- 12 Sep – 24 Oct 2019
- Faye Koe
- £75.00 (GBP)
Join us for this mixed ability hatha flow yoga class. This class is suitable for all, from beginner to advanced yogi.
The key focus points in this class will be on building strength in the body and flexibility. Strength is the foundation of our yoga practice; to keep our bodies safe and to stretch correctly. Strength ensures that the body is able to protect itself from injury when the body moves and flows through yoga sequences and in our every day life activities. For example, if our forearms are strong this will help to protect the wrists, when we add weight to the wrists in our arm balances, downward facing dogs, planks etc. If we have strong abdominal muscles we will be able to support the back and so on.
Flexibility is also a focus in these classes. Flexibility is tougher to attain than strength, as muscles are designed to be strong and contract rather than be long and lengthening. So, if you are an athlete, runner, cyclist or just feel a little stiff, these classes may be for you. For example, if you are able to lengthen your hamstrings it is easier to stand tall and your posture will improve. Having flexible and open hips is key to your mobility.
We are also going to be focusing on a different posture each week, to ensure you are doing things right, are properly aligned; and we will give you some tips about how to make the most of the pose, breathing in the pose, where your focus should be, where you should use a bandha etc.
This class is suitable for all; from beginner to advanced level yogis and for those looking for a more mindful yoga practice, as we dissect postures and really, “feel” them.
For more information and to book a place please complete a contact form.
This class takes place at Body Soul Yoga, Walton on Thames, Surrey. The yoga class is restricted to just 9 people, to ensure your comfort and safety and so that we can adjust you, ensure you are aligned and take you deeper into postures.
Faye encourages students to listen to their bodies and to be kind to their bodies, whilst recognising that, with the use of the breath, the body can go deeper into postures, and the student can really let go of remaining tensions and tiredness in the body.
Before Your Class
Yoga is practised on an empty stomach, so try not to eat for 2-3 hours before a class. this will make your practice more comfortable.
It is best to practice yoga in bare feet, so please take off your shoes and socks when you arrive. Our feet have tiny receptors on the bottom, so we can feel the earth beneath us. Practising in bare feet also helps our balance and provides a natural grip. Try to wear loose, comfortable clothing, so that there are no restrictions around the limbs, joints, or waist and try not to wear a hood. A top with an elastic waistband is also a good idea so clothing doesn’t ride up, when you are upside down. Before commencing your practice please remove spectacles, watches or any jewellery.
The only things you will need to bring with you to class are a bottle of water and a yoga mat; but we do have mats you can use, blocks, belts, bricks, blankets and eye pillows. In the more flowing and tougher classes and workshops you may also like to bring a towel. In the gentle classes you may like to bring an extra blanket for warmth and comfort.
Tell the teacher if it’s your first class—you probably won’t be the only one. And please complete the confidential health questionnaire as fully as you are able, so your teacher knows as much about you as possible. The questionnaire will be given to you when you arrive. If you do have a pre-existing problem or condition, there are ways to adjust the postures to suit you.
Early arrivals are fine
Please try to come to class a few minutes early. Consider being prompt as part of your practice. There is nothing worse than feeling stressed before you arrive and running up the road to be on time. It also ensures that your teacher and the rest of the class are not disturbed by your late arrival. Unfortunately if the class has started, you will be unable to join the class.
Turn off your phone
When you arrive please turn off your phone to silent and the vibrate should also be off; so as not to disturb the rest of the class or your own practice.
During Your Yoga Class
Feel free to look around and follow what other students are doing, especially if the teacher does not demonstrate every pose. However, keep in mind that you may be looking at more advanced students, so do not compare yourself to them. Everyone learns at their own pace. And we are all made differently so some people are naturally more flexible, supple or stronger than others. Do your best, but let go of a competitive mindset.
Always remember to breathe in and out of your nose unless asked to do otherwise; but do let your teacher know if you have trouble doing this. Some classes will include different types of breathing/ pranayama techniques, so give them a go and please ask your teacher if you need more guidance.
Throughout your yoga practice try and be aware of what you are doing. Try to concentrate on the sensations you feel in the body and on your breath.
Don’t pull or strain
Never force or strain. Relax briefly between each posture if you need to. If you feel pain or strain, stop and tell your teacher. Listen to your body. As you do yoga more regularly, you may notice that you become increasingly supple and stronger.
Injury or Illness
If you have an injury / illness / medical condition, you should advise your teacher in the confidential health questionnaire. If your medical condition changes then it is for you to let the teacher know of any changes or deterioration in your condition. If in doubt please also consult you GP / medical advisor.
Some people advise that you don’t do inversions, for example: handstands, shoulder stands, headstands; and alternative positions will be provided in class.
Please tell your teacher if you suspect that, or if you are, pregnant. If you find out you are pregnant then we strongly recommend that you rest until your first scan. Your body may naturally tell you to rest in any event! From around 13/14 weeks you can rejoin the class, which can be adjusted to suit you. However, it is important to check with your doctor or midwife that yoga is suitable for you, at each stage of your pregnancy.
During the class your teacher may adjust you into a more suitable position or apply pressure so you are pushed deeper into position. If you would prefer not to be adjusted please let your teacher know before the class starts.
The class will end with a relaxation session. This is an important part of the class and students are encouraged to stay for the duration of the lesson. Relaxation gives the body an opportunity to assimilate all of the benefits of the postures you have just done; and also counteracts stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Enjoy and try again
We hope you enjoy our classes and hope to see you again. Do tell us if there is something that you particularly enjoyed or disliked!