Join me for Yoga

Mindful Hatha Yoga - Beginners and Beyond

This class is for anyone looking to energise, stretch and become more present in their bodies. We attune to ourselves with breathwork and therefore become more embodied in our experience. Inspired by the Sivananda tradition, this class is a great start to your week. Usually there are specific themes covered during a term of classes, for instance, yoga philosophy or a link to the seasons.

Open to beginners and anyone wanting to get back to basics.

If you are completely new to yoga, over the course of 7 weeks we’ll cover the foundations and basic building blocks of yoga so you can develop confidence.

SEPTEMBER CLASSES

New term: September 6th – October 18th

Mondays : Beginners and beyond

9 15am – 10 15am

Royston Methodist Church, Queens Road, Royston SG8 7AU

£12.00 per class or £ 65  block of 7 classes

Please note: Limited numbers as per Covid 19 procedures in place

Concession available – please contact me to choose this option.

A FEW SPACES AVAILABLE 

Yin and Restorative Yoga

Did you know that when we’re relaxed we can’t be anxious?

The antidote to stress is relaxation. To relax is to rest deeply. 

These classes are designed to provide you a time to reset your nervous system and give your immune system a boost. 

Open to everyone, this class would particularly suit those with stressful jobs or a stressful day to day life and those who would like to make some time to recharge. It is a practice for us all, since in our daily lives, we are all over stimulated.

During these classes we carefully merge a yin and restorative yoga sequence,  ending with a nourishing savasana (relaxation).

This powerful combination of both yin and restorative yoga allows you to completely relax and surrender the body and mind. A yin yoga practice helps you to access the deeper layers of the body. The poses works on releasing constrictions in the connective tissue, ligaments, and tendons that support the joints.

It also stimulates and opens the energy meridians of the subtle body. Through this stimulation,  a more balanced flow of chi (vital life force) is created,  supporting the body’s vibrancy and physiology as well as the enhancement of mental and emotional balance & well-being.

With restorative yoga,we relax into the stretch or posture with the aid of props so we really can let go of tension and focus on our breath. This practice stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (our rest and digest) which undoes the stress response in our bodies.

This class provides a chance to open up to develop connection with our bodies, our minds, our breath and dis-identify with thoughts. This allows us to develop pratyahara, a practice stated in the sage Patanjali’s ‘Eight Limbs of Yoga’.

Thursdays 7 45- 8 45 PM

New term: September 9th – October 21st

Royston Methodist Church, Queens Road, Royston   SG8 7AU

£12.00 per class or  £ 65 block of 7 classes

Please note: Limited numbers as per Covid 19 procedures in place

Concession available- please contact me to choose this option.

NO AVAILABLE SPACES 

 

Monthly Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra offers a chance to relax deeply, giving our bodies, minds and hearts some much needed nurturing and healing.

What is Yoga Nidra?
If you have never experienced Yoga Nidra, (or yogic sleep as it is commonly known), is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. As you rest comfortably in Savasana (corpse pose), this systematic meditation takes you through the Pancha Maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness. It is an amazing, beneficial practice that not only promotes relaxation and deeper awareness but also subtly helps you to move through unconscious habits.

Next session: Sunday 19th September 

Join us for some asana, meditation followed by a yoga nidra practice in honour of the full moon. 

Details:

SEPTEMBER: FULL MOON PRACTICE WITH YOGA NIDRA

Sunday Sept 19th / 7 30 – 8 45pm

Online via Zoom

Early bird ticket: £10 (until Sept 12th, £15 thereafter)

Wear comfy and warm clothes.

Bring your mat, blanket and props (e.g. cushions, bricks and blocks, eye mask).

Autumn Woodland Yoga Day Retreat - Sunday
October 17th 2021
Ashlyn Woods

Aligning to Autumn with Yoga

Sunday, October 17th, 2021, 10am- 4 30pm

Ashlyn Woods, near Royston

Ready for a nourishing day in the woods, filled with gentle yoga, breathing practices and contemplation? Time to harmonise your energy with nature’s autumnal drawing in.

Join me in the woods for a perfectly relaxing day. This is a chance to step away from your habitual Sunday routine, to allow nature’s quietening shift to settle within your own being. We welcome Autumn’s contracting phase, as Summer’s expansive energy transitions, and we begin to move from expansion into a more inward time of the year.

I find connection with nature a very nourishing way to welcome the changing seasons and to connect within. So join me for this day retreat to allow our beings to align with this particular seasonal shift, to bathe in nature’s energy –  Ashlyn woods offers a magical space for this.  

At this time of year, we can look to nature’s wisdom to show us just what’s needed in Autumn, as the trees shed their waste in their falling leaves and pull their juicy essence downward and inwards to prepare for Winter.

So where better to gather to embrace Autumn’s growing stillness, and to welcome its invitation to draw inwards,  as a community, in a supportive environment, cradled by nature’s embrace.

Ashlyn’s woodland clearing offers both spaciousness and protected seclusion. It’s the perfect spot for a nourishing day of self-care and reconnection, with yoga asana and pranayama, friendly company and delicious food. You’ll find plenty of green space for wandering and watching nature, plus a woodland kitchen and comfy sofas around a fire in the rustic shelters to relax and chat. 

This is your day so you’re invited to make the most of it, whether you choose to wander through the woods or join in with the group practices.

These will include a more dynamic yoga practice in the outdoor space before lunch, and yin yoga  class in the afternoon.  

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For the day, wear comfortable, weather suitable clothes.

There are compost loos and mains water in Ashlyn Woods.

Ashlyn Woods is 15 mins north of Royston – lifts could be arranged. 

Weather permitting 

Refunds will be offered in case of inclement weather.

A lunchtime soup and bread are included. I’d invite you to bring some food to share – all details and information, including directions to the woods – will be sent to you after booking.

£40 for one or bring a friend: £70 for two


Concessions available – please get in touch to choose this option.

Mindful Hatha Yoga - Level 2

Start your weekend with energy, increased vitality and a calm, clear mind.

This class is a fusion between the more traditional Hatha Yoga inspired by the Sivananda tradition, and mindful, explorative movement.

This class integrates subtle energy work, chanting, asana (poses), pranayama (breathing practices), where self-inquiry is welcomed. 

Suitable for intermediate students

Classes vary between a more gentle and strong approach 

A mindful and slow flow mixed with holding the asanas for 1 – 2 minutes 

Please note: numbers are limited to keep to Covid 19 measures. 

Saturday mornings  9AM – 10 15AM

Sept 11th – Oct 16th

(NO CLASS ON SEPT 25th)

Royston Complementary Health Centre, Halstead Chambers,

31C Market Hill, Royston SG8 9JS

£12 drop in – £50 block of five classes

Concessions available – please contact me to choose this option.

CURRENTLY ONE SPACE REMAINS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CLASS

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Yoga is not about being physically flexible. It is about an open mindedness and opening up to new ideas , which will bring about a flexibility in the mind! In fact you are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
Whatever makes you feel comfortable. The only thing that matters is that you wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move and stretch in. It’s good to have clothes that keep you cool when you are active in yoga, but to bring a jumper for relaxation, when the body rapidly cools down. Some people also bring socks and a jumper (maybe even a small blanket) for the relaxation. And just bring yourself and an open mind!

I teach classical Hatha yoga, based on the Sivananda Yoga tradition, which includes moving the body into different yoga postures or asanas (seated, standing and lying) to help improve the bodies strength, flexibility and balance, along with simple breathing exercises (pranayama) and relaxation to help calm the mind. I aim to make yoga relaxed, enjoyable and accessible to everyone, adapting the yoga practice to the individual’s needs and ability. I also teach Restorative Yoga, where the poses are held for longer periods of time, with the aid of props to completely support you.

The main focus of Restorative Yoga is that by relaxing in poses, with the aid of props, without strain or pain, we can achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation. These classes are very relaxing and slow paced. Props, like blocks, bolsters, blankets and straps are used so that you are supported in your pose comfortably. You will then hold the pose for an extended period of time. This practice is great to balance a more dynamic yoga practice or to give yourself a break when you feel under the weather, drained or going through stressful periods in life.