2020 Class Timetable
When paying for a block of lessons you are guaranteed a space in the class for the period that you have paid for, you are also receiving a discount for pre payment. When you purchase a block of classes these must be attended within the stated time frame - this is referred to as a block of classes. If you are unable to attend your normal class, there are options to swap into any other of the Private classes.
If you are unable to attend the block before the first class is attended, refunds are available. If you are unable to attend a class once you have begun your attendance no refunds can be made, apart from in exceptional circumstances and at the teacher's discretion. In the event of knowing in advance that you cannot attend for example 4 of the 5 sessions in a block because of a booked holiday, you will only be asked to pay for 4 instead of 5 classes.
If a class has to be cancelled for whatever reason and you have prepaid for the class another class will be offered or refund given.
When booking for a workshop, there will be no refunds or transfers unless your place can be filled from a waiting list. If a workshop is cancelled you will be offered refund or the option of being transferred to an alternative event.
One to One sessions
I am now taking on one to ones and small group sessions. Theses sessions are ideal :-
• If you are a complete beginner you can feel at ease going back to the basics and working at your own pace.
• For students who need a more personalised practice due to injuries or certain conditions, these sessions will be designed and tailored just for you.
• For pre or post natal students - a special program working specifically for your body. You may even have your baby nearby during the session.
• It is ideal for those who wish to learn at a time or in a space which is more convenient for them.
• For experienced students who wish to progress their studies a one-to-one lesson provides a chance to experience the physical poses or breath work focus (pranayama) on a deeper level.
• For children after their school day ( I am fully CRB checked and insured to teach children)
• These sessions can be shared with other friends or family members
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Small private classes (no smaller than 2 people) are available. A space can be hired or the class can take place in the comfort of your own home. These classes are relaxed and tailored to your specific needs and level of proficiency.
Yoga in the work place is increasingly popular as it has proved to increase concentration, boost morale and reduce stress.
Classes are between 45-60 minutes. A clear space is required - cafeteria, large office or board room. Equipment can be provided.
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School classes for children
Yoga in the school has been seen to have a profound effect on children and their behaviour, mindset and learning. Yoga gives young people some rare time for themselves and can improve not only their physical health, but also their emotional wellbeing. It is a fantastic form of cross-training for young athletes, as well as a form of exercise for those who usually dislike PE, as there is no competition and their is a great emphasis on the ego being left at the door. With every increasing youth drug and alcohol abuse, obesity and in addition emotional difficulties that all young people face, yoga is a simple way to feel better, reduce stress and boost self-esteem.
I have experience of teaching children, and including secondary and primary aged both in school yoga classes, and at Brownie groups. I am fully CRB checked and insured.
How does Iyengar differ from
other forms of yoga?
Iyengar yoga is a form of hatha yoga, characterised by precision, alignment and absolute safety in the execution of the poses. It builds strength, endurance in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Props such as belts, bricks, wall ropes and blankets are used to help students perform the correct actions as they develop their practice. In Iyengar the emphasis is on learning, not just doing, so the teacher will teach through instruction, demonstration or adjustment so that students fully absorb the process and gain a more in-depth understanding of themselves. Iyengar teachers are highly renowned within the yoga community for having a sophisticated understanding of the asanas and for being highly trained.
What can I expect from an Iyengar
No two classes are the same in Iyengar. The variation in sequencing is influenced by the level and condition of the student, time of day, time of year etc. The practice lasts for 1.5 hours (the Nuffield Health class lasts 1 hour). The class always finishes with Savasana (relaxation) or sometimes pranayama (breath work). Regular attendance is very much encouraged as students are taught systematically and progressively. Once the foundation poses are learnt, then the focus moves to more demanding asanas (poses).
What do I wear?
Wear comfortable but close-fitting clothes that don’t restrict your movement - shorts or leggings and a vest or T-shirt are ideal. You’ll do all your classes in bare feet. Socks and warmer clothes can be worn for Savasana (relaxation) at the end of class.
I have an injury/illness, can I still do yoga?
Yoga can be practised safely by people with many forms of injury or chronic condition. In fact, a lot of people with chronic muscular conditions find that practising yoga gives them relief from pain and teaches them how to make their body healthier. Let me know before the class if you have an injury, are pregnant, have an ongoing condition or you are menstruating. Iyengar yoga teachers are trained to modify and suggest alternative postures to enable you to practice safely. If you have any medical problems please check with your GP before enrolling on a course. All new students are asked to complete a medical declaration form.
I am very stiff/unfit, will I be able to
Yoga is for everyone and all that matters is that you come with a flexible mind, willing and an openness to learn. A flexible, supple and strong body can be learned through practice. Iyengar teachers are taught to concentrate on precision and alignment and your postures are adjusted if necessary, so a safe, correct practice is achieved.
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
You can borrow all the equipment you need at first and if you then decide Iyengar yoga is for you, you can buy your own kit. The Secret Space, Nuffield, and Woo Pilates have a supply of yoga equipment.
Is it true I shouldn't drink during a class?
Yes - unless there is a medical issue. Drinking water during the class is considered to interfere with the flow of energy 'prana' throughout the body. It is best to hydrate before attending class, and then rehydrate afterwards. Stopping to sip water can also become habitual and can distract one's mind during a yoga class.
What about eating before a class?
Come on an empty stomach. Allow 4 hours to digest a heavy meal and 1 hour to digest a light meal.
Will yoga help with stress levels?
The practice of asanas and pranayama is the most effective natural therapy for stress. Studies have shown that the restlessness of the mind is stilled and the entire being becomes calm and steady. The impact of negative stress is reduced, while the benefits of positive stress are enhanced bringing to the fore a feeling of mental poise and well-being during and after the practice. Top athletes have commented on how yoga can help them focus and eliminate stresses, keeping focus and improved performance. Mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia have all shown to be relieved by the practice of yoga.
Ladies and menstruation
Always inform your teacher if you are menstruating. Certain asanas are not suitable and alternatives will
Should I practice at home?
Home Practice is encouraged in yoga. Class is great, but there is much more to yoga. When you begin to practice at home you really learn and experience the transformative effects of yoga - on body, mind and spirit. At first start slow, you may just want to just do Savasana, or Adho Mukha Svanasana (dog head down), Have a look on my 'sequence' page for practice schedules! Or practice by the book:
B. K. S. Iyengar's Light on Yoga
Geeta Iyengar's Preliminary Course
Mira Mehtas' Yoga the Iyengar Way