Hatha Yoga – all classes require pre-booking
Hatha Yoga is defined as the science of self-knowledge. My approach to teaching conveys the way I have been learning Hatha Yoga for over 25 years. It is a systematic method which typically includes: centring via breath awareness, asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), mantra (sound practices) and a guided relaxation (often in the form of yoga nidra). We gradually build upon what you have learned. I find that in our modern busy lives we all benefit from something, which revives body and mind and helps to relieve stress. Regular practice gives you a sense of ease in your own body but also calms and quiets the mind.
I have practised yoga all of my adult life. After about ten years of practice, I did my first teacher training with the Himalayan Institute and started my student teaching in New York City. Shortly after I moved from New York to Scotland and continued learning and teaching in Edinburgh. I took some time out from teaching when I had my two daughters in 2004 and 2007 and resumed teaching when they were babies. I brought yoga onto the timetable at the old Ken Marriott Leisure Centre (now the rebuilt Queens Diamond Jubilee Centre) and taught there for about three years. I then did additional teacher training with Birthlight from 2010-12 and have been teaching pregnancy yoga since then. In 2016 I began my Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs (YHLB) teacher training and have been teaching yoga to help people with chronic or recurring low back pain for two years now. Since leaving the gym I’ve been been teaching exclusively from privately hired venues as I find I can recreate more of the atmosphere of a yoga studio than in the busy gym environments could provide. I now teach out of: Overslade Community Centre (since 2010), St. George’s Church Hall (since 2010) and Cawston Community Hall (since December 2015) which all have underfloor heating – a lovely thing in Winter!
My usual term time teaching schedule is:
MONDAY – GENTLE HATHA (this class combines chair and mat based movements, but minimises transitions up and down from the floor) Overslade Community Centre 9.30-11.00am, next 7 week block = £50, (25 February – 8 April 2019)
MONDAY – Trialling a NEW class from October 2018: COMMUNITY YOGA Mixed Level Hatha Yoga class £5/class, 11.15am-12.30pm, Overslade Community Centre (begins 8 October 2018). If there is sufficient interest, this class may become a regular feature on the timetable (class dates added up to Easter at the moment).
TUESDAY – YOGA FOR HEALTHY LOWER BACKS – (YHLB = 12 week course – not available to drop in) 5.45-7.15pm Cawston Community Hall. UPCOMING TASTER CLASSES: 9 April 2019, £5. The next YHLB course is planned for 30 April – 16 July 2019 as it takes place over 11 weeks the investment is £185. Booking essential. The course will go ahead with a minimum of 5 participants.
TUESDAY – MIXED LEVEL HATHA YOGA CLASS Cawston Community Hall, 7.30-9.00pm, next block 7 weeks = £70, (26 February – 9 April 2019)
THURSDAY- MIXED LEVEL HATHA YOGA CLASS St.George’s Church Hall, 7.30-9.00pm, next block 7 weeks = £70, (26 February- 9 April 2019)
You can view exact class dates on the TIMETABLE page of this website. Those currently enrolled always have first option at re-onrolment. Some classes have a waiting list; please check first. Those wishing to come try a class for the first time are welcome to borrow yoga kit if they don’t already own any. Regular participants will need to bring their own yoga mat. A completed enrolment form will be needed at your first class. If you have, please bring: a yoga sticky mat, a tight woven blanket and a bottle of water. To reserve your place please click on the buttons below to book your trial class. The block booking rate of £10/class applies to those who commit to attending class weekly. Alternatively you can pay the £13/casual drop in class provided the class is not yet at capacity. If the class is at full capacity those committed to weekly attendance have priority. Please note there are no substitutions or refunds for missed classes, so please ensure you can attend before paying. Thank you!
In yoga it is said that, “when you are prepared, your teacher will appear.” I hope to see you in class soon!