have had just a couple of lessons - they are not intended for those who practise regularly - please follow this link for my drop in classes for non-beginners.

In terms of fitness levels etc the course is for anyone, any age and any fitness level although not suitable for those needing chair yoga - this is something I may introduced at a later date.  It is important that you tell me of any physical issues you may have including heart conditions, pregnancy and any other medical condition - I may have to arrange alternative steps within the classes to cater for any medical needs.  Yoga is an individual journey and each person will have differing levels of flexibility and strength etc - and even the same person can be far more flexible one week than the next - Yoga is NOT about forming a perfect shape with our bodies - it is about the body AND the mind and no one should be looking at anyone else or comparing - it that is what they are doing they are missing point!

COURSE STRUCTURE

The first of three 6 week courses (each week consists of a one hour practical lesson) the BC1 course is for absolute beginners and is a practical introduction to traditional Yoga - the second and third courses (BC2 and BC3) follow on from the first as students become more accomplished in their practise - the second and third courses have different Asanas but otherwise follow a similar pattern - the courses include:

Initial relaxation

Initial mobilisation

Sun Salutation

6 Asanas (poses)

Final relaxation/guided meditation

Initial relaxation:

Yoga is more than just physical exercise - it's meant to exercise our minds and spirits also and the first few minutes of any class should include a short period of contemplative, restful relaxation - not so much that we go to sleep but enough to leave the our thoughts or the past or the future for the following period of Yoga practise so we are fully focussed - our bodies become focussed as we relax our muscles and our mind becomes focussed as we bring ourselves into the here and now.  During this period students are sometime introduced to the breathing aspects (pranyama) of Yoga which is ultimately incorporated into all aspects of Yoga practise.

Initial mobilisation:

The next part of a class consists of mobilisation of our bodies (and minds) - here students are instructed to move their bodies in ways that prepare the muscles and joints for the more active part of the class which comes next.  Mobilisation can be done lying down, seated or standing and all three will be used at some point during the course.

Sun Salutation:

After we have mobilised our muscles and minds the class will learn a form of Sun Salutation - this is a sequence of Asanas (poses) which are extremely effective at toning, stretching and strengthening many muscle groups in the body.  At the same time students are informed of the correct breathing patterns to adopt while conducting the Salutations - this takes some time to master and is an ongoing practise.  The Sun Salutation also serves to as a "warm up" exercise.

6 Asanas (poses)

Students will be taught the same 6 Asanas (poses) during all 6 classes of the course - the 6 Asanas will be determined on the first class and will include at least one balance (e.g. tree pose), one back bend (e.g. cobra) and one hip opener (e.g. Warrior I).  At the start of the course these will be introduced in simple forms but students will progress through the 6 weeks to perform the Asanas more and more within their own abilities - Yoga is an individual journey!

Final relaxation/guided meditation

The last part of each class consists of relaxation - students lie down (some bring blankets for real comfort!) and relax while the teacher takes them through s guided meditation (e.g. body scan or a lake visualisation) - this is often quoted as the best part of the class and many people really enjoy it!  The purpose is to attend to the needs of our minds - to allow quiet and peace to generate within out minds and to relax - something we are very poor at in the Western world.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING?

Yoga does involve some physical activity and so it is recommended your wear loose and comfortable clothing like you might wear to a gym.  Having said that many people bring more clothes (and even blankets) for the final relaxation to ensure they feel warm enough.

It is worth brining some water with you as it is important to keep hydrated during the sessions.

Importantly, yoga is performed bare foot to ensure we really "feel" the ground beneath us - for health and safety reasons (the potential to slip etc) student wearing normal socks will not be allowed to participate until they take them off - specialist Yoga socks are accepted for those wishing to wear them.

WHAT IF I HAVE A HEALTH CONCERN?

ANY and ALL health concerns should be discussed with the teacher - students should also consult with their doctor to ensure the activity they are engaging in is OK for them.  It is the students responsibility to ensure they can undertake the activities and the teacher expects them to take account of the following two mantras:

The student knows their own ability and will not attempt anything beyond their ability or which will cause them harm.

If it hurts - STOP DOING IT! - a little muscular tension is to be expected but any real pain is a clear indication things are not OK and the student undertakes to stop that activity immediately and to inform the teacher.  An activity should be stopped safely and immediately if there is ANY joint pain.