All of my Yoga classes are designed to help calm the mind and aid relaxation, increase muscle strength and tone, increase endurance, improve balance and flexibility, improve co-ordination, improve respiration, energy and vitality, assist with weight reduction, improve cardio and circulatory health, improve athletic performance - all whilst focusing and maintaining connection to breath. Classes are adapted to suit individual ability as required.
A typical class with me will include initial relaxation with deep yogic breathing (guided Pranayama - the regulation of breath), and stretching to warm the body, followed by main asana (postural) practice, where postures are held, and sequences flow from one to the other. After the main practice the class cools down with progressive relaxation combined with aromatherapy (by electric candlelight) and more guided Pranayama (yogic breath). Throughout each class I give demonstrations, modifications and advise of the benefits of each asana with hands on assistance where necessary.
All of my classes are practiced to carefully selected uplifting and relaxing music.
I have a supply of yoga mats, blocks and belts for participants who wish to borrow on the day. Blankets, bolsters and cushions are available to aid comfort, or for warmth during relaxation. Towels are available if needed.
If you are considering taking up yoga, please be assured - you do not have to be flexible to enjoy yoga. My classes are very relaxed and fun. I will push you to challenge yourself, but never force you to do something your are not comfortable with - I will offer alternatives if needed. My fundamental aim is for you to have fun, improve your fitness and RELAX. On top of that yoga brings many health benefits - classes are also a great way to make new friends. New Comers - what you should expect All new students will be asked to complete a private and confidential medical questionnaire and a disclaimer prior to their first class.
If you are new to Yoga, it is good to bear in mind that sometimes when you first start practicing yoga you may feel a bit lost in your practice initially. If so please do not worry, and do what you can – you are learning something new. Remember every master was once a beginner. It takes the majority of people at least five to ten classes to be able to start to go with the flow. Forget about how strong or flexible you are, and work with your body’s ability – you will benefit from trying your best, and not pushing yourself too hard. If you see other participants seemingly finding everything really easy – remember they too were beginners once, and will have been practicing longer than you. I will be helping and assisting you along the way. Yoga is not competitive, so if you need a rest please take one – I always encourage participants to listen to their body. Be in the moment, and work with your body regardless how deep you are able to go into the posture. Enjoy the journey and breathe through it. Postures (asanas) in a typical Hatha class are generally held between 5 to 10 breaths.
CHOOSE WHICH CLASS IS RIGHT FOR YOU Slow Hatha Flow This class offers slower pace which also allows the mind and body to slow down. Slow however does not necessarily mean the class is an easy one - it is easier though. There are no Sun Salutations in this class. Slow Hatha Flow classes are a good place start if your new to yoga, - enabling you to become comfortable with practicing yoga. This class is suitable for mixed ability students. If you are a beginner, as well as learning the basic postures, you will learn about body alignment and yogic breathing (Pranyama). You will also be introduced to elements of flow where we will move from pose to pose in a sequence (with some resting).
Hatha Vinyasa This class is combined with a little more high intensity calorie-burning Vinyasa where you will flow continuously from one posture to the other seamlessly, using Ujjayi breath. There will be some static posture practice too. The combination of Hatha and Vinyasa is a great way to combine the physical, and spiritual benefits of yoga, whilst paying attention to alignment and breath. Expect to increase body heat and sweat a little in this class (without resting sometimes - depending on the ability of participants). This class is more suited to students who have practiced yoga before.
Gentle Mindful Hatha Both Yoga and mindfulness aim to quiet the mind, in order to cultivate a deeper connection to and understanding of the self. They both teach you to tune into your breath, pay attention to bodily sensations, and learn to accept reality as it is in that moment. This class is best suited to participants who really want to slow down - ideal if you are recovering from illness/injury, are pregnant or seniors seeking slow and mindful practice . There will be no fast flow, no sweating, no Sun-Salutations or Vinyasa in this class. You will simply allow your body to stretch and open, focussing on breath and sensation.
Restorative Yoga (Mini Retreats) Restorative Yoga is very gentle and enables deep relaxation - it is not your typical type of fitness Yoga. You will be holding (mainly laying down) gentle poses for longer periods of time (2 to 10 minutes), with the help of props (blocks, bolsters, blankets and straps) to completely support your body. The focus in Restorative Yoga is not only to relax, whilst gently stretching and opening the body, but to step away from our frantic lives and go inward - giving you a sense of peace and calm in a busy world - a state of non doing - total relaxation. No Yoga experience is required.
Pilates with Lisa Ford (to book classes with Lisa, please contact her direct at www.equilibriumfitness.co.uk) A system of exercises helping to improve Core Strength, Stability, Posture & Body Awareness. Designed by Joseph Pilates in 1926, this series of strength & Core exercises, can be taught either one-to-one or in a group environment.
Private Classes I offer private Yoga classes on a one to one basis, or for a group of friends of up to four people. This type of class is great for beginners, or for people that want a more bespoke practice tailored especially for individual requirments if needed (i.e. recovering from injury), or those who simply cannot fit public classes into their schedule. At the first session, there will be a short conversation to discover what you wish to gain from your private session and any health related issues if there are any. Then each subsequent session will include a brief review of your progress and well-being as necessary. During every session, you will be practice postures you are familiar with, and will be introduced to new postures when appropriate. You will receive guidance on how to practice each posture and be helped to make any physical adjustments needed to go deeper into the experience of practising yoga postures or to relieve pain, practice more safely or discover advanced versions of postures. You will be able to ask questions at any time during the session. As standard relaxation, Pranayama and meditation practices are part of each session, and you will be able to explore the practice of Pranayama and meditation on a deeper level if you wish to do so. Corporate Yoga Corporate Yoga is becoming an essential part of well-being in the workplace. Yoga classes after work or during a lunch break is a great way to promote health and boost morale. Classes can be tailored to suit you company strategies and objectives for stress management through postural work, meditation and Pranyama (yogic breath). Benefits of Corporate Yoga include increased productivity, job satisfaction and reduced absences.
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