Yoga for adults
I'm delighted to be able to offer classes for adults as well as children so if you're looking for a class that will challenge you physically as well as mentally, but always with a strong element of fun, you've come to the right place!
I know it can be intimidating coming to a yoga class for the first time, but I try to create a welcoming environment for everyone - any age or ability - somewhere you feel safe to give it a go without judgement and with a light-hearted approach.
We won't gain any benefit from yoga without pushing ourselves, finding our edge and giving it a nudge, but for me it has to be fun - even if it doesn't always feel like that during the class, you'll love the after-glow...
I hear lots of people say they can't do yoga because they can't touch their toes, as if the teacher checks every student before they're allowed into the class! Yoga is a transformative practice so whatever your starting point is you will see improvements, but the aim isn't to make a pose look a particular way; it's about how it feels, and the affect that feeling has on your body and mind. I know yogis who have been practising for years and still can't touch their toes with straight legs, and reaching the acceptance that it might never be possible to do that can be as transformative as the physical ability to do so.
Yoga has a cumulative effect on your body and mind, so don't expect instant results or to feel completely transformed after your first class. I would encourage you to attend regular classes for a number of weeks - the more the better - then see how you feel compared to before you started. It's sometimes subtle, sometimes profound, but hopefully you'll notice a positive change.
I teach two styles of yoga; Vinyasa Flow and Yin. They are very different but complement each other brilliantly.
Classes are held at The Church Rooms, St Mary's Church, Church Road, Overton, Hampshire, RG25 3HF.
The venue is Covid-secure and I have put in place additional precautionary measures to minimise risks associated with Covid-19.
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* Please bring your own mat - I'm not able to lend mats but all other props are provided (and cleaned before and after each class)
* Avoid eating anything for 1-2 hours before the class
* Wear clothes you can move freely in and bring extra layers if you are joining a Yin class
9:30 - 10:30am
The concept on Yin Yang has its roots in ancient Chinese philosophy; the belief that everything is made up of two seemingly opposing forces - light and dark, warm and cool, active and passive - and that those energies complement and exist in balance with each other. Two sides of the same coin.
Most forms of exercise are very Yang in nature and we spend a lot of time in this mode; active, heat-building, light, masculine, extroverted, on the go, fast, instant fixes. This should be balanced with a more Yin approach; passive, cool, dark, feminine, introverted, pressing the pause button, going inward, embracing stillness and nurturing our Yin side.
Yin is a very slow, still, almost meditative practice where we work on the deep connective tissues by holding poses for 1-3 minutes. Most poses are floor-based and target the lower body, stimulating and clearing energetic pathways (meridians), easing joint pain and improving focus and awareness.
vinyasa & yin
9:15 - 10:30am
A delicious combination of dynamic and energising Vinyasa, which builds heat, strength and stability in the body, and Yin, which is a slow-paced and nourishing practice where the focus shifts to the deep connective tissue, joints and ligaments.
The Vinyasa section will work your entire body. With its roots in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa links traditional poses together in a flowing movement, using the breath to transition from one to the next. The class can be as challenging as you feel you need and I will offer different levels of intensity or difficulty to a particular sequence or pose. The choice is yours.
The Yin practice is a wonderful escape from constant stimulation and distraction. We seek to find our 'edge' in poses and not to push through that natural barrier but hang out there for a while and gently lean on it, find stillness, longer than is comfortable, create space, and notice what comes up. We surrender to gravity, finding deep stretches and openings in our fascia, the connective web of glue that holds our bodies, allowing energy to flow into areas that might be tight or stagnant.
lunch break vinyasa
12:15 - 1:00pm
A short practice that you can squeeze into a lunch break to stretch and move the body after a week at a desk, or to blow away the cobwebs in time for the weekend.
The practice focuses on dynamic flow where we move between and connect poses with the breath, stretching and strengthening different muscle groups as we go. This connection to the breath helps to focus the mind and clear stagnant energy, meaning that this short class can leave you feeling stronger and more balanced, both physically and mentally, as well as more steady, calm and clear-headed.