Classic Yoga, also called Raja, Hatha or Sivananda Yoga
This is the classic yoga class, which consists of relaxation, postures, breathing and meditation. It follows the eight steps of Yoga and there is also a comprehensive 10 week course of Yoga offered at the centre, for those that want to deepen their understanding and experience.
Our Hot Yoga is a Vinyasa flow class performed under hot and humid conditions. Often associated with the style devised by Bikram Choudhury, uses heat to increase an individual's flexibility in the poses. In colder climates, hot yoga often seeks to replicate the heat and humidity of southern India from where many styles of yoga originate.
Students perform a series of postures designed to improve flexibility, muscle tone and balance whilst increasing the metabolism (essential for successful weight loss) and flushing toxins from the body. Hot Yoga systematically stretches and strengthens muscles throughout the body, increases circulation to internal organs and glands, stabilises the nervous system and improves concentration. This system of self-care brings vitality, health and relaxation to the body, peace to the mind and a smile to the face.
Karuna is a Sanskrit word used to describe our approach to Yoga. Karuna means compassionate action. Unlike pity or feeling sorry for others it is the giving of unconditional love to everyone without distinction and a commitment to alleviating suffering. Very similar to the precise Iyengar form of Yoga practice
Kriya Yoga is an advanced technique for spiritual evolution that comes down from higher ages of spiritual enlightenment. Part of the ancient science of Raja Yoga, it is referred to by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras, and by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. While the actual Kriya technique can be revealed only to initiates, its purpose and basic nature were described by Paramahansa Yogananda in his famous ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’
Regular workshops are held on this subject as well as a Wednesday night Satsang.
Kriya Energising Exercises
These are a set of 39 "self-energizing" exercises taught by Parmahansa Yogananda.
These involved mostly static contraction of various groups of muscles, they are a unique variation of ancient techniques. They enable you to bring energy into the body.
Its is a wonderful series to learn giving you the ability to instantly 'recharge' yourself.
Ideal for setting you up for the day, recharging when energy is low and especially good before meditation.
Kundalini Yoga has been described as an active approach to awaken the kundalini contrasting with a passive approach. Active asana-based exercises, pranayama, and meditation are undertaken to build the nervous system, glands, and mental faculties to integrate the release of kundalini energy and balance the energy of the chakras. Kundalini Yoga, at its highest form, is practiced for the purpose of attaining bliss, developing power, serving others, attaining self-realization and ultimately merging into God consciousness
A Kundalini Yoga Sadhana (daily practice) will include Chanting (Mantra Repetition, which, by the effect of the tapping of the tongue on the different reflex points on the mouth palate influence corresponding areas of the Brain, creating a Harmonious Pure Sound, tuning, breaking mind habits (patterns) that no longer serve us and make space for habits that serve our Highest Self) Kriya (which is a succesion of Asanas done with Intention), Pranayama (breath awareness), Bandhas and Mudras (Locks), a Deep Relaxation (that will help the practitioner to allow the effects of the Kriya to 'sink in' and prepare for deeper meditation), and Meditation with or without Mantra repetition. We then chant to close the Space.
The practice of meditation is no longer restricted to Buddhist Monks, Christian Contemplatives and Yogis. It has become part of our popular culture and brings with it positive and often rapid results.
Recommended by Doctors as a way to de-stress, combat hypertension and ease depression, by sports coaches and business managers to keep focused and relaxed, More and more people from all walks of life meditate to de-stress and to help deal with the complexities of modern living.
Its easy to learn and need only take 10 minutes a day.
We teach this on a weekend workshop every month.
Inspired by Vanda Scaravelli, using gravity and the breath to rediscover and rejuvenate your back and joints. Yoga in the tension-free style includes a series of Asanas, using breath and awareness to go very deep.
This Yoga is accessible by everyone who enjoys a gentle class including postnatal ladies, those with injured muscles or spine, and senior citizens.
Vinyasa yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath, is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. This style is also called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning "connection," between movment and breath.
This is the ideal balance of body, mind, breath and movement - a highly effective form of exercise combining the best of Yoga and of Pilates. Stretching for flexibility, meditative practises, with muscle toning and strengthening. This is an empowering mind and full body workout, designed to create a new, healthier and happier you - both inside, and out!
Private coaching one to one
These sessions are suitable for everyone regardless of age or experience.
Private yoga tuition and Life coaching, either one-to-one or in small groups can be a great way to deepen your practice, with sessions tailored specifically for your needs and capabilities. You may wish to focus on improving certain postures, addressing particular health concerns or simply enjoying yoga to develop your own personal practice.
Achieve your full potential in any chosen discipline or sport, whether it is weight training, mountain biking, running, golf or tennis to name a few. Yoga can be extremely helpful in alleviating the tight muscles and stiffness caused by consistent training or repetitive action necessary to participate in most sports or leisure activities.
Aside from the physical benefits, the positive mindset, improved breathing and deep relaxation gained from a regular yoga practice can also help increase performance, improve focus, and reduce injury and aid recovery.
Increase your flexibility, stamina, strength and levels of energy. Learn to relax and reduce stress in your life.
Yoga is often an excellent remedy to a range of injuries and medical conditions, but it is vital you speak to the teacher before a class if you have any condition or injury of any kind. The teacher will then be able to advise you on any postures you should modify or skip. If you have a condition that you think may be affected by exercising in a heated room then please ask your GP for advice. We are more than happy to discuss how you can get the most out of your Yoga practice and will always give you the best advice we can (and we do have a lot of experience dealing with a range of injuries and conditions), but we are not medical professionals..
Other classes at the centre
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior offering Ki-Aikido Classes
Aikido practice can benefit everyone, male or female, young or old. All can enjoy and improve their health and fitness by attending regular classes. The formal and more spiritual aspects of Aikido appeals to some, the physical side to others. Its full and natural body movement has aerobic benefits for all. When practiced regularly it will assist in developing a fitter, suppler and stronger body with improved flexibility, reflexes and reactions.
AIKIDO is a modern, non-violent, non-aggressive Japanese martial art which was developed early in the twentieth century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). In Japanese, Aikido means “the way of harmony with the forces of nature”. It is a path where the keen edge of martial art is used as a way to spiritual growth.
BALLET 4 FUN (Adults)
The clue is in the title...
I am a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, with a wealth of knowledge and experience which I love to pass on to all my students.
I passionately believe that ballet should be fun as well as a great form of exercise incorporating posture, stamina and musicality.
I teach all levels from complete beginner, (it's never too late!) to the more advanced. All classes start with a gentle warm up followed by barre work , centre practise and if we have the energy jumps!!!
This is a strong workout that will focus on core fitness, ideal for the keep fit junkies who want to stay on peak condition.
DANCE YOURSELF FIT!
Now you can achieve the strength of Pilates, the flexibility of Yoga, the muscle tone of strength training and top notch aerobic fitness all through the revolutionary dance based fitness program that gets you in shape from the inside out!
Nia is the new hottest trend in mind body wellness, Nia which stands for Neuromuscular Integrative Action, is the most advanced form of fusion fitness, blending martial arts, healing arts and dance to create a high powered, synergistic workout.
This is a mat based pilates class that is suitable for beginners and those who have some experience of pilates exercises. Pilates uses slow, flowing and controlled movements to strengthen the core muscles that stabilize and support the spine. The movements can help to re-align the body and correct postural problems.
The Pilates Method has been around for about 75 years and was developed by a man called Joseph Pilates who had suffered ill health as a child. He researched many exercise beliefs and developed his own exercise programme to build up his strength. He made many observations of others and he recognised that where there was a weak area in the body a person would over compensate or overdevelop another area. Therefore he saw that it was important to correct the misalignment and also to re-teach the body so that injuries did not occur again.
The Pilates Method brings mind and body together and focuses on concentration, balance, breathing and precise controlled movements.
Taijiwuxigong is a sophisticated and detailed QiGong system derived entirely from authentic and traditional Taijiquan.
It develops the same Internal Forces, but concentrates on the health and healing aspects of practice and does not require the learning of Taiji Form or martial applications. Using Daoyin Exercises and Spontaneous Movement, helped by Information Transmission from the teacher, students are quickly able to activate the Dantian, the core of the internal energy system, and to introduce Vibration Force into their practice.
Mental Concentration enables the outward Direction of these Internal Forces and allows the student to both induce and experience the Expulsion of Negative Qi and the corresponding rapid improvement in well-being and health. These exercises primarily involve Stretching, Taiji Movements and the control and modification of Posture.
Taijiwuxigong works at the level of the individual student and are therefore suitable for most people.
Some Meditation and the use of Sound Vibration may be included.
When participants see a Zumba class in action, they can’t wait to give it a try. Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba Fitness-Party. It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students.
Acrobatics and Yoga
All the above skills are learnt on a LEVEL basis where they have to achieve certain Solo Tricks and Group/Partner Tricks to be able to progress to the next stage. Certificates and Badges will be presented at the end of term alongside demonstrations to allow parents to appreciate and admire their children's efforts and accomplishments. Not only will each child be working on their levels they will all have the opportunity (not compulsory) to perform at various local events and festivals in the area. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to not only gain great flexibility, strength and coordination but also increase their confidence and communication skills.
Akido – See above