- 6 Nov – 18 Dec 2020
- Faye Koe
- £140.00 (GBP)
Join us this winter, from 2 November 2020, in our warm and cosy yoga studio for some face-to-face and in person yoga. There will just be 3 students and your teacher, so that we can ensure social distancing, yet still meet inside during the colder months. The same students and teacher will be present for the whole of the term. There will be one Sports Yoga session at 7.30pm in the Studio, one Gentle Yoga Bubble class on a Monday morning at 11.15am and the rest will be Hatha Vinyasa Flow classes, all in the studio. The classes are suitable for all. Alternatives postures will be offered for those that would like to challenge themselves. The classes will be 60 minutes long and consist of a settling, posture/asana work and conclude with a yoga nidra/mediation or pranayama practice. We hope you can join us soon.
If the Sports or Winter Yoga Bubble Classes are full, or if you would prefer another time and you can get 3 people together, then we are happy to host your Bubble here, so please get in touch.
Included in your termly fee is a free Online Yogi Class pass worth £70, giving you access to 4 additional online classes per week.
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. 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. Please wear layers, especially if you are practicing yoga outside or taking part in the more gentle classes to ensure that you remain warm and comfortable.
The only things that you will need in an online yoga class are: a warm comfortable and safe space to practice in and where you won’t be disturbed, a bottle of water and a yoga mat; and you can think about buying blocks, belts, bricks, blankets and eye pillows. In the more flowing and tougher classes and workshops you may also like to a towel. In the gentle classes you may like an extra blanket for warmth and comfort. If you need some extra padding under knees, for example, try folding up a blanket and you can also make a bolster by rolling up a towel and blanket together to place under your knees in savasana when you relax.
If you are coming to a session in the garden, please bring your own yoga mat, bottle of water, blanket, eye pillow, any blocks or props you would like to use and please wear layers to keep you warm or that you can remove if you get warmer during the yoga practice. Do please ask if you need to borrow anything so that we can make sure you have all you need.
Tell the teacher if it’s your first class—you probably won’t be the only one. If you do have a pre-existing health problem or conditions, please tell your teacher as there are ways to adjust the postures to suit you. Please listen to all instructions and be kind to yourself.
Early arrivals are fine
Please try to attend your class a few minutes early. If we are live, we go live 10 minutes before the start time. Consider being prompt as part of your practice. There is nothing worse than feeling stressed before you start.
Turn off your phone
Please turn off your phone so that you do not disturb your own practice.
During Your Yoga Class
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 f you have trouble doing this, breathe through your mouth. 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. 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. 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 adviser.
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.
When you return to the studio 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!