Yoga

Pregnancy Yoga class on a Tuesday at 1930

Yoga is suitable for all stages of pregnancy from 14 weeks onward and will help you prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for labour and motherhood.  It can also be a great way to meet other pregnant women in various stages of pregnancy.

Yoga postures and breathing techniques can help to:

  • Increase your confidence in an otherwise uncontrollable situation
  • Build confidence in your ability to give birth
  • Improve your energy levels
  • Enhance relaxation and feelings of well-being
  • Improve your self-image

Yoga can help alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy including:

  • Back pains
  • Swollen ankles
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Poor sleep
  • Varicose veins

 

What’s the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Both Pilates and yoga focus on developing strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique. With its emphasis on the unity between the mind and body, yoga has a more spiritual side that Pilates does not.

A yoga class follows a sequence of postures, these movements aim to increase the strength and flexibility of the whole body with focus on breathing and mediation.

Pilates focus much more on precise movements to target specific parts of the body. There is a stronger influence on toning the postural muscles and functional movement patterns of the body as well as increasing flexibility.  Both should promote relaxation and total body integration, balance and a feel good factor at the end of class!

Stretch and Tone – Over 50’s class

Restorative Yoga:
Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing yoga practice. It is a very slow, very gentle form of yoga where the body is fully supported in the poses with the aid of bolsters, blankets and blocks. Poses are held for between five and ten minutes or even longer, allowing the body to fully release and relax into the pose. It is suitable for anyone wishing to relax, clear the mind, and switch off.
Core Yoga:
Core yoga classes focus on poses and sequences that specifically target and strengthen the core muscles. It is a more energetic and vigorous practice that can be challenging but is always fun! A strong, fired-up core can help improve posture, relieve back pain, increase metabolism, improve digestion as well as increase a general sense of well-being. These classes are challenging but light-hearted, students leave feeling invigorated and energised and stronger!
Easy/Beginner’s Yoga:
These classes introduce students to the basic poses and breathwork of traditional hatha yoga. We spend time working on alignment, engagement, and combining the breath with movement. The classes are suitable for both beginners and improvers as we add to and explore the poses more fully as the weeks go on. Classes are playful and energetic but at the same time deeply relaxing. We work on building strength and flexibility and enjoy a restful meditation at the end of each class.
Mixed Yoga
These classes are for students of mixed ability to continuing their exploration of their yoga practice.  We work on building strength, increasing flexibility and balance, and developing awareness of the breath and body. Poses are taught in such a way that they can be tailored for either beginners or more experienced yogis. Every class begins and ends with a mindful breath awareness meditation and students leave feeling both energized and relaxed.