YOGA

Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. We offer a variety of styles throughout the week.

Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa, which in Sanskrit means to place with awareness, is also used to describe breath linked with movement. Generally, there is no set sequence of postures in a Vinyasa Flow class; the teacher creates the sequence sometimes around a theme that leads to a “peak” posture.

Some teachers lead you through a slower, alignment-based class where you explore each posture in more depth. Other teachers will include more vigorous, dynamic, movement-based postures and sequences. In every case though, breath remains the central theme and it’s the anchor around which everything flows.

These classes are great for general toning, strengthening, lengthening and aligning of the body. Because they’re dynamic, they also help develop cardiovascular fitness, stamina and endurance. Working with the breath creates balance, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the body’s “rest and restore” mode. But it’s not just a physical practice – classes use meditation and mindfulness techniques to aide concentration and improve general mental wellbeing.

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a stilling practice that cultivates a deep sense of awareness through the release of mind and body stresses. An antidote to urban life, Yin focuses on releasing the connective tissue of the body (tendons, ligaments and fascia). Poses are held for long periods, allowing the student to relax as they express patience and quiet.

In this practice postures are held for a longer period time, whether that’s 3 or 5 minutes, and you will meet the intensity of a stretch to help you to foster a deep, pervading sense of calm. Staying in the poses for this extended time intensifies and deepens the stretch, which is supported by props to prevent overstretching, and creates a feeling of spaciousness in the body. Becoming still in a pose and staying with the stillness gives you the time and space to allow sensations and feelings to arise, which can help to balance and calm the mind. Yin yoga also helps you increase mobility and flexibility, as well as work deeply into the connective tissues of the body.

Taught by: Rachel Ryan

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Beginners Ashtanga

The word Ashtanga translates as 'eight limbs' and describes eight aspects of a traditional yoga practice and lifestyle. The physical practice, stemming from Mysore in India, follows as a set sequence of postures, allowing the practitioner to become familiar with it and build a confident, regular practice.

 

This class is a modified and shortened version of the full sequence. It will integrate strength and flexibility drills that will help you to achieve postures within the full series. We will break down the more complex postures working on opening and strengthening the hips, back and shoulders and will create a strong core foundation to support all the postures.

Ashtanga Yoga: Full Primary Series

The word Ashtanga translates as 'eight limbs' and describes eight aspects of a traditional yoga practice and lifestyle. The physical practice, stemming from Mysore in India, follows as a set sequence of postures, allowing the practitioner to become familiar with it and build a confident, regular practice.

 

This class is not aimed at complete beginners, but we will offer modifications for all postures as required, so if you've done some yoga before then please come as you are and enjoy!

Taught by: Alison Newsome

Mindful Movement

Mindful Movement Yoga is a mixed style yoga class focusing on breathing techniques and gentle flows. In this class you will move slowly and mindfully through a gentle sequence of yoga postures guided by the breath. By bringing more presence into your practice, the focus is less on achieving the "perfect pose," and more on moving the body in a way that feels therapeutic, so that you're practicing in the way that is most beneficial to you in the moment. You will be left feeling energised and relaxed.

 

This class is designed for those who want a slower, more gentle class, and builds a deeper connection to the breath and each posture. The focus is not on alignment, but cultivating a greater connection of movement and the breath.

Seasonal Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga with a Seasonal theme.

Each class begins with a slow warm up and stretch, working up to standing poses which reach a peak, before coming down to mat based poses. Flows are included to disperse stagnant energy and build strength. Class ends with relaxation and mindfulness.  

 

The intention, pace and flow of class will change through the year with each Season. This helps to support the body & mind in the best way possible as well as keeping things interesting.

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Pregnancy yoga is suitable for both beginning students and experienced practitioners. During pregnancy, yoga can play a key role in enhancing the experience of this precious time and empowering the mother-to-be to have the most conscious birth experience. Yoga can help women enjoy their pregnancy with minimal discomfort, cultivate breath awareness and strengthen the body in preparation for labour. Yoga also offers you the opportunity to connect with your baby, and coming to classes is a great way to feel part of a community of pregnant women.

It’s never too late to practise pregnancy yoga. So if you are past your first trimester, come along and experience the benefits of yoga under the care of our expert pregnancy yoga teachers. General guidelines are that you do not practise yoga during the first trimester. Start in the second trimester and continue your classes until before birth. Be conscious of how your body feels and seek medical advice regarding any health issues.

Pregnancy Yoga

Taught by: Katie Murphy